In the small village of Alangudi, surrounded by three holy rivers is the Arulmigu Abathsahyeswarar Temple. Here, Lord Shiva is the saviour, the one who consumed poison to protect the world. He is also in the form of Dakshinamurthy, the personification of the Lord as the teacher, the one with supreme awareness. Lord Dakshinamurthy is worshipped as Brihaspati or Guru Bhagvan. This temple is believed to have been constructed by an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva, Amuthokar. This temple of Guru construction epitomises the work Pallav era, with contributions from Viajayanagar and Chola era. Sage Viswamitra is believed to have worshipped Shiva here.
Mythology describes that when the Devas and Asuras were churning the celestial ocean, Palazhi, the snake Vasuki who was used as the churning rope emitted deadly poison (Alam visham). To protect the Universe, Lord Shiva drank the poison. Hence Lord Shiva came to be called as 'Abathsahayeswarar', meaning 'savior' and the place came to be known as 'Alangudi'. Some legends say that Guru worshipped Lord Shiva in AlangudiThis Temple is part of famous N...View more
vagraha Pilgrimage Yatra.
The temple is built in Dravidian style of architecture with a tiered rajagopuram adorned with richly hued and intricate carvings. The vast halls and decorative pillars proclaims the artisanship of the yesteryears. The main deity is swayambhu and there is a copper coloured idol of Nandi. Guru Dakshinamurthy is worshipped in a shrine along the parikarma path. There are also shrines for Vinayaka, Chandikeswarar and other Navagrahas.Picture courtesy ...View more
Kumbakonam is well connected to other parts of the state by rail and road. Alangudi is a 30 minutes drive from Kumbakonam. Regular buses ply between Kumbakonam and Alangudi.
Devotees are advised to wear clean and traditional clothing. Western attire are not allowed in the temples of Tamil Nadu
Kumbakonam as a salient place in the history of south India as it served as the capital for medieval Cholas. The place is known for its temples and monasteries. The place is famous for Mahamaham festival celebrated at the Mahamaham tank once in 12 years.
The priests perform regular rituals to the deities. The sequence of worshipping is Lord Vinayaka, then, Dwaja Ganapathy followed by Lord Abathsahayeswarar and Guru Dakshinamurthy.
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