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Sri Aatkondeeswarar temple
Moolavar: Aatkondeeswarar
  Urchavar: Chandrasekhar
  Amman / Thayar: Akhilandeswari
  Thala Virutcham: Vilwa
  Theertham: Vasishta River
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 500 years old
  Historical Name: Brugan Nayaki Puri
  City: Peddanaicken Palayam
  District: Salem
  State: Tamil Nadu
  Chitra Poornima in April-May; Vaikasi Visakam in May-June; Aadi Pooram in July-August; Vinayaka Chaturthi in August-September; Navarathri in September-October; Maha Shivrathri in February-March and Sani Peyarchi-Saturn planet transition days are the festivals celebrated in the temple.  
 Temple's Speciality:
  The Avudayar-the seat or the peeta of the Shivalinga is of a lotus design. It is noteworthy that Lord appears with His forehead eye. As a tradition, procession deities are made in sitting postures. The one in this temple and the Ambica idol is in standing forms. Lord Arthanareeswara-combined form of Shiva and Shakti appear on a trident.  
Opening Time:
  The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 9.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.  
  Sri Aatkondeeswarar Temple, Peddanaicken Palayam, Salem district.  
  +91- 4282 - 221 594 
 General Information:
  Sri Vinayaka in the temple is praised as Lord Maha Ganapathy.  The vimana above the sanctum sanctorum is known as Dravida Vimanam.  Pure rice is offered as nivedhana to Lord.  Lord Krishna with Mother Mahalakshmi graces from behind the sanctum sanctorum.   Lords Muruga, Bhairava, Navagrahas the nine planets in standing form, Panchalingas, Sun, 63 Shiva devotees known as Nayanmars adore the prakara from their respective shrines.
  People pray to Adhikara Nandhi and Pradosha Nandhi both in a single Mandap during the pradosha time (4.30 p.m to 6.00 p.m.) for prosperity boon.
Thanks giving:
  Devotees perform abishek to Lord and Mother and offer vastras. They also contribute for temple renovation fund. 
 Greatness Of Temple:
  Lord Shiva made it known to all that Shiva and Shakti is but one inseparable from each other and further established it by giving half of Him to Mother Parvathi and appears as Lord Arthanareeswara.  Ensuring the right of womanhood, He appears on the trident the weapon of Shakti.  This is a different style of Arthanareeswara form exclusively in the Paddanaicken Palayam Shiva temple.  It is believed that worshipping Lord Arthanareeswara in this form will bring unity in the family and those who had left the family would return back and join the fold.
The Avudayar – seat or Peeta on which Shivalinga is placed – is of lotus design.  Lord graces here with His third eye on the forehead.  Lord is praised as Aatkondeeswarar meaning He draws all towards Him with His endless grace and mercy.  Mother graces the devotees as Akhilandeswari.
Procession deities are generally seen in sitting form.  They are in standing posture in this temple.  It is explained that they honour the devotees coming to worship them
  Temple History:
  Sage Vasishta, during his pilgrimage on the banks of Vasishta River installed Lingas at every place of his Shiva worship.  The Linga in this temple is one among them.  This got buried in the sands in course of time.  Lord Shiva informed his presence in this place to a devotee in his dream.  He found the Linga on the bank of Vasishta River, installed it here and built the temple.  
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