Sri Aabathsahayeswarar temple – Alangudi
Moolavar : Aabathsahayeswarar, Kasi Aaranyeswara
Urchavar : Dakshinamurthy
Amman / Thayar : Elavarkuzhali
Thala Virutcham : A plant called Poolai
Theertham : Amirtha Pushkarani and others
Agamam / Pooja : – Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Irumpoolai
City : Alangudi
District : Thanjavur
State : Tamil Nadu
While saint Sundarar was caught in the floods while coming to Alangudi, Lord Shiva Himself came to his rescue in a boat and Lord Vinayaka protected the boat from capsizing and therefore is called Kalangamal Katha Vinayaka (Vinayaka who protected from fear of boat capsize).
Presiding deity Aabathsahayeswarar is a Swayambulinga Murthy in the temple. Lord Dakshinamurthy adored as Guru Baghwan (teacher of Dharma and Yoga sastras) has special importance in the temple and therefore, the place is regarded as Dakshinamurthy Sthala – the holy place. Sage Viswamitra, emperor Mushukunda and Veerabadra had woshipped in this place. Mother Parvathi performed penance here to have Shiva as Her Lord. Scars of measles are found in the idol of Saint Sudarar.