275 Thevara Shivasthalam !! Thirunallur Sri Kalyana Sundareswarar Temple !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!


Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!

Thirunallur/Mukthisthalam / Dakshina Kailasam is one of the 275 Thevara Shivasthalam of Lord Shiva located in Thiruvanur District, Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu.  This is one of the oldest temples of Lord Shiva built by the King Ko-Chengan of Chozha Dynasty,   he built 70 temples of Lord Shiva and one temple for Lord Vishnu and it is collectively known as Madakkovil.  In this temple Lord Shiva worshipped in the form of self-manifested Linga.

Presiding deity – Sri Kalyana Sundareswarar/Panchavarnneswarar with his consort Goddess Sri Kalyana Sundari

Mangalasasanam – Thirunavukkarasar, Thiru Gnana Sambandhar
Saint Arunagirinathar sung praising the glories of Lord Subramanya in this temple.

Sthalavruksham – Vilvam

Significance – 

Thiru Amarnidhi Nayanar attained the Abode of Lord Shiva on this sacred land.

Thiru Amarnidhi Nayanar Mandapam – Please follow the link below to read the Life of Thiru Amarnidhi Nayanar


Thirunavukkarasar earnestly sung praising the glories of Lord and prayed to Lord to keep holy feet on Appar's head at the temple in Thiruchathimuttam.  The kind hearted Lord answered the sincere prayers of Appar in this temple.

The self-manifested Linga changes its color for five times in a day.  Hence, the presiding deity has got its name Lord Panchavarneswarar.

Lord Kalyanasundareswarar can be seen along with Lord Brahm, Lord Vishnu and Sage Agastya in the Sanctum.
Worshipped by – Sage Agastya,  Sage Bringi, Kunthi Devi,
There are numerous visible marks on the self manifested Linga positioned here as it was worshipped by Sage Bringi in the form of a bee.

Theertham – Saptha Sagara Theertham
Kunthi Devi conceived a child from Lord Surya and had to abandon the child immediately after birth.  Soon, she was afflicted with the sin and lost peace and happiness, in order to get rid of the sin she solemnly prayed to Lord Shiva.   At the divine instruction of Maharishi Narada she undertook holy dip on Saptha Sagara and worshipped Lord in this temple.  Eventually, she relived from the curse. Holy dip in this pond on an auspicious day of Masi Makam provides abundance of devoutness.

Festivals – Maha Shivaratri, Thiru Karthikai, Masi Makam, Navaratri, Aippasi Annabishekam, Panguni Uthiram, Mahamaham, Girivalam, Arudra Darisanam, Markazhi Utsavam, Masi Makam,

Sannidhis – Lord Ganesha, Lord Nandikeshwara, Lord Subramanya with his consorts Goddesses Sri Valli & Deivayanai, Lord Kasi Viswanatha, Agastya Lingam, Lord Nataraja, Goddess Kali, Sage Agastyar, Nalvar, Bana Lingam, Goshtamurtham-Lord Dakshinamurthy, Lord Brahma, Goddess Durga, Lingodbhavar, Chandesawarar, Sculputres of Thiru Amarneethi Nayanar with his family along with Lord Shiva as a Brahmin.

The legend has that there was a fiery argument between Lord Vayu and Lord Adishesha about their supremacy.  In order to prove their superiority Lord Adishesha firmly took hold of Mount Kailash with his thousand heads.  Lord Vayu released massive air to extricate the clasp of Lord Adishesha.   All the deities were worried at the vicious battle between these two and requested Lord Adishesha to loosen his grasp.  Lord Adishesha graciously loosened his clasp on Mount Kailash, instantaneously Lord Vayu released colossal air on Mount Kailash which resulted in separation of two hills from the cluster; consequently one was positioned in Thirunallur and the other one at Thiruavur. 

Another legend has that all the deities and Sages were assembled to witness the celestial wedding of the divine couple Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, It caused a huge imbalance on Earth.   Lord Shiva instructed Sage Agastya to proceed to Southern part on the Earth to bring back the steadiness.  Sage Agastya felt saddened at the thought leaving the celestial wedding arena.  The most compassionate Lord Shiva cheered Sage Agastya and agreed to reveal the celestial wedding ceremony as and when   he desired for it.  This is one of the sacred lands on Earth where Sage Agastya witnessed the wedding of the divine couple.  Sage Agastya sanctified a linga and worshipped Lord in this temple.  The presiding deity Lord Kalyana Sundareswara witnessed by Sage Agastya can be seen just behind this Linga in the sanctum sanctorum.

This temple remains open from 6.00 AM to 11.30 AM in the morning and 4.30 PM to 7.30 PM in the evenings.

Contact person – Sri Kannan Sivachariyar – 04374222863.

Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Jai Sriman Narayana !!

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