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Sri Papahareswarar temple
 
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Moolavar: Papahareswarar
  Urchavar:
  Amman / Thayar: Maragathambikai
  Thala Virutcham:
  Theertham:
  Agamam / Pooja :
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name:
  City: Uthukottai
  District: Tiruvallur
  State: Tamil Nadu
 
Singers:
     
   
     
 Festival:
     
  Maha Shivrathri in February-March and Karthikai Deepam in November-December are the festivals celebrated in the temple.  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  A small Banalinga found in and brought from Kasi – now Varanasi – is also in the sanctum sanctorum close to the presiding deity.  
     
Opening Time:
    
 The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. 
   
Address:
   
  Sri Papahareswarar Temple, Oothukottai, Tiruvallur district.  
   
Phone:
   
  +91 
    
 General Information:
     
 

The temple has shrines for Lords Vinayaka, Dakshinamurthi, Baladandayuthapani, Arumugha and Mother Durga.

 
     
 
Prayers
    
 

Devotees pray to Lord for relief from the effects of sins and planetary adversities.

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

Chandragiri was once part of Vengi kingdom.  Oothukadu was one of the divisions.  Within the borders of this division, the king built a temple for Lord Embar Swamigal.  With a desire that this Shiva temple should be equal and famous as the Thillai Chidambaram Nataraja temple, the king lavishly donated lands to the temple for its maintenance, daily pujas etc. as per Agama rules.  The temple is located on the banks of Aarani River considered equal to the holy Ganga and the place to Kasi-Varanasi.  It is the staunch belief of the devotees that a dip in the river and worship of Lord would totally cleanse them of their sins and doshas, hence, Lord is praised as Papa Hareswarar – Lord who relieves devotees from sins.  A small Banalinga brought from Kasi also adores the sanctum sanctorum with presiding deity.

 
     
  Temple History:
     
  A devotee, Govindan by name was lucky to get a small Banalinga of palm size when he was bathing in the Holy Ganga one fine morning in Kasi-Varanasi.  His joy knew no bounds, he danced, embraced it on the chest holding by both palms-Ullangai in Tamil - kept it on his head with all ecstasy in mind.  He brought it to this temple.  As he brought a palm size Linga – Ullangai Linga - he was praised as Ullangai Lingam Konarndha Nayanar – Nayanar bringing this palm size Linga.  It is noteworthy that this devotee was a cousin brother of Udayavar Sri Ramanuja of Sri Vaishnava philosophy.  He came to the Saivite camp then.  It is also said that Nayanar worshipped this Linga while he was in Kalahasti temple.  After placing the Linga in the temple, Govindan returned to Vaishanavism and became the disciple of Acharya Sri Ramanuja.  Govindan was also awarded the Embar title by the Acharya and taught the Vaishnava Mantras.
Says the Sthala Purana-local history – as directed by Acharya Ramanuja, Chandragiri king Kattithevan Yadavarayan built this beautiful Shiva temple for Embar Govindan.
The snall Banalinga brought from Kasi adores the sanctum sanctorum of the temple along with the presiding deity.
 
     
Special Features:
     
  Miracle Based: The snall Banalinga brought from Kasi adores the sanctum sanctorum of the temple along with the presiding deity.
 
     
 
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