Uthirapasupatheeswarar Ganapatheeswarar Temple, Tiruchengattankudi, Tiruvarur

Sri Uthirapasupatheeswarar Ganapatheeswarar temple is located in the village named Tiruchengattankudi, in the district of Tiruvarur, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The primary deity of this Shrine is Ganapatheeswarar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Vaaitha Tirukuzhal Umai Nayaki. The festival deity is Uthirapasupatheeswarar.

The holy tree of this temple is Kattathi. The holy waters of this temple are Surya and Chandra Pushkarani. The agamam or pooja of this temple is known as Kameekam. This temple is nearly 1000-2000 years old in this region. The historical name of this place is Ganapatheesaram.

According to the local legends, “The temple is praised in the hymns of Saints Tirugnanasambandar, Tirunavukkarasar and Arunagiriar.  This is the 79th Lord Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Saivite hymns.” The festivals of this particular shrine are Aipasi Annabishekam in October-November, Chithirai Bharani Child Meat Cooking Festival (Pillaikari) in April-May; Shivrathri in February-March; Tirukarthikai in November-December, Margazhi Sadaya Sashti Ganapathy festival in December-January are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

As per the Hindu religious scholars and pundits, “Lord Shiva in the temple is a swayambumurthy. The scar on the forehead of Lord Uthara Pasupathy Easwarar is still visible. He is gracing from a separate shrine”. The temple is open for all from 6.45 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m as per the daily schedule. In line in the prakara, 8 Samharamurthys are there in the temple complex, they are Lords Bhujangalinga Murthy, Kaala Samharamurthy, Gangalamurthy, Gaja Samharamurthy, Oordhva Thandavar, Bikshadana, Tripura Samharamurthy and Bhairava.

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