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Sri Agneeswarar temple

Moolavar : Agneeswarar, Theeyadiappar
Urchavar : NA
Amman / Thayar : Soundaryanayaki, Azhagammai
Thala Virutcham : Vanni, Vilwa
Theertham : Surya theertham, Kudamurutti river, Agnitheertham is in the form of a well
Agamam / Pooja : NA
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Melai Tirukattupalli
City : Tirukattupalli
District : Thanjavur
State : Tamil Nadu


   Praised by Ganasambandar and Tirunavukkarasar in Thevaram hymns Origin of Vedas, holds Mazhu, Taught essence of scriptures, rings Dancing in ears, handsome, king of Kattupalli, my Lord, I sing His glory. This is the 9th temple on the southern bank of Cauvery


   Masi Magam in February-March, Panguni Peruvizha in March-April, Shivarathri in February-March, Aipasi Annabishekam in October-November and Margazhi Tiruvadhirai are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

Temple's Speciality:

   Lord Agneeswara is a swayambu Linga. In the Navagraha shrine (9 Planets) against the general traditions, all the planets are facing Sun planet. As Agni (God of Fire) worshipped, the temple is named Agneeswaram. This is now in form of

Opening Time:

   The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.


   Sri Agneeswarar Temple, Tirukattupalli Post ? 613 104, Thanjavur district.


   91 94423 47433

General Information:

   Sri Yoga Dakshinamurthy graces in the Prakara around the presiding deity. The main tower (Rajagopuram) is of a five tier model. The flag post (Kodimaram or Dwajasthamba) is covered by copper. Lord Vinayaka graces from the right side. Inside the temple on the right is the Goddess-Mother?s shrine facing south. She graces in a standing form with Dwarapalakas at the entrance of the shrine. There is also a Vinayaka within the shrine. Lord Arthanareeswara is with Lingodhbava. Next is the shrine of Lord Muruga with His consorts Valli and Deivanai. Then follows the shrines of Kasi Viswanatha with Mother Visalakshmi, Gajalakshmi, Durga.


   Devotees pray for removal of obstacles in marriage talks, excellence in education and prosperity.

Thanks giving:

   Devotees perform abishek to the Lord with Vastras-clothing. They bathe on Sundays in the month of Karthikai (November-December) in Agni theertha and on Masi Magam (February-March), Panguni Uthiram (March-April) and Vaikasi Visakam (May-June).

Greatness Of Temple:

   Brahmma the Creator, Sun, Bagiratha and Queen of Urayur worshipped Lord in the temple. Following the worship by Agnideva (God of Fire), the temple is named Agneeswaram.The temple was renovated during the rule of Uthama Cholan. The epigraphy has mention of Sundara Pandian and Konerinmaikondan. The name of Goddess is mentioned as Azhagammai.

Temple History:

   The story goes that a servant of King of Urayur brought some Sevvandhi flowers meant for Shiva Puja and gave it to the king. The king in turn gave them to his two wives. The elder wife offered it to Lord Shiva while the other wore it on her head. While Tirukattupalli where the first wife lived grew into fame, Urayur where the second wife lived met with destruction.

Special Features:

   Miracle Based: Presiding deity Agneeswarar is a swayambulinga. All the planets in the Navagraha shrine are facing Sun.

*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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