Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located in Andipatti, Theni district, Tamil Nadu, India.
About The Temple
The antiquity of the temple is as ancient as that of Madurai Meenakshi temple. Many Siddhas lived here. Those seeking mental peace choose this temple for meditation and yoga practices. One of the Siddhas in the guise of beggars here was Sivanandi Siddha. He did many miracles here. His tomb (Jeeva Samadhi) is here on which stands the holy tree the Vilwa.
People of this place believe that the sacred ash offered under the tree is a powerful remedy for prolonged diseases. Special pujas are performed to the Silver Vel in the temple to protect the people from famine and starvation. It is the faith of the devotees that participating in this worship would protect them from poverty. Many around this place have their marriages solemnized in this temple in the faith that their marital life would ever be happy.
Sun and Moon grace together in the temple. Hence, people perform the Amavasya tarpan daily in the temple. While, as a tradition, Sanakati Rishis are near the feet space of Lord Dakshinamurthi in temples, there are Saptha rishis in the place around Veerasana Dakshinamurthi in this temple, a very rare form in a Shiva temple.
Lord Brahmma and Lord Vishnu grace from the Lingodhbava shrine behind the sanctum sanctorum would be blessed with collective benefits of worshipping the three Lords together. Such a form could be seen in Tiruvadhigai Veeratteswarar temple.
The wedding festival is celebrated in the temple the same time when Meenakshi Kalyanam is celebrated in Chithirai (April-May) in Madurai temple. Skanda Sashti in October-November and Tirukarthikai in November-December are other important festivals in the temple.
Those seeking child boon pray to Santhana Vinayaka in the temple. Those trapped in litigations, light lamps for favourable results. Those suffering from indigestion or other stomach problems offer pure rice to the Lord and take it as food.
How To Reach Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple, Bazaar Street
The nearest airport is at Madurai.
The nearest railway stations are Theni, Madurai Railway Station.
Andipatti is 15 km from Theni on the Madurai route. The temple is near the shandy.
Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple,
Bazaar Street, Andipatti,Theni district,
Tamil Nadu, Pincode - 625512.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- To pray to Santhana Vinayaka for children
- To win litigations
- To cure indigestion or other stomach problems
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 from 7.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and 5.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.