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Sri Thanthondreeswarar temple

Moolavar : Thanthondreeswarar
Urchavar : NA
Amman / Thayar : Soundaryanayaki
Thala Virutcham : Vilwa
Theertham : Bhairavar Theppam
Agamam / Pooja : Shivagama
Old year : 500 years old
Historical Name : Iluppaivanam
City : Iluppaikudi
District : Sivaganga
State : Tamil Nadu




   Brahmmotsavam in Chithirai (April-May), Shivarathri in Vaikasi (May-June), Karthikai in November-December, Annabisheakam in Aipasi (October-November) are the festival celebrated in the temple.

Temple's Speciality:

   There is a Kutty Vinayaka (Tiny Vinayaka) sculpture in the pillar of the front mandap just one inch size with fingers, eyelids, nails etc. very shown with minute clarity and workmanship. Lord Dakshinamurthy in the Shiva shrine goshta wall graces devotees with a crown, a different form. Mother Varahi sculpture is on a pillar before Ambica shrine.

Opening Time:

   The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.


   Sri Iuppaikudi Devasthanam, Sri Thanthondreeswar Temple, Iluppaikudi-630 202. Ariyakudi Post, Sivaganga district


   91- 4561 - 221 810, 94420 43493.

General Information:

   Lord Bhairava in the temple is praised as Agarshana Bhairava with twin dogs as His vahan.? Sri Varasiddhi Vinayaka graces devotees in the temple.? There are shrines for Lords Nataraja, Kasi Viswanatha, Perumal, Murugan, Mothers Visalakshi, Mahalakshmi and Sani Bhagwan and Navagrahas the nine planets.


   Devotees pray for family prosperity, wedding and child boons and for removal of adverse aspects on children.? People pray to Lord Bhairava for cure from diseases and good health.? Women facing delays in marriages pray to Mother Varahi with sandal paste and lighting ghee lamps.

Thanks giving:

   Devotees perform abishek to Lord and Mother offering new vastras. They offer garlands made of Vada a famous dish of Tamilnadu with special pujas to Lord Bhairava. Those cured of their diseases light ghee lamps on coconut shells to Lord Bhairava.

Greatness Of Temple:

   Lord Bhairava of the temple is praised as Swarna Agarshana Bhairava. He holds an Akshaya Patra ? a bowl that never exhausts of food and other prosperous things needed for a happy life ? instead of the traditional skull. It is said that the skull has changed into this prosperous bowl as Lord Bhairava played alchemy to change iron into gold. Prayer to Him brings all wealth to devotees. The other significance is that He has twin dog vahans, the one on the right is looking at the feet siting and the other at the left standing.
A yantra is also installed in the shrine. A special yajna is performed in Lord Bhairava?s shrine on the Ashtami day (8th day) of the new moon fortnight with 16 Kalasas ? sacred pots filled with water ? and this water is used for abishek to Thanthondreeswarar and Soundarya Nayaki followed by Gomatha puja ? cow puja. Lord Thanthondreeswarar is small in size. The idol of Mother Soundarya Nayaki is made along with the Tiruvachi-the frame around the idol. There is a plank with a dog figure on a pillar. Those bitten by dog, bathe in the theertha, go round this plank and pray to Lord Bhairava for removal of the dog bite poison from the body. Konganar procession is celebrated during Chithirai Brahmmotsavam. As Lord granted darshan in the Ilupai forest, the place is named Iluppaikudi.

Temple History:

   A Siddha Yogi, Konganar by name in a place named Mathur used herbals and converted iron into gold of 500 touch.? He prayed to Lord Shiva to grant him the power to further enhance the value to 1000 touch.? Lord advised the Siddha to worship Lord Bhairava in the Iluppai jungle to realize his will.? Siddha devotionally followed the advice.? The gold thus produced by Konganar was very bright.? When he tried to take it out, the gold disappeared in earth and reappeared as a Shivalinga.? As the Linga appeared from a jyoti, He was named Swayam Prakaseswarar ? Shining by Himself and Thanthondreeswarar ? one who appeared through Himself.

Special Features:

   Miracle Based:?The reputation of the temple is many. A tiny Vinayaka of just an inch so clear in every part representing a high sculptural skill, Lord Dakshinamurthy with a crown in the goshta wall, Mother Varahi on a Lion vahan on a pillar are examples of the mastery of Tamils in sculpture.?

*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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