Apatsahayesvarar Temple is a Hindu temple devoted to Lord Shiva and is located in the village of Alangudi 38 Kms from Thiruvarur town, Tamil Nadu, India. It is also 17.5 kms away from Kumbakonam in Tiruvarur district. The Lord of this Sthalam is Swayumbhu. Vasishteswaraswamy temple is a very antiquated temple located in the village 'Thittai' near Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu. This temple has another name as 'Thenkudi Thittai' as the temple is located to the south of the river Cauvery. It is a Hindu temple devoted to Lord Vasishteswarar.Sri Sharadamba Temple is a famous Hindu temple located in the town of Shringeri. It is dedicated to Saraswati.
As per the Tale, Alangudi is position where God Shiva drank the dangerous poison produced during the rolling of 'paarkadal' (Sea of milk). Hence this position is identified as Alangudi (basically means 'the position where God Shiva absorbed the dangerous poison'. The Devas, while rolling the paarkadal for amrutham (nectar), were restricted by the toxic gases from the reptile Vasuki and intervened to Lord Shiva for liberation. Lord Shiva absorbed the dangerous Ala Visham (poison), thus providing increase in name of this sthalam, Alangudi and the God was acknowledged as "Aabathsagayeshwarar".The name of the village 'Thittai' means 'thitthu' in Tamil, i.e Mound. In ancient times, the world was surrounded with water due to 'Pralayam', that moment Brahma and Vishnu worshipped the Lord Shiv for their aegis. After performing major search in almost all places, they found this mound which was not submerged in the 'Pralayam' water. The temple was built in the 8th-century, and was founded by Sri Adi Shankaracharya. Originally it was an unpretentious shrine with the Murti of Sharada made of sandalwood, installed over the Sri Chakra that Sri Adi Shankaracharya carved on a rock. Subsequently, Sri Bharati Krishna Tirtha and Sri Vidyaranya had a temple built in the Kerala style, with timber and tiled roof. Sri Bharati Krishna Tirtha substituted the sandalwood idol with the present golden idol.
Guru is linked to fortune, advantage and lot of money. The unfavourable place in the astrology can cause skin issues, joint disease, heart relevant issues, fear & discomfort. Guru blesses his enthusiasts with child, good knowledge, valour, extended life and treat from illnesses. On reaching the temple, another speciality found here is the 'Guru Bhagvan' temple that is inside the temple itself. This is place where one can see that Guru Bhagvan is in a standing posture having four hands that holds weapons and a book. The most important festivals celebrated here are Guru Peyarchi and Chitra Pournami. On entering the Dwaja Sithambam that is made of store, you can see another shrine of Raja Guru as Bali peedam, Ambal Sannathi at the right side.According to legends, Shiva gifted a crystal Chandramouleeshwara Linga to Sri Adi Shankaracharya. The Linga can still be visited and the Chandramouleeshwara Puja is offered to the Linga every night at 8:30 PM. It is also believed that Goddess Sharadambika, an incarnation of Goddess Saraswati, came to Earth as Upaya Bharathi.
Guru Bhagvan – Planet Jupiter has been worshiped by the people. Offering prayer to planet Jupiter relieves the inauspicious duration from the devotees life. Students offer prayers to the Lord to perform well in their studies. Guru Peyarchi and Chitra Pournima are the most important festivals celebrated in the temple.From beginning till end of the months; festivals are celebrated in the temple like Maha Shivratri in the month of February-March, followed by Tirukarthikai in November and December including Guru Bhagvan .During Jagadguru's fiftieth birthday, doors made of gold were installed and inaugurated at the entrance of the sanctum of the temple.
Unique Darshans are organized on Thursdays as well as on the times of Jupiter's transportation to next Zodiac. Mashi Maham, (month of Aquaris between 12th of Feb and 14th of March) (Mashi Mah Gurvara dharshana ). 1008 Conch Abhisheka – Event (Reethathotsavam) on the Tenth day & Laksharachana during Jupiter transportation times are celebrated. Poojas performed at night are very popular in this holy place.Navaratri festival is celebrated every year for 11 days. The Shathachandi Homa is performed on Mahanavami. On the Chaitra Shukla Poornima, a special puja is offered in the Sri Sharada Shrine. On Vaisaka Krishna Prathipath Mahabhishekam and special puja is done for Sri Sharadambal. On Karthika Poornima, a Deepotsava is organised in the shrine. On the eve of Magha Shukla Panchami, Lalitha Panchami is celebrated with special Puja performed to Sri Sharadamba by the Jagadguru. On the Magha Krishna Dwithiya special Puja to Sri Sharadamba is performed by the Jagadguru. On the Magha Trithiya Sri Sharadamba Rathotsava is celebrated.