Visited on: April 1, 2018
Aavoor is situated at a distance of about 10 kms south-west of Kumbakonam on the Kumbakonam to Mannargudi (Via Valangaiman-Govindakudi) route.
Other Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam near this place are – Patteeswaram, Thiru Shakthi Mutram, Pazhayaarai, 4 temples in Kumbakonam (Kumbeswarar, Naageswarar, Kasi Viswanathar and Someswarar temples), Thiruvalanchuzhi, Thirukkarugaavoor, Nalloor and Thiruppalaththurai.
|Moolavar||Sri Pasupatheeswarar, Sri Asvaththanathar, Sri Avoor Udaiyar, Sri Pasupathi Nathar|
|Ambal||Sri Mangalambikai, Sri Pangajavalli|
|Theertham (Holy water)||Brahma Theertham, Kamadhenu Theertham, Chandra Theertham, Agni Theertham|
|Sthala Vriksham (Sacred Tree)||Arasu (peepal tree)|
|Pathigam (Hymn) rendered by ||Saint Thirugnanasambanthar-1|
- This is one of the 276 Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams and 21st Shiva Sthalam on the Southern bank of the river Cauveri in Chozha Nadu (Thenkarai).
- Lord Shiva in this temple is a Swayambumurthi (self-manifested).
- This temple is called "Then Kayilayam” and it is considered to be as auspicious as Mount Kailash.
- This temple is counted as one of the Maadak Koils built by King Kochengat Cholan.
- This temple is famous for its five Bairavas and is known as "Pancha Bairava Sthalam”.
- This east facing temple has two corridors and its main tower (Rajagopuram) has 5-tiers.
History of the Temple
This village is called Aavoor and this temple is called Pasupathecharam.
As per Hindu mythology, Adisheshan (the serpent on whom Sri Mahavishnu rests) and Vayu (lord of the winds) fought among themselves frequently to test their superiority. During one such struggle, because of Vayu’s severe wind, Adhiseshan failed to hold on to the Mount Meru. In this process, two rocks from the mountain were dislocated and fell onto the earth - one at this place (Aavoor) and the other at Nalloor, a nearby village.
It is believed that during the 2nd century, this place was under the rule of Chola kings and this temple was their fort.
The historical names of this place are Manikoodam and Asvatha Vanam.