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Sri Gomuktheeswarar temple

Moolavar : Gomuktheeswarar
Urchavar : NA
Amman / Thayar : Oppilamulai Nayaki
Thala Virutcham : Padar Arasu
Theertham : Gomukthi, Kaivalya and Padma theerthams
Agamam / Pooja : Kameekam
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Nandhi Nagar, Navakoti Chitharpuram
City : Tiruvavaduthurai ? (Tiru Avadu Thurai)
District : Thanjavur
State : Tamil Nadu


   The shrine is praised in the Thevaram hymns of the three Saivite Saints, Tirugnanasambandar, Tirunavukkarasar and Sundarar. Saint Sundarar, in his hymns prays to Lord Gomuktheeswarar that he had reached him fearing the deep adverse destinies following him. This is the 36th Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in hymns.


   Purattasi Brahmmotsavam in September-October; Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January and Shivrathri Annabishekam in February-March are the festivals observed in the temple.

Temple's Speciality:

   Presiding Lord of the temple is a swayambumurthy. Nandhi-the vehicle of Lord Shiva is big in size. Jeeva Samadhi of Saint Tirumoolar is in the temple.

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 Masilamani Easwarar Temple, Thiruvavaduthurai Aadheenam, Thiruvavaduthurai ? 609 803. Nagapattinam dist.


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General Information:

   The Vimana above the sanctum is of Dwaidala design. Sri Vinayaka of the temple is praised as Lord Thunaivandha Ganapathi ? Ganapathi coming to the rescue of devotee. There is a statue in the prakara showing a cow pouring milk on the Linga, worshipped as Gorupambika. Sani Bhagwan is nearby. There is no shrine for the Navagrahas the nine planets. There are Three Suns gracing the devotees together. This is a rare darshan for the devotees.


   Women pray for the safety and longevity of their Mangalsutras-for the longevity of their husbands. They also pray for affinity between the couples and for child boon.

Thanks giving:

   Devotees perform abishek to Lord and Mother offering vastras.

Greatness Of Temple:

   Emperor Mushukunda Chakravarthi was much annoyed as he had no child. He was worshipping Lord Thyagesar presented to him by Indira. Lord Shiva appeared in his dream and advised to come to this place for worship to get a child. The emperor was blessed with a child following Lord?s directions. It is the faith of the devotees that they would be blessed with a child if they pray here. Lord Thyagesar shrine is at the right of the sanctum.

Temple History:

   Lord Shiva and Mother Parvathi were playing the dice in Kailash. At the end of each game, Lord Shiva was successively winning the game. As Parvathi grew angry, Lord cursed Her to become a cow on earth. Lord said that the curse would end at this place where she should perform penance. Ambica did penance as a cow here. Go in Sanskrit means cow. Mukti means relief. As the cow got the relief from the curse here, Lord Shiva is praised as Gomukti Easwarar ? Lord who relieved the cow from its past curse.

Special Features:

   Miracle Based: Lord is a swayambumurthy. The Jeeva Samadhi (tomb) of Thirumoolar is in the temple.

*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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