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Sri Sabdarishiswarar temple
 
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Moolavar: Sabdarishiswarar
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Sivakamasundari
  Thala Virutcham: -
  Theertham: -
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 500-1000 years old
  Historical Name: -
  City: Lalgudi
  District: Tiruchchirappalli
  State: Tamil Nadu
 
Singers:
     
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 Festival:
     
  Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January and Mahasivarathri in Masi in February-March are the festivals celebrated in the temple in a grand manner.  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  Lord Shiva is a Swayambu in the temple with crack lines on the head.  
     
Opening Time:
    
 The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. 
   
Address:
   
  Shri Sabdarishiswarar Temple, Lalgudi – 621 601, Tiruchi district.  
   
Phone:
   
  91 431 2541 329 
    
 General Information:
     
 

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Prayers
    
 

Those facing problems in marriage efforts, child boon and progress in education are advised to pray to Lord Sabdarishiswarar.

 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  Devotees pay their gratitude by performing abishek and offering vastras-clothes- to Lord and Mother. 
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
 

The ancient Sabdarishiswarar temple is in Lalgudi, 18 km from Trichy on the Ariyalur Road. During his invasion on Tamilnadu, Malik Gafoor, while passing through this region saw the workers painting the tower in red. He asked his commander in Urudu, "what is this Lal gudi (Lal-red and Gudi-Tower). His question became the name of the place then as Lalgudi. This is a very ancient temple.

Mother is worshipped as Sivakamasundari. Lord Shiva was worshipped by seven great Rishis – Athri, Bruhu, Pulasthya,Vasishta, Gautama, Angiras and Marichi. Sabda meaning seven, the place was worshipped by seven Rishis, the Lord is adored as Sabdarishiswarar.

The seven rishis are relatives of the nine planets. As all the rishis reached Lord Shiva here, those facing any problem through any planet are advised to worship Lord Sabdarishiswara. There are some crack lines on the Head of the Shivalinga. Sun is the grandson of Marichi rishi,Chandra the son of Athri, Mercury is the son of Chandra-moon, Jupiter is the son of Angirasa, Mars comes in the lineage of Vasishta. Hence worship of Lord Sabdarishiswara brings relief from planetary problems.

 
     
  Temple History:
     
 

The Devas (those belonging to the celestial world) appealed to Lord Shiva to protect them from the harassment of demon Tharakasura. Lord shiva created Lord Muruga from the six sparks from His face.

Lord Shiva desiring to play with the seven rishis – Athri, Brugu, Pulasthya Vasishta, Gautama, Angirasa and Marichi – left the child in their hermitage. The wives of the rishis were happy to see the child. When the child began to cry they played with him. When the child began to cry loudly due to hunger, the rishi patnis failed to feed the child, the Kruthika maidens came in and took care of the child.

When the rishis returned to the ashram after their daily yagnas, they came to know that their wives failed to feed the child and felt sad that they had lost the opportunity of a blissful life due to the attitude of their wives. The angry rishis drove away their wives.

Lord Muruga understood the cause of His birth. He killed Tharakasura. While returning back, He cursed the rishis. They trembled. As they could not get a relief in Tiruvaiyaru where they undertook intense penance they came to Lalgudi and continued the penance. Lord Shiva appeared before them, blessed them, cracked His head a flame (jwala) from His head and absorbed them in Himself and thus relieved them of the curse. As all the rishis had been taken into Shiva, the Lord came to be known as Sabdarishiswarar. This caused cracks on the Head of the Lord and the marks are visible even today. The sculptures of the Seven Rishis are at the entrance of the temple.

 
     
Special Features:
     
  Miracle Based: Lord Shiva is a swayambulinga.
 
     
 
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