Arulmigu Theertha Giriswarar temple, Dharmapuri


Lord Sri Rama performed Shiva Puja at two famous sacred places, the first at Rameswaram and the next at Theerthamalai.This is a temple of holy Theerthas around the hill containing high medicinal effects blessing the devotees rejuvenating their stamina and ensuring total health.Sri Rama Theertham was brought out from the rocks and herbals. Bathing in the Theertha chanting Sri Rama Jayam relieves the devotee of all his/her sins.According to Puranas, Kumara Theertham was created for abishek to Lord Muruga when He was crowned as the Supreme Commander of the forces of the Devas. Bathing here or at least spilling the drops blesses the devotee with knowledge and wisdom.Gowri Theertham was created for Mother Ambica. She worshipped Lord with this theertha and got His hand in wedding and became part of His body. Devotees worship Lord and Mother with this theertha for happy wedding boons.Agasthya Theertham is a blessing of Lord Shiva to cure the sage of ulcer troubles. It is said that the theertha contains copper and herbal properties. Devotees consume the water and also use for cooking for relief from gastric problems. It also cures stomach pain.Agni theertham relieved Agni himself of the sins he earned due to passionate love of women. This balances the heat in the body and is a wonderful medicine for cold attacks, tuberculosis etc.The antiquity of the temple dates far back to over 1000 years. Renovations were done in the year 1014 during the reign of Raja Raja Kulothunga Chola. Saint Arunagiriar had sung the glory of the temple in his Tirupugazh hymns. A beautiful and blessingful Shiva temple on the top of a hill.

Lord Sri Rama after winning the war against Ravana and returning to Ayodhya wanted to perform Shiva Puja in this place. As Sri Hanuman could not return in time with holy Ganga water and flowers from Kasi, Rama shot an arrow on rock creating the Rama Theertha and completed the puja. Sri Hanuman threw the pot of water from here which fell at a distance of about 12 kms from the hill and became Hanuman Theertha. People take the first dip in Hanuman Theertha and then at Rama theertha for relief from sins. Lord Siddhi Vinayaka adores the temple. Vayu Theertham and Varuna Theertham are on the western side of the hill. Indira Theertham is on the east. Hanuman and Yama theerthams are on the north and south respectively. Vasishta theertham is at the top of the hill. This is a divine hill surrounded by holy theerthas.

Pooja Timing

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Timing
1. Kalashanthi Pooja 08.30 am to 09.30 am
2. Uchala kala Pooja 11.30 am to 12.00 Noon
3. Sayaratchai Pooja 06.00 pm to 06.30 pm
4. Ardhajama Pooja 07.30 pm to 08.00 pm

Temple Opening Time

Morning :   05.00 AM To 12.30 P.M

Evening :   04.00 PM To 08.00 P.M

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