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Sri Agatheeswarar temple
Moolavar: Agatheeswarar
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Muthambikai
  Thala Virutcham: Sarakondrai
  Theertham: Pundareeka thertham
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 500-1000 years old
  Historical Name: -
  City: Villivakkam
  District: Chennai
  State: Tamil Nadu
  Besides monthly Pradoshams, the temple’s main festival is Shivrathri in February-March.  
 Temple's Speciality:
  The sacredness of Pundareeka Theertham in the temple is that great that Mother Gangadevi has Her dip here, worships Lord Shiva to shed the sins left on Her by others, it is believed.  
Opening Time:
  The temple is open from 6.30 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.  
  Sri Agatheeswarar temple, Villipakkam, Chennai.  
 General Information:
  Sri Nandideva graces near the Balipeeta and the flag post-Kodimaram in the Mahamandap.  Sudekar and Subagu are dwarapalakas at the sanctum sanctorum.  Lord Vigneswara is nearby.  Lord Agatheeswara graces the devotees in Linga form.  In the prakara are shrines for Saptha Madhas, Nagaraja, Nagendran.  Behind the sanctum, Lord Shiva appears as Ekapada Murthi accepting the pujas of Mother Gangadevi.  Radhanathar, Gaumari Amman, Veeradan, Sooranatha and Mother Annapoorani have their shrines in the prakara.  Lord Viswanatha with Mother Visalakshi and Muruga bless the devotees from their respective shrines.  Around the sanctum are Nrutya Ganapathi, Lord Dakshinamurthi, Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahmma.  

People pray here for wedding and child boons.

Thanks giving:
  Devotees perform abishek and archanas to Lord and Mother and offer vastras. 
 Greatness Of Temple:
  The temple is huge in size.  The entrance is in the southern side.  The sanctum sanctorum is facing east.  Sage Agasthya, Lord Vishnu and Indira had worshipped Lord in this temple.  Mother Muthambika shrine is in the outer mandap with pillars studded with aesthetic beauty.  In Her standing posture, Mother with Pasa and Angusa in Her upper hands, the right lower with Abhaya Mudra blessing the devotees.  Mother Durga graces the devotees with Her six hands holding Danurbana, Gadka, Gadikastham, conch and discus.  An umbrella above the head confirms Her authority over the world.  Navagraha and Bhairava shrines are in the northeast.  Lord Aiyappa appears as an ascetic performing penance in a shrine on the outer prakara.  
  Temple History:
  Nandhideva, the Guard of Mount Kailas had two disciples Kandan and Maha Kandan to help him in His Shiva Puja.  While they were gathering the flowers, they found white lotus flowers in a pond.  When they were gathering the flowers, some of them fell on the bank of the pond and some in the water.  That fell on the bank became a parrot and those fell in the water became water beings.  Surprised, they continue to play with this mystery forgetting that time was running.  Nandhi Deva came to the spot.  On seeing the master, Kandan tried to hide as a cat and Mahakandan stood as a shivering thief.  Nandhideva cursed them to become cat and a hunter.  When they begged His pardon, Nandi said they had to go to a place southeast of Kanchi 5 Kadams far (a kadam measures about 10 miles according to some old scriptures), bathe in the Pundareeka theertham and worship Agatheeswara Mahalinga.  The curse will end at an appropriate time, said Nandi Deva.
Kandan and Mahakandan reached this world as cat and hunter and followed Nandideva’s advice.   One day, while the cat was performing puja, the hunter came and sent an arrow on the cat as it was a hindrance to his worship.  The arrow hit the not the cat but the Shivalinga.  It began to bleed.   They fell at Lord’s feet for a pardon.  Lord appeared before them and restored them to their original forms.  They begged the Lord that the place be known as Kiradha Marjalapuram – Kiradha-hunter, Marjala-cat.  Lord granted the boon.
Special Features:
  Miracle Based: Mother Gangadevi uses to have a dip in the Pundareeka Theertham and worship Lord Agatheeswara here to cleanse Herself of the sins left on Her by others.
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