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Sri Kalyanasundaeswarar temple
Moolavar: Kalyanasundaeswarar (Sevvandheeswarar)
  Urchavar: Sundareswarar
  Amman / Thayar: Balameenambika
  Thala Virutcham: Vilwa
  Theertham: Surya thertham
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: Pillayar Palayam
  City: Avaniapuram
  District: Madurai
  State: Tamil Nadu
  Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January; Purattasi Navarathri in September-October; Tirukarthikai in November-December and monthly pradosha pujas and Ekadasi days are celebrated in the temple.  
 Temple's Speciality:
  The Nandhi in Mother Balameenambica shrine facing south is turning towards the Lord. Lord Balasubramania is turning left with His peacock vahan. These turning postures are considered a different feature in the temple.  
Opening Time:
  The temple is generally open from 6.00 a.m. to 10.00a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. On Tuesdays, Fridays and on important days the temple is open till 12.00 a.m. in the first session. No change in the evening time.  
  Sri Kalyanasundaeswarar - Balameenambika Temple – Avaniapuram, Madurai Dist.  
  +91- 98437 77721, 97886 87020 
 General Information:

Lord Vinayaka in the temple is praised as Santhana Vinayaka.


People pray to Lord Kalayana Sundareswarar and Mother Balameenambica performing pujas with Vilwa leaves seeking child boon.  Obstacles in marriage talks also vanish.  People pray to Lord Bhairava for relief from poverty and evil attacks. The prayer also removes difference of opinion among members of the family and brings success in litigations.  Differences between Mother and son are solved by prayer to Lord Vinayaka.  Devotees also get jobs suiting to their education and a healthy life.

Thanks giving:
  Realizing their wishes, devotees perform archanas to Lord Shiva with Vilwa leaves. 
 Greatness Of Temple:

There was a shrine here for Lord Sevvandhi Easwarar.  There was also a tank called Shenbaga Oorani attached with the temple.  The temple became dilapidated in later days leaving only the compound wall and the Kulam-spring.  No efforts were taken to renovate the temple.  A Shiva devotee came to the house of one Anna Thatha who also was a Shiva devotee.  The former said that he would be back to the house after his worship in Madurai temple as there was no temple for him in the place.


The devotee did not return to Anna Thatha though it was too late at night.  Lord appeared in the dream of Anna Thatha and disclosed that He alone came to his house and asked him to renovate the temple that existed earlier, now in a bad state. Anna Thatha built the temple himself and made it ready for public worship.


The wedding posture is one among the 25 forms of Lord Shiva.  He appears here in His wedding posture with Mother Balameenambica.  It is noteworthy that the temple is situated in Madurai which is one among the three Shakti temples of  Meenakshi, Kamakshi and Visalakshi.  Vasiyoga Nandhi is opposite Shiva shrine.  Earlier there was a tub before this Nandhi touching its nose.  During drought times, people used to fill this tub with water in the belief that sooner the tub was full, drought would disappear within 24 hours.


As the temple was built during the Pandya period, their Fish symbol is carved in the pillars.  The Surya Theertham in the temple is regarded as a cure for all diseases-Sarva Roga Nivaran.  The statues in the temple are live in look.  Thirugnana Sambandar, also praised as Pillayar came to Madurai to cure Koon Pandiyan suffering from some heat related ailment.  Hence, the place came to be known as Pillayar Palayam.


The shrine for Mother Badrakali Amman which was within the temple earlier, is shifted outside the temple.

  Temple History:

Mother Meenakshi, born as the daughter of devout Malayadwaja Pandya used to play with Her friends (Thozhi in Tamil) in Pillayar Palayam now Avaniapuram.  When She was leaving the place after wedding with Lord Sundareswara, the Thozhis requested Her to stay there in Her wedding form and bless them.  Responding to their wish, Mother Balameenambica chose the place to stay with Lord Sundareswara.  The place is known as Sri Kalyana Sundareswarar-Balameenambica temple.

Special Features:
  Miracle Based: The Nandhi in Mother Balameenambica shrine facing south is turning towards the Lord. Lord Balasubramania is turning left with His peacock vahan. These turning postures are considered a different feature in the temple.
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