275 Thevara Shivasthalam !! Thiru Arasili Sri Arasilinathar Temple !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!

Thiru Arasili is one of the 275 Thevara Shivasthalam of Lord Shiva located 8kms from Pondicherry in the district of Villipuram, Tamil Nadu.  In this temple Lord Shiva worshipped in the form of self-manifested Linga.

Presiding deity – Sri Arasilinathar/Ashwatheshwarar/Arasaleeshwarar with Goddess Sri Periya Nayaki/Azhakiya Nayaki

Sthalvruksham – Peepal Tree

Theertham – Vamana Theertham/Arasili Theertham

Worshipped by – Sage Vamadeva

Mangalasasanam – Thiru Gnana Sambandhar

Festivals – Vaikasi Brahmostavam, Maha Shivaratri, Thirukarthikai, Pradosham,

Sannidhis – Lord Ganesha, Lord Dakshinamurthy, Lord Nataraja, Lord Vishnu, Lord Subramanya with his consorts Goddess Sri Valli & Deivayanai, Lord Bhairava, Nalvar (Appar,Sundarar, Sambandhar, Manikkavasagar) Lord Surya,

The legend has that Sage Vamadeva was afflicted with a curse and arrived in this sacred land, due to overtiredness of long journey he rested under a peepal tree situated here.  He found immense joy in the tranquility of this place and desired to worship Lord.  Soon Lord Shiva appeared before him in the form of Linga.  Sage Vamadeva was extremely pleased at this incident; he consecrated the Linga and started to worship and got rid of the curse on him.   Hence, this place has got its name Arasili and the presiding deity known as Arasaleeshwarar/Arasilinathar.

Another legend has that this region was under the regime of Chalukyas.  Chalukyas were zealous devotee of Lord Shiva.  This region was under the rule of King Satyavrata.  He was a righteous ruler; unfortunately he had no offspring for quite some time.  He was distressed at the thought of no heir for his throne.  He was an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva.  He consecrated a Linga to worship in a conspicuous place in his palace garden.   Surprisingly, this area of garden was remained empty without any alluring flowers though there were varieties of  flowery plants positioned in that specific area.   The servants reported this matter to King and decided to find the perpetrator who was stealing flowers from the garden.  The King was determined to find the wrongdoer and punish him for his mistake.  He closely scrutinized this area of the garden and found a deer nibbling all those attractive flowers.  The King was furious to watch the flowers kept for the daily worship of Lord were eaten by the deer.  In a rage he shot an arrow at the deer.  Soon the deer whizzed behind a peepal tree, King shot arrow pointing at the deer.  But the arrow hit the tree and it started to bleed.  The King was thought the arrow might have killed the deer.  He went in search for the deer all around the peepal tree; he did not find any trace of the deer, instead he found a Linga.   He passionately prostrated before the Linga. Instantaneously Lord appeared before the King with a mark of arrow strike on his forehead and blessed the King Satyavrata with virtuous offspring.  Soon after this happening King Satyavrata built a temple on its place.

This temple remains open from morning 6.00AM to evening 7.00PM.

 Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

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