Abhirameswarar Temple is located on the banks of Pampa River at Thiruvamathur, in Viluppuram District
, near the town of Viluppuram
. Built by the Pallava
rulers, the temple is dedicated to Abhirameswarar (Lord Shiva).
It is believed that Kamadhenu worshipped Lord Shiva at this place. According to legend, Bringi Munivar is said to have been relieved of his predicament here and become a Vanni tree. It is believed that Lord Ram and Sugreeva took a vow of eternal friendship in front of a rock here.
Abhirameswarar Temple consists of two ‘prakarams’ which covers an area of under three acres. An image of Achyuta Raya, who is said to have performed renovations here, is also present inside the temple. The idols of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati face each other. The temple also has an Amman gopuram with a height of about 80 ft.
Panguni Uttram and Skanda Shashti are the major festivals celebrated here amid much pomp and splendor. Thousands of devotees from far and near visit the shrine every year.