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Sri Abathsahayeswarar temple

Moolavar : Abathsahayeswarar
Urchavar : NA
Amman / Thayar : Perianayaki
Thala Virutcham : Lime
Theertham : Agni, Varuna theerthams
Agamam / Pooja : Kameekam
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Tiru Anniyur
City : Ponnur
District : Nagapattinam
State : Tamil Nadu


   The temple is praised in the Thevaram hymns of Saints Tirugnana Sambandar and Tirunavukkarasar. This is the 22nd Shiva temple on the northern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns


   Maha Shivrathri in February-March; Vaikasi Visakam in May-June and Tirukarthikai in November-December are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

Temple's Speciality:

   Lord Shiva is a Swayambumurthy in the temple. Lord is also praised as Agnipureeswarar. The rays of Sun fall on the Lord for five days in the month of Panguni-March-April. Lord Muruga with His consorts Valli and Deivanai appears with Kuzhai-circle shape ear rings.

Opening Time:

   The temple is open from 7.00 a.m. to 10,00 a.m. and from 5.30 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.


   Sri Abathsahayeswarar Temple, Ponnur, Pandur Post-609 203, Via Needur, Mayiladuthurai Taluk, Nagapattinam district.


   91 4364 250 758, 250 755

General Information:

   Varuna the God of Rain and King Harichandra had worshipped Lord Shiva in this temple. Planets Sun, Sani Bhagwan and Lord Bhairava are side by side in a shrine. Though Sani Bhagwan, son of Sun is generally considered a malefic planet, He is all good to devotees in the temple. Those facing adverse Sani aspects pray here for relief. Lord Muruga with His consorts graces majestically in a different form wearing Kuzhai a circle shape design ear rings.


   Women pray here for longevity of their Sumangali status and from any grievances they may have. For Hindu women, the wealth they aspire for is the wearing of the Mangalsutra the wedding knot, the kumkum tilak, ear rings, bangles and the Metti in their toes till the end of their life. Widowhood is a curse they would not like to incur and endure. They pray to Lord for this prosperity. This is their Sumangali status. For Hindu women, all other wealth is purely secondary.

Thanks giving:

   Devotees perform special abishek and pujas to Lord and Mother offering vastras and curd rice nivedhana.

Greatness Of Temple:

   It is believed that Lord Shiva is in the form of Agni in the temple, hence also the name Agnipureeswarar. Those performing rituals for the ancestors pray to Lord Shiva here for Atma Shanti. 5 days during the Panguni month-March-April, the rays of Sun fall on the Lord. The event of Rathi the wife of Manmatha worshipping Lord is observed in Karthikai month (November-December) with special pujas.

Temple History:

   Demon Taraka was harassing the Devas with the boon he obtained from Brahmma. Devas fell at the feet of Lord Shiva for protection. As Lord Shiva was in deep meditation, they could not wake him up. So they engaged cupid-Manmatha the authority to trigger passion in the mind of anyone to shoot the arrow of flowers on Lord. Opening His forehead eye in fury, Lord Shiva reduced Manmatha to ashes. His wife Rathi begged the Lord for her husband. Lord said that she would get him back at an appropriate time. Rathi performed penance on Lord. Manmatha was restored to life and they both jointly worshipped Lord Shiva in this temple. Granting darshan to them Lord came in here as a swayambulinga.

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*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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