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Sri Adhimooleswarar temple
Moolavar: Adhimooleswarar(Thirumoolanathar)
  Urchavar: Somaskandar
  Amman / Thayar: Nithyakalyani
  Thala Virutcham: Vilwa
  Theertham: Kollidam
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: Tirupalathurai
  City: Tirupattrurai
  District: Thiruchirapalli
  State: Tamil Nadu
  Lord of the temple is praised in the hymns of Saint Gnanasambandar. This is the 59th temple on the northern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.  
  Maha Shivarathri in February-March, Tirukarthikai in November-December and Margazhi Tiruvadirai are the festivals celebrated in the temple.  
 Temple's Speciality:
  Lord graces in the temple as swayambumurthy. During Purattasi (September-October), Panguni (March-April) and some days in the year, the rays of Sun fall on the Lord. Lord Dakshinamurthy on the wall of the sanctum sanctorum graces with His Veena and a leg beautifully bending as if dancing. His disciples are not with him. This is a rare form of Lord Dakshinamurthy. Musicians worship the Lord with abishek and special pujas. Lord Bikshadana is nearby.  
Opening Time:
 The temple is open from 7.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. 
  Sri Adhimooleswarar Temple, Tirupattrurai, Trichy  
  +91- 431 - 246 0455. 
 General Information:

Lord Shiva here is also called Adhimooleswarar.  There is a grand Court Hall (Raja Sabha – court of the king) in the Arthamandapa Hall in the temple. Saivite saint |Gnanasambandar had mentioned the Lord in his hymns as Moolanatheswarar and the place as Kaarar Kondrai.  Devotees believe that performing abishek to the Lord would bring them all prosperities.


Other temples: Thiruvanaikaval Jambukeswara temple and Sri Ranganatha temple among the 108 Vaishnava temples are also near this temple.


People pray for removal of obstacles in marriage talks and for child boon.

Thanks giving:
  Devotees perform abishek, archanas and offer vastras to Lord and Mother. 
 Greatness Of Temple:

The temple is situated in between the rivers Cauvery and Kollidam.  Nandhi (the bull vehicle of Lord Shiva and the Bali Peeta (an upside down lotus platform for placing the Nivedhana) are outside the temple.  As it is believed that worshipping the Goodess facing South would minimize the ferocity of Yama the God of Death, the Goddess in the temple is facing south.  Those who have lost their kid(s), perform special puja to the Goddess with yellow clothes.  They hope to get another child.  This pooja is performed in the temple on all Poornima (full moon) days.  Newly wedded couples also pray to Goddess seeking healthy and wise children.  Behind the sanctum sanctorum is the shrine of Sankaranarayana instead of Lingoghbava as is generally found in Shiva temple.  There are Rukmini, Sathyabama and Lord Venugopala also in the temple.

  Temple History:

A Chola king ruling this region then passed through this place while hunting and wanted to have rest.  He saw a white bird and with the intention of having it, he shot an arrow but the bird escaped.  When he visited the place again, he saw the bird and waited near the bushes as it was its nest.


The king felt the smell of milk in that place.  But the bird did not return.  The king removed the bushes and found an anthill.  When he further dug, milk sprang from the spot.  The king, afraid of the incident, simply returned back.  Lord Shiva appeared in his dream and said that He was in that spot in the form of a Linga and directed him to build a temple.  So place came to be known as Pattrurai (Paal+Thurai – Paal in Tamil means milk and thurai place, thus came the name Pattrurai)  The Lord was named Pattrurainathar as he came out from the place where milk sprang up.

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