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Sri Odhavaneswarar, Chottru Thurai Nather, Tholaya Selva Nathar temple

Moolavar : Odhavaneswarar, Chottru Thurai Nather, Tholaya Selva Nathar
Urchavar : NA
Amman / Thayar : Annapoorani, Tholayaselvi
Thala Virutcham : Vilwa
Theertham : Cauvery, Suryatheertham
Agamam / Pooja : NA
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Tiru Chottru Thurai
City : Thiruchottruthurai
District : Thanjavur
State : Tamil Nadu


   The Lord of the temple is praised in the hymns of Saint Tirunavukkarasarar. This is the 13th Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in hymns.


   Maha Shivrathri is very devotionally celebrated in the temple in February-March.

Temple's Speciality:

   Lord Shiva in the temple is a Swayambumurthy.

Opening Time:

   The temple is open from 9.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. only.


   Sri Chottru Thurai Nathar Temple, Tiruchottruthurai Post-613 202. Via Kandiyur, Tiruvaiyaru Taluk, Thanjavur district


   91- 9943884377

General Information:

   Entering the temple, a vast prakara welcomes the devotee. Southeast of this prakara is the Shrine of Mother Ambica facing east. She is praised Oppilambikai and Annapoorani. As Lord Shiva-Chottruthurai Nathar is pouring endless wealth on His devotees, He worshipped as Tholaya Selvar. Mother Annapoorani is half of Shiva taking all care of Her devotees. Poverty and ailments vanish from those who place themselves at Her feet.


   Those facing delays in wedding pray to Nandhi Wedding festival celebrated in Chithirai ? April-May for removal of obstacles in their case.

Thanks giving:

   Devotees offer vastras to Lord and Mother and contribute for the temple renovation projects.

Greatness Of Temple:

   As the very name of the Lord Chottruthurai Nathar suggests, Lord not only offers adequate food to His devotees but it also means that He ensures total salvation to the souls. The place, Tiru Chottru Thurai is one among the seven places where Lord fed His devotees. This is the third among the Ezhur-seven places beginning from Tiruvaiyaru, Tirupazhanam. Saints Ramalinga Vallalar and Arunagiriar had praised this temple in their hymns. Lords Brahmma and Vishnu, Sage Gautama, Sun God and Indira worshipped Lord in this temple. Indira got a highest position. Sage Gautama attained salvation.

Temple History:

   Once, a severe famine struck the place. A Shiva devotee, Arulalan by name, men, women and children were suffering from starvation. Arulalan cried to Lord that He should come to rescue the people to save them from starvation deaths. The priest stopped coming to the temple long back. A temple staff coming to light a lamp in the evening also fell down due to hunger. The temple was dark. Arulalar, sitting in the dark temple wept and dashed against the entrance steps and cried for help. It suddenly began to rain incessantly and the whole place was inundated with flood water.

Special Features:

   Miracle Based: Lord is a swayambumurthy in the temple.

*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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