275 Thevara Shivasthalam !! Thiru Ampermakalam Thiru Makalanathar Temple !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Thiru Ampermakalam / Thirumakalam / Indrapuri / Marapuri is one of the 275 Thevara Shivasthalam of Lord Shiva located on the river banks of Arisilliaru in Nannilam, Thiruvanur District, Tamil Nadu.  There three prominent temples of Lord Shiva recognized as Makala Kshetram and they are Ujjayini Makalam, Irumbai Makalam and Ampermakalm.  This is one of the oldest temples of Lord Shiva built by the King Ko-Chengan Chozha widely known as Madakkovil.
Presiding deity – Thiru Makalanathar/Kanakandeswarar with his consort Goddess Sri Rajamathangi/Pakshyambikai
Mangalasasanam – Thiru Gnana Sambandhar
Sthalavruksham – Punnai
Theertham – Makala Theertham
Sannidhis – Lord Ganesha, Lord Nandikeshwara, Lord Subramanya with his consorts Goddesses Sri Valli & Deivayanai, Thiru Somasi Nayanar & his consort, Sadainathar,  63 Nayanmars, Nalvar, Bhairava, Lord Navagraha, Lord Kasi Viswanatha, Lord Valmikanathar, Naganathaswamy Linga, Lord Nataraja & Sivakami, Thyagarajaswamy, Lord Dakshinamurthi, Sage Uthanga & Mathanga, Goddess Sri Mahalakshmi, Chandeswarar, Goddess Kali/Makali,
Festivals – Maha Shivaratri, Masi Makam, Panguni Uthram, Thiru Karthikai, Arudra Darisanam, Aippasi Annabhishekam, Navaratri, Vaikasi Somasimara Yagam Festival
Worshipped by – Lord Indra, Goddess Kali, Vasuki, Sage Makala, Sage Uthanga & Mathanga, Nagakanyakas,
Samsaraseela who was born in the lineage of Sage Pulastya, entered in a battle with Lord Indra and won over him.  Lord Indra was exiled from his Kingdom Amaravati, he arrived on this sacred land appealed to Lord Shiva.  The compassionate Lord took a fierce form of Bhairava as Sadainathar and killed Samaraseela.  Eventually, Lord Indra was declared as the ruler of Kindgom Amaravati. Thus, this sacred land has got its name Indrapuri.
Lord Kamadeva was instructed by Lord Indra to create impediments in the penance of Sage Vishwamitra.  Sage Vishnmitra was enraged at the selfish motive of Lord Indra and cursed him.  Lord Indra underwent severe austerities and worshipped Lord Makalanathar and got rid of the curse.  Hence this place has got its name Marapuri.
Goddess Kali vanquished the demon Amparan and afflicted with the sin of Brahmahathya.  In order to get rid of the sin, Goddess Kali underwent severe austerities and worshipped Lord Shiva, eventually got rid of the curse.
Thiru Somasi Nayanar was a zealous devotee of Lord Shiva. He wanted to please Lord by performing Soma Yagam, in addition to this he had a wish that Lord Shiva should appear before him to accept the Avirbhaga of the Yagam.  He desired for the friendship of Thiru Sundaramurthi Nayanar, who has the authority to have the dharshan of Lord at his will. Sundarar was very fond of Spinach; Somasi Nayanar made a practice of delivering the same to his home on daily basis. Sundarar was so pleased to have Spinach in his every meal; he was unaware of the source of it, but his wife Sangili Nacchiyar was known about the provider. Sundarar decided to meet Somasi Nayanar in person and arrived on this sacred land. During their conversation Somasi Nayanar who was much awaited for an opportunity to reveal his earnest desire to conduct Soma Yaga to please the Lord. Sundarar was agreed to fulfill the longing of Somasi Nayanar and prayed to Lord.
In the Tamil month of Vaikasi – Ayilyam Thiru Somasi Nayanar conducted a Soma Yaga with all the Vedic Scholars and intellectuals under the supervision of Thiru Sundaramurthi Nayanar. In the meantime, there appeared an outcaste person with his wife, two children followed by a dog.  They were all dressed up awkwardly, carrying intoxicated drinks and meat.   Thiru Somasinayar who was passionately waiting for the presence of Lord, was terribly disappointed to see the outcast member and his family in the Yaga arena.  The Vedic Brahmins hurried out of the Yaga arena and called off the Yaga was adulterated due to the entry of outcast fellow and his family members.   Instantly, Lord Ganesha revealed his presence to Thiru Somasi Nayanar and his wife, in a little while Lord Subramanya Lord Shiva & Goddess Sri Parvati also presented before them in their original form and received the Avirbhaga.
This temple remains open from 6.00 AM to 12.00PM in the morning and 4.30PM to 8.00PM in the evenings.
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Jai Sriman Narayana !!

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