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Sri Avinashiappar temple

Moolavar : Avinashi Eswarar(Avinashinathar, perunkediliyappar)
Urchavar : NA
Amman / Thayar : : Karunambikai, Perunkarunai Nayaki
Thala Virutcham : Pathiri
Theertham : Kasi Kinaru-well, Naga Kannikai Theertham, Iravadha Theertham
Agamam / Pooja : NA
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Tirupukkoliyur
City : Avinashi
District : Tiruppur
State : Tamil Nadu


   The temple is praised by Saint Sundarar in his Thevaram hymns.? This is the first Lord Shiva temple in Kongunadu region praised in Thevaram hymns.


   Chithirai Brahmmotsavam is celebrated grandly in April-May with flag hoisting on Mrigaseersham star day and car festival on Pooram star day and the fifth day receiving all importance. Lord Shiva grants His darshan to 63 Nayanmars from His Vrushab ?bull ? vahan.

Temple's Speciality:

   Lord Shiva in the temple is a swayambumurthy. The Pathiri tree of the temple would blossom only during the Brahmmotsavam festival and not during the other days of the year. That shows the devotion of the tree to Lord Shiva, says the sthala purana, local history.

Opening Time:

   The temple is open from 5.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.


   Sri Avinashi Appar Temple, Avinashi-638 654, Thirupur district.


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General Information:

   The temple has a close relationship with Mysore royal family.??In early days, the king designate in the family, will go to Kasi, bring a Linga from there and perform the puja in this temple and only then assume power and other responsibilities, it is said.??There is another Shiva temple nearby in Tirumuruganpoondi praised in Thevaram hymns.??Sri Anjaneya graces at the entrance of the temple.??There is a monkey hanging upside down sculpted on a pillar.??Lord Vinayaka graces with 63 Nayanmars.??There are shrines for Lords Brahmma and Lord Viswanatha with Mother Visalakshi.


   The devotee praying to Lord here will have total salvation.??He/she will have no rebirth.??They will live with fame during their life time.??The intensity of Saturn adverse aspects would come down considerably if those such affected pray to Sani Bhagwan in the temple.

Thanks giving:

   Devotees worship Lord Bhairava in the temple with Vadamala-garland made of Vada the popular dish of Tamilnadu, especially for relief from enemy threats and litigations on full moon, new moon days and on Ashtami days ? eighth day of new moon or full moon fortnights. For sustained family unity, they pray on Sundays between 4.30 p.m. and 6.00 p.m.-Rahu Kalam time with lamps made of lime fruit cup, coconut and pumpkin shells coated with kumkum and perform archanas with red flowers.

Greatness Of Temple:

   The Tamil saying goes ? Kasiyil Vasi Avinashi meaning that what the devotee derives by worshipping in Kasi-Varanasi, he/she derives half of the benefits by worshipping Avinashilingeswara in Avinashi. Lord Avinashi Appar, Lord Bhairava and the holy water-theertham- are brought from Kasi. Bathing in the Kasi well in the temple on new moon day-Amavasya brings manifold benefits to the devotee. There will be no interval closing of the temple on new moon days.
According to scriptures, it is said Sage Vasishta worshipped in this temple for relief from adverse Saturn aspects. He has installed Sani Bhagwan in this temple. He is praised as Anugraha Murthy ? blessing His devotees. He appears with right leg on a peeta, left on his crow vehicle, arrow in the upper right hand and bow on the left, trident in lower right hand and the assuring sign-Abhayamudra- by the left hand lower.
There are two Ambikas in the temple, one in penance and the other with Lord in the sanctum sanctorum. She occupies the right side here against the traditional left as the ruling authority. There are separate Rajagopurams and flag posts for Lord and Mother. Lord Vishnu having His place behind Shiva shrine in temples as a tradition, is near the flag post facing Shiva. The temple is sung by Saint Manicka Vasagar in his celebrated Tiruvasagam hymns.
In the shrine between that of Lord Shiva and Mother Ambica, Lord Muruga has His shrine in a six triangular shape in Somaskanda design. Those not familiar with rules of meditation and pujas derive the best benefits in the temple if they simply pray sincerely. Lord and Mother offer what they wish. It is noteworthy that even a thief was forgiven and granted salvation by the Lord. There is a shrine for Vyadavedar the their. There are 32 Vinayakas in the temple. Lord Dakshinamurthy graces in a dancing posture from a shrine south of the Rajagopuram. Shiva Surya has his shrine. Lion vahan is before Nardana Ganapathy.
Those native to Scorpio sign worship the scorpion behind Mother Karunambica shrine. Those affected by poisonous bite worship here and receive prasads. Before worshipping the Scorpion, the devotee should offer his/her prayers to Lord Selva Ganapathi facing north (the direction belonging to Kubera) at the entrance of the temple.
Lord Bhairava in this temple is one among the 64 Bhairava forms. He is believed to be elder to Kasi Bhairava known as Akasha Kasikapura Pruradhanadha Bhairava in a shrine in the prakara. He enjoys the next place to Lord and Ambica. Sage Siva Yogi is above Lord Dakshinamurthy in the shrine. He learnt all the arts from His Guru and excelled Him then. As he has attained the status of Guru?s Guru , he is seen in higher place and grace the devotees.

Temple History:

   Saint Sundarar was passing through a stree in Avinahsi.??He hear joyous sounds celebrations in a house where the holy thread ceremony ? Upanayanm ? from a house and saw also the sad faces of a couple in the opposite house.??He came to know that the boys of the two houses were close friends.??While playing near a tank around the temple, one boy was dragged by the crocodile in the tank and died.??If alive, his upanayanam was also due to be conducted together.
Sage Sundarar immediately went to the temple and demanded the Lord to direct the crocodile to give back the boy it swallowed three years ago when he was four. He prayed to Lord with a Pathigam (10 verses). As he sang the fourth stanza begging the Lord to direct the crocodile to return the boy, to the joy of all around him, the crocodile brought back the boy with the growth he would have at the age of seven. Sundarar took the boy to the parents and arranged his upanayanam too. This is a great event related with this temple. During the Panguni Uthiram festival in March-April, Mudalai Vai Pillai ? boy in the grip of the crocodile ? utswav is celebrated for three days.

Special Features:

   Miracle Based:?Lord is a swayambumurthy in the temple. Holy tree Pathiri blossoms only during the Brahmmotsavam and never before or later.?

*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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