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Sri Mahalingam temple

Moolavar : Mahalingam
Urchavar : NA
Amman / Thayar : Perumulaiyaal
Thala Virutcham : Marutha tree
Theertham : Kaarunyamirtham
Agamam / Pooja : NA
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : NA
City : Thiruvitaimaruthur
District : Thanjavur
State : Tamil Nadu


   Poets : Tirujnanasampanthar, Appar, Sundarar pongunool maarpineer puthappataiyeer poonkangai thankucen cataiyineer caamavetham othineer enkum ezhilaa maraiyorkal muraiyaal eththa itaimaruthil mankultoy koile koilaaka makizhntheere. -Tirujnanasampanthar This is the 30th holy place in the southern banks of Kaveri consecrated by Thevaram.


   In the month of Thai ? Thaipoosam ? 10 days festival ? Brahmotsavam. Everyday there will be the procession of the Lord, both in the morning and evening, in different carriers. On the 10th day, the festival gets completed with the ?theerthavaari?. In the Vaikaasi month ? the grand Vasanthotsavam festival for 10 days ? Tirukkalyaanam festival, Ambaal tapasu, Ambaal ?thannai thaane? prayer festivals are conducted with fanfare. In this holy place, Thiruvaathirai, Aaadipooram and Karthigai are celebrated in a significant manner. On the monthly, ?pratosha? days, the devotees in large number throng the temple. On the important festivity days like Deepavali, Pongal, Tamil / English New Year Days, special poojas and abhishekams are performed.

Temple's Speciality:

   The Lord of this holy place graces us as ?swayambu moorthi?. The Thiruvitaimaruthur Mookambigai of this place is as famous and great like the Karnataka Kollur Mookambigai. In India, only in Kollur and Thiruvitaimaruthur, Mookambigai shrines are seen.

Opening Time:

   The temple is open from 6.00 am to 11.00 am and from 5.00pm to 8.00 pm.


   Arulmigu Jothi Mahalinga Swami Tirukkoil, Thiruvitaimaruthur - 612 104, Thanjavur District.


   91- 435- 2460660.

General Information:

   There are four Vinayaka temples in the corners of the four streets where?Temple?Caris pulled.??At the ?theradi? (the Car Station) is the Vinayaka temple, in the?East Street?the Viswanatha temple,??in the?West Street?is the Rishipureeswarar temple, in the South Street Aatmanaatha temple and in the?North Street?is the Chocknaatha temple.??Lord Mahalingeswarar sits in the middle amidst these temples.??Hence, this holy place is identified as ?panchalinga sthalam?.??The Vinayakar of this place is known as ?Aanta Ganapati?.


   Devotees in large numbers come and worship the Mookambigai shrine, since it is considered to be powerful. The married couples worship intensely that they should conceive without any problems and beget babies. Likewise, women pray for safe delivery. This kind of worship significantly prevails in this shrine.

Thanks giving:

   Abhishekam can be performed to the Lord with ingredients like milk, curd, panchamirtham, rice flour, honey, rosewater, soft coconut water, sandal paste, vibhuthi, rice powder and tamarind powder. We can also don the Lord with new dhoti, Ambal with new sari and offer food to the devotees who come to the temple.. We can offer ?naivedyam? to the Lord and distribute it to the devotees. We can also participate in the regular pooja, abhisheka performances. Those who can afford can donate to the temple renovation.

Greatness Of Temple:

   Mookambigai : The Thiruvitaimaruthur Mookambigai of this place is as famous and great like the Karnataka Kollur Mookambigai. In India, only in Kollur and Thiruvitaimaruthur, Mookambigai shrines are seen; it is not found anywhere else. Only here a separate sanctum could be seen. In this temple, the Mookambigai sanctum is on the southern side of Ambal?s sanctum. The inner sanctum of this temple is constructed like the North Indian temple structure. In this sanctum, the most powerful Maha Meru Srichakram is installed.

Temple History:

   Sage Agasthya, along with the other sages came to Itaimaruthur and performed tapasya meditating on Goddess Umadevi. Goddess Uma also appeared before the sage. The sages accordingly worshipped the Goddess and requested that they would like to see the Lord also. Umadevi, for the sake of the sages, went in Sivatapasya. The Lord granted Her wish and appeared before Her and the sages. After appearing before them, the Lord began worshipping the ?Jothi Lingam?. The surprised Umadevi asked the Lord: ? O Lord! It is the practice that Brahman and other deities worship thee. But, thou art worshipping thine own self!? The Lord replied: ?Uma Devi! We are the Ultimate who worship and accept worship. It is because these sages have forgotten to worship us, we are worshipping ourselves. That is why I?m worshipping myself.? The Legend says that from that day onwards the sages performed worship according to the ?Kaamika Law? and received great benefits.

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*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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