About Temple:Iravatheeswarar Temple is a Hindu temple located in the village of Thirukottaram in the Tiruvarur District of Tamilnadu. Constructed by the Medieval Cholas about 1000 years ago, the temple is dedicated to Shiva. The temple is situated on the banks of the Vanchiyaru River a tributary of the Cauvery River.Tirugnanasambandar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple. This is the 170th Devaram Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 53rd Sthalam on the south side of river Cauvery in Chozha Nadu.
Thala Virutcham : Paarijaatham ( not available now)
Theertham :Vaanchiyaaru; another is Sooriya Thirtham in front of the Temple
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Tirukkóttaaru
Location : Tirukkottaaram,Tiruvarur,Tamil Nadu.
The temple was built by Kulothunga Cholan in the year 1253 AD. Stone inscriptions in the temple refer to the King as Maduranthagan Kulothunga Cholan.
Iraavatham is the elephant-vehicle of Lord Indra at the heavens. It is with white skin and four tusks. Once Sage Dhurvasa brought a lotus flower that adorned the Sivalingam consecrated by the Sage at Kasi.
He presented that flower to Lord Indra who was coming in his ceremonial procession. The arrogant Indra received the flower with one hand without any reverence and placed it on the head of the elephant.
The elephant removed the flower with its trunk, threw it on the floor and stamped the flower with its leg. The angry Dhurvasa cursed both Lord Indra and the elephant.
Accordingly, Iraavatham became a wild elephant and for one hundred years went to several holy places, worshipped the deities and finally got its original form at Madurai.
This is the legend narrated in the Tiruvilayaadal Puranam. Tirukkottaaru is one of the holy places worshipped by Iraavatham as a wild elephant.
Subha Maharishi paid his obeisances to this Lord every day. One day the temple doors were closed because he was late.
Seeing this Subha Maharishi took the form of a bee, went into the sanctum and worshipped the Lord. From then on he remained there.
From that time onwards, the beehive remains in the sanctum of the Prime Deity. The devotees who go there to worship should stand away from the hive and offer their prayers.
It is said that honey is extracted annually from this hive and is adorned the Lord with that honey. The hive once again thrives.
The image of this Subha Maharishi is seen in the rear side of the outer round. Adjacent to the front Mantapam is the sanctum of Kumaara Bhuvaneswarar.
The big Lingam faces west. It is believed that both Sage Agathiyar and Subha Maharishi established this imposing Lingam and worshipped.
Pick up from Theni/Dindigul.
Proceeding towards Thiruvarur
Hotel Check in.
Then proceed to visit Veerataneswarar Temple, Thiruvirkudi,
Arulmigu Abathsahyeswarar Temple.
Arulmigu Saraswathi Temple.
Come back to Hotel.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
After Refreshment and Breakfast at Hotel.
Check out from Hotel.
Then proceed to visit Iravatheeswarar Temple, Thirukottaram.
Sri Agnieeswarar Temple
sri Seshapureeswarar Temple.
Then Starting Our Journey Towards Theni/Dindigul.
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We can provide stay for ( 2*, 3*, 5*, 7* )
2.Double sharing Rooms
5.Royal Suite Rooms
( as per requirement )
From Trip start to till end the Tour Guide will be take care
Local Speaking Guide - ( English,Tamil,Hindi,Telugu & Malayalam ) *
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All local vehicle transport
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Iravatheeswarar Temple - Thirukottaram, Thiruvarur, Tamil Nadu (276 Shiva Sthalangal)