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Sri Kumbeswarar temple



Moolavar : Kumbeswarar
Urchavar : NA
Amman / Thayar : Mangalanayaki
Thala Virutcham : Vanni
Theertham : Mahamagam, Pottramarai tank
Agamam / Pooja : NA
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Kudamookku
City : Kumbakonam
District : Thanjavur
State : Tamil Nadu

Singers:

   The glory of Lord of the temple is praised by Saints Tirugnana Sambandar and Tirunavukkarasar in their hymns.? This is the 26th Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.


Festival:

   Theerthavari festival is celebrated in the Mahamagam tank on Masi Magam (February-March). Sabthasthanam festival in Chithirai (April-May) when the Lord and Mother visit 7 places at a distance of 20 kilometres. Tirukalyanam (wedding festival) in Vaikasi (May-June), Tirumanjanam in Aani (June-July), Aadi perukku and Aadi Pooram (July-August), Panguni festival (March-April) with special pujas, Butter pot festival on the Aswathi star day in Masi (February-March), on the 8th day, and the procession of Panchamurthis are the festivals grandly celebrated in the temple. Masimagam is the biggest festival in Tamilnadu.


Temple's Speciality:

   The Pottramarai tank is in front of the temple. Those visiting the temple during the Mahamagam festival (famous festival celebrated once in 12 years as the Kumbh Mela in North) take bath in the tank. The story goes that the 9 divine maidens had a dip in this tank after their bath in the Mahamagam tank. As the Linga is of sand, no abishek is performed. Only Tirumanjanam is applied. The Linga is broad at the bottom and narrows at the top in the shape of a needle. There is a Nadaswaram (a musical instrument) made of stone which is well maintained. A lion carrying some stones on head in the front hall of the temple stands as an example of the Tamil sculpture art.


Opening Time:

   Timings are between 6.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and 4.00 to 930 p.m.


Address:

   Sri Kumbeswarar Temple (Tirukudamookku), Kumbakonam, Thanjavur.


Phone:

   91-435- 242 0276.


General Information:

    Aavani covering August-September is the Malayalam New Year Day when Sun will be in Leo that determines the weather of the year throughout. The practice of fasting during the Sundays of this month praying to Sun and Nagaraja for protection of the crops from creatures as rat etc. is followed since ancient days. During the devastating pralaya floods, Lord Shiva placed all ?creation materials? in a pot (Kumba) and saved them, hence Lord is praised as Kumbeswarar. Special pujas are performed in this temple on Aavani Sundays in August-September. Devotees enter the temple through the Rajagopuram, pass the long Mandap, Bali Peeta and the Kodi Maram (flag post), seek the blessings and Sri Nandi Deva and worship Lord Kumbeswarar. They then go through the prakara worshipping the 63 Nayanmars, Saptha Mathas, Kamadenu, Bhava Linga, Mahalinga, Lord Dakshinamurthy and Lord Valanchuzhi Vinayaka. They then have to proceed to Mother?s shrine through the shrines for Lords Bikshadana, Muruga, Akshayalinga, Sahasralinga, Mothers Annapoorani, Gajalakshmi, Mahalakshmi, Saraswathi and Lord Brahmma. There is a glass room where Lord is in a reclining posture. Then are the shrines of Mother Ashtabhuja Durga, Navaneetha Vinayaka, Kiradhamurthy, Bhairava, Kala Bhairava, Jurakeswarar, Sastha, Great soul Govinda Dishithar, Nagambal. After worshipping Mother Mangalambika, devotees leave the temple after worshipping at the Navagraha (nine planets). It is believed that following this worship procedure would bring all the boons wished by the devotees.


Prayers:

   Devotees pray to Mother Mangalambika for distinction in education and seek wedding and child boons, for progress in trade and profession and prosperity.?They worship mother with red flowers on Sundays in Aavani month-August-September.


Thanks giving:

   Devotees perform abishek, archanas and offer vastras to Lord and Mother.


Greatness Of Temple:

   Lord Shiva announced that the Mango brought by Sage Narada would be presented to one who wins a marathon round of the whole world.??Lord Vinayaka circumambulated His divine parents Shiva and Parvathy and established the fact that world means Father and Mother and going around them fulfilled the condition of competition.??He won the mango.??Based on this philosophy, the prakara structure of the temple covers both Lord and Mother shrines.??In other temples, the prakaras are separate.??There is no abishek to the presiding deity.??The Linga is broad in base and sharp at the top as a needle point.??The stones of the temple have musical tones.??There is a lion sculpture in the Navarathri Mandap holding long stones on its head.


Temple History:

   When the world was facing destruction due to the devastating tsunami, Lord Brahmma approached Lord Shiva to know wherefrom He had to restart creation. Lord Shiva suggested that Brahmma make a magic pot with the sand collected from various sacred places and float it in the flood water and also taught the procedure of leaving it on the water. The pot stopped at a place. Lord Shiva shot an arrow on the pot. The nectar spilled and spread on all directions. That nectar mixed with the sand and became a Linga. This Linga is Kumbeswarar.


Special Features:

   Miracle Based: Lord Shiva in the temple is Swayambumurthi. The base of the Linga is broad at the bottom and narrow at the top as a needle point.


*Sources from Dinamalar.com




 
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