Abodes of lord Shiva

76. Arulmigu Annapurani sameda Odhavaneswarar Temple - Thiruchotruthurai

 
Moolavar   Odhavaneswarar, Chottru Thurai Nather, Tholaya Selva Nathar
Utsavar  
Thayar   Annapoorani, Tholayaselvi
Kshethram  
Theertham   Surya Theertham
Pose & Direction  
Vimanam  
Sthala Vruksham   Vilwa Tree
Paadiyavar   Thirunavukarasar, Sambandar
Travel Base   Thiruvaiyaru
Nearest Railway Station   Thanjavur
 

 

Location

This temple is located 4 Kms from TiruKandiyur and is about 13 Kms from Thanjavur. Town bus facilities are available from Tiruvaiyaru. Another paadal petra sivasthalam Tiruvedhikudi is located 3 Kms to the south from Tiruchottruthurai. No much facilities available here. Either stay and Thiruvaiyaru or Thanjavur and visit the temple.

 

History

According to the legend, it was here that the food for the marriage of Nandi was prepared by Arularar and his wife. The Lord presented them with an Akshaya patram for this purpose, and this story is immortalized in the temple with images of Arularar and his wife holding the Akshaya patram outside the main sanctum of the deity. This is quite a large and well maintained temple, and in the outer pragaram are groups of lingams, replicas of those in the Saptha Sthaanam temples, Pancha Bhoota Sthalams, etc. Once, a severe famine struck the place. A Shiva devotee, Arulalan by name, men, women and children were suffering from starvation. Arulalan cried to Lord that He should come to rescue the people to save them from starvation deaths. The priest stopped coming to the temple long back. A temple staff coming to light a lamp in the evening also fell down due to hunger. The temple was dark. Arulalar, sitting in the dark temple wept and dashed against the entrance steps and cried for help. It suddenly began to rain incessantly and the whole place was inundated with flood water. A bowl came floating in floods. Arulalar picked it up. He heard a voice saying that it was a Akshaya Patra which will never go dry and would be feeding the people to quench their hunger. Rice, dal, ghee and curry poured from the divine bowl. People’s joy knew no bounds.

 

Architecture

Arulmigu Annapurani sameda Odhavaneswarar Temple
Thiruchotruthurai, Thanjavur - 613202
Phone: 9943884377
Temple Timings : 9.00 am to 11.00 am