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Anbilalanturai Temple

Significance

Significance


Anbil Alanthurai Temple is dedicated to Shiva and is located in the banks of kollidam river in Anbil, a small village near Lalgudi. This Holy Temple is one among 275 Shiva Sthalams.

The temple has a 5-tier Rajagopuram, an outer prakaram(outer courtyard) and a nandavanam (flower garden). There are lot of inscriptions in the walls of the temple revealing Chola architecture.

A five tiered Raja Gopuram, and two prakarams, the outer one with a Nandavanam, and the inner one with the mandapams are the structural elements of this temple. The sanctum faces east and so does the Ambal shrine. There is a nice image of Vishnu flanked by Surya and Chandra in the space normally occupied by Lingodbhavar.

Legend has it that   Bhrama (from Satyalokam) and Vaageesamuni worshipped here, hence the name Satyavageeswarar or Bhramapureeswarar. It is believed that Sambandar sang the praises of Anbil, from across the Kollidam river which was in spate, and that Ganapati  leaned forward to hear it (Sevi Saaitta Vinayakar). (The image above is that of the Sundarar, Appar, Sambandar and Manikkavacakar).


About

About


This Shivastalam  is located near Lalgudi, near Tiruchirappalli. It is considered to be the 57th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located north of the river Kaveri.

Anbilalanturai Temple is the 57th in the series of Tevara Stalams located north of the river Kaveri. Legend: Bhrama and Vaageesamuni worshipped here, hence the name Satyavageeswarar or Bhramapureeswarar.

There are stone images portraying the legends associated with the temple on the exterior walls. Inscriptions from the Chola and Hoysala periods are seen here.

This temple was rebuilt during Parantaka Chola's period before which it was a two-tiered temple. There are sculptures in the mandapam in front of the sanctum.

Presiding Deity : Satyavageeswarar

Ambal   : Soundara Nayaki

Vriksham: Aalamaram

Theertham: Gayatri Theertham

Patikam : Sambandar,Appar

Do & Don't

Do & Don't


Do:

  • 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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