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Sri Padaleswarar temple
Moolavar: Padaleswarar, Padala Vardar
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Alankaravalli, Alankara Nayaki
  Thala Virutcham: Vanni
  Theertham: Brahmma theertham
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: Aradhai Perumpazhi
  City: Aridwaramangalam
  District: Tiruvarur
  State: Tamil Nadu
  The Lord of the temple is praised in Thevaram hymns of Saint Tirugnana Sambandar.  This is the 99th Shiva temples on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Saivite scriptures.  
  Vaikasi Visakam in May-June; Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January and all Lord Shiva related festivals are grandly celebrated in the temple.  
 Temple's Speciality:
  Lord Shiva in the temple is a swayambumurthy.  
Opening Time:
  The temple is open from 8.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.  
  Sri Padaleswarar Temple, Haridwaramangalam post, Valangaiman Taluk, Tiruvarur district-612 802.  
  + 91-4374-264 586, 4374-275 441, 94421 75441. 
 General Information:

Presiding deity of the temple is a swayambumurthy.  Three tier Rajagopuram is facing east.  There are shrines for Lords Vinayaka, Nataraja with sages Patanjali and Vyakrapada, Kasi Viswanatha, Bhairava, Lingodhbava, Sani Baghwan (Saturn), Sun, Moon. Saint Sambandar and Sapthamadhas.


Those facing delays in marriage and seeking child boon pray to Mother Alankaravalli for desired results.

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

The pit dug by Lord Vishnu to find the feet of Lord Shiva still exists in the sanctum sanctorum, covered by a stone.  According to one story, Lord Shiva broke the horn of a swine and wore it in His chest.  This is one of the Pancha Aranya (five jungles) shrines of Lord Shiva.  Tirukarugavur is the Ushat Kala or wee hours, Avalivanallur Kalasandhi or morning, Haridwara Mangalam is the Uchikala or midday, Alangudi is Sayaratchai or twilight and Haridwaramangalam is the Arthajama or night.  It is the staunch belief of the devotees that worshipping these temples simultaneously would reward the devotee of his worship in Haridwar in north.  Lord Padala Easwara relieves His devotees from debt burdens.  As Mother Alankaravalli has the attributes of Mother Durga, there is no separate shrine for Mother Durga.  Mother relieves Her devotees from all evil aspects.  The very appearance of Mother facing east is praised as Kalyanakolam or Wedding Form.  Lord Dakshinamurthi has a special significance in the temple.  The consecration of the temple was celebrated in 2006 after 410 years.  The most significant feature of the temple is the seven Vinayakas gracing the devotees.

  Temple History:

A contest arose between Lord Brahmma and Vishnu to establish their superiority over the other.  It was agreed that the one finding first the feet and/or head of Lord Shiva would be the winner.  Brahmma rode on His Swan vahan towards the head of the Lord Shiva but could not.  Incidentally, the Thazhampoo (a flower) was falling down from the head of Lord Shiva.  Lord Brahmma asked the flower to say that He found and worshipped the head of Shiva.  The flower too agreed to the false deal.  Lord Shiva condemned the false deal of both and disqualified Thazhampoo for use in Puajas and that there would be no temple on Earth for Brahmma.  Lord Vishnu took the form of a swine, dug the earth to reach the feet of Shiva but failed.  Lord Vishnu honestly admitted His defeat.  Thus the place was named Hari - Vishnu, dwara-making pit, Mangalam-auspicious place – Haridwaramangalam.

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