One of those historical temple dedicated to Lord Shiva lies in Harikesavanallur,(2km from Viravanallur).Here the Goddess is Periyanayagi @ Pragannayagi and the Lord Ariyanathar.
Now, Lets take a journey to this temple
The entrance has a big mandapam, followed by Bali peedam, kodi maram(the flagstaff), shrine of Lord Nandi , crossing that brings you to the wide gangway for temple car and the three inner praharams.
Totally there are two Shiva Lingas. Lord ariyanathar lies with his bodyguards in one of them and kuberanathar (Lord Shiva worshipped by Kubera, the God of Wealth) is seen in another one.
The other shrines in the temple are
- Lord Vinayagar
- Juradevar ( Jwara Hara Eshwaran)
- Saptha kannya
- Lord Subramaniyan along with consorts Valli & Deivanai
- Sani bhagavan
- Chandikesvarar and
- Kasi vishalakshi sametha kasi vishwanatha swami
Lord Dhakshinamoorthy in this temple is one of the five guru temples. The other four are in Thiruvidaimaruthur, Attalanallur, Thenthirubhuvanam, Idaikkaal. In our temple, Lord Dhakshinamoorthy poses like blessing his devotee with his left hand and right hand with a small sign in it.
In outer parikrama the shrines are are Lord Kubera the God of wealth,Jyeshta devi, Lord Bairavar, Mukkuruni Vinayagar( similar to Madurai Meenakshi Temple) and the navagrahas.
Lord jeshtadevi in this temple is believed to cure the maanthi (sevvaai thosham). Recently, hundreds of families visited our temple to do the respective poojas. Ambal, lies in the 3rd praharam which seems to be a separate temple. The temple pond have to be cleaned to bring it back to the lovely views of its early days.
Manivaasaga perumaan’s mandapam which is used to celebrate functions also has to be reconstructed.Temple’s kumbhabishegam was last held in Revathi natchathram. A great astrologist said that revathi natchathira devotees can get a good time by involving in this time’s kumbhabishegam.
Temple’s sthala virusham- Nelli maram (நெல்லி மரம் ) is located behind the shiva shrine.