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Sri Agastheeswarar temple
Moolavar: Agastheeswarar
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Anandavalli
  Thala Virutcham: -
  Theertham: -
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: -
  City: Anakaputhur
  District: Kanchipuram
  State: Tamil Nadu
  Besides monthly Pradosha and Amavasya-new moon-pujas, the temple celebrates Maha Shivrathri in March-April in a grand manner.  
 Temple's Speciality:
  The Phallus-Avudayar- generally of leaf shaped is round in design in this temple.  
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 Anandavalli-Agastheeswarar temple, Anakaputhur, Kancheepuram.  
 General Information:
  The prakara in the temple has shrines for Lords Vinayaka and Muruga with His consorts Valli and Deivanai on the west and Lord Bhairava and the Navagrahas on the northeast – Eesana – side.  Sani Bhagwan graces from a separate shrine. On the walls of the sanctum sanctorum, Lord Vinayaka and Lord Dakshinamurthi are in south, Lord Vishnu in west and Lord Brahmma and Mother Durga are in the north.  There is a shrine for Lord Dandeswarar.  Newly constructed Rajagopuram is of 3 tier design, with a Vinayaka shrine on the south side.  
  People pray in the temple for a full Mandalam – 45 days – for total cure from serious diseases, for development in trade and profession and for child boon. 
Thanks giving:
  Devotees perform abishek and offer vastras to Lord and Mother. 
 Greatness Of Temple:
  The temple is designed under the Kamika and Karana Agama rules.  It has a sanctum sanctorum, Andaralam, Artha Mandap and Mukha Mandap.  Lord Shiva is facing east.  The phallus – Avudayar - on which the Linga Bana is placed, is round against the tradition leaf shape type.  Mother Anandavalli pouring all happiness to devotees along with Lord is facing south in a standing posture holding Angusam the rope and Pasam in upper hands and assuring all boons to devotees with other hands.
Temple for Saptha Kannikas are around this temple.  Also Adanji Amman and Alavattamman (also known as Gangai Amman and and Pachai Amman) temples are affiliated with this temple.
  Temple History:
  Anakaputhur is east of Kancheepuram next to Kundrathur.  Originally the name of the place was Aanaikaputhur, a place for keeping elephants and maintaining them.  Adayar and nearby places were suitable for the purpose during the Pallava rule.
The Story that Sage Agasthya had to come South to balance the level of earth when North went too low due to the huge crowd of sages gathered at Mount Kailash to attend the Shiva-Parvathi wedding, is popular among the devotees.   During his stay in South, sage Agasthya visited many holy places for Shiva worship.  He performed abisheks, pujas to Lord Shiva in this place, hence, the Lord is praised as Agastheeswara.  That Pandavas during their exile, visited this place and worshipped Lord, is an added reputation to the place.
The elephants then staying in this place also carried water and flowers to worship Lord Shiva, according to the Sthala Purana-local history.  Aanaika Puthur – place elephants were protected – is presently known as Anakaputhur after many changes during the course of time.
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