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