The Aranya Sundareswarar Temple is located in Tiruvengadu and is dedicated to God Aranya Sundareswarar. This Shiva temple is near Poompuhaar and Tiruvenkaadu and is known as Keezhtirukkaattuppalli to distinguish it from Melaittirukkaattuppalli near Thanjavur. This is the 12th in the series of Tevara Stalangal on the northern banks of the river Kaveri in the Chola region of Tamil Nadu. The temple is constructed in such a way that one could hear the sea at the Dakshinamurthy shrine even if the sea was 6 kms away. There are 4 theerthams at the 4 corners sourrounding the temple and shrines to Shiva in the form of two Shiva Lingams referred to as Muniyeswarar and Bhramhesar. There are also shrines to Skanda, Bhairavar and Surya. Sambandar is said to come here after going to Tiruchaaikaadu at Poompuhaar.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- To pray for happy marriages
- To be absolved of sins committed unknowingly
Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree
Meaning -Oh Lord Shiva who is seated on Mount Kailash, where the moon decorates his forehead and the king of serpents crown his head, who is merciful and removes delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.
Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat
Meaning -We worship the fragrant Lord Shiva, who has 3 eyes and who cultivates all beings. May He free me from death, for immortality, as even a cucumber is separated from its bond with the vine.
6:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.