275 Thevara Shivasthalam !! Thiruavalivanallur Thiru Sakshinathar Temple !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Thiruavalivanallur/Pancharanya Kshetram is one of the 275 Thevara Shivasthalam of Lord Shiva located in Kumbakonam, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu. In this temple Lord Shiva worshipped in the form of a self-manifested Linga.
The Pancharanya Kshetrams are the five prominent temples Thirukkarukavur/Mullaivanam, Thiruavalivanallur/Pathirivanam, Thiruarathaiperumpazhi/Haridhwaramangalam/Vannivanam, Thiruirumpunai/Alangudi/Punnai Vanam and Thirukkolamputhur/Vilvavanam are located on the southern side of river Cauvery.  The worship of Lord Shiva at the above mentioned temples during the hours of Brahmamuhurtham/ morning/afternoon/evening and in the night provides abundance of devoutness.  
Preisidng deity – Thiru Sakshinathar/Thamparisudayar with his consort Goddess Sri Soundara Nayaki/Soundaryavalli
Mangalasasanam – Appar, Thiru Gnana Sambandhar, Sundarar
Sthalavruksham – Pathiri
Worshipped by – Varahamurthi, Sage Kashyapa,
Theertham – Chandra Pushkarani
Festivals – Maha Shivaratri, Thirukarthikai, Aippasi Annabhishekam, Arudra Darisanam, Markazhi Utsavam, Panguni Uthiram,
Sannidhis – Lord Ganesha, Lord Nandikeshwara,  Nalvar, Sage Kanva, Veerabhadra, Sapthakanykas, 63 Nayanmars, Lord Nataraja & Goddess Sivakami, Kumaralingam, Kasi Vishwanathar & Goddess Sri Visalakshi, Navagrahas, Chandeswarar, Kalabhairava, Lord Surya,  Idols of Somaskandhar, Lord Subramanya, Goddess Sri Mahalakshmi, Goddess Sri Sivakami, Goshtamurtham – Lord Brahma, Lord Dakshinamurthi, Lingodhbavar, Sage Agastya, Goddess Sri Durga,
The legend has that a Brahmin who was lived in this village of Nallur was a passionate devotee of Lord Shiva.  He had two daughters and the elder daughter one was married, shortly she was send back to her parental home as her husband was leaving for Kashi Yatra.  Soon,  she was afflicted with highly infectious viral disease causes permanent damage, eventually she lost her eye sight and it poorly affected her personal appearance.   Later, the second daughter who was married also came back to stay with her father.  At this moment, the elder daughter’s husband returned home after several years completing his Kashi Yatra.  He was traumatized to see his wife and mistook the second daughter as his wife.  The old Brahmin was miserable; he made several attempts to convince his son-in-law about the incidents happened in his absence.  The argument between them continued without any fruitful resolution.  The old Brahmin earnestly prayed to Lord to find a way out of this critical problem.  Lord Shiva appeared before them and commanded that ‘Aval Ival’ to prove the statement of his zealous devotee.  Thus this place has got its name Avalivanallur.  Eventually, the elder daughter took a dip in the Chandra Pushkarani located in this temple and regained her eye sight and beautiful appearance once again.  Thus, this couple reunited and led a blissful married life with the grace of Lord.
This temple remains open from 6.30 AM  to 12.00 PM in the morning and 4.30 AM to 8.00PM in the evenings.
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Jai Sriman Narayana !!

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