275 Thevara Shivasthalam !! Thiruthilathaipathi / Sethalapathi Thiru Mathimuktheeswarar Temple !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!

Thiruthilathaipathi/Sethalapathi/Tilatharpanapuri/Mukthisthalam is one of the 275 Thevara Shivasthalam of Lord Shiva located on the river banks of Arisillaru in Nannilam, Thiruvanur District, Tamil Nadu.  The most prominent temples of Lord Shiva for performing homage to ancestors are Varanasi, Rameshwaram, Thiruvanchiyam/Srivanchiyam, Thiruvengadu, Tilatharpanapuri/Thilathaipathi, Gaya and Triveni Sangamam in Allahabad.


Presiding deity – Thiru Mathimuktheeswarar/Tilathaimathimukthar with his consort Goddess Sri Porkodinayaki/Suvarnnavalli/Marakathavalli


Mangalasasanam – Thiru Gnana Sambandhar

Saint Arunagirinathar sung praising the glories of Lord Subramanya in this temple.


Sthalavruksham – Mandaram


Theertham – Brahma Theertham, Arisillaru, Chandra Theertham


Significance – Lord Rama performed Tila Tarpanam and final rites to King Dasaratha and Jadayu. Hence, this place has got its name Thiruthilathaipathi.   In this temple there are statues portraits Lord Rama along with Lakshmana performing final rites for his ancestors in front of four Lingas that stands as a mark of initial obeisance to his Mother, Father, Acharya and God.


Sannidhis – Lord Ganesha, Lord Nandikeshwara, Lord Subramanya with his consorts Goddesses Sri valli & Deivayanai, Nalvar, Ramalingam, Kasi Viswanathar & Visalakshi, Goddess Sri Gajalakshmi, Lord Srinivasa with Sridevi & Bhoodevi Nachiyars, Adi Vinayaka, Lord Chandra, Lord Surya, Lord Rama & Lakshmana, Bhairava, Navagrahas, Goshtamurtham – Lord Ganesha, Lord Dakshinamurthi & Sanakadis, Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, Goddess Sri Durga,


Worshipped by – Lord Brahma, Lord Rama & Lakshman, Lord Surya, Lord Chandra, Airavatha,


King Narchodhi underwent severe austerities and performed strict homage to his father in many sacred places.  Finally, he arrived on Thilathaipathi and carried out Thilatharpanam and final rites to his father, while performing the rituals Pitrus appeared before him and received the offerings.  Therefore, Thilathaipathi is one of the significant places on Earth to perform final homage to ancestors.


Festivals –Maha Shivaratri, Masi Makam, Thiru Karthikai, Panguni Uthiram, Aippasi Annabhishekam, Arudra Darisanam,


The legend has that Lord Shiva performed cosmic dance in the presence of all deities, Sages and celestial dancers & Singers at Mount Kailash.   The entire cosmos was immersed at the captivating exquisiteness of Lord’s dance forms and the divine couple provided blessings to those who were assembled.   In the meantime, Lord Vayu was completely wrapped up with the situation, in a state of bliss activated a noticeable airstream that caused to misplace the attire of Urvassi (celestial dancer),  Lord Brahma who was standing next to Urvassi was absorbed at the beauty of her.  Lord Shiva was furious at the unruliness of Lord Brahma and cursed him to take birth on Earth.  Lord Brahma realized his foolishness, earnestly prayed to Lord Shiva.  The compassionate Lord Shiva advised Lord Brahma to worship him at Thiruthilathaipathi, which would free him from the curse.  Lord Brahma sincerely followed the instructions of Lord Shiva, arrived on this sacred land and created a pond Brahma Theertham, underwent severe austerities and performed sacred bath to Lord Shiva.  Eventually, Lord Brahma was relieved from the curse.  Meanwhile, Goddess Dakshayani was undergoing severe penance for several years on this sacred place to get released from the sin committed due to the disrespectful act to Lord Shiva and the humiliating experiences at the Daksha Yaga.  Lord Brahma noticed that Goddess Dakshayani was enclosed by huge mound of ants were ultimately cleared by him.  Soon, Goddess Sri Parvati appeared before Lord Brahma and blessed him. Further, Lord Brahma worshipped Lord Shiva with his consort Goddess Sri Parvati and got relieved from the sins. 


This temple remains open from 6.00 AM to 12.00PM in the morning and 4.30 PM to 8.30 PM in the evenings.


Jaya Jaya sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Jai Sriman Narayana !!

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