Main Deity - Aabathsahayeswarar
Holly Theertham - Amritapushkaraini
Sthala Vriksham - Poolai Shrub
The temple is one of the nine Navagraha sthalas(Temples of Nine planets) located in the Cauvery Delta region dedicated to planet Jupiter, called Dakshinamoorthy,the Guru.Lord Guru can be propitiated in the form of Sri Dakshinamurthy.Legend is that Siva consumed deadly poison, giving rise to the name Alangudi and deity being termed Apatsahayesvarar, indicating saviour during hard times.He is also known as Brihaspathi, due to his excellence in education and fine arts, possessing supreme intelligence.Parvathi, the consort of Lord Shiva, is said to have been reborn on the banks of the Amrita Pushkarini within the temple precincts before being reunited with siva.Presiding deity Aabathsahayeswarar is a Swayambulinga Murthy in the temple. Lord Dakshinamurthy adored as Guru Baghwan (teacher of Dharma and Yoga sastras) has special importance in the temple and therefore, the place is regarded as Dakshinamurthy Sthala – the holy place.
It is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams, where Campantar, one of the four most revered Nayanars (Saivite Saints) have sung the glories of this temple.Sage Sukha, Rishi Viswamithra, Sage Agastya, Adisankara and several other holy men have worshipped at this shrine.
Temple Timing: 6.00 Am – 12.30 pm; 4.00 pm – 8.30 pm
Travel Information:It is 7 Kms South of Needamangalam Railway station and 17 Kms South of Kumbakonam.
Contact : Sri Abathsahayeswarar Temple, Alangudi post – 612 801, Kumbakonam Taluk, Thanjavur district.