Theerthamalai is an important Sacred place in Harur taluk of Dharmapuri district. Theerthamalai is situated about 16Km north-east of Harur in Dharmapuri district. Theerthagirishwarar temple is located at the top of a hillock. The temple situated about one k.m up the steep slope of a hillock derives its name from the five springs in the temple. Lord Theerthagireeswar (Lord Shiva) is the worshipping deity.
History and Belief
According to the legend, it was here that Lord Rama worshipped Lord Shiva to absolve himself of the sin of having killed several demons in the war against Ravana. Hence there is a belief that holy dip in the water of this spring will wipe out the sins committed by the people.
In order to worship to Lord Shiva, Rama sent Hanuman to fetch water from the River Ganga, but when Hanuman did not return at the appointed time for pooja, Rama unleashed an arrow onto the rocky slope of the hillock and water sprang forth, which today is called Rama Theertham. The tiny waterfall drops from a height of about 30 feet is perennial and during the summer as well as the rainy season the water falls on the bathing ghat behind the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. The other Theertham, all of which have their origin in different parts of the rocky surface, are the Agasthya Theertham, AgniTheertham. Kumara Theertham and the Gowri Theertham. Besides these four Theerthams, the Hanuman Theertham is situated about 16km from the main temple on the banks of river South Pennar. Continue