Paabhahareeswarar Temple, Tharatchi, Thiruvallur
|Architectural style:||Dravidian architecture|
Paabhahareeswarar Temple,Oothukottai – 602 026 Thiruvallur District
|Phone||Mobile: +91 9445296096|
Temple Opening Time
The temple remains open from 06.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. and from 05.00 p.m. to 08.00 p.m. Since there is no fixed time and one kala pooja is conducted. Gurukkal is residing in front of the temple.
Maha Shivarathri in February-March and Karthikai Deepam in November-December are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
Devotees pray to Lord for relief from the effects of sins and planetary adversities. Devotees perform abishek and archanas to Lord and Mother and offer vastras.
Legend / Local stories
A devotee, Govindan by name was lucky to get a small Bana Linga of palm size when he was bathing in the Holy Ganga in one fine morning in Kasi-Varanasi. His joy knew no bounds, he danced, embraced it on the chest holding by both palms-Ullangai in Tamil – kept it on his head with all ecstasy in mind. He brought it to this temple. As he brought a palm size Linga – Ullangai Linga – he was praised as Ullangai Lingam Konarndha Nayanar – Nayanar bringing this palm size Linga.
It is noteworthy that this devotee was a cousin brother of Udayavar Sri Ramanuja of Sri Vaishnava philosophy. He came to the Saivite camp then. It is also said that Nayanar worshipped this Linga while he was in Kalahasti temple. After placing the Linga in the temple, Govindan returned to Vaishnavism and became the disciple of Acharya Sri Ramanuja.
Govindan was also awarded the Embar title by the Acharya and taught the Vaishnava Mantras. As directed by Acharya Ramanuja, Chandragiri king Kattithevan Yadavarayan built this beautiful Shiva temple for Embar Govindan. With a desire that this Shiva temple should be equal and famous as the Thillai Chidambaram Nataraja temple, the king lavishly donated lands to the temple for its maintenance, daily pujas etc. as per Agama rules.
The temple is located on the banks of Arani River considered equal to the holy Ganga and the place to Kasi-Varanasi. It is the staunch belief of the devotees that a dip in the river and worship of Lord would totally cleanse them of their sins and doshas, hence, Lord is praised as Papa Hareswarar – Lord who relieves devotees from sins. A small Bana Linga brought from Kasi also adores the sanctum sanctorum with presiding deity.
How to Reach:
The Temple is located at about 1 Km from Vadathillai, 4 Kms from Pondavakkam, 6 Kms from Uthukottai, 30 Kms from Thiruvallur, 31 Kms from Thiruvallur Railway Station, 70 Kms from Chennai Airport and 55 Kms from Chennai. At Pondavakkam, take a right turn and travel around 4 Kms to reach Vadathillai and from there take a left turn and travel further for about a km to reach the temple. There is another route to reach this temple from Mambakkam.
Vadathillai is on the way to Mambakkam from Uthukottai. From the Vadathillai Bus stop, the Village and the temple is about 2 Kms. Share Autos are available up to Vadathillai bus stop from there we must walk to reach the Village. Route No 92 and 92B, Mambakkam and Periyapalayam Passes through the Vadathillai Bus stop.
Oothukottai – 602 026
Mobile: +91 9445296096