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Sri Aamra Vaneswarar temple
Moolavar: Aamra Vaneswarar
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Balambikai
  Thala Virutcham: Mango
  Theertham: Cauvery
  Agamam / Pooja : Kameekam
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: Aamravanam
  City: Mandurai
  District: Thiruchirapalli
  State: Tamil Nadu
  The temple is praised in the Thevaram hymns of Tirugnanasambandar and in Tirupugazh hymns of Arunagiriar.   This is the 58th Lord Shiva shrine on the northern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.  
  Aipasi Annabishekam in October-November, Tirukarthikai Deepan in November-December and Sri Adi Sankaracharya Jayanti in Vaikasi-May-June are the festivals celebrated in the temple.  
 Temple's Speciality:
  Sun God worships Lord Shiva in the temple in Panguni month –March-April by spreading His rays on the Lord.  
Opening Time:
 The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 4.30 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. 
  Sri Aamravaneswarar Temple, Mandurai-621 703, Lalgudi Taluk, Trichy district.  
  +91-99427 40062, 94866 40260 
 General Information:

This is one of the Pancha (five) Shiva Temples in Tiruchi region.  Bhagwan Sri Adi Sankara had worshipped Lord here, so also Sage Mrigandu.  Shri Sankara is facing south in the goshta-wall around the sanctum.  Saint Sambandar had sung a pathigam-10 verses in praise of the Lord of this temple while saint Arunagiriar had praised his favourite Lord Muruga in his Tirupugazh.  Mother Durga on the goshta is all cool and smiling with demon Mahishasura absent under Her feet.   Lord Muruga graces from a separate shrine with His consorts Valli and Deivanai.


The name Mandurai has its origin as the region was dense with Mango trees and also as Lord blessed a Maan – deer in this place.


People pray to Lord for their children facing Balagruha doshas (children affected with adverse aspects of planets during their infancy years) performing milk abishek to Mother for remedy.  For relief from planetary adverse effects, they pray in the Navagraha shrine.

Thanks giving:
  Devotees arrange abishek to Lord and Mother with vastras. 
 Greatness Of Temple:

Samukya Devi, daughter of divine sculptor Vishwakarma was married to Sun God.  She had a happy marital life with Sun.  As days rolled, she could not bear the heat of her husband.  She asked her husband to reduce his temperature but he did not help her.  Samukya Devi came to the conclusion that she could no more bear the heat and told her father her intention to come to him.  As a father, he quoted scriptures and asked the daughter to be patient.  As she could no longer live with Sun, as a devout wife to take care of husband’s needs, Samukyadevi created a maid, an accurate replica of her, and made her to live with Sun taking care of him.  She was Chayadevi (shadow image).  Samukyadevi did not return to Sun despite her father’s advice and was unwillingly staying with him.  She took the form of a horse, came to this place, performed penance on Lord Shiva to bring down the heat of Sun so that she could return to him.  Sun too found some difference in the attitude of Chayadevi and came to know from Vishwakarma that Samukhyadevi had left him.  He immediately reduced his heat, came to this place, worshipped Lord Shiva and returned with Samukhyadevi.  Representing this event, planet Sun appears in the Navagraha shrine with both Davis – Samukhya and Chaya.  Sun is alone too nearby.  Other planets are facing Sun.  There is also a story attached to the temple that Lord Shiva graced two deers – a demon couple in earlier birth and also a Maharshi on a Chaturdi day (4th day of new moon or full moon day) coinciding with Tuesday – called Ahankara Chatuthi.  Special pujas are performed to Lord on such Chaturti days.  It is said that the benefit of worshipping the Lord this day would relieve devotees from sins committed knowingly or unknowingly and bless them with prosperity.

  Temple History:

A maharshi committed a wrong to Lord Shiva and was cursed to be born as a deer in this place that was dense with Mango trees.  The Rishi-deer was born to other deers – demons in earlier birth.  They left the baby-deer for preying.  Lord Shiva with Mother Parvathi came there in the guise of a hunter, shot them and released them from their curses.  They came to the baby deer waiting for its parents.  Mother Parvathi fed the hungry baby deer, the Rishi in earlier birth.  Lord Shiva consoled it and released from the curse.  As requested by the Rishi, they stayed here.

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