51 Shakthi Peedam / Shakthi Sthalam – Thiruvarur Sri Kamalambika Temple !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Jai Ambey Ma !!

Tiruvarur/Thirumoolattanam/Thiruvanur Poomkoyil is one of the 275 Thevara Shivasthalam of Lord Shiva located on the river banks of Cauvery in Tiruvarur District, Tamil Nadu.In this temple Lord Shiva worshipped in the form of a self-manifested Linga.This is one of the largest temples of Lord Shiva occupies massive acres of landwith majestic Rajagopuras, Vimanas, huge boundary wall, wide circumambulatory paths, gardens, 365 Shiva Lingas (It includes 7 Saptha Vidanga Lingas positioned in 7 sacred temples.They are Veedi Vidangar – Thiruvarur, Nagara Vidangar – Thirunallar, Sundara Vidangar –Thiru Nagaikaronam, Avani Vidangar – Thirukkuvalai, Neela Vidangar – Thiruvaimur, Bhuvani Vidangar – Thirumaraikkadu -Vedaranyam and Adi Vidangar at Thirukkaravasal.Hence these temples are famously known as Saptha Vidanga Kshetram), numerous idols of Lord Ganesha and more than 100 shrines located within the vicinity of this temple.This is one of the oldest temples built by the Queen Sembian Medhavi, wife of King Kandaraditya Chola. King Kulothunga Chola II also has made abundance of contributions to this temple.

Presiding deity – Thiru Thyagarajar / Valmeekanathar / Putridamkondanathar /Thyagesa Peruman with his consort Goddess Thiru Kamalambikai / Alliyamkothai/Neelothpalambal
Mangalasasanam – Manikka Vasagar, Appar, Sundarar, Thiru Gnana Sambandhar
Theertham – Kamalalaya Theertham
Holy dip in this Theertham on a Panguni Uthiram day provides pieties of bathing 12 Mahamakam in Kumbakonam.
Sundarar sung praising the glories of the Lord at Thirumaraikkadu, earnestly requested for gold coins for the construction of shrine at Thiruvarur.Lord was pleased at the devotion of Sundarar and provided him with the cold coins.Sundarar revealed the problems in carrying the loads of gold coins to Tiruvarur.The compassionate Lord advised him to deposit them on Manimutharu located at Thirumaraikkadu and receive the same from the Kamalalaya Theertham at Thiruvaru.Sundarar sincerely followed the divine instructions and recovered the gold coins from this pond.
Sthalavruksham – Pathiri
Festivals – Maha Shivaratri, Thiru Karthikai, Masi Makam, Panguni Uthiram, Aippasi Annabhishekam, Arudra Darisanam, Markazhi Utsavam, Adi Pooram, Chithirai Utsavam, Makara Sankranthi, Purattasi Utsavam, Car festival in the month of March,
Sannidhis – Lord Ganesha, Lord Nandikeshwara/Brahma Nandi, Lord Subramanya with his consorts Goddesses Sri Valli & Deivayanai, 8 Durga, Indra Linga/Emerald Linga/Veedi Vidanga Linga, Runa Vimochaka Peruman, Jwarahara, Navagrahas, Pradoshanayakar, Chandrasekharar, Chozhamannar, Manikkavasagar, Tiripurasamharar,Goddess Sri Kamalambal – personification of Goddess Sri Lakshmi, Goddess Sri Saraswathi & Goddess Sri Durga, Akshara Peedam, Akasha Bhairava/Siddhi Bhairava, Shivasurya, Ashta Durga, Goddess Sri Saraswathi, Lord Hayagreevah, Medha Dakshinamurti, Pancheswarar,
Worshipped by – Lord Vishnu, 33 crore of deities at the time of Pradosha, Emperor Muchukunda,
Significance – Sri Muthuswamy Deekshithar, one of the Trinities of Carnatic Music sung praising the glories of Lord Ganesha & Goddess Sri Ashta Durga in this temple
This is one of the Mukthisthalam provides salvation to whoever takes birth on this sacred land.
Lord Thyagaraja went to meet Paravai Nachiyar as a messenger at the request of Thiru Sundaramurti Nayanar.It is believed that at midnight Lord Thyagaraja walked all the way through the streets of Thiruavarur to meet Paravai Nachiyar.
This is the Mukthisthalam of Thiru Viranminda Nayanar, Thiru Namminandi Adigal Nayanar, Thiru Cheruthunai Nayanar, Thiru Dandiyadigal Nayanar, Thiru Kazharsinga Nayanar.
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 was married 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 Sthalam/Shakthi Peedam’.
This temple remains open from 6.00 AM to 12.00PM in the morning and 4.00PM to 9.00PM in the evenings.

Jai Ambey Ma !!
Jai Sriman Narayana !!


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