Agastheeswarar Temple, Pancheshti, Thiruvallur
Agastheeswarar Temple, Pancheshti, Thiruvallur

Agastheeswarar Temple, Pancheshti, Thiruvallur

Date built:
Deity: Shiva
Architectural style: Dravidian architecture
Major festivals Mahashivratri
Locale: Pancheshti
District:: Thiruvallur
Address: Agastheeswarar Temple,Pancheshti, Ponneri,
Thiruvallur District – 601 204
Phone +91 94441 46752 / 98413 44867
 Agastheeswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Pancheshti in Thiruvallur District of Tamilnadu. Presiding Deity is called as Agastheeswarar and Mother is called as Anandhavalli. While the two are in separate shrines in the sanctum sanctorum, devotees can get darshan of both from a single viewpoint. This holy place is said to have references in ancient Naadi Astrology for various Pariharams (remedies).

Architecture

Temple Opening Time

The Temple remains open from 05.00 AM to 01.00 PM and 04.00 PM to 08.00 PM.

Pooja Timings

  • Kalasanthi – 07:00 AM
  • Uchikalam – 12:00 Noon
  • Sayaratchai – 8.00 PM

Prayers

In Hindu mythology, any temple facing the South is called Parihara Sthalam, in which one can find remedy for any kind of problems in life. Doing Annadhanam (free feeding) here is considered most auspicious and believed that it will get us back the lost positions, possessions and will help attain God’s feet. Lighting the Ghee lamp here, one is removed of all his sins.

Festivals

All Full moon days, Pradhosham days, Ragu Kalams on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, Pancha parvanhal, Navarathri, Shivarathri, Thiruvathirai, Panguni Uthira Kalyana Uthsavam, Vaikasi Visakam, Thai Poosam and Aadi Pooram are most auspicious here and celebrated in a grand manner.

Legend / Local stories

Sukethu’s curse:

Once at Kailasam, when Shiva was teaching the Shiva Philosophy with Parvathi sitting next to him, a yatchan called Sukethu questioned him whether it is ok to teach the philosophy while Parvathy is sitting along. Shiva just smiled but Lord Muruga got angry since Parvathy is always part of Shiva himself and so cursed him to become a demon. He then married another demon and gave birth to 3 sons.

The 3 sons, knowing the curse of his father, did a penance towards Goddess Parasakthi and got all the powers. With this they disturbed everyone in the Celestial world and so all the Devas went to Sage Agasthiar to do something. Agasthiar then prayed to Lord Shiva and he appeared as a Rishaba rudar along with Parvathi, Vinayagar, Murugan and Nandhi Devar and gave the necessary powers to Sage Agasthiar.

Meanwhile Sukethu fought with other demons and on becoming tired went and hid himself under the sea. The 3 sons then searched their father in the sea and created a Pralayam there. All the lives of sea were affected and so Agasthiar just drank the whole sea and it became completely dry.

The Devars then requested Agasthiar to bring back the sea and Agasthiar spit a little water at Pancheshti and it became the ‘Agasthya Theertham’ and let the remaining water back to the sea itself. In the process, Sukethu and his sons were caught inside the stomach of Agasthiar and they requested pardon. Agasthiar then made them take a dip at the ‘Agasthya Theertham’ and conduct five yagnas – Deva Yagna, Brahma Yagna, Pithur Yagna, Bootha Yagna and Manuda Yagna. Finally, they got their curse cleared off.

King Mithrathuvasan:

Once King Mithrathuvasan of Kanchipuram was doing regular Pradhosha pooja here. When he was coming for one such pooja, he heard a crying voice for help and when he went he saw a Tiger about to kill a man who was very lean and bony. When the King told the tiger to leave that poor man, the Tiger replied that it is also old and needs food for it and its kids.

The King replied to take him instead of the poor man since he is hale and healthy but requested to wait till he comes back after the Pradhosha pooja. The tiger accepted and relieved the poor man. As promised when the King appeared before the tiger after the pooja with sacred ash full of body, rudraksha chain around his neck and Pradosha prasadam (Vilvam) in his hand, the tiger hesitated. When he compelled the tiger to take him by voluntarily putting his head inside the Tiger’s mouth, it disappeared and Lord Shiva gave Dharshan as Rishabaroodar along with Parvathi Devi.

He realized that it is just the drama of Lord Shiva just to show him and the world the significance and power of Pradhosha pooja. The place where this happened is being called ‘Thiruvilankeswarar’ a few kms from here and a Shiva temple is present there. Since King Mithrathuvasan came forward to sacrifice himself because he did not want even a Tiger at forest to starve, this place is considered an Annadhana Kshetram.

Indhra, Indrani and Viswaroopan’s curse:

Once Indhra wanted to start a Yagna but since Deva Guru Brihaspathi who normally is the Guru of all yagnas in Devaloka (Brihaspathi) was in tapas towards Lord Shiva, Indran conducted the yagna with Viswaroopan’s as Guru. So, Brihaspathi cursed both of them to take human births. They had born as sons of King Mithrathuvasan in the name of Chandhramoulipriyan and Sambupriyan.

In another incident, while Padmini, daughter of Guberan was taking bath, Sage Romar covered with hair all over his body was passing through and Padmini made fun of him and laughed. So, Sage Romar cursed her to take human birth and to be a wife for two persons since she laughed at the Sage twice. Thus, she took birth as the daughter of King Bhavabanu of Virudhachalam in the name of Ambikai. When the King arranged Swayamvaram for his daughter, demon Sambasuran participated with a fake identity and took away Ambikai.

Chandhramouli Priyan and Sambupriyan who also participated in the Swayamvaram then fought with the demon, won him and both married her. Later demon Sambupriyan again took her way one day. Chandhramouli Priyan and Sambupriyan searched for her everywhere and finally came to Kalahasthi and prayed to Lord Shiva. They then heard the holy voice that Agasthiar who was in tapas at southeast of Kalahasthi will help. They then came to Pancheshti and fell at the feet of Agasthiar. He then made them to create an ashram here and do the Pradhosha pooja.

On one Pradhosha when they were returning to the Ashram after the pooja, they heard a crying female voice and they went and saw their wife Ambikai getting ready to be sacrificed to Goddess Kali by a demon called Sakthiubhasakan who brought her here after killing demon Sambasuran. They both then killed the demon and relieved her. Agasthiar then ended the curse of all the three and they all went to their respective worlds.

Pancheshti:

Once Sages Vasishtar, Gouthama and Kanvar went to Lord Brahma to suggest them a suitable place on earth to do tapas. Brahma then made a wheel out of some Dharbai grass and rolled it over. The place where it stopped is Pancheshti. Sage Agasthiar conducted five yagnas (Pancha means five, Ishti means Yagna) and so the name Pancheshti. Agasthiar was so attached to this place that he didn’t want to return to Kailasam after his work was over. Only Lord Shiva could finally convince him. Since the place is blessed by Agasthiar, there is copious ground water and supplies water to Chennai city whenever there is a scarcity. So, it is called ‘Pancham Theerkum Pancheti’ meaning ‘Starvation solving Pancheshti’.

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How to Reach:

The Temple is located at about 400 meters from Pancheshti, 1 Km from Thatchur Koot Road, 1.5 Kms from Thatchoor, 8 Kms from Ponneri, 7 Kms from Ponneri Bus Depot, 8 Kms from Ponneri Railway Station, 8 Kms from Chinnambedu, 31 Kms from Chennai and 44 Kms from Chennai Airport. Pancheshti is a very small village located on Chennai Kolkata highway, about 31 Kms from Chennai.

After crossing Red Hills and Karanodai on the highway, you have to take a right turn before Thatchur Cross road (to Ponneri) to enter this village. The temple is just 500 meters off the highway. Frequent Buses available from Broadway and Koyambedu. No Direct buses from Broadway and Koyambedu. You can get buses going to Ponneri. Go to Redhills from there you can get frequent buses.

Contact Details

Agastheeswarar Temple,
Pancheshti, Ponneri,
Thiruvallur District – 601 204
Mobile: +91 93823 16493 / 98413 17500 / 94442 20780
Mobile: +91 94441 46752 / 98413 44867
Mobile: +91 99625 70445 / 97898 92925

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