Sri Parijatha Vaneswarar temple, Tirukalar, Tiruvarur

Sri Parijatha Vaneswarar temple is located in the village named Tirukalar, in the district of Tiruvarur, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The main deities of this temple are Parijathavaneswarar and Kalarmulai Natheswarar (Lord Shiva) and his consorts are Amirthavalli and Ilankombannal. The holy tree of this temple is Parijatham.

The holy waters of this temple are Durvasa, Gnana, Brahmma and Rudra theerthas. 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 Thirukalar.

It is to be highly remembered that according to the local legends, “ The temple is praised by Saints Tirugnana Sambandar and Tirunavukkarasar in their Thevaram hymns. This is the 105th Lord Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.”

The important festivals of this particular temple are Chithirai festival on Chitra star day in April-May; Navarathri in September-October; Vaikasi Visakam in May-June; Skanda Sashti in October-November; Nama Shivaya Panchakshara Mantra initiation and Margazhi Sashti, Arudra Darshan on Sadayam Star day ( 3 festivals) in December-January plus Deepavalli, Pongal and New Year Days are celebrated in the temple.

It is to be remembered Lord of the temple is a swayambu murthy. The temple is open from 7.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. to8.30 p.m, daily for pilgrims and devotees. Other deities of this temple are Lords Valampuri Vinayaka, Muruga and Chandikeswara, Gajalakshmi, Durga, Mahalakshmi, Somaskanda, Chandrasekhara, Dakshinamurthy and Viswanatha.

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