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Sri Odhavaneswarar, Chottru Thurai Nather, Tholaya Selva Nathar temple
Moolavar: Odhavaneswarar, Chottru Thurai Nather, Tholaya Selva Nathar
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Annapoorani, Tholayaselvi
  Thala Virutcham: Vilwa
  Theertham: Cauvery, Suryatheertham
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: Tiru Chottru Thurai
  City: Thiruchottruthurai
  District: Thanjavur
  State: Tamil Nadu
  The Lord of the temple is praised in the hymns of Saint Tirunavukkarasarar.  This is the 13th Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in hymns.  
  Maha Shivrathri is very devotionally celebrated in the temple in February-March.  
 Temple's Speciality:
  Lord Shiva in the temple is a Swayambumurthy.  
Opening Time:
  The temple is open from 9.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. only.  
  Sri Chottru Thurai Nathar Temple, Tiruchottruthurai Post-613 202. Via Kandiyur, Tiruvaiyaru Taluk, Thanjavur district  
  +91- 9943884377 
 General Information:
  Entering the temple, a vast prakara welcomes the devotee. Southeast of this prakara is the Shrine of Mother Ambica facing east.  She is praised Oppilambikai and Annapoorani.  As Lord Shiva-Chottruthurai Nathar is pouring endless wealth on His devotees, He worshipped as Tholaya Selvar.  Mother Annapoorani is half of Shiva taking all care of Her devotees.  Poverty and ailments vanish from those who place themselves at Her feet.
Lord Vinayaka and Lord Muruga are on the two sides of Rajagopuram.  Next is the large Mandap with Lord Nataraja Sabha, leading directly to the sanctum sanctorum.  Lord Arumugha’s shrine is on the south prakara facing east and shrine of Lord Mahavishnu facing east followed by a sculpture depicting Sage Gautama worshipping the Lord.  Proceeding further after worshipping Adhikara Nandhi we have the darshan of Tholaya Selvar-Chottruthurai Nathar.
  Those facing delays in wedding pray to Nandhi Wedding festival celebrated in Chithirai – April-May for removal of obstacles in their case.
Thanks giving:
  Devotees offer vastras to Lord and Mother and contribute for the temple renovation projects. 
 Greatness Of Temple:
  As the very name of the Lord Chottruthurai Nathar suggests, Lord not only offers adequate food to His devotees but it also means that He ensures total salvation to the souls.  The place, Tiru Chottru Thurai is one among the seven places where Lord fed His devotees.  This is the third among the Ezhur-seven places beginning from Tiruvaiyaru, Tirupazhanam.  Saints Ramalinga Vallalar and Arunagiriar had praised this temple in their hymns.   Lords Brahmma and Vishnu, Sage Gautama, Sun God and Indira worshipped Lord in this temple.  Indira got a highest position.  Sage Gautama attained salvation.
The wedding festival of Nandhi Bahagwan and Suyam Prakasai daughter of Sage Vyakrapada is celebrated on the Punarvasu star day in the month of Panguni-March-April.
Brahmmotsavam is celebrated for Lord Aiarappar in Chithirai-April-May.  On the final day of the festival, Nandideva-Suyam Prakasai and Aiyarappar-Aramvalartha Nayaki begin their festival journey in separate palanquins from Tiruvaiyaru at about 6.00 a.m. and reach Tirupazhanam where they are received by Lord Aabathsahayar and Mother Periyanayaki.  They join the group and proceed to Tiruchottruthurai.  They are received at the border by Lord Chottruthurai Nathar and Mother Annapoorani.  Feeding takes place here.  The procession continues towards Tiruvedikudi.
  Temple History:
  Once, a severe famine struck the place.  A Shiva devotee, Arulalan by name, men, women and children were suffering from starvation.  Arulalan cried to Lord that He should come to rescue the people to save them from starvation deaths.  The priest  stopped coming to the temple long back.  A temple staff coming to light a lamp in the evening also fell down due to hunger.  The temple was dark.  Arulalar, sitting in the dark temple wept and dashed against the entrance steps and cried for help.  It suddenly began to rain incessantly and the whole place was inundated with flood water.
A bowl came floating in floods.  Arulalar picked it up.  He heard a voice saying that it was a Akshaya Patra which will never go dry and would be feeding the people to quench their hunger.  Rice, dal, ghee and curry poured from the divine bowl.  People’s joy knew no bounds.
Special Features:
  Miracle Based: Lord is a swayambumurthy in the temple.
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