Lord graces in the temple as swayambumurthy. During Purattasi (September–October), Panguni (March–April) and some days in the year, the rays of Sun fall on the Lord. Lord Dakshinamurthy on the wall of the sanctum sanctorum graces with His Veena and a leg beautifully bending as if dancing. His disciples are not with him. This is a rare form of Lord Dakshinamurthy. Musicians worship the Lord with abishek and special pujas. Lord Bikshadana is nearby.
Uthra Phalguni (in Sanskrit)
Uthiram (in Tamil)
Uthram (in Malayalam)
Sri Adhimooleswarar Temple, Tirupattrurai, Trichy
Phone: +91- 431 - 246 0455.
The temple is open from 7.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.
Maha Shivarathri in February-March, Tirukarthikai in November–December and Margazhi Tiruvadirai are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
A Chola king ruling this region once passed through this place while hunting and wanted to have rest. He saw a white bird and with the intention of having it, he shot an arrow but the bird escaped. When he visited the place again, he saw the bird and waited near the bushes as it was in its nest.
The king felt the smell of milk in that place. But the bird did not return. The king removed the bushes and found an anthill. When he further dug, milk sprang from the spot. The king, afraid of the incident, simply returned back. Lord Shiva appeared in his dream and said that He was in that spot in the form of a Linga and directed him to build a temple. So the place came to be known as Pattrurai (Paal+Thurai – Paal in Tamil means milk and thurai place, thus came the name Pattrurai). The Lord was named Pattrurainathar as he came out from the place where milk sprang up.
The temple is situated in between the rivers Cauvery and Kollidam. Nandhi and the Bali Peeta (an upside down lotus platform for placing the Nivedhana) are outside the temple. As it is believed that worshipping the Goddess facing South would minimize the ferocity of Yama the God of Death, the Goddess in the temple is facing south. Those who have lost their kids, perform special puja to the Goddess with yellow clothes. They hope to get another child. This pooja is performed in the temple on all Poornima (full moon) days. Newly wedded couples also pray to Goddess seeking healthy and wise children. Behind the sanctum sanctorum is the shrine of Sankaranarayana instead of Lingoghbava as is generally found in Shiva temple. There are Rukmini, Sathyabama and Lord Venugopala also in the temple.