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Sri Etteeswarar temple
Moolavar: Etteeswarar
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Ezhilarkuzhali
  Thala Virutcham: -
  Theertham: Bhairavar Theertham
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: -
  City: Paiyanoor
  District: Kanchipuram
  State: Tamil Nadu
  Besides monthly pradosha pujas, the temple is grandly celebrating Shivrathri in February-March.  
 Temple's Speciality:
  What the devotee could not obtain or achieve (Ettudhal n Tamil) would come to him/her if he/she prays to Lord here, hence praised as Etteeswarar.  
Opening Time:
  The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. and from 6.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.  
  Sri Ezhilarkuzhali-Etteeswarar temple, Paiyanur, Chengalpat Taluq, Kancheepuram district.  
  +91 99415 34893 
 General Information:
  The temple has shrines for Nandhideva, Lords Vinayaka, Dakshinamurthy, Lingodhbava, Brahmma, Kalabhairava, Sarabeswara, Muruga, Chandikeswara and Mother Durga, four Saivite Saints, Idaikadar Siddha, Navagrahas the nine planets and Mother Ezhilar Kuzhali Amman.  

Those seeking justice in litigations and those seeking prosperity pray to Lord and Mother.

Thanks giving:
  Devotees perform abishek to Lord Etteeswarar and Mother Ezhilar Kuzhali and offer vastras. 
 Greatness Of Temple:
  As devout Chola Kings built a large number of temples in the regions under their rule as Thanjavur, Tiruvaru, Tiruchi etc. without Saivite, Vaishnavite discrimination to spread spiritual beliefs among the people, so did the Pallava kings around Chennai, Kancheepuram and places under their rule.  They led the people in the religious path and introduced many schemes for their welfare.  They also left adequate land properties for the temple for the conduct of regular pujas and festivals for ever even after their period without breaks.
The temples built by the Pallavas are not only of religious importance but of historical and heritage importance speaking volumes of the reputation of temple architecture blended with Bhakti of Tamilnadu artists.  Paiyanur Etteeswarar temple is one among them.  But due to change of political fortunes, the temple lost its glory.  Paiyanur was noted for its harmony among the saivites and the vaishnavites with its Etteswarar and Arulala Perumal temples.  There is also a water source between the temples known as Bhairavar Kulam.  According to one epigraphic note, the temple might have been built in the year 773 A D by Vijayanandhi Vikrama Pallavan.  This is a temple built entirely with hard stones on a spacious land with all facilities.
According to epigraphic details, the name of Lord of the temple is Etteeswara.  Another one, later by age, mentions the name of Lord as Paiyanur Etteeswaram Udaya Nayanar.  It also mentions the name of the place as Rajaseri Chaturvedi Mangalam (now Paiyanur).  A chieftain of Kulothunga I, Kangarayan by name helped in solving a dispute about the land of the temple in the year 1098.  He also donated lands for the temple.
  Temple History:
  During the days of Pallavas, Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram) was a commercial capital.  One Nagan, devotee of Lord Etteeswarar was a resident of the place when the temple was built in 773 A D.  He was a tenant of a piece land belonging to the temple and there were many under this occupation.  They paid the dues to the temple properly and had their wages from the Gram Sabha.  It is said that Nagan also cleaned Paiyanur lake at his own cost.
There were some in Gram Sabha unkind to Nagan and sent him back without any wages.  He worked in vain without any wage and had no means for food.  He shed tears before Lord Etteeswara telling his sufferings.
The wage day was held before the temple.  Members of the Gram Sabha again cheated Nagan.  He shouted saying that all of them would have to pay a heavy price for their injustice.  None took it seriously and ignored him.  After the payment session was over, they began to leave the Sabha.  They were intercepted by a voice demanding them to stop.  They were shocked who that was to stop them.  The voice spoke again directing that the wages due to Nagan should be paid all his wage dues, else all evils would engulf their families and that they would be put to untold sufferings with serious diseases.  They turned to the direction of voice and found a jyoti moving slowly and disappearing in the sanctum sanctorum.  They realized that it was the order of the Lord warning them of the consequences of the injustice done to Nagan.  They paid his dues in total and requested him to appeal to Lord on their behalf for pardon.  Nagan pardoned them, expressed his gratitude to Lord for His intervention to save him.
Special Features:
  Miracle Based: What could not be achieved or obtained by a devotee (Ettudhal in Tamil) would reach him/her if he/she prays to Lord, hence, He is praised as Etteeswarar.
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