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Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple



Moolavar : Sundareswarar
Urchavar : Somaskandar
Amman / Thayar : Meenakshi
Thala Virutcham : Vilwa
Theertham : Well water
Agamam / Pooja : Shivagama
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Andipatti
City : Andipatti
District : Theni
State : Tamil Nadu

Singers:

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Festival:

   The wedding festival is celebrated in the temple the same time when Meenakshi Kalyanam is celebrated in Chithirai (April-May) in Madurai temple. Skanda Sashti in October-November and Tirukarthikai in November-December are other important festivals in the temple.


Temple's Speciality:

   Sun and Moon grace in the temple close together. As such, people perform Aamavasya Tarpan every day here. (Amavasya or new moon day occur when Sun and Moon meet each other). As the shrine of Lord Muruga stands in between that of the Lord and Mother, the temple is celebrated as Somaskanda Sthalam. Worshipping here bring the devotee the benefits of worshipping in Mount Kailash itself. Lord Vinayaka is praised as Koti Vinayaka as He graces multiple benefits ? crore times ? to the devotee. Lord Muruga graces as in Palni temple facing north sitting on His peacock vehicle. Those worshipping Muruga in this temple get the benefit of worshipping Him in Palni also. Generally, Sanakati Rishis occupy the feet space of Lord Dakshinamurthi in all temples. Here, Saptha Rishis (seven rishis) are in this place with Veerasana Dakshinamurthi which is a very rare depiction not found elsewhere. Lord Brahmma and Lord Vishnu grace at the back of Shiva in the Lingodhbhava shrine giving the devotee the benefit of collective worship of the three Lords. Such a design could be seen in Tiruvadhigai Veerattanam temple also.


Opening Time:

   The temple is open from 7.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and 5.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.


Address:

   Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple, Bazaar Street, Andipatti ? 625 512. Theni district.


Phone:

   91- 99527 66408, 94435 01421, 94434 47458


General Information:

   This is an ancient temple belonging to the Pandya period. The consecration works are in progress. Devotees are required to contribute to the renovation works. The seven tier main tower-Rajagopuram stands majestically facing east. Any festival planned in temples around Andipatti will start only from this temple.


Prayers:

   Those seeking child boon pray to Santhana Vinayaka in the temple. Those trapped in litigations, light lamps for favourable results. Those suffering from indigestion or other stomach problems offer pure rice to the Lord and take it as food.


Thanks giving:

   As the Lord responds to our prayers, devotees offer what they could for the renovation of temple.


Greatness Of Temple:

   The antiquity of the temple is as ancient as that of Madurai Meenakshi temple. Many Siddhas lived here. Those seeking mental peace choose this temple for meditation and yoga practices. One of the Siddhas in the guise of beggars here was Sivanandi Siddha. He did many miracles here. His tomb (jeeva Samadhi) is here on which stands the holy tree the Vilwa. People of this place believe that the sacred ash offered under the tree is a powerful remedy for prolonged diseases. Special pujas are performed to the Silver Vel in the temple to protect the people from famine and starvation. It is the faith of the devotees that participating in this worship would protect them from poverty. Many around this place have their marriages solemnized in this temple in the faith that their marital life would ever be happy. Sun and Moon grace together in the temple. Hence, people perform the Amavasya tarpan daily in the temple. While, as a tradition, Sanakati Rishis are near the feet space of Lord Dakshinamurthi in temples, there are Saptha rishis in the place around Veerasana Dakshinamurthi in this temple, a very rare form in a Shiva temple. Lord Brahmma and Lord Vishnu grace from the Lingodhbava shrine behind the sanctum sanctorum would be blessed with collective benefits of worshipping the three Lords together. Such a form could be seen in Tiruvadhigai Veeratteswarar temple.


Temple History:

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Special Features:

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*Sources from Dinamalar.com




 
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