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Sri Mullaivana Nathar temple

Moolavar : Mullaivana Nathar
Urchavar : NA
Amman / Thayar : Karu Katha Nayaki ? Garpa Rakshaka Aambica
Thala Virutcham : Mullai ? belonging to Jasmine family
Theertham : Paal Kulam
Agamam / Pooja : NA
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Tirupalaithurai
City : Tirukaruhavur
District : Thanjavur
State : Tamil Nadu


   Saint Tirugnana Sambandar had sung the glory of Lord of the temple in his Thevaram hymns. This is the 18th Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.



Temple's Speciality:

   Devotees do cleaning of the steps with ghee for auspicious conclusion of marriage proposals. Women do it before the shrine of Ambica and draw Ranglori with archanas for wedding and child boon. Realizing their wish, they tie cradles and offer Tulabaram. Women not having a child even after years of marriage are offered a ghee dedicated to Ambica with Mantras and placed at the feet of Mother Karukatha Nayaki. They have to consume it for 48 nights continuously. Though the husband fails in the procedure, the wife should scrupulously follow this condition. There is no diet condition while taking this ghee by women. The woman will conceive shortly. The temple offers a puja castor oil for the pregnant women placed at the feet of Mother which they have to apply on the stomach during the labour pain time for safe delivery of the child. This oil is applied on pregnant women even when they feel pain naturally at some times during the period.

Opening Time:

   The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 3.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.


   Sri Mullaivana Nathar Temple, Tirukaruhavur ? 614 302, Thanjavur district.


   9197891 60819

General Information:

   This is a seventh century Shiva temple praised in the hymns of Saints Tignanasambandar and Tirunavukkarasar-Appar.


   Majority of the devotees praying to Mother Karukatha Nayaki are women longing for a child after years of marriage. Many pray for safe delivery. Those facing menstrual and uterus problems and whose marriage is delayed pray to Mother for cure and happy results.

Thanks giving:

   The main prayer commitment followed is the offering of Punugu Chattam to Lord Mullaivana Nathar on each Pradosha days of the full moon fortnight. Devotees offer rice, fruits, jaggery, sugarcandy, money etc. equal to their weight, a commitment called Tulabaram. Devotees perform abishek with rice flour, turmeric, cosmetic powders, milk, curd, green coconut, pachamirtham, sandal and honey and archanas to Lord and Mother and offer vastras. On Sundays of Karthikai month (November-December) abishek to Lord is performed with 1008 conches. As the presiding deity is in the form of anthill, it is covered with a bowl ? Kuvalai in Tamil ? for the abishek. Devotees offer nivedhanas to Lord and mother and distribute the same to other visiting devotees. They also contribute to the temple renovation fund.

Greatness Of Temple:

   Presiding deity Lord Shiva is a swayambumurthi in the form of an anthill. As no abishek could be performed with liquid items, only a punugu paste (a cosmetic paste) is offered ? punugu chattam in Tamil. The place was earlier dense with Mullai plants ? belonging to jasmine family ? from where the Shivalinga was founds. As the plants were covering the Linga, those scars are still visible on the Linga.

Temple History:

   The place was once dense with Mullai plants. One Niruthuvar and his Vedigai were praying to Lord Mullaivana Nathar seeking child boon. Vedikai became pregnant. While Niruthuvar was out, Vedikai was in a fainted stage with pain. A sage Oordhvapathar came to the house and sought alms. Vedika could not treat the guest. Not knowing the truth, the angry sage cursed her causing abortion. Vedikai begged mother for protection of the child. Ambica appeared and stored the aborted child in a pot with her blessings and kept it safe with Her till the child was born. Touched by the grace of Mother Ambica, Vedika begged Mother to stay here as Garba Rakshambika and bless pregnant women to safe delivery of the children and the mothers.

Special Features:

   Miracle Based: Presiding Lord Shiva is a swayambumuthy in the form of an antihill. Hence, instead of direct abisheks only Pnugu Chattam is offered to the Lord.

*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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