275 Thevara Shivasthalam !! Thiruakkur Thiru Thanthondriappar Temple !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Thiruakkur/Thanthondri Madam is one of the 275 Thevara Shivasthalam of Lord Shiva located in Mayiladuthurai, Nagapattinam District, Tamil Nadu.  This is one of the prominent temples of Lord Shiva built by King Ko-Chengan Chozha widely known as Madakkovil.
Presiding deity – Thiru Thanthondriappar/Swayambunathar with his consort Goddess Sri Vannedunganni Ammai
Mangalasasanam – Thirunavukkarasar, Thiru Gnana Sambandhar
Saint Arunagirinathar sung praising the glories of Lord Subramanya in this temple.
Theertham –Kumudha Theertham
Sthalavruksham – Kondrai, Vilva, Betel Nut,
Sannidhis – Lord Ganesha, Lord Nandikeshwara, Lord Subramanya with his consorts Goddess Sri Valli & Deivayanai,  Moovar, Sundaramurti Nayanar with Sangili Nachiyar & Paravai Nachiyar, Kala Bhairavar, Lord Surya, Lord Bhairava, Thiru Siruppuli Nayanar, Vishwanathar & Visalakshi, Ayirathil Oruvar,
Significance –
This is one of the sacred temples where Sage Agastya envisioned the celestial wedding of the divine couple.
This is the birth place of Thiru Siruppuli Nayanar.
Life of Thiru Siruppuli Nayanar:
Festivals – Maha Shivaratri, Arudra Darisanam, Aippasi Annabhishekam, Masi Makam, Thiru Karthikai, Panguni Uthiram, Pournami,
The legend has that at the divine instruction King Ko Chengan Chozha who was ruled this city decided to perform feast for 1000 people for 48 days.   He sincerely arranged 1000 plantain leaves to serve the people on daily basis; but one way or another there was only 999 were present for the feast.  This unusual practice repeated for another few days.  The King was totally distressed at this occurrence and earnestly prayed to Lord.   Lord was pleased at the devotion and dedication of the King, on 48th day Lord disguised in the form a Brahmin and seated amongst the people assembled for the feast.   Lord appeared as Ayirathil Oruvan amongst the Brahmins and received the offerings of the King.  Hence, the deity has got the name Ayirathil Oruvan.
This temple remains open from 6.30 AM to 11.00 PM in the morning and 5.00PM to 7.30PM in the evenings.
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Jai Sriman Narayana !!

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