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Aappudaiyaar Temple



Aappudaiyaar Temple is located in  Madurai ,TamilNadu.  This Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple is one Among 275 Shiva Stalam.

This temple lies in the shadow of Madurai Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple.The Pandya Kings and the Royal Sethupathi kings have made many contributions to this temple although little is known of its history to the thousands of visitors that throng Madurai. This shrine  is regarded as the 2nd  of the Tevara Stalams in the Pandya region of Tamilnadu.

The name 'Aappudaiyaar' comes from the word 'Aappu' - a wedge that was mistakenly worshipped as a Shivalingam by a Pandya ruler is said to have transformed miraculously into a Shivalingam.

Shiva is also believed to have miraculously caused grains of sand to turn into rice during the time of a debilitating famine, hence the name Anna Lingeswarar.

Bhrammotsavam here is marked for the month of Maasi. Navaratri is also celebrated here. Images of Meenakshi and Sundareswarar visit this temple from the famed Madurai temple, on the day of Panguni Uththiram, and return on a Rishabha Vaahanam.

The festival idols here - made of silver  are of great beauty and  they are taken in procession during the biweekly Pradosham festival.



Aappudaiyaar Kovil is a Shivasthalam located at Madurai, Tamil Nadu. The temple is 1.5 km north of Madurai Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple. The presiding deity here is Rishabeswarar.

There is a separate worship place for Goddess Kuravankamazhum Kuzhalammai. The temple theertham is Rishaba teertham. According to a legend, a Pandya ruler worshipped a wedge (Aappu) considering it a Shivlinga and it transformed miraculously into a Shivlinga later.

Thus the temple got its name Aappudaiyaar. The specialty of this temple is that on the Panguni Uththiram day the idols of Meenakshi and Sundareswarar visit here from the Madurai Temple.

Sage Sambandar is said to have glorified this temple through his pathigams. The main festivals celebrated here are the Brahmotsavam in the month of Maasi (February-March) and the Navratri.

presiding deity  :   Rishabeswarar

Thayaar           :   Kuravankamazhum Kuzhalammai

Theertham    :    Rishaba teertham.

Do & Don't

Do & Don't


  • Do pray your Ishta Devata before pilgrimage to Temple.
  • Do contact Temple Devasthanam information centre for enquiry, temple information and for Pooja details etc.
  • Do reserve your travel and accommodation at Temple well in advance.
  • Do bath and wear clean clothes before you enter the temple.
  • Do concentrate on God and Goddess inside the temple.
  • Do maintain silence and recite your Istamantram to yourself inside the temple.
  • Do observe ancient custom and traditions while in Temple.
  • Do respect religious sentiments at Temple.Do deposit your offerings in the hundi only.

Don't s:

  • Do not come to Temple for any purpose other than worshipping of God and Goddess.
  • Do not smoke at Temple.
  • Do not consume alcoholic drinks at Temple.
  • Do not eat non-vegetarian food in the Kshetram.
  • Do not approach mediators for quick Darshanam. It may cause inconvenient to others.
  • Do not carry any weapon inside the temple.
  • Do not wear any head guards like helmets, caps, turbans and hats inside the temple premises.
  • Do not perform Sastanga Pranama inside the Sanctum Sanctorum.
  • Do not take much time while performing Sparsa Darshanam to God in Garbhagriha.
  • Do not buy spurious prasadams from street vendors.
  • Do not encourage beggars at Temple.
  • Do not spit or create nuisance in the premises of the temple.

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