திருத்தவத்துறையைச் சேர்ந்தவர் தமக்குச் சேர்ந்திடும் செல்வமும் திருவும்
திருத்தவதுறையைச் சேர்ந்தவர் தமக்கு சித்தி புத்திகள் வளரும்
The temple is facing west with an entrance arch. The stucco images of Lord Shiva and Parvati as Rishabarooder, Saptarishis worshiping Lord Shiva, Vinayagar and Murugan are on the top of the entrance arch. A long passage called mattaiadi mandapa ( Paddy grains are stored ) from road. A 5 tier Rajagopuram is before the Thiruvathirai mandapam. Dwajasthambam, Balipeedam and Rishabam are in this Thiruvathirai mandapam. Stucco images of Lord Shiva with Parvati, Saptha Rishis, Bhairavi and Dwarapalakas are at the entrance to inner praharam. Moolavar is of swayambhu on a round avudayar, called vedipathrapeedam. Dwarapalakas are in the artha mandapam. In Koshtam Veena Dakshinamurthy, Arthanareeswarar and Pichadanar.
பொன்னகர நிகரான தென்னளகை நகர் மாது பொன்னூசர் ஆடியருளே
The Sanctum sanctorum consists of sanctum, antarala, artha mandapam. In addition to that, there are many mandapas in this temple. They are 4 Pillar Mandapam in front of the temple on the road side, called Mattai adi Mandapam, Vasantha mandapam ( 16 pillars ) on the left after the entrance, Thiruvathirai mandapam after the Rajagopuram, a bas- relief of 12 Rasis, ashtadikPalakas with various animals like Horse, Snake, Elephant, Dog etc, is on the ceiling of Thiruvathirai mandapam ( Thiruvathirai festival is conducted in this mandapa ), Most of the pillars has the bas reliefs of Narasimhar, Rama worshiping Lord Shiva, Epic Ramayana story, Vinayagar, Murugan, Anjaneyar, Krishna, Dancers, etc,.
This place might have obtained the name as Lalgudi during, when Tiruchirappalli was under the control of, Arcot Nawab or Hyderabad Nizams. In urdu Lalgudi means a red Gopura. During Delhi Sultan Alauddin Khilji’s Chieftain Malik-kafur’s 2nd invasion to this side there was a war near Peruvalanallur to save this temple. In the war many people which includes scholars were died. In appreciation of the Chieftain called Lalkhan, this place was named as Lalkhankudi, which has got corrupted to the present name of Lalgudi.
As per the legend Sapta Rishis, Athiri, Brugu, Pulathiyar, Vashistar, Gauthamar, Angirasar and Marisi. The Saptarishis believed that the Sivaganga Theertham came directly from the head of Lord Shiva. The saptha rishis took bath and worshiped Lord Shiva. They merged with agni svarupa of Lord Shiva. Hence Lord Shiva is praised as Saptharisheeswarar.
சென்னி சிவக்கயல் சுந்தரம் பார்..
Apart from regular poojas special poojas are conducted on Tamil New year day Thai Pongal, Makar Sankranti in the month Thai, Maha Shivaratri in the month Masi, 10 days ( really 14 days with Idaiyatru Mangalam, Thirumanamedu, Thirumandurai, Thiru Adhikudi, Thiru Anbilathurai, Thiruchenni Valanadu – 14th day Chandikeswarar utsavam ) Utsavam in the month Panguni, Pancha murthi Utsavam in the month Chithirai On Visakam day vasantha utsavam in the month Vaikasi, Thirumanjanam and Mattaiadi thiruvizha – Natarajar and Amabl oodal Utsavam in the month Aani, 10 days Aadi Pooram and Sundara murthy Guru pooja in the month Aadi, Vinayagar Chathurthi in the month Avani, Navaratri in the month Purattasi, Kandar Sashti, Soorasamharam in the month Aippasi, Thiruvathirai 10 days Utsavam in the month Margazhi and monthly pradosham. During Adhirai peruvizha Pancha Murthis will be taken to Kollidam river and Theerthavari will be conducted. Ezhur Thiruvizha will be conducted in the month Panguni.
The temple will be kept opened between 06.00 hrs to 11.00 hrs and 16.30 hrs to 21.00 hrs.
The Land line +91 431 2541329 and mobile number of the Gurukkal +91 94438 35638 may be contacted for further details.
The temple at Lalgudi 19 KM from Main Guard gate, 27 KM from Tiruchirappalli, 90 KM from Karur, 90 KM from Namakkal, 50 KM from Thanjavur, 73 KM from Kumbakonam and 322 KM from Chennai.
Nearest Railway station is Lalgudi and Junction is Tiruchirappalli.