The Sri Ananthavalli sametha Agastheeswarar Malai kovil temple is situated in Kancheepuram District, Mathuranthakam Taluk, on the Chennai – Tiruchy National highway. This temple was constructed in 1097 AD by Kulothunga Chola III and was later maintained by King Raja Raja. This temple later became dilapidated due to a lack of proper maintenance. Lord Shiva and Parvathy, according to legend, gave Sage Agastya darshan on this hill. Reconstruction work in this temple is now progressing under Lord Agastheewarar's guidance. We first come across Lord Vinayaga, also known as Pathala Vinayagar, as we ascend the stairs, and after offering him prayers, we proceed to Goddess Ananthavalli shrine, which is located on the South Prakaram. Lord Agatheswara is depicted as a linga. This temple has a special Pradosha pooja, and devotees perform girivalam of the mountain on Pournami (Full Moon) day.


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Pournami Pooja

Pournami, also Purnima means Full Moon. This is actually a Thithi, the lunar day that normally happens once a month and that also divides the lunar month into two fortnights, the Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha. A full Moon appears when the Sun and the Moon are separated by 180 degrees

Pradhosha Pooja

It is a bimonthly occasion on the thirteenth day of every fortnight in the Hindu calendar. It is closely connected with the worship of Hindu god Shiva. The auspicious 3 hour period, 1.5 hours before and after the sunset is one of the optimum time for worship of Shiva.

Shivaratri Pooja

Maha Shivratri is also hailed as the biggest night of Lord Shiva. It also marks the day when the Linga form of Mahadev first came into being. Therefore, the Maha Shivratri festival is of great significance. On this day, devotees observe a day-long vrat and perform puja during Nishita Kaal (midnight).

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Om Namah Shivaya mantra

108 times chanting of Om Namah Shivaya mantra. Om comprises 3 parts 'A-U-M', which encompass the three bodies (gross, subtle and causal) the three states (waking, sleeping and dream), and the three levels of mind (conscious, subconscious and unconscious). What remains after transcending these is utter quietude, sheer silence which is symbolised by amatra. Om Namah Shivaya is a sacred mantra in adoration of Lord Shiva. 108 times chanting of this mantra in the featured video helps you to delve deep within, taking you to meditativeness, a sublime journey to your inner being.