The Athitheeshwar Temple is devoted to Lord Shiva and is situated in Vaniyambadi, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India.
About the temple
The presiding deity of the temple, Lord Dakshinamurthy is seen seated on the bull vahan of Lord Shiva. He holds a deer and axe in his hand. He is seated, with his hands in the Chinmudra, the second finger and the thumb are bent to touch each other while the other three fingers stand erect together. Here the fore finger represents the Jeevatma and the thumb represents the Paramathma. It explains stating the jeevatma bends to join the paramatma, leaving the other three fingers that represent the fate, illusion and arrogance. It is believed that these 3 drag the Jeevatma from the paramatma.
Chithirai Brahmmotsavam in April-May, Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January and Mahashivrathri in February-March, is celebrated in the temple.
How To Reach Athitheeshwar Temple
Vaniambadi is 67 km from Vellore on the Krishnagiri road. Old Vaniambadi is 2 km from the bus stand where the temple is situated.
The Nearest railhead is Vaniambadi railway station.
The Nearest Airport is Chennai airport.
Tamil Nadu - 635801.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- General benefits to Punarpoosam star
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.
The temple is open between 6.30 a.m. and 10.30 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.