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Sri Abirameswarar temple

Moolavar : Abirameswarar
Urchavar : NA
Amman / Thayar : Muthamman
Thala Virutcham : Vanni and Kondrai
Theertham : Ambalam Poompoigai (tank); Danda theertham (well); Pampai (river)
Agamam / Pooja : NA
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Gomadhupuram, Thiruamathur
City : Tiruvamathur
District : Viluppuram
State : Tamil Nadu


   The temple is praised in the Thevaram hymns of Appar, Sambandar, Sundarar and Arunagirinathar. ? This is the 21st Shiva temple in Nadunaadu region praised in Thevaram hymns.


   Shivarathri in February-March and Navarathri in September October are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

Temple's Speciality:

   Lord Shiva, a swayambumurthy is facing east. Mother Muthambika was installed by Sri Adi Sankara. As a tradition, Lord and Mother grace the devotees from a single temple. Here, Lord Shiva has his own temple facing east and Ambica Her own facing west. The tail part of a serpent is on the Tirumeni (body) of Mother. There is a hole between the two temples through which Lord and Mother use to see each other. Shivalingamurthy of Tiruvattaparai is very famously treated here. According to history of the place, Lord Sri Rama and Sugriva entered into an alliance to fight and kill Ravana sitting at this spot

Opening Time:

   The temple is open from 7.30 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.


   Sri Abirameswarar Temple, Tiruvamathur-605 402, Villupuram district.


   91- 4146-223 379, 98430 66252.

General Information:

   Mother Muthambikai appears in a standing form facing west.? There are shrines for Lords Mal Thuyar Theertha Vinayaka, Muruga, Nataraja, Dakshinamurthy, Lingodhbava, Brahmma, Mother Durga, Lord Bikshadana, Sahasralingas, Lords Sattanathar, Kasi Viswanathar, Arunachaleswarar, Sri Rama, Sapthamadhas, Naalvar, 63 Nayanmars, Chandeswara, Bhairava and the Navagrahas the nine planets in the prakara.? There is a mandap called Sathya Palakai in the southwest corner.? A Nandhi of big size, Padala Nanddhi, Bali Peeta and the flag post receive the devotee at the entrance.
There are some epigraphic details related to the period of Koparakesari, Rajendra Chola I, Veera Rajendran and Kulothnga I.


   People pray to Mother Muthambikai for removal of obstacles in marriage talks, child boon.

Thanks giving:

   Devotees offer milk abishek to Amman and offer pudding-Pongal as nivedhana.

Greatness Of Temple:

   To cleanse Himself of the sin of killing Ravana, Lord Sri Rama worshipped Lord Shiva here performing abishek with Danda Theertha. Before marching on Surapadma, Lord Muruga worshipped Lord Shiva and Mother Parvathi here and was blessed with the Vel weapon. Vinayaka, Muruga, Parvathi, Sri Rama, Mother Sita, Lakshmana, Maharshi Naradha, Sages Vysa, Romasa, Madanga Muni, Ashta Vasus had worshipped Lord Shiva in the temple. Saint Arunagiriar had praised Lord Muruga of the temple in his Tirupughazh hymns. Sage Brungi Muni refusing to worship none other than Lord Shiva was cursed as tree by Mother Parvathi. He became the sacred Vanni tree of the temple now standing between the shrines of Lord and Mother.

Temple History:

   Once, cows did not have horns and were harassed by wild animals.? They prayed to Lord Shiva and were blessed with horns to protect themselves.? This happened in this place, Tiru Aa Mathur ? Aa-cow.? The land is being revered as the Mother House of cows.? According to Hindu faith, all Gods including Lords Brahmma, Vishnu and Shiva, Mothers Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswathi and all Devas reside in the body of the cow.? As cows worshipped here, the place has additional reputation.? Lord Abhirameswarar appears holding the feet of the cow on His head.

Special Features:

   Miracle Based:?Shiva in one facing east and the Mother in the other facing West. A symbol of the snake tail is seen on the body of the mother.Acharya Adi Sankara had installed Mother Muthambika in the temple?

*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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