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Sri Semmeninathar Karumbeswarar temple

Moolavar : Semmeninathar, Karumbeswarar
Urchavar : Karumbeswarar
Amman / Thayar : Sivayoganayaki, Soundaryanayaki
Thala Virutcham : Vilwa
Theertham : Vedhatheertham
Agamam / Pooja : NA
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Tirukanurpatti, Manalmedu
City : Thirukanur
District : Thanjavur
State : Tamil Nadu


   The temple is praised by Saints Tirugnana Sambandar and Tirunavukkarasar in their Thevaram hymns. This is the 56th Lord Shiva Temple on the northern bank of Cauvery praised in hymns.


   Surya Puja is very devotionally performed on April 2, 3 and 4 as a festive event in the temple. Special abisheks are also performed on Aavani Moola star day in August-September and on Thai Poornima day in January-February.

Temple's Speciality:

   Lord Shiva is a Swayambumurthi. The rays of Sun fall on the Lord in Panguni-April 2, 3 and 4. The idol of Ambica is made of Salagrama stone.

Opening Time:

   The temple is open from 10.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and from 3.30 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. Devotees may contact the priest in Tirukattupalli on phone before visiting the temple.


   Sri Semmeninathar, Karumbeswarar Temple ? Tirukanur,Tirukanurpatti,Vishnampettai, thanjavur


   91-4362-320 067, +91- 93450 09344.

General Information:

   Three tier Rajagopuram is facing east. There are shrines for Lords Vinayaka, Muruga with consorts Valli and Deivanai, Arthanareeswara, Brahmma, Chandikeswara, Mahavishnu, Mother Durga, Nagar, Aiyanar, Sun, Moon and Naalvar the Thevaram-Tiruvasagam saints.


   Those facing delays in marriage, health problems, seeking child boon and for marital unity pray to Lord and Mother in the temple.

Thanks giving:

   Those ill perform archana to Lord Semmeni Nathar with Vilwa leaves. Those facing delay in marriage worship the Salagrama made Mother with red flower garlands and light ghee lamps for early results. Those seeking child boon, perform abishek to Lord and Mother with Erukku flower garlands (this is a wild bush flower mostly grown on road sides). They also offer nivedhana of sweet items.

Greatness Of Temple:

   Mother Parvathi chose this place on earth to perform penance on Lord Shiva. Pleased with Her severe penance, Lord Shiva appeared before Mother in red as fire, hence came to be praised as Semmeni Nathar. Mother is praised as Shiva Yoga Nayaki. It is the faith of people that if couples worship together both Lord and Mother, they also will be blessed with marital life of harmony.

Temple History:

   Sage Parasurama is the son of Sage Jamadagni and Renukadevi. During his absence, a king Kartha Veeryarjunan entered the ashram and took away the divine cow Kamadenu by force. Coming to know of the incident, Parasurama set out in fury, killed the king along with 21 Kshatriyas and rescued the cow. Thus, he incurred the Kshatriya dosha. Parasurama worshipped Lord Shiva in this place bathing in the sacred spring and got relieved of the dosha.

Special Features:

   Miracle Based: Lord Shiva in the temple is a swayambumurthy. Rays of Sun fall on the Lord in Panguni ? April 2, 3 and 4.

*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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