Arulmigu Sri Theerthagiriswarar Swamy Temple Dharmapuri

Main God:

Arulmigu Sri Theerthgiriswarar Swamy

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Location:

Sri Theertha Giriswarar Temple,

Theerthamalai-636 906.

Dharmapuri district.

Festivals:

The famous festivals of the temple are the 10 day Masi Brahmmotsavam in February-March with procession of the presiding Lord, car festival on the 7th day, wedding festival on the 5th day and Sathaparana festival – Lord in reclining posture on the 10th day; Abishek pujas with 365 litres of milk on the Chithirai new year day falling mostly on April 14 or a day earlier or later occasionally, Navarathri in September-October and Aadi 18 July-August with special abishek at night followed by Girivalam – circumambulation of the hill.

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The devotee crowd in the temple is usually big on Saturdays and Sundays. Pradosha is devotionally observed. Also Tamil and English New Year Day are observed in the temple.

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Worship Timings:

The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

History:

Lord Sri Rama after winning the war against Ravana and returning to Ayodhya wanted to perform Shiva Puja in this place.  As Sri Hanuman could not return in time with holy Ganga water and flowers from Kasi, Rama shot an arrow on rock creating the Rama Theertha and completed the puja.

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Sri Hanuman threw the pot of water from here which fell at a distance of about 12 kms from the hill and became Hanuman Theertha.  People take the first dip in Hanuman Theertha and then at Rama theertha for relief from sins.

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