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Odhanavaneswarar Temple (also known as the Temple of Oppillaselvar) is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva near Tiruvaiyaru, Tamilnadu, India. Appar’s hymns incarnate the temple, and it is known as Paadal Petra Sthalam. The temple lies 5 km east of Tiruvaiyaru, 4 km away by Thirukkandiyur. The temple is venerated by the hymns of the Tamil saint-poet, Appar, from the 7th century. The temple is constructed in the early 9th century Chola style, built of granite.

  • Moolavar :Odhavaneswarar, Chottru Thurai Nather,Tholaya Selva Nathar
  • Amman / Thayar : Annapoorani, Tholayaselvi
  • Thala Virutcham : Vilwa
  • Theertham : Cauvery, Suryatheertham
  • Old year : 1000-2000 years old
  • Historical Name : Tiru Chottru Thurai
  • Location : Thiruchottruthurai, Thanjavur,Tamil Nadu.

It is considered as the 13th among the Tevara Paadal Petra Stalams (276 most important temples of Lord Shiva) located in Chola region south of Cauvery river.

Built during the Chola era, the East facing temple has no tower. The main shrine has long been divided into three divisions-sanctum Sanctorum (moolasthanam), mandapa of Ardha, and mandapa of Maha. Lord Odhanavaneswarar is located in the sanctum, in a large form of Shiva Linga.

Maha Mandapam faces the sanctum with Nandi idol. In addition, Ganesha’s idols, Kasi Linga’s, and the couple who got the Lord’s Akshaya cup are all found in Maha mandapa.

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