Pancheshti (Panjetty) Agastheeswarar temple :

God and Godess :

  • Agastheeswarar
  • Anandavalli
  • Lord Dakshinamurthy

Location :

  • Pancheshti Agastheeswarar temple,
  • Pancheshti / Panjetty (Village),
  • Ponneri(Taluk),
  • Tiruvallur district-601204
  • Tamilnadu.

Timings :

  • Morning 7:00AM 12:30PM
  • Evening 4:30PM 8:30PM

Temple History :

Pancheshti is a very small village located on Chennai-Kolkata highway, about 30 km from Chennai. After crossing Red Hills and Karanodai on the highway, you have to take a right turn to enter this village. The temple is just 500 meters from the highway.Pancheshti had got its name from Pancha Ishti. Pancha means 5 and Ishti mean Yagna (Penance).According to legend, there lived a demon king called Sukethu, who along with his family suffered from some curse. To get him relieved of the curse, Sage Agasthiyar performed about 5 yagnas called Deva Yaagam, Brahma Yaagam, Bhootha Yaagam, Pithur Yaagam and Manusha Yaagam here. Hence this place got its name Pancha Ishti which later corrupted to become Pancheshti and now Panchetti.

History: It is said that Sage Agasthiyar stayed here for long and worshiped Lord Shiva and also helped the Devas like Lord Indra, Indrani (Indra’s wife) and Viswaroopan to get relieved of their curse, by performing Pradhosha Poojas.A king called Mithradhwaja, who was ruling this part with his capital as Kanchipuram, used to visit this temple on all Pradhosham days to worship Lord Shiva here. Once during such visit, he heard a voice crying for a savior. When he went near, he saw a tiger trying to kill an old man who was a passer-by. The king asked the tiger to leave the old man. The tiger replied that it is also old and has to feed its family, for which the old man is the prey. The king told the tiger to take him as the prey and leave the old man alive. The king also said that he is on his way to Pancheshti for Pradhosha Pooja and on return, he will offer himself to the tiger. The tiger agreed. After his pooja, the king returned to the tiger and asked to take him as the prey. The tiger vanished and Lord Shiva gave Dharshan to the king along with Parvathi Devi. The king who was overwhelmed with the mercy of the Lord has contributed a lot to this temple.

The Lord here is Swayambhu (self-manifested) Lingam, which is said to exist even before the arrival of Sage Agasthiyar here. As Agasthiyar worshiped here, the Lord here is called Sri Agatheeswarar.

Festivals :

  • Prathosham
  • Full Moonday (Pournima)
  • Panguni Uthiram
  • Sivaratri day
  • Vaikasi Visakam
  • Mondays of the Tamil month of Karthigai(Yagnas)
  • Thirukalyanam(Vaikasi Pournami)

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Ucchikkalam pooja – 12:00 Noon
  • Kala Sandhi pooja – 07:00 AM
  • Sayaratchai pooja – 8.00 PM

Nearest Temples Around Pancheshti (Panjetty) Agastheeswarar temple :

  • Tiruthani – Subramanya swamy temple – 85 km
  • Siruvapuri – Bala Subramanya swamy temple – 7 km
  • Tirumala – Venkateswara swamy temple – 132 km
  • Tirupati – Kodandarama swamy temple – 114 km
  • Tirupati – Iskon temple – 113 km
  • Tirupati – Govindaraja temple – 113 km
  • Tirupati – Kapila Thirtham temple – 112 km
  • Tiruchanur – Padmavathi temple – 107 km
  • Sripuram – Golden temple – 170 km
  • Kanipakam – Vinayaka temple – 155 km
  • Srikalahasti – Kala hasteeswara temple – 88 km
  • Sholinghur – Lakshmi narasimha swamy temple – 111 km
  • Kancheepuram – Varadaraja perumal temple – 94 km
  • Vallakottai – Subramanya swamy temple – 71 km
  • Thiruporur – Kanda swamy temple – 81 km
  • Kancheepuram(Kumarakottam) – Subramanya swamy temple – 92 km
  • Kancheepuram – Ekambaranathar temple – 91 km
  • Kancheepuram – Kailasanathar temple – 93 km
  • Kancheepuram – Kamakshi temple – 91 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Ponneri – 9 km
  • Ambattur – 27 km
  • Tiruninravur – 39 km
  • Chennai – 30 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Chennai – 29 km
  • Minjur – 15 km
  • Attippattu – 21 km
  • Anuppambattu – 27 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Coimbatore – 517 km
  • Chennai – 42 km
  • Madhurai – 490 km
  • Salem – 364 km
  • Vellore – 156 km
  • Thiruchirapalli – 353 km

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