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Alanduraiyar Temple



Alanduraiyar Temple is a famous ancient Hindu temple situated in the village of Kilpaluvur in Ariyalur District of Tamil Nadu in India. The presiding deity of this temple is Lord Shiva.

This Alanduraiyar temple dates to as far back as far off antiquity and is associated with the 7th century Saint Thirugnanasambandar. People believe that it is here Lord Parasurama, the 6th incarnation (Avataara) of Lord Vishnu worshipped here to wash away his sin of killing his mother

Renuka Devi at the behest of his father Jamadagni. This original brick temple was rebuilt in stone during the time of Parankata Chola 1 (907-950 AD) and Uttama Chola (970-985 AD).



The Lord is believed to be self-formed (Suyambu lingam). Annai Umayaval (Devi) performs penance standing on one leg for the welfare of the living beings on earth.

As the Lord is formed of the sand of anthill, the shrine expounds the philosophy of earth among the 'Panchaboothams' (the five entities by which the living beings are believed to be created according to the Hindu methology Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Sky.

The rare Panchaloga (alloy of Gold(Au), Silver (Ag), Copper (Cu), Iron(Fe) and (Lead(Pb)/ Tin (Sn) /Zinc (Zn), extensively used for making temple idols) form of Chandeeswarar performing Pooja to Lord Siva is here.

It is believed that in this shrine Lord Parasurama (the Saint incarnation of Lord Vishnu) attained absolution for the sin of killing his mother at the orders of his father, and also received the blessings of the Lord.

At the entrance to the sanctum sanctorum, a little above is the lying posture of Parasuarama. On the 18th day of Tamil month Panguni, the Sun worships the Lord here by showering his rays on him.

Temple Timings :

6.00 am to 12.00 noon
4.00 pm to 8.30 pm

Main Deity : Sri Alanduraiyar,( Vadamoolanadhar, Yogavaneswarar)

Ambal       : Arundhavanayagi, Yogathapaswini, Mahathapaswini

Holy Water : Brahma Theertham, Parasurama Theertham

Temple Tree : Pazhu Aal

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.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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