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Sri Pancha Mukheswarar temple
Moolavar: Pancha Mukheswarar
  Amman / Thayar: Tiripura Sundari
  Thala Virutcham: Maha Vilwa
  Agamam / Pooja :
  Old year: 500 years old
  Historical Name:
  City: Thiruvanaikaval
  District: Thiruchirapalli
  State: Tamil Nadu
  Monthly Shivrathris; Maha Shivrathri in February-March; monthly pradoshams; Conch Abishek on Karthikai Mondays in November-December and Aipasi Annabishekam in October-November are the festivals celebrated in the temple.  
 Temple's Speciality:
  Lord Pancha Mukheswarar graces the devotees from the sanctum sanctorum in Shiva Linga form with four faces facing four directions and the Linga is accounted for the total of five faces. As Lord is facing all directions, it is explained that He protects devotees from all directions.  
Opening Time:
  The temple is open from 6.30 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. and from 5.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.  
  Sri Pancha Mukheswarar Temple, Tiruvanaikaval, Tiruchi  
 General Information:

People pray to Lord and Mother for wedding, child, health and wealth boons.

Thanks giving:
  Devotees perform abishek to Lord and Mother and offer vastras. 
 Greatness Of Temple:
  The shrines of Lord and Mother are opposite to each other, a rare feature in this temple.  Mother is holding conches in both upper hands and the lower two hands offer Abhaya – protection from fear – to the devotees.  As They are opposite to each other, devotees can have the darshan of both simultaneously.  It is believed that this darshan ensures timely wedding to the devotee.
Conch abishek is dedicated to both Lord and Mother on Karthikai Mondays in November-December.  There is a shrine for Lord Rajarajeswarar, the prominent deity of the temple.  There is Nandhi and Bali Peeta before this sanctum sanctorum,  People worship Lord Rajarajeswara seeking wealth boon, as He was worshipped by Kubera, the God of Wealth.  The devotee also would get back what he/she lost earlier.
Special abisheks are dedicated to Lord Kala Bhairava in the east prakara on the Ashtami day – eighth day – following the full moon day.  The Linga, praised as Chatus Sasti Kaleswara and the Chatus Sasti Kaleswari are nearby – that is the power of 64 (Chatus Sashti) are in a single Shivalinga placed on a lotus shaped Avudayar – the stage or platform on which the Linga is installed – in a hexagonal form.  There are 64 lines on the Linga representing the Chatus Sashti philosophy.  Devotees praise this form as Maha Sadasiva Murthy and Ashtashta Linga Murthy.  The four Vedas are behind the Lord in the form of Salagrama stones.
Lord Shiva is praised by the Panchakshara – five letter Mantra – Na Ma Shi Va Ya representing His five faces – Sadashiva, Eeshana, Tatpurusha, Vamadevam, Agoram and Satyojatham.  The Adhomukha is upward which is invisible.  Lord Raja Rajeswarar relieved Kubera of all his problems, hence people believe that He would certainly respond to their prayers too.
  Temple History:
  Vishrawas had two sons, Kubera and Ravana.  Their mothers were different.  They were against each other since childhood and this enmity too grew to dangerous proportions when they grew.  Kubera lost all his wealth including his Pushpaka Vimana aircraft.  Kubera prayed to Lord Mahadeva – Lord Shiva for relief and recovery of his wealth.  A voice said that Lord Maha Vishnu would be born to Emperor Dasaratha as Sri Rama who would kill Ravana and that his riches including the Pushpaka aircraft would reach him back.  Kubera built a Shiva temple on the banks of Cauvery, worshipped Lord Shiva as Raja Rajeswara.  With the grace of Lord Shiva, he got back his riches after the end of Ravana at the hands of Lord Sri Rama.  
Special Features:
  Miracle Based: There are 16 petals in a single leaf of the Maha Vilwa tree.
Scientific Based There are five faces in the single Shivalinga – Lord Pancha Mukheswarar. There are four faces on the four directions of the Linga and the Linga as a whole also is taken as a face to make five –Pancha, Mukha-face, Easwara –Lord – Pancha Mukheswara. The Avudayar has lotus designed bottom. As Lord is facing all directions, devotees believe that they would be protected by Him at all directions.
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