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Sri Amirtha Kadeswarar temple

Moolavar : Amirtha Kadeswarar
Urchavar : Kala Samhara Murthy
Amman / Thayar : Abhirami Amman
Thala Virutcham : Vilwa
Theertham : Amirtha Pushkarini, Ganga Theertham
Agamam / Pooja : NA
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Thiru Kadavur
City : Thirukadaiyur
District : Nagapattinam
State : Tamil Nadu


   Saivite Saints Tirunavukkarasar, Gnana Sambandar and Sundarar had sung the glory of Lord of the temple in their celebrated Thevaram hymns. This is the 47th Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.


   18 day Yama Samharam in Chithirai month ? April-May beginning on the Magam Star day with Lord?s procession each day, Kalasamhara Murthy darshan on the 6th day; Karthikai Monday abishek with 1008 conches; Purattasi Navarathri in September-October; one day Margazhi Vishi Padam festival in December-January; Aadi Pooram in July-August; Aipasi Skanda Sasti in October-November; Maha Shivrathri in February-March and Panguni Uthiram in March-April are the festivals celebrated in the temple. The temple follows a devotional practice of Andhadhi Parayanam and worshipping the Moon on the New Moon day of Thai month ? January-February. Devotee crowd in the temple will be huge on Pradosha days. Other general festivals as Deepavali, Pongal, Tamil and English New Year days are also observed in the temple with special abisheks and pujas.

Temple's Speciality:

   Lord Shiva graces in the temple as swayambumurthi. This is the exactly the place where Lord hit Yama the God of death with His legs. Though the presiding deity in the sanctum sanctorum is only one in Linga form, a close look at the Linga will show another reflection of the Linga.

Opening Time:

   The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.


   The Executive Officer, Sri Amirtha Kadeswarar Temple, Tirukadayur-609 311. Nagapattinam district


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General Information:

   In a shrine, Mother Parvathi appears with Lord Muruga in Her right lap, praised as Guhambika. Lord Kalla Varana Pillayar appears with the nectar pot in his hand. Lord Brahmma, Sages Agasthya, Pulasthya, Serpent Vasuki, Mother Durga had worshipped Lord in this temple. The procession deity is Lord Kala Samhara Murthy. Those seeking longevity throng the temple.


   Majority of the devotees perform their birth days, Sashti Aptha Poorthi (completing 60 years) Ukra Radha Shanti (completing 59 years) Beemaradha Shanti (completing 70 years),Sathabishekam (completing 80 years) seeking Lord and Mother blessings. Devotees completing their 60 years for celebrating their Sashti Aptha Poorthi called Mani Vizha in Tamil, include not only those from Tamilnadu but from states of India and countries of the world. People celebrate their 50th wedding day and for relief from adverse aspects of planets. Mother Abhirami is all merciful and powerful. She grants boons of prosperity, wedding, child and distinction in academic pursuits.

Thanks giving:

   Those seeking wedding boon offer Wedding garlands. Some offer their child in adoption for child boon and perform Rudrabishekam. Those suffering from diseases of serous nature, perform Conch Abishek (Sangabishekam) for cure. Patients facing heart related problems conduct the Mrutyunjaya Homa (conquering the God of Death). Many devotees with staunch faith had survived even serious heart attacks. Devotees perform abishek to Mother Abhiramai with sandal, rice flour, cosmetic powders, oil, milk, curd, green coconut, Panchamirtham, lime juice, honey. Women scared of the safety of their Mangal Sutra (fear of widowhood) use to place a new mangal sutra at the feet of Ambika wear it, leaving the old one at Her feet. Many undertake Annadhanam-feeding. Many contribute liberally for the renovation of the temple. They also offer Sari to Mother.

Greatness Of Temple:

   Lord Mahavishnu wished to perform Shiva Puja before serving the nectar to Devas. According to rules Shiva Puja should be performed along with Ambica. Lord Mahavishnu took off all His ornaments to represent Mother Ambica. She rose from these ornaments. Completing the Shiva Puja, He served the nectar to Devas. It is believed that the ornament of Lord Vishnu is the home of Mother Mahalakshmi. As Ambica-Abirami wa born of the jewels, Vishnu is praised as the Mother of Ambica also, though generally She is widely praised as the younger Sister (Yoga Maya) of Lord Mahavisnu.

Temple History:

   Lord Brahmma went to Kailash to have the Gnana Upadesa (wisdom learning). Lord Shiva gave the seeds of Vilwa tree to Brahmma and asked him to sow them in earth in various places. Where the seed germinates within one hour into a tree shall be venue of teaching, said Lord Shiva. It happened in Thirukadayur. Shiva the teacher of Brahmma is worshipped as Adhi Vilwa Vana Nather in the temple having His own shrine.

Special Features:

   Miracle Based: Presiding Lord in the temple is a swayambumurthy. Of the Atta Veera Sthalas, Thirukadayur is one where Yama was hit by Lord Shiva. Though there is only one Linga in the sanctum sanctorum, a close look will show another Linga too in shady form. The scar caused by the Yama?s rope is visible on the Linga only during abishek times.

*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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