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Vishaakha (in Sanskrit)
Visaakam (in Tamil, Malayalam)
Indra, chief of the gods; Agni, god of Fire
Sri Pralayanatha Swami Temple,
Solavandan–624 215, Madurai district.
Phone: +91- 4542- 258 987
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 4.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Monthly pradosham days; Shivrathri in February–March; Karthikai Mondays in November–December; Navrathri in September–October and Skanda Sashti in October–November are the days celebrated in the temple with special abishek and pujas.
A few centuries ago, a Pandya king brought a Shivalinga from Kasi, installed it on the banks of the Vaigai River and was performing Shiva Puja. A devastating flood as a tsunami (Pralaya) took place them threatening total destruction of the place. People surrendered at the feet of Lord Shiva for safety. They were saved. As Lord saved the place and people from Pralaya floods, He is celebrated as Pralaya Nathar.
Lord Muruga is the special deity of the temple. During the six day Skanda Sashti festival, special pujas and abisheks are offered. On the 7th day, they prepare curd rice with 40 measures of rice and celebrate 'Tiru Pavaadai Dharisanam'. Lord Bhairava enjoys His own importance. People use to break the nuts of the Vilwa tree, make cups and light lamps, known as Vilwa Deepa. This prayer brings them success in litigations. Devotees apply butter on Sri Anjaneya behind the sanctum sanctorum and take the butter as Prasad and consume it for cure from prolonged illness.