Sri Padaleswarar Temple, Aridwaramangalam, Tiruvarur

Sri Padaleswarar temple is located in the village named Aridwaramangalam in the district of Tiruvarur, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The main deities of this temple are Padaleswarar and Padala Vardar (Lord Shiva) and his consorts are Alankaravalli and Alankara Nayaki.

The holy tree of this temple is Vanni. The holy water of this temple is Brahmma theertham. The agamam or pooja of this temple is known as Kameeyam. This temple is nearly 1000-2000 years old in this region. The historical name of this place is Aradhai Perumpazhi.

According to the Hindu religious scholars and pundits, “The Lord of the temple is praised in Thevaram hymns of Saint Tirugnana Sambandar. This is the 99th Shiva temples on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Saivite scriptures.” The festivals of this shrine are all Lord Shiva related festivals are grandly celebrated with devotional and dedicational significance. Other festivals of this temple are Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January, Vaikasi Visakam in May-June, Vinayaka Chaturthi, Vaikasi Thiruvadhirai in May-June, Margazhi Tiruvadirai in December-January, Aipasi Annabishekam in October-November, Mondays of Karthikai Tamil month covering November-December, Maha Shivrathri in February-March, Purattasi Navarathri in September-October and Thai Poosam in January-February.

It is to be notede that Lord Shiva in the temple is a swayambu murthy. The temple is open from 8.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m for pilgrims and devotees. In this temple complex, three tier Rajagopuram is facing towards east.

Other deities of this temple are Lords Vinayaka, Nataraja with sages Patanjali and Vyakrapada, Lingodhbava, Sani Baghwan (Saturn), Kasi Viswanatha, Sun, Moon. Saint Sambandar, Sapthamadhas and Bhairava.

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