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.