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Sri Othandeswarar temple
Moolavar: Othandeswarar
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Kulirvithanayaki
  Thala Virutcham: Vilwa
  Theertham: Theppam
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: -
  City: Thirumazhisai
  District: Tiruvallur
  State: Tamil Nadu
  Brahmmotsavam in Panguni _March-April, Karthikai in November-December and Sani – Saturn transit days – occurring once in two and half years are the festivals celebrated in the temple.  
 Temple's Speciality:
  Lord Nataraja and the Goddess are facing each other. Those facing misunderstanding in family life pray to them for a solution. The tower in the temple is in the shape of Gajabrushta. On the western side of the prakara is Lord Vishnu. There is a separate shrine for Saturn.  
Opening Time:
  The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.  
  Sri Othandeswarar Temple, Thirumazhisai, Tiruvallur  
 General Information:

Lord Vinayaka of the temple is revered as Prasanna Vinayaka.  The faith is strong among the devotees that unity among the couple would be closer if they worship Lord Nataraja and Mother Ambica both looking at each other ensuring happiness in life.  The Vimana, tower above the sanctum sanctorum is of Gajabrushta design.  Lord Vishnu facing west is on the goshta.  There are shrines of Sani Bhagwan, Vrushaba Nayaka in the prakara-corridor.


People pray for mental peace and forgiveness for wrongs committed.

Thanks giving:
  Devotees perform special pujas to Lord offering vastras. 
 Greatness Of Temple:

There is a scar on the head of Shiva Linga caused by a cut.  Lord and Mother grace together from behind the Linga in the sanctum sanctorum facing east.  Devotees firmly believe that worshipping them together would release them from all the sins and ensure total salvation.  Lord Othandeswarar is also praised as Mano Anukula Easwarar as He blesses the devotees with mental strength.

  Temple History:

Chola king Karikal Peruvalathan was proceeding on his elephant to worship Shiva in another place.  On the way, one leg of the elephant was caught in a creeper.  Despite efforts, it could not pull out from the bush.  The king tried his hands to remove the bush but could not.  He began cutting the bush with his sword which began to bleed.  Shocked king, found a Shiva Linga hidden under the bushes.  Realizing that he had offended the Lord, he unhesitatingly cut his hand with the same sword when Lord appeared before him with Mother on His Nandi and fixed the hand as before.  Remembering the event, Lord is praised as Kai Thandha Piran – Lord who gave hands.  Lord consoled the king.  Mother narrated to king the stories of Shiva devotees and cooled his mind.  Kulirvithal in Tamil in this context means cooling the sorrows of devotees, hence, she is praised as Kulirvitha Nayaki.

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