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Sri Moondreeswar temple
Moolavar: Moondreeswar
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Maragathambika
  Thala Virutcham: -
  Theertham: -
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 500-1000 years old
  Historical Name: -
  City: Athalanallur
  District: Tirunelveli
  State: Tamil Nadu
  Shivrathri is grandly celebrated in the temple in February-March besides pradosha pujas each month.  
 Temple's Speciality:
  Lord Sri Dakshinamurthi in the temple is in His sitting posture with right leg hanging and keeping the left leg on the right knee, feet upward.  
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.  
  Sri Maragathambika-Moondreeswarar Temple, Athalanallur, Tirunelveli district.  
 General Information:

The temple appears majestically with a four pillared Mandap, front Mandap, Nandhi, Bali Peeta and a flag post-Kodimaram covered with copper sheet.  The shrines of Adhikara Nandhi, Sun and Moon are on the southern side of the entrance.  Next is the Artha Mandap.  Shrine for Juradevar, Saptha Kannikas, Lord Dakshinamurthi are on the southern side of inner prakara.  Lord Muruga graces from a separate shrine.


People pray here to realize their various wishes.

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

Lord Dakshinamurthi appears in a rare style hanging his right leg and placing the left on the right knee, the feet upward.  There are three small shrines in the western prakara with a Shivalinga and a Nandhi in each.  Based on the three Easwaras-Shivalingas- in the temple, the presiding deity is praised as Moondru (three Easwara-Moondreeswarar facing east in the sanctum sanctorum.  A sculpture showing a priest offering a Deepa Aaradhana to Lord Muruga with a peacock, Nandhi and Kodimaram speaks volumes of art skills of ancient sculptors.   There is one such sculpture with a Shivalinga is on the other mandap.  There are many such beautiful art works at every corner and part of the temple including the sanctum sanctorum.

  Temple History:

After Lord Shiva sent sage Agasthya to south to balance the ground level during Shiva-Parvathi wedding, many sages and Siddhas chose this place for their penance.  Agasthya first landed at Pothigai Hills and came to this place for Shiva worship.  Many followed then.  Being so sacred with a congregation of enlightened souls, this place is praised as Siddhar Peetam.

Special Features:
  Miracle Based: Lord Dakshinamurthi appears very differently with his left leg placed on the right knee and feet in upward direction.
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