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Sri Mahakalanathar temple

Moolavar : Mahakalanathar, Kalakandeswarar
Urchavar : NA
Amman / Thayar : Bayakshambikai, Acham Thavirtha Nayaki
Thala Virutcham : Marudham, Karungali
Theertham : Mahakala theertham
Agamam / Pooja : NA
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Thiruvambar Makalam
City : Thirumakalam
District : Tiruvarur
State : Tamil Nadu


   The temple is praised by the three saints of Saivism-Appar, Sambandar and Sundarar.? This is the 55th Lord Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in hymns.


   Vaikasi Soma Yaga festival is an important event in the temple celebrated on the Aslesha (Aayilyam) star day in May-June. Lord Shiva graces the devotees on this day with Mother Parvati wearing sandals and holding Maddhalam the drum and pot of honey.

Temple's Speciality:

   Lord Shiva being a Swayambumurthy is facing east.

Opening Time:

   Temple is open from 6.am to 12. am and from 5.pm to 8.30 pm


   Mahakalanathar Temple, Thirumakalam, Tiruvarur district.


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General Information:

   Mother Kali and Nagarajan the serpent had worshipped Lord in this temple.??The east facing 5 tier Rajagopuram has vast inner space.??On the right are the Alankara Mandapa and the Marudappar shrine on the left.??Mokshalingam, Kali koil, Shivalokanathar shrines, yaga sala are in the prakara.??The second tower is known as Adhikara Nandhi Gopuram.??In the prakara here are the shrines of Lord Vanmeeka Nathar, Somasiar and his spouse Susheelai, 63 Nayanmars, Lord Vinayaka, Lord Muruga and Sattanathar at the top of the tower, Mother Mahalakshmi, Eesana (northeast) Jwarahara Lingas, Navagrahas the nine planets, Nataraja hall-Mandap, Sani Bhagwan, Bhairava and Lord Dandapani.


   Those battling for life perform abishek to Mokshalinga for relief.

Thanks giving:

   Those facing delays in wedding offer two garlands of red flowers (Arali malai) to Mother and then wear one of them on self.

Greatness Of Temple:

   Two demons, Amban and Ambarasuran planned to wed Mother Parvathi.? Knowing their plan, Mother took the form of Kali and destroyed them.? She thus incurred the sin Brahmmahathi dosha.? To relieve Herself from the sin, She installed a Shivalinga here and performed archanas with Vilwa leaves.? As Kali performed Shiva Puaja here, the Lord is known as Makalanathar.

Temple History:

   Somasimarar, one among the celebrated 63 Nayanmars was residing here with his wife Susheelai.? He wanted to conduct the Soma Yajna and aspired that Lord Shiva Himself should be present in the yaga sala to accept the Havir Baga the fruits of the yajna.? To invite the Lord, it was necessary to secure the help of Saint Sundarar who was suffering from coughing then.? To cure him of the coughing, Nayanar sent herbal leaves called Thoodhuvalai Keerai every day.? Sundarar did not know who sent the medicine to him but his spouse Sangiliar knew the person.? When relieved, Sundarar came to see Somasiar to thank him.

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*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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