Temple's Speciality:

Here is a swayambumurthi tarpparanyesvarar.




Navagraha

Sani

Nakshatra

Pushya, Anuradha and Uttara Bhadrapada Nakshatra

Direction

West

Metal

Iron

Deity

Brahma

Gem

Blue Sapphire

Element

Air

Color

Blue

Other Names

Saturn (in English) Mand, Suryaputra, Asith.

Mount (Vahana)

Crow

Consort

Niladevi

Mahadasha

19 Years

Season

All Seasons

Food Grain

Sesame

Presides

Shanivar (Saturday)

Guna

Tamas

Rules

Makara (Capricorn) and Kumbha (Aquarius)

Exaltation

Tula (Libra)

Debilitation

Mesha (Aries)

Mooltrikona

Kumbha (Aquarius)

Lord

Pushya, Anuradha and Uttarabhadrapada

Moolavar

Agastheeswarar

Thala Virutcham

Tharuppai

Theertham

Nala Theertham

Amman / Thayar

Anandavalli

Age of Temple

1000-2000 years old

City

Anakaputhur

District

Kanchipuram

State

Tamil Nadu


Address:

Sri Anandavalli–Agastheeswarar temple, Polichalur ,Anakaputhur, Kancheepuram.

Opening Time:

The Temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Festivals:

Besides monthly Pradosha and Amavasya–new moon–pujas, the temple celebrates Maha Shivrathri in March–April in a grand manner.

Temple History:

Anakaputhur is east of Kancheepuram next to Kundrathur. Originally the name of the place was Aanaikaputhur, a place for keeping elephants and maintaining them. Adayar and nearby places were suitable for the purpose during the Pallava rule.The Story that Sage Agasthya had to come South to balance the level of earth when North went too low due to the huge crowd of sages gathered at Mount Kailash to attend the Shiva–Parvathi wedding, is popular among the devotees.

During his stay in South, sage Agasthya visited many holy places for Shiva worship. He performed abisheks, pujas to Lord Shiva in this place, hence, the Lord is praised as Agastheeswara. That Pandavas during their exile, visited this place and worshipped Lord, is an added reputation to the place.The elephants then staying in this place also carried water and flowers to worship Lord Shiva, according to the Sthala Purana–local history. Aanaika Puthur – place elephants were protected – is presently known as Anakaputhur after many changes during the course of time.

Greatness Of Temple:

The temple is designed under the Kamika and Karana Agama rules. It has a sanctum sanctorum, Andaralam, Artha Mandap and Mukha Mandap. Lord Shiva is facing the east.The phallus – Avudayar – on which the Linga Bana is placed, is round against the traditional leaf shape type. Mother Anandavalli pouring all happiness to devotees along with Lord is facing south in a standing posture holding Angusam the rope in upper hands and assuring all boons to devotees with other hands.Temple for Saptha Kannikas are around this temple.