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Araneri Appar Temple - Achaleswaram



Araneri Appar Temple  is located in Achaleswaram, Tiruvarur near Mayiladuturai,TamilNadu. This Hindu Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This holy temple is one among 275 Shiva Shatalams.

Also known as Tiruvarur Araneri, this temple to Shiva is located in the Southern Prakaram of the grand Tyagaraja Temple at Tiruvarur. 

Achaleswaram  is regarded as the 88th in the series of Tevara Stalams in Chola Nadu south of the river Kaveri.The Chola Queen Sembian Mahadevi rebuilt this temple of stone (10th century).

This west facing temple  consists of a sanctum and an ardhamandapam. Inscriptions from the period of Raja Raja Chola are found here.

The nich images here include those of Ardhanareeswarar, Durga, Bhikshatanar, Bhrama, Lingodbhavar, Dakshinamurthy, Agastyar and Natarajar.



Achaleswarar Temple, also known as Tiruvarur Araneri Temple, is a highly revered shrine situated at Achaleswaram, in Tiruvarur District  of Tamil Nadu. The temple is situated on the southern part of the  Tyagarajar Temple at Tiruvarur.

The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of Achaleswarar along with his consort Achaleswari. It is believed that Saint Appar is said to have glorified this temple through his pathigams.

This ancient shrine was reconstructed by the Chola queen Sembian Mahadevi during the 10th century. This west facing temple comprises a sanctum, and an ardhamandapam which preserves several inscriptions dating back to the period of Raja Raja Chola.

Presiding Deity  : Araneri Appar, Achaleswarar

Ambal   : Vandaarkuzhali, Achaleswari 

Patikam : Appar

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.
  • 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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