Aavoor Pasupatheeswaram or Aavoor Pasupatheeswarar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Hindu god Shiva, located in the village Aavoor, located 12 km south of South Indian town, Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu.
The temple is one of the 70 madakoil built by 2nd century Chola king, Kochengat Chola. The temple is known for the Panchabairavar, the five images of Bhairavar. The temple is reverred in the verses of Tevaram, the 7th century Tamil Saiva canon byTirugnana Sambandar.
Pasupatheeswarar indicates God of cows. Shiva is believed to have descended for the holy cow Kamadenu that prayed to him by ablution with their milk on the Shivalingam to get relief from the curse of sage Vashista.
A sculpture indicating the legend is present in the walls of the second precinct of the temple. Another legend associates the temple with the saivite saint Tirumular(6th century CE). Tirumular saw a herd of cows lamenting the death of their herdsmen. Being a siddha, he entered into the body of dead herdsman, came back alive to serve as the herdsman and sung 3000 verses in praise of Shiva.
Kamadhenu is said to have come down to the earth here (Go vanda Kudi) and worshipped Shiva. Legend also has it that Shiva here was worshipped by Bhrahma, the Saptarishis, the Devas, Indra, Surya, the Navagrahas and Vasishta. Legend has it that the hillock on which the temple is built was a result of the tussle between Adiseshan and Vayu as in Tirunallur.
This Shivastalam is a maadakkovil at an elevation built by Kochenkann Cholan, as in Tirunallur nearby. It is in the vicinity of Sattimuththam, Patteeswaram and the ancient Chola capital of Pazhaiyaaru abounding in archeological remains.
Sangam poets such as Aavoor kizhaar were born here. This temple is considered to be the 21st in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located south of the river Kaveri.
A five tiered Rajagopuram adorns the entrance to this temple which occupies an area of about an acre. Inscriptions from the period of Rajendra Chola III are seen here. Four worship services are offered each day.
The temple is located 10 km away from Kumbakonam, 6 km east of Tirukarugavoor and 30 km south of Thanjavur. The temple has a five tiered Rajagopuram with an elevated structure for the main shrine. The images of the presiding deity, Pasupatheeswarar, in the form of Shiva lingam occupies the main sanctum.
The consort of Pasupatheeswarar, Mangalanayagi and Pangajavalli occupy twin sanctums facing west. The images of Panchabairavar, the five Bairavar statues are found in the corner facing the main sanctum.
Main Deity : Aavoorudaiyar, Pasupateeswarar
Ambal : Mangalambika
Vriksham : Arasamaram
Theertham : Kamadhenu Theertham