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Sri Shivakozhundeesar temple

Moolavar : Shivakozhundeesar, Thazhuva Kuzhainda Nathar
Urchavar : NA
Amman / Thayar : Perianayaki
Thala Virutcham : NA
Theertham : Shoola Theertham
Agamam / Pooja : NA
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Sithimutham
City : Tiruchathi Muttram
District : Thanjavur
State : Tamil Nadu


   The Lord of the temple is praised in the hymns of Saint Tirugnanasambandar. This is the 22nd Lord Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns


   Muthu Pandhal on the first day of Aani in June-July; Thai month Ratha Sapthami in January-February and Karthikai Monday worship in November-December are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

Temple's Speciality:

   Lord of the temple is a swayambumurthy.

Opening Time:

   The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.


   Sri Shivakozhundeesar Temple, Tiruchathi Muttram-612 703, Thanjavur district.


   91 4374 267 237, 94436 78575, 94435 64221

General Information:

   The temple is big in size facing east. Lord Vallabha Ganapathy graces the devotees at the entrance. The temple has a five tier Rajagopuram and vast outer prakara. There are shrines for Lord Vinayaka and Lord Muruga at the entrance of the second tower. Shrine of Mother Ambica is facing south. There is also a Nataraja mandap. At the main entrance are shrines for Lord Somaskanda on one side and Mother Shakti and Sthala Aideekamurthy on other sides. In the inner prakara are shrines for Somaskanda, Arumuga Peruman (Muruga) and Gajalakshmi.


   Youth and virgins awaiting marriage pray to Lord embraced by Mother Shakti for early wedding, removal of bad aspects on them and a well and happily settled wedded life. Also couples separated due to some difference of opinion will be blessed with re-union.

Thanks giving:

   Devotees perform abishek, offer vastras and contribute for the renovation of the temple.

Greatness Of Temple:

   Mother Parvathi (Shakti) worshipped Lord Shiva here, embraced and kissed Him, hence the place is named Tiruchathi (Shakti) Mutham (kissing) ? Tiruchathimuttram. This form of Mother embracing the Lord still exists in the temple. This form of Ambika is depicted at the northern side near the sanctum sanctorum. Mother performing penance standing on a single leg, is also depicted behind this sculpture.

Temple History:

   Lord Shiva and Mother Parvathi wanted to establish the truth that bhakti (piety) alone is the singular path to salvation. Mother Parvathi was performing penance in the Shathimuttram near the Surya Pushkarini Shoola theertha on the southern side of Cauvery. But Lord delayed His darshan to Mother Parvathi. This could not deter mother from Her resolute penance standing on a single leg. Lord Shiva granted darshan to Mother as a fire ball. Yet, knowing that the fire ball was but Lord Shiva, Mother Parvathi embraced the fire jyoti. Lord Shiva was cooled. This shows that though problem burn a family as fire, this could be solved by mutual love between the couples

Special Features:

   Miracle Based: Lord of the temple is a swayambumurthy.

*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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