Pasupatheeswarar Avaniyur

Pasupatheeswarar, Avaniyur

Saivite Temples - Salem District


Pasupatheeswarar (also called Aanilaiappar), facing east


Vedanayaki Amman, facing east

Other Deities

Bala Vinayaka, Bala Muruga, Surya, Vinayaka, Naalvar, Sekkizhar, Bala Anjaneya, Nidhi Vinayaka, Arumuga with consorts, Naagar, Arunagirinadar, Bhairava, Navagraha, Chandran. Sanctum Niches – Dakshinamurthy, Lingotbavar, Brahma, Durga, Chandikeswara

Pasupatheeswarar Avaniyur is a beautiful east-facing temple with a 3 tiered Rajagopuram at the entrance in the east. The temple is situated in a single beautiful Prakaram. The sanctum sanctorum and the shrines are all nicely painted. Before the Rajagopuram is a stone Dwaajsthambam with a mandapam at its base. Inside are the balipeedam and Nandi. These are followed by the Mahamandapam and Ardha Mandapam. The goddess is in a separate shrine facing east on the north side of the sanctum sanctorum of the main deity.

Holy Water (Theertham) – No information

Sacred Tree (Sthala Vriksham) – Vilwam (Aegle marmelos)


Pasupatheeswarar Avaniyur is an ancient temple as is evident from the architecture style. Historical information is not available as of now.


A cow (Pasu in Tamil) was shedding its milk in a snake mound. Upon excavating the Lingam was discovered and the temple was built here at Pasupatheeswarar Avaniyur. The name of the Lord is also Aanilai Appar since the lingam was found under a snake mound.


Muppieswarar Pudhupalayam is about 3 kilometers North of Edappadi. Edappadi is about 40 kilometers southwest of Salem.

Stay and Food

None locally. Edappadi has tea and snack shops. The closest for food and stay would be Salem.

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