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Thirukadaiyur is one of the 275 Thevara Shivasthalam of Lord Shiva/Shakthi Peedam located in Thirukadavoor/Thirukadaiyur, which is 18kms from Mayavaram, Nagapattinam District, Tamil Nadu. This is one of the oldest temples of Lord Shiva built during the 11th century known as Ashta Veerattanam/Vilvaranya Kshetram.
This temple is famous for its grand architectural structure and it occupies huge acres of land built during the regime of Chola Kings. The temple inscription reveals its existence from the date of King Raja Raja Chola. King Kulothunga Chola has made remarkable contributions to this temple.
Presiding deity – Lord Amruthaghateswarar with his consort Goddess Sri Abirami.
Mangalasasanam – Thiru Gnana Sambandhar, Sundarar, and Thirunavukkarasar sung praising the glories of Kalasamharamurthy/Mruthyunjaya Murthy/Amruthaghateswarar in this temple. Thiru Abirami Bhattar sung praising the glories of Goddess Abirami in this temple.
Sthalavruksham – Vilvam/Jathi (Bael tree/Pinchilam)
Theertham – Amrutha Theertham, Kasi Theertham
Worshipped by – Sage Agastya, Sage Pulastya, Serpent Vasuki, Goddess Durga, Lord Yama, Sage Markandeya,
Significance – Thiru Kungiliyakalaya Nayanar and Kari Nayanar were born in this sacred land and worshipped Lord Amruthakhateswarar to their heartfelt content and attained the Abode of Lord Shiva in this sacred land.
Sannidhis – Lord Ganesha, Lord Subramanya, Sage Markandeya, Lord Nandikeshwara, Lord Naganatheswara with Goddess Gajalakshmi
Festivals – Chithirai Brahmostavam, Maha Shivaratri, Arudra Darisanam, Thiru Karthikai, Masi Makam, Panguni Uthiram, Amavasya, Pournami, Aippasi Annabhishekam, Markazhi Utsavam, Navaratri, Skandha Shashti,
The legend has that there was a time the Mount Himalaya and its surroundings were under the abstract control of the demons. They harassed the life of deities and sages, they all appealed to Lord Vishnu. As instructed by Lord Vishnu, all the spiritual energies of the deities turned into a flame and as desired by the deities and Sages Goddess Sri Sati was rose from the flame and she was brought up by Daksha Prajapathi. Later, she married was to Lord Shiva against the will of her father.
A Grand Yagna was conducted by Dakshaprajapathi ended in disaster, his own daughter Goddess Sri Sati had to sacrifice her life in the sacrificial fire. This catastrophic incident brought trepidation amongst the deities. Inconsolable Lord Shiva carried the lifeless body of Goddess Sri Sati and wandered on the Earth for several years. The functions of Trinities to protect the Universe were shattered. All the deities were frightened about the terrible consequences and appealed to Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu’ dice chopped off the lifeless body of Goddess Sri Sati into several parts to diffuse the grief of Lord Shiva and each part fell into the different parts of the Earth. The places where the body parts of Goddess Sri Sati fallen on the Earth were turned into ‘Shakthi Sthal/Shakthi Peedam’.
This temple remains open from 7.00AM to 1.00PM in the morning and 3.00PM to 8.00PM in the evening.
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