Sri Theerthapureeswarar temple, Tiruvattathurai, Cuddalore

Sri Theerthapureeswarar temple is located in the village named Tiruvattathurai, in the district of Cuddalore, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The main deity of this temple is Theerthapureeswarar – Anandeeswarar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Tiripurasundari.

The holy tree of this temple is Banyan tree. The holy waters of this temple are Neela Malar Poigai and Vada Vellaru. 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 Tiruvattathurai.

According to the local legends and pundits, “The temple is praised in the hymns of Appar, Sambandar, Sundarar, Acharya Sankara, Guhai Namachivaya swamigal and Sri Ramalinga Adigal. “My Lord is all gold and its brightnessEven those in the celestial world know him notHe is in Tiruvattathurai, equaling but HimselfI prostrate at His Lotus Feet” Tirunavukkarasar in Appar.

This is the first temple in Nadunaadu region praised in Thevaram hymns.”

The festivals that are marked with festivity in this temple are Panguni Uthiram in March-April, Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January, Maha Shivrathri in February-March, Deepavalli, Pongal, Tamil and English New Year according to the Hindu traditional calendar and Georgian calendar, Vaikunta Ekadashi, Amavasya days and Pournima days.

Lord Shiva in the shrine is a swayambumurthy. The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 6.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m for pilgrims and devotees. In this temple complex, there are separate shrine for Lord Mahavishnu, Planets Saturn and Mars, Divine serpent Adisesha, King Janaka, Chozha, Pandya and Kings Chera had worshipped in this shrine.

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