About the Temple:
|Pongu Sanneeswarar Sannadhi in|
Left Corner -Thirukollikadu
names of the Goddess here mean – the one with soft feet.
|Thirukollikadu Temple-Front View|
|Another View of the Temple|
Agni was under the grip of ezharai sani when he had lost some of his power due to the following reasons. Agni had taken part in the yaga conducted by Dakshan [Lord Shiva’s father-in-law], whose primary intention of conducting the yaga was to insult Shiva. Agni had also been afflicted with dosha when the wax palace was burnt with the intent to kill the Pandavas. Agni prayed to Lord Shiva here to get back his power. Lord Shiva obliged him here and is hence known as Agneeswarar.
|Pongu Sanni in Agneeswarar Temple-|
|Agni Theerthan - Thirukollikadu|
Saneeswaran is present here seated on his vehicle – the crow, as anugraha murthy [one showering his blessings] with his lower right hand showing abhaya hastham. He holds a plough in his upper right hand. He is holding a flag with crow embossed on it, in his left hand. Opposite to Pongu Saneeswarar is Bhairavar, who is Saneeswaran’s guru. There is a shrine for Lakshmi next to Pongu Saneeswarar. Murugan is present here with his consorts Valli and Deivayanai. He holds a bow in his hands instead of the Vel [spear]. The Navagrahas are usually seen as Vakramurthys, ie they face different directions. The Navagrahas here are uniquely placed. They form a shape └┘here.
|Thiru-Chitramballam Part-I in|
|Thiru-Chitramballam-Part-II in |
There are inscriptions in this temple which suggest that this ancient temple which was once built out of bricks, got its present granite structure during the medieval period of Chola reign, about 1500 years ago.
Saneeswara Moola Mantra:
Aum pram prim praum sah shanaisharaya namah.
Pangupadhaya vidmahe Surya putraaya dheemahi, thanno Mandha prachodayath
This temple is located about 25 kms from Tiruvarur. On Tiruvarur Thirutharaipoondi road take a right turn at Kachanam. This temple is about 8 kms from Kachanam.
The nearest towns are Tiruvarur and Mannargudi, where there are quite a few options available to suit various budgets. This is a very small village and no facility is available here.
Arulmigu Agneeswarar Alayam
Thiruthangur Thirunellikaval [P.O] Tiruvarur [Dist] – 610 205
Contact Phone No: 04369 237454.