Sri Gneeli Vaneswarar Temple, Tirupaigneeli, Tiruchchirappalli

Sri Gneeli Vaneswarar temple is located in the village named Tirupaigneeli, in the district of Tiruchchirappalli, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The primary deity of this temple is Gneelivaneswarar (Lord Shiva) and his consorts are Visalakshi and Neelnedungannayaki.

The holy tree of this temple is Plantain tree. The holy water of this temple is Seven theerthams. The agamam or pooja of this temple is known as Kameekam. This temple is nearly 1000-2000 years old in this region. The historical names of this place are Vazhai Vana Nathar and Swethagiri.

According to the local legends, “The shrine is elaborately praised by the Saivite Trinity – Tirugnanasambandar, Tirunavukkarasar and Sundarar.  This is the 61st Lord Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.” The important festival of this temple are on Thai Poosam day in January-February, Special pujas to Yama is conducted, Appar-Tirunavukkarasar Guru Puja, 10 day Chithirai Brahmmotsavam in April-May and Maha Shivarathri in February-March.

In the months of Purattasi-September-October, the rays of Sun fall on the Lord. Panguni in March-April is celebrated in a grand manner. Lord is a Swayambu murthy in this temple. It is to be noted that in the temple, there are two Goddess Ambicas. The temple is widely open from 6.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m for pilgrims and devotees.

The Vimana of this temple is known as Badra Vimana.  Lord Vasantha Vinayaka shrine is located in this temple premises. Devotees and pilgrims visit this temple wholeheartedly for devotional and dedicational worship.

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