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Sri Maha Kaleswarar temple



Moolavar : Maha Kaleswarar
Urchavar : Chandrashekarar
Amman / Thayar : Kuyilmozhi Nayaki
Thala Virutcham : Punnai
Theertham : Makala Theertham
Agamam / Pooja : Shivagama
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Shivagama
City : Irumbai
District : Viluppuram
State : Tamil Nadu

Singers:

   Saint Tirugnanasambandar had praised the Lord of the temple in Thevaram hymn as one wearing the sacred ash, accompanied by the daughter of the Mount (Parvatha Rajakumari), one who stripped the skin of the wild elephant, wearing the crescent moon and worshipped by those of impeccable traits, all merciful in ?Irumbai.?? ? This is the 32nd Shiva temple in Nadunadu region praised in Thevaram hymns.


Festival:

   Masi Magam and Shivrathri in February-March, Tirukarthikai in November-December and Panguni Uthiram in March-April are the festivals celebrated in the temple.


Temple's Speciality:

   Lord Shiva in the temple is a swayambumurthy. Shivalinga in the temple is split into three parts with three faces. All the three faces are covered by a copper plate and pujas performed. It is said that the three faces represent three Lords Brhamma, Vishnu and Shiva. This form of Lord Shiva is very rare in temples.


Opening Time:

   The temple is open from 6.30 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.


Address:

   Shri Mahakaleswarar Temple, Irumbai-605 010, Arovil. Villupuram district.


Phone:

   91- 413 - 268 8943, 98435 26601.


General Information:

   Sri Vinayaka of the temple is worshipped as Lord Sundara Ganapathi.??The vimana, tower above the sanctum sanctorum is of Ekadala design.??The temple is praised in the hymns of Saint Gnanasambandar and Arunagiriar.??Lord Nataraja graces from a shrine left of that of Ambica.??His leg is seen slightly folded which is attributed to His pleasant state of mind.???There is a fire circle around Lord Nataraja, Mother Shivakami, a rare darshan for the devotees.??As this shrine is just before that of Ambica, the devotee can have the darshan of presiding Shiva, Nataraja and Ambica simultaneously.??Behind is the shrine of Lord Muruga with six faces accompanied by His consorts Valli and Deivanai.??Kalabhairava graces from a separate shrine facing south.


Prayers:

   People pray to Lord Mahakaleswara for longevity.??Innocent people blamed unjustly pray for the removal of such scars.


Thanks giving:

   Two demons securing boons from Lord Shiva wanted to Have Mother Parvathi for them and marry Her. Mother Parvathi incarnated as Maha Kali and destroyed them. For killing the lives, even Mother was inflicted with the Brahmmahati Dosha and was wandering in this place. She performed penance on Lord Shiva and got relieved of the dosha. Later, a Rishi, Maakalar by name, during his pilgrimage installed one Linga in Ujjaini in North and one at Ambar Makala near Mayiladuthurai in South and worshipped them. Coming to know the reputation of this place, he installed one Linga here too and named the Lord Mahalanathar. Devotees perform special abishek to Lord with vastras on realizing their wish.


Greatness Of Temple:

   A Siddha known as Kaduveli Siddha was performing penance sitting under a peepal tree.??It was drought time in the place and people were suffering from poverty.?Assuming that rain failed in the place due to Siddha?s penance, the king sent a woman of enticing beauty to spoil Siddha?s penance.??When the Siddha woke up from the penance, the king told him that he only did it doubting that his penance would have caused the monsoon failure.??On hearing the king, Siddha stopped his penance, stayed there and was serving Lord Shiva.??The place became prosperous with good rain and crop.


Temple History:

   Two demons securing boons from Lord Shiva wanted to Have Mother Parvathi for them and marry Her.??Mother Parvathi incarnated as Maha Kali and destroyed them.?For killing the lives, even Mother was inflicted with the Brahmmahati Dosha and was wandering in this place.??She performed penance on Lord Shiva and got relieved of the dosha.??Later, a Rishi, Maakalar by name, during his pilgrimage installed one Linga in Ujjaini in North and one at Ambar Makala near Mayiladuthurai in South and worshipped them.??Coming to know the reputation of this place, he installed one Linga here too and named the Lord Mahalanathar.


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*Sources from Dinamalar.com




 
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