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Nidheeswarar Temple Annamputhur Villupuram


Nidheeswarar Temple Annamputhur Villupuram

Nidheeswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in Annamputhur Village in Tindivanam Taluk in Villupuram District in Tamil Nadu. Presiding Deity is called as Nidheeswarar and Mother is called as Kanaga Thirupurasundari. The Temple was believed to be built by Pallavas and later renovated by Cholas. The Temple is considered as Guru Parihara Sthalam.

Nidheeswarar

Lord Gubera, the God of wealth prayed to Lord Shiva of this Temple and obtained all the eight types of Nidhis (Padma Nidhi, Maha Padma Nidhi, Makara Nidhi, Kachapa Nidhi, Mukunda Nidhi, Neela Nidhi, Nanda Nidhi and Sanka Nidhi. Hence, Lord Shiva of this Temple came to be called as Nidheeswarar. 

Annamputhur

In Hindu mythology, Lord Bramha and Lord Vishnu entered into a heated argument among themselves to ascertain who was the greatest. Lord Shiva was asked to be the judge. Lord Siva told them that whoever was able to see his crown as well as his feet would be declared as the greatest. Then Lord Shiva transformed himself into a Jothi (a column of fire) touching the heaven and earth. Lord Vishnu took the avatar of Varaha (wild boar) and dug deep into the earth to find Siva’s feet but later accepted defeat. Bramha took the form of a swan and flew to see the crown of Shiva.

Unable to reach the crown, Bramha saw a Thazampoo flower which had decked Shiva’s crown falling down. He asked the flower on its way down, as to the distance of Shiva’s crown whereby the flower replied that he had been falling for forty thousand years. Lord Bramha, realizing that he would not be able to reach the crown, asked the flower to act as a false witness to help him. The Thazampoo flower, acting as a false witness, declared to Lord Shiva that Brahma had seen Lord Shiva’s crown.

Lord Shiva became angry at the deception and cursed that Bramha should have no temple on earth and to become a swan. Lord Shiva also cursed Thazampoo flower that it should not be used while praying to Lord Shiva. The place where Lord Siva stood as a column of fire to eliminate Brahma’s ego is Thiruvannamalai. Lord Brahma in the form of Swan came here and worshipped Lord Shiva to get rid of his curse. Hence, the village is called as Annamputhur. Lord Brahma’s idol can be seen in the nearby ancient Selli Amman Temple.

People worshipped Lord Shiva here

Lord Brahma, Lord Gubera and Chola Emperor Rajaraja Chola I worshipped Lord Shiva here.

Nidheeswarar Temple Annamputhur Villupuram History

The Temple was believed to be built by Pallavas and later renovated by Cholas. Also, Chola Emperor Rajaraja Chola I visited this Temple during his 23rd year of reign. The Temple was eventually got lost to fury of nature. The Shiva Lingam emerges out from the mound in 20th Century. Locals shifted the Sivalingam to a thatched hut a few meters away and excavated the site around the mound where the lingam was found.

Locals found stones and dilapidated idols belonging to ancient temple. Locals informed to Archaeological Survey of India about their discovery. Excavations done by ASI revealed the destroyed old temple and stone inscriptions informs about the contribution of land to burn the perpetual Lamp here by Rajaraja Chola.

An ancient Pallava era Vinayaka Idol, a disfigured Nandhi and the old collapsed foundation made of bricks were found from the mound. Saptha Matha idols found in the nearby Selli Amman Temple are dated to Pallava Period. It might be formed as part of the ancient Temple.

The inscriptions found during excavation also mention the name of the Lord Shiva as Nidheeswarar. Locals started to reconstruct the lost temple in 2008 with the support of Kanchi Maha Periyava and other volunteers. Kumbabhishekam was conducted in April 2014 by Siva Shree Pichai Gurukkal of Pillaiyarpatti.

The Temple

This Temple is facing towards east. The Sanctum Sanctorum consists of Sanctum, Antrala and Ardha Mandapam. There is a shed common for Sanctum and Mother shrine. Nandi and Balipeedam can be found facing the sanctum in this shed. Presiding Deity is called as Nidheeswarar and is facing east. He is housed in the sanctum in the form of Lingam. He is about 4.5 feet tall on a lotus base (Peetham) and just the Lingam is measured to be 7 feet with 4.5 feet above the ground level and 2.5 feet below the ground which is unique.

Dwarapalakas can be found at the entrance of the sanctum. Ganesha, Dakshinamoorthy, Lingodbhava, Vishnu and Brahma are the Koshta idols located around the sanctum walls. Chandikeswarar Shrine can be found in his usual location. Mother is called as Kanaga Thirupurasundari. She is housed in a separate south facing shrine.

There is a west facing shrine housing Dhana Akarshana Bhairavar and Kala Bhairavar in the Temple premises. Both the idols are housed in same shrine but separated by an intermediate wall. There is a shrine for Sivaloganathar Siddhar in the Temple premises. A 2000 years old pounder used for pounding herbal plants to make medicine can be found near the Temple premises.

There are shrines for Lakshmi Ganapathi, Lord Murugan (Kalyana Subramanya) with his consorts Valli & Deivanai and Navagrahas in the Temple premises. Saptha Matha idols found in the nearby Selli Amman Temple are dated to Pallava Period. It might be formed as part of the ancient Temple. Lord Brahma’s idol can also be seen in the nearby ancient Selli Amman Temple.

Nidheeswarar Temple Annamputhur Villupuram Opening Time

The Temple remains open from 06.00 AM to 11.00 AM and 05.00 PM to 08.00 PM.

Nidheeswarar Temple Annamputhur Villupuram Festivals

Monthly Pradoshams, Pournami, Thiruvadhirai, Sankatahara Chathurthi, Krithikai, Sashti, Valarpirai Ashtami, Theipirai Ashtami, Chathurthi, Akshaya Tritiya, Navaratri, Diwali, Skanda Sashti, Aippasi Annabishekam, Karthigai Somavaram, Karthigai Deepam, Thai Poosam, Shivaratri, Masi Magam, Panguni Uthiram and Aadi Pooram are the festivals celebrated here.

Nidheeswarar Temple Annamputhur Villupuram Prayers

Nidheeswarar

It is strongly believed that by praying to Lord Shiva of this Temple, one can expect a turning point in life by praying at this temple. Devotees can change their fate by praying to Lord Nidheeswarar here as he changed the fate of Lord Brahma. Devotees perform pooja to have a wealthy and comfortable life. Also, they will perform Swarna Pushpa Archana on every Thursday, monthly Pushya nakshatra, Akshaya Thridhiyai and Deepavali to overcome financial problems. People will get rid of Brahmmahathi Dosham by praying to Lord Shiva of this Temple. Guru Pariharam can be done by offering yellow vastra and doing Archana with yellow flowers to Lord Nidheeswarar on every Thursday.

Kanaga Thirupurasundari

Couples seeking child should bring butter, coconut and fruits as nivedhana to Goddess Kanaga Thirupurasundari and do Archana on Fridays and full moon days to be blessed with child.

Lakshmi Ganapathi

Devotees worship Lord Lakshmi Ganapathi on Chathurthi days to gain excellence in education.

Kalyana Subramaniyar

Devotees worship Kalyana Subramanya to get suitable alliance for marriage. Devotees will visit and worship Kalyana Subramaniyar with two garlands for early and happy married life.

Irattai Bhairavar

People pray to Dhana Akarshana Bhairavar and Kala Bhairavar here for recovery of lost wealth & property and for uniting separated families on Ashtami days and every Sunday (Raghu Kaalam).

How to Reach Nidheeswarar Temple Annamputhur Villupuram?

The Temple is located at about 5 Kms from Varagupattu Bus Stop, 8 Kms from Omandur, 9 Kms from Tindivanam, 9 Kms from Tindivanam Bus Stand, 10 Kms from Tindivanam Railway Station, 13 Kms from Mailam, 13 Kms from Perumukkal, 14 Kms from Kiliyanur, 34 Kms from Puducherry Airport, 35 Kms from Puducherry, 114 Kms from Chennai Airport and 136 Kms from Chennai.

There is a government Bus (No: 26 - 05:30 AM & 07:40 AM) plying from Tindivanam (near Vasanth & co) to Annamputhur. There is private bus (Lakshmi Krishna - 07:40 AM, 09:05 AM, 10:45 AM, 12:50 PM, 02:40 PM, 04:30 PM, 06:30 PM & 08:15 PM) plying from Tindivanam Depot to Annamputhur. From Tindivanam, devotees should take Tindivanam to Puducherry road and take a left turn at Varagupattu. Proceed for another 5 Kms to reach this Temple.

Nidheeswarar Temple Annamputhur Villupuram Address

Nidheeswarar Temple,
Annamputhur, Tindivanam Taluk
Villupuram District – 604 304
Mobile: +91 91501 31138 / 95007 27892
Mobile: +91 70105 28137 / 89391 29293
Mobile: +91 94440 36534 / 94440 36532
Email: info@Srinidheeswarar.com / srinidheeshwarar@gmail.com
Web: http://sntt.net

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