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Thiruvidaimaruthur/Madhyarjuna Kshetram/Sembakaranya Kshetram/ Mukthipuram/ Sri Mahalingeshwarar Temple is one of the 275 Thevara Shivasthalam of Lord Shiva located 9kms from Kumbakonam enroute to Thiruvidaimaruthur, Tamil Nadu . This is one of the oldest temples known as Madhyarjuna/Panchalinga Sthalam/Shanmabakaranyam/Mukthipuram equivalent to Varanasi. In this temple Lord Shiva worshipped in the form of a self-manifested Linga.
This is one of the oldest temples famous for its architectural and craftsmanship. This temple occupies 20 acres of massive land and it has stunning Rajagopuram and 3 vast circumambulatory paths namely Ashwamedha Pradhakshina Praharam, Kailasa Praharam and Pranava Praharam, circumambulation of each path has its own significance and provides abundance of religious merits of Ashwamedha Yagna, visit to the Abode of Lord Shiva & Goddess Parvati at Mount Kailash and liberation from the cycles of Birth and & Death respectively. This grand temple has the Parivara Devatha shrines within its vicinity.
Presiding deity – Sri Mahalingeshwarar with his consort Goddess Sri Brihad Sundara Kuchambal/Nanmulainayaki/Perum Mulainayaki (one of the Sakthi Peedas)
Mangalasasanam –Appar, Sundarar, Sambandhar and Manikkavasagar sung praising the glories of Lord Mahalingeshwarar in this temple. Saint Pattinathar and Karuvoor Thevar also sung praising the Lord in this temple.
Sthalavruksham – Marudham Tree
Prathyaksham to – Sage Markandeya
Mukthisathalm – Sri Sridhara Ayyaval of Thiruvisainallur
Theertham – There are 35 sacred pond located here and they are Krishnakupam, Karunyamrutha Theertham, Bana Theertham, Parasara Theertham, Soma Theertham, Rudra Theertham, Kalyana Theertham, Padma Theertham, Indra Theertham, Pandava Theertham, Agni Theertham, Kanaka Theertham and Ganga Theertham.
Worshipped by – Deities & Sages – Goddess Uma, Lord Ganesha, Lord Subramanya, Lord Vishnu, Goddess Mahalakshmi, Maha Sarawathi & Mahakali, Sage Agastya, Sage Vashishta, Sage Lomasa, Sage Markandeya, Sage Kapila, Saint Pattinathar & Badragiriyar, Siddhar Sivavakiyar & King Varagunapandiyan,Chithrakeerthi, Sukeerthi, Veerasenan, Vasuman, Mandata, & Brahmin, Vedas and Airavatha were worshipped Lord Mahalingeshwar in this sacred land.
Sannidhis – Lord Ganesha, Lord Nandikeshwara, Atmalingam, Lord Vishwantha, Rishipurishwara, Chokkanathar, Mookambika, Agastya Linga, Kashyapa Linga, Sahasra Linga, Chola Linga, Chera Linga, Panchabootha Linga, Lord Dakshinamurthy, 27 Lingas installed and worhsipped by stars, Samba Dakshinamaurthy,
Festivals – Chithrai Festival, Thai Poosam, Arudra Darisanam, Maha Shivaratri, Vaikasi Brahmostavam, Car Festival, Panguni Uthiram, Aippasi Annabhishekam, Navaratri,
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 Sthal/Shakthi Peedam’.
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