Arulmigu Ponguseeswarar Temple, Thirukollikadu, Tiruvarur

Opening Times :

  • Sunday to Fri :
  • Morning - 7.30AM to 12.30PM
  • Evening - 4.30PM to 7.00PM
  • SaturDay :
  • Opens in Whole Day

This is the Official website

  • Clerk : 97913 66216
  • Office : 95853 82152
  • E-Mail : pongusaneeswararthirukoil@gmail.com
The Structure and Greatness of the Place:

Thirugnana Sambandar has sung in praise of God as 'Oongu Pugazh Kollikaadare' (Great fame in Devaram. A Chola King with heavy sani dhosam finally got relief from his sufferings on worshipping the Sani Bhagavan, Agneeswarar and Mirudupaadanayagi at Kollikadu. Sthala Viriksha (Holy tree of the temple) is Vannimaram. Theerthakulam (the sacred pond) lies on the northern side of the temple. It is called Agnitheertham.

On Passing through the entrance at the temple, the bali peeta and nandhi sannadhis(shrines)In the main pragaram for Murugan with Valli and Deivanai. Lord Muruga is seen with bow and arrow instead of his vel. It is also considered as the unique feature of the temple and that could be seen nowhere else. There are separate shrines for Mahalakshmi and sani baghvan. Separate shrine for Bhiravar and Navagraham are also situated opposite to pongusaneeswarar.

Here the Navagraham have been same tamed as to prevent them from wielding there evil influence hence the name 'koli' meaning that the plants are powerless. So unlike in other temples the navagraham are positioned differently here in an open formation facing each other. It is also peculiar and special feature of the temple. In niches on the outer wall are idols of Vinayagar, Dhakshinamurthy, Lingothbavar, Brahma and Durgadevi.

The shrine for Sani bhagavan is in the South West corner. The Idol seen with kalappai or plough(right) and crow (left) in his upper two arms, Left hand by his side has Ooru Hastam and the right hand as abaya hastam (Arumugamurthy).

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