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Sri Thanthondreeswarar temple



Sri Thanthondreeswarar temple is located in the city of Aakkoor, Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu. This Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This Holy temple is one among 275 Shiva Sthalams

This is the birth place of Sirapuli Nayanar, one among the 63 celebrated saivite Nayanmars.  He attained salvation also here.  People also celebrate their 60th birth day in the temple.  Devotees perform Sahasranama (chanting 1000 names of the Lord) archana to Lord Bhairava on the Ashtami the 8th day of the new moon fortnight.

Lord Muruga in the temple is praised in the Tirupugazh hymns of Arunagiriar. This is also one of the sacred places where Lord Shiva granted Wedding Darshan to Sage Agasthya.

This is a place that enjoys a higher importance than Kasi.  Sri Vinayaka behind the temple is praised as Lord Poyya Vinayaka.  He came in the disguise of a Brahamin to a king wandering around the place and enquired of his problem.

The king replied that he was searching for a location to build a temple.   Lord Vinayaka advised the king to stay at the bottom of the tank for some three and half hours (Nazhigai) to get the reply. 

The king stood confused.  Lord Vinayaka said that the place was more holy than Kasi and what was left in Kasi could be recovered from this tank.  The king obeyed the advice of the Brahmin and came out with the sanctum sanctorum.  He was happy and built this temple.



This Shivastalam is a maadakkovil built by Ko Chenkkan Cholan, at an elevation in this town which is also known as Shankharanyam. Aakkoor is considered to be the 46th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located south of the river Kaveri.

This temple is also known as Taantonrimaadam (that which appeared on a self made hill), and Tolkoyil. This town is located on the railroad between Mayiladuturai and Tarangambadi.

Shiva appeared in the guise of the 1000th guest (Aayirattil Oruvar), in a feast offered by a devout Chola monarch; an image of this manifestation, is seen in this temple.

Natarajar's image here is of great beauty. Three worship services are offered here each day. Kartikai Deepam, Arudra Darisanam and Navaratri are celebrated here.

Moolavar  :  Thanthondriappar

Urchavar   :  Aayirathil Oruvar (one in a thousand)

Amman_Thayar  :  Valnedunkanni

Temple_tree   : Kondrai, Arecanut, Vilwa

Theertham   :  Kumuda theertham

Pooja_type   : Karana Agama

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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