- May 21, 2021
🛕 Abhaya Varadeeswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in Adirampattinam in Pattukottai Taluk in Thanjavur District of Tamilnadu. Presiding Deity is called as Abhaya Varadeeswarar and Mother is called as Sundaranayaki / Kadal Partha Nayaki. The Temple is considered as Thevara Vaippu Sthalam as Devaram hymns had a mention about this Temple. The temple is associated with Thiruvadhirai birth star. The Temple is believed to be around 1500 years old.
🛕 Harassed and driven by the demons, Devas surrendered to Lord Shiva in Thiruvadhirai zone. This is one of the zones where Lord Shiva walks in during Pradosha days (13th day either from new moon or full moon days) and on Thiruvadhirai star days. During his stay in this zone, Lord would not let down his devotees. Hence, He is praised as Abhaya Varada Easwarar – protecting those surrendering to him. The people with this birth star are advised to scrupulously use this day in their own interest.
🛕 In early days, the place was known as Tiru Adhirai Pattinam (after the name of the star), changed as Adhi Veera Raman Pattinam (after the name of the king) and came to be called as Adirampattinam. King Adhiveerarama Pandian belonging to Thiruvadhirai was a devotee of Lord Abhaya Varadeeswarar and carried out many renovations in the temple.
🛕 Great Rishis Bhairava and Sage Raivada had worshipped the Lord in this temple. Raivada means the light emanating from the three eyes of Lord Shiva. The Rishi was born by the power of this light on a Thiruvadhirai day. It is believed that Siddhas are praying in this temple invisibly. There is a Tamil Verse explaining the beneficial effects of Thiruvadhirai star which is recommended for daily chanting seeking the grace of Lord and Raivada Maharshi.
“Aadhirai Lingamai, Aamarai Jothiyan
Aadhirai thanadhil Abhayam endru aruluvan
Aadhirai adhan azhal aahidum aadhiyil
Aadhirai Aalamar Aarana”.
🛕 This is an east facing Temple with three tiered Rajagopuram. The Temple is enclosed by granite walls on all sides. Dwajastambam, Balipeedam and Nandi can be found facing the sanctum. Presiding Deity is called as Abhaya Varadeeswarar and is facing east. He is housed in the sanctum in the form of Lingam. The belief is that three eyes of Shiva grace devotees from the sanctum sanctorum. He provides protection to all those who approaches him.
🛕 Mother is called as Sundaranayaki. She is housed in a separate south facing shrine. Mother Sundaranayaki is also called as Kadal Partha Nayaki (the Mother looking at the sea), similar to Kanyakumari Bhagavathy Amman Temple. There are shrines for Adhi Sundara Nayagi, Dakshinamoorthy, Vinayakar, Murugan, Navagrahas, Chandikeswarar, Nataraja and Durga in the Temple premises. Sthala Vrikshams are Vilwa and Vanni Trees.
🛕 The temple remains open from 6.30 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.
🛕 Panguni Uthiram is the important festival in the temple in the month of March-April. Other festivals are Tirukarthikai in November-December, Aipasi Annabishekam in October-November, Maha Shivrathri in February-March and Arudhra Abishekam in December-January.
🛕 The Temple is considered as Thevara Vaippu Sthalam as Devaram hymns sung by Sundarar had a mention about this Temple. The Temple is mentioned in 7th Thirumurai in 31st Patikam in 6th Song.
🛕 The temple is associated with Thiruvadhirai birth star. Those people born in the nakshatra facing troubles will get relief after offering prayers at Abhaya Varadeeswarar Temple. Those whose horoscopes are adversely affected by Rahu and Ketu will be get relief after offering prayers in the temple. People suffering from incurable diseases and any obstacle in the way of marriage talks would surely disappear if the parties concerned sincerely pray in this temple. Devotees perform abishek and offer vastras to Lord and Mother. Another specialty of the temple is that Mrutyunjaya Homa and Ayush Homa are offered here for longevity of life and to alleviate fear of death similar to Thirukadaiyur Temple.
🛕 The Temple is located at about 250 meters from Adirampattinam Bus Stop, 1 Km from Adirampattinam Railway Station, 14 Kms from Pattukkottai, 14 Kms from Muthupet, 40 Kms from Thiruthuraipoondi, 64 Kms from Thanjavur and 108 Kms from Trichy Airport. This town is well connected via road and rail with major towns and cities in Tamil Nadu. The East Coast Road (ECR) from Chennai to Kanyakumari connects this town as well. Frequent bus services are available from Pattukkottai.
Abhaya Varadeeswarar Temple,
Adirampattinam – 614 701,
Pattukkottai Taluk, Thanjavur District
Mobile: +91 99440 82313 / 94435 86451.