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This is one of the 276 Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams and 20th Shiva Sthalam in Thondai Nadu.Lord Shiva in this temple is a Swayambu lingam. It is in the form of an ant-hill – it has a tall banalingam but does not have a base (Avudayar).This lingam is not touched by human hands, not even by the priests, as it is “Theendathirumeni”.
- Moolavar : Adipureeswarar
- Theertham : Brahmma theertham
- Old year : 1000-2000 years old
- Historical Name : Adipuri
- Location : Tiruvottriyur,Chennai,Tamil Nadu.
Since Lord Shiva blessed Lord Brahma at the time of “Pralaya flood” (dissolution) to create the universe by making way for the retreat of the pralaya water, this place is called Thiru Otriyur (“votra” or “vatra” in Tamil means retreating water).
The legend is that Lord Shiva took the form a huge fire to make the water recede and he stayed here as a Swayambu lingam under a Makizha tree. It is said that this is the first (Adhi in Tamil) Swayambu lingam that appeared in the earth after the Pralaya, hence the lord here is named “Adhipureeswarar”.
This temple is said to be over 1500 years old and was built during the dynasties of Pallava and Chola.