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Sri Amirtha Kadeswarar temple

Moolavar : Amirtha Kadeswarar
Urchavar : Somaskandar
Amman / Thayar : Vidyujothi Nayaki
Thala Virutcham : Kadamba tree
Theertham : Shakti Theertha
Agamam / Pooja : Shivagama
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Tirukadambur
City : Mela Kadambur
District : Cuddalore
State : Tamil Nadu


   The shrine is praised in the hymns of saivite saints Sundarar and Appar. This is the 34th shrine sung in Thevaram hymns on the northern banks of Cauvery.


   Shivrathri in February-March, Aipasi Annabhishekam in October-November, Arudra Darshan or Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January, feeding of Saint Gnanasambandar by Mother Parvathi in the month of Purattasi ? September-October are the festivals observed in the temple.

Temple's Speciality:

   Shivalinga in the temple is made of Navapashana- nine herbals. The rays of Sun fall on the Lord on 3, 4 and 5 of Panguni-March-April and the rays of Moon on the Apipasi Annabishekam day. It is said that Sani Baghwan had eagle as his vahan the vehicle. It is said that Emperor Dasaratha gave him crow then replacing the eagle. Hence, it is said that Sani Bhagwan-Saturn in the temple with the eagle vehicle belongs to the period prior to Ramayana days. Special pujas are performed to him on Saturdays in the month of Purattasi-September-October.

Opening Time:

   The temple is open from 7.30 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. and from 5.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. For darshan during other hours.


   Sri Amirthakadeswarar Temple, Malakadambur-608 304. Cuddalore district.


   91- 264 638, 93456 56982.

General Information:

   The temple is in the shape of a Rath-Car. The left wheel is stuck to the earth as Lord Vinayaka pressed it. Lord Kunjithapada Nataraja graces with Mother Sivakami in a leaning position. The life history of the celebrated saivite Nayanmars are sculpted on the wall of the main shrine. The pleasing feature is that Lord Arthanareeswara graces with Nandhi the bull vehicle on the right wall while Lord Ranganatha is below. Special pujas are performed to Lord Ranganatha on Vaikunda Ekadasi day in December-January. On the back wall, Lord Vishnu graces with a Shivalinga on His hand with Sri Andal, Garudazhwar and Sri Anjaneya. Lord Muruga with His consorts Valli and Deivanai graces on the opposite side. Saint Arunagiriar has sung the praise he Lord of Muruga in this temple. Lord Gangadhara and Lord Aalinganamurthy also grace from this ghoshta walls. Lord Dakshinamurthi graces from the Vimna-tower above the sanctum sanctorum with a flute and Veena. Lord Vinayaka graces in the name of Aaravara Vinayaka.


   Those facing adverse effects of Mars planet pray in this temple.??Also those 60 years old (Sashti Aptha Poorthy) pray here for longevity with Homas,

Thanks giving:

   People facing problems due to Mars aspects pray to Lord Muruga with red vastras. Special pujas are performed to Lord Muruga on Tuesdays with Homas.

Greatness Of Temple:

   It is believed that all the nine planets pray to Lord Shiva in this temple on their respective days. Accordingly, Lord Shiva is dressed with clothes of different colours attributed to the planets. The shrine is regarded as one meant to seek relief from various planetary problems faced by devotees. The Navagraha shrine is opposite to the shrine of Mother.

Temple History:

   Devas who churned the nectar ocean began to consume it without worshipping Lord Vinayaka who angrily took away the pot to teach them a lesson. When He passed through this place, once a Kadamba forest, a drop of nectar fell on the earth and it became a Swyambu Linga. Realizing their folly, Indira and Devas came here and begged Lord Vinayaka?s pardon who in turn advised them to worship Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva, responding to their prayers gave them the nectar and stayed here as Amirthakadeswarar ? Amirtha-nectar, Kada the pot and Easwara the Lord.

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*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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