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Sri Iravadeeswarar temple
 
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Moolavar: Iravadeeswarar, Agneeswaram Udaya Paramaswamigal
  Urchavar: Chandrasekar, Natarajar
  Amman / Thayar: Meenakshi
  Thala Virutcham: Vilwa
  Theertham: Pottramaraikulam (a tank of golden lotus)
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: Thiru Agneeswaram
  City: Anayur
  District: Madurai
  State: Tamil Nadu
 
Singers:
     
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 Festival:
     
  The temple does not have regular archakas – priests as such for conducting daily pujas. Yet devotees coming to the temple do the pujas themselves and execute their prayer commitments. Special pujas on Pradosha days; Aipasi Annabishekam on Poornima day in October-November; Tirukarthikai in November-December and Shivrathri in February-March are performed in the temple.  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  Lord Shiva in His Linga form is a swayambumurthi facing west. The rays of Sun fall on the Lord on the Pradosha days in Chithirai (April-May) and Aadi ((July-August) as if He performs the puja to Lord directly himself.  
     
Opening Time:
    
 Devotees visiting the temple may contact the person in charge for conducting their pujas, as there are no regular puja procedures with archakas in the temple. 
   
Address:
   
  Sri Iravadeeswarar Temple, Aanayur-625 017, Maduri district.  
   
Phone:
   
  93450 42860 
    
 General Information:
     
  The sculptures in the temple remind us of the temple architecture of the period of early kings.
 
     
 
Prayers
    
  People pray to realize their wishes and believe that they would be relieved of the sins covering them.
 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  People happy with their prayers perform abishek to Lord and Vilwa archanas. They offer sari to Mother Meenakshi and contribute for the renovation of the temple. 
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
  Sage Durvasa presented a garland he got as the result of his Shiva Puja to Indira.  He received it with scant respect and placed it on his Iravadham elephant.  The animal pushed it down and stamped it. Indira was dethroned from his position due to the curse of the sage and Iravadham fell down on earth as a wild elephant losing its status.  Iravadam worshipped Lord Shiva and got relieved of the curse of the sage.  Hence, Lord of this place was named Iravada Eeswarar.
This is one of the ancient temples of Tamilnadu.  The Linga is a swayambumurthy facing west.  A five hooded serpent made of copper is above His head.  The rays of Sun fall on the Lord on the pradosha days of Tamil months Chithirai and Aadi.  There is an idol of Lord Vinayaka in Artha Paryangasana form – with three eyes, right leg folded and the left leg in a sitting form.  The date of the idol goes back to the 10th century according to historians.
Sri Jeshtadevi, sister of Mother Sridevi appears with Her son Rishaban and daughter Agnimadha on both sides.  Some people say that this is Sri Anjaneya gracing with His Mother Anjanadevi.  It is also noteworthy that some of the sculptures in the temple had been damaged during the invasion of Nawab.  Remembering the event of elephant (Aanai in Tamil) Iraadam relieved of the curse of Sage Durvasa, a wooden idol made of Kadhamba tree exists in the temple.
 
     
  Temple History:
     
  In days of yore, the region known as Valandur was under the rule of a hunter community king.  Uthappa Naickanur, a town nearby was a trading centre.  Traders passing through the Kattrazhaikadu (where the temple now exists) noticed an elephant (Iravadam) carrying water in its trunk from the Pottramarai tank and going into the jungle.  They informed this to the king.  The king ordered cleaning of the bushes and found that at one spot blood began to ooze out.  They found Lord Shiva as a Swayambulinga and built this temple
 
     
Special Features:
     
  Miracle Based: Lord Shiva is swayambulinga in the temple. They rays of Sun fall on the Lord on the Pradosham days in the Tamil months of Chithirai and Aadi.
 
     
 
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