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Aatkondeswarar Temple

Aatkondeswarar Temple is a Saivite temple located at Pethanaickenpalayam, Attur Taluk, Salem District, Tamil Nadu. Presiding deity of this temple is Lord Siva who is worshipped as Aatkondeswarar. Sage Vasishtar installed this Sivalingam and worshipped here. Moolavar is Aatkondeswarar and he appears here along with his consort Parvati and is worshipped as Akilandeswari. Lord Siva graces devotees in the form of Arthanareeswarar who is depicted at the centre of trident which represents that everything originates from Sakthi. Urchavar (Processional deity) here pose to be in standing form. Sivalingam’s avudayar has been sculpted in the form lotus flower over which lingam is installed. Third eye (Netrikan) has been depicted over the lingam which is unusual. Vinayagar is here known to be Mahaganapathi. Lord Subramanyar, Pancha Lingam, Bairavar, Suryan, Nayanamars and navagrahas are having separate shrines. Sri Krishnar along with Mahalakshmi are found behind lord Siva. Athikara Nandhi and Pradosa Nandhi are installed nearby in the same hall. Worshipping both Nandhi’s during pradosam is considered to bring prosperity. This temple had been constructed in Dravidian style. Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department is administering this temple. The temple has a wooden car. Draupadi Amman Temple (83 m), Periya Mariamman Temple (402 m) and Lakshmi Narasimhar Temple (701 m) are neighbouring temples. River Vasishta is running near at about 124 m distance. NH-68 is located at about a distance of 733 m.

Geographical Position

Aatkondeswarar Temple at Pethanaickenpalayam is located at 11.651516, 78.511811 or 11°39'05.5"N 78°30'42.5"E.