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Sri Agastheeswarar temple
 
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Moolavar: Agastheeswarar
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Padagavalli Ambal
  Thala Virutcham: -
  Theertham: Sunai theertham (Spring water)
  Agamam / Pooja : shivagamam
  Old year: 500 years old
  Historical Name: -
  City: Tiruchunai
  District: Madurai
  State: Tamil Nadu
 
Singers:
     
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 Festival:
     
  Sivarathiri,Thiru karthigai  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  Sun God with His consort Ushadevi graces near the entrance of the temple. While Lord Muruga graces from a hill in our tradition, it is Lord Shiva gracing from the hill. The spring water is perennial and never dries.  
     
Opening Time:
    
 The temple is open from 8.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. 
   
Address:
   
  Sri Agastheeswarar Temple, Karungalakudi, Tiruchunai, Madurai district.  
   
Phone:
   
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 General Information:
     
 

Lord Dakshinamurthy with His disciples, Lingodhbavar and Mother Durga grace in the corridor-prakara.  There are also shrines for the great four Saivite Saints called Nalvar, Lord Muruga with His consorts Valli and Deivanai and Chandikeswarar.

 
     
 
Prayers
    
 

Devotees pray for removal of obstacles in marriage efforts, for child boon and progress in education.

 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  People perform abishek and offer vastras to Lord and Mother. 
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
 

Lord Sun God generally appears alone at the entrance of the temple.  Rarely He graces with His consorts Pradyusha and Usha in the Navagraha group.  In this temple, Sun God graces at the entrance of the temple with His consort Usha.  Pradyusha is absent.  This is said to be a rare form in a temple.  While Lord Agastheeswarar is facing east, Mother Padagavalli faces south.  While traditionally, Lord Muruga graces from the hill, here Lord Shiva is installed in the hill.  As Lord Shiva granted His wedding darshan here, people perform family marriages in this temple.

 

The sacred theertham – Sunai theertham – is behind the Shiva shrine.  As this spring was worshipped as Lord Shiva Himself, it is named Tiruchunai.  Maharshi Agasthya graces from a separate shrine.

 
     
  Temple History:
     
 

On the occasion of he wedding of Lord Shiva with Mother Parvathi, as large number of Devas and Maharshis gathered there, due to their collective weight, north went down and south came upward.  To balance the earth level, Lord Shiva asked Muni Agasthya to go to South.  The Rishi felt sad that he could not have the luck of witnessing the divine wedding.  The Lord assured him that he would grant his darshan at any place he wishes on his way.

 

On his journey to Pothigai, Agasthya stayed on this hill for a while and wished to see the wedding darshan.  He created a spring for his bath.  He spilled the water on a rock and worshipped it as Lord Shiva.  Lord appeared on a rock opposite to this with Mother Parvathi.  As the Lord granted darshan to Agasthya, He is known as Agastheeswarar.

 
     
Special Features:
     
  Miracle Based: Lord Shiva gracing from the hill. The spring water is perennial and never dries.
 
     
 
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