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Sri Pratyangara Devi temple
Moolavar: Pratyangara Devi
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: -
  Thala Virutcham: Banyan Tree
  Theertham: -
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: -
  City: Ayyavadi
  District: Thanjavur
  State: Tamil Nadu
  Performing this puja is the main prayer commitment in this temple. To the best of their ability, devotees offer items needed for the Nikumbala Yagam, attend it with deep devotion and pray to the Goddess.  
 Temple's Speciality:
  The Yaga Gunda (a form specially arranged for the purpose) will have Vinayaka, Muruga, Sastha, Bhairava, Saraba, Soolini, Vaarahi, Sudharsanam the discus of Lord Vishnu and Mahalakshmi are installed around the Yaga platform in such places meant for them according to the Vedic rules. Centrally, Pradhyangara Devi is installed. The puja is performed on the flames of fire called Homa and Nivedhana (offering) is offered. 96 varieties of things, fruits, nine varieties of cereals, silk saree, ghee are offered in the flames. Finally, a large quantity of red chillies are poured on the flames. This is a very powerful puja-prayer.  
Opening Time:
  The temple is open from 6.00 AM to 11.00 AM and in the evening from 4.00 to 8.00.  
  Sri Patyangaradevi Temple, Ayyavadi, Thanjavur district.  
  +91 - 435- 246 3414, 94431 24347. 
 General Information:
  The Vimana of the temple is of the North Indian temple design.  Mother Pratyangaradevi, is facing north from Her shrine.
  Devotees participate in the Nikumbala Yajna to regain the position they had lost, for removal of enemy threats, relief from debt burdens, promotion in jobs, employment opportunities, wedding boon and progress in business.  Those afflicted with adverse aspects of Saturn-Sani Bhagwan also take part in the Yajna.
Thanks giving:
  Those affluent offer donations for temple maintenance. 
 Greatness Of Temple:
  This is one of the Shiva temples praised in Thevaram hymns.  Saint Gnana Sambandar had praised Lord of this temple in his hymns.  The presiding Lord of the temple Lord Agastheeswarar is facing east.  Mother Dharma Samvardini is facing south.  Banyan is the sacred tree of the temple.  Pratyangaradevi with Her Lion face and 18 hands and smiling face appeared from the forehead eye of Lord Sarabeswarar.  She is dark in complexion wearing crescent moon on the head and holding trident, Pasam, Damarugam a leather musical instrument accompanied by Mothers Lakshmi and Saraswathy on both sides.
The temple conducts Nikumbala Yajna on all new moon days from 8.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.  Though bags of chillies are used in the yagna, the spicy smoke emanating from the Yajna fire does not create any inconvenience as coughing etc. to the attendees.  This is indeed a wonder.  108 varieties of ingredients are used in the yajna as fruits, silk saris etc.  At the end of the yajna, abishek is performed to Mother Pratyangaradevi and Lord Sarabeswarar with holy Kalasa (pots) water.  The devotee crowd on the yajna day is estimated to be around 40,000.
  Temple History:
  The Ramayana story is popular among almost everybody not only among the Hindus of India but among all people of the world.  Ravana lost his sons in the war against Lord Sri Rama barring only Indrajit known for his reputation in war craft even against Indira.   Indrajit began performing the Nikumbala Yajna to defeat Rama and win the unjust war for his wicked father Ravana.
Kings, to win difficult wars in those days, used to create cremation grounds on eight directions and conduct the Nikumbala yajna invoking Pratyangaradevi known as Atharvana Kali.  Indrajit began this yajna.  If he completed the yajna successfully, he would become unconquerable.  Knowing his plans, Lord Sri Rama too performed special pujas to Devi.
Mother Pratyangaradevi knew the purpose of both sides.  She did not want to help Indrajit as his purpose was unjust.  She blessed Lord Rama with success in the war and in rescuing Mother Sita from the captivity of Ravana.  However, as Indrajit was also Her devotee, she gave him space in the Ramayana story.
Special Features:
  Miracle Based: The sacred banyan tree in the temple has also leaves of other trees as Bodhi, Mango, Ichi and Purasu. Despite bags of chillies used in the Nikumbala yagna fire, the spicy smoke does not harm the attendees.
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