275 Thevara Shivasthalam !! Thirukadambur Thiru Amruthaghateswarar Temple !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Thirukadambur/Melkadambur is one of the 275 Thevara Shivasthalam located in Kattumannargudi, Kadalore,Tamil Nadu.   This is one of the most prominent temples of Lord Shiva famous for its exquisite stone carving built by King Kulothunga Chozha.   In this temple Lord Shiva worshipped in the form of a self-manifested Linga.
Presiding deity – Thiru Amruthaghateswarar with his consort Goddess Sri Vidyuthjyothinayaki/Jyothiminnammai, Utsavar – Rishabha Thandavamurthi along with Goddess Sri Parvathi, Lord Vishnu, Lord Bhairava, Lord Veerabhadra, Lord Ganesha, Sage Narada, Lord Nandikeshwara, Sage Bhringi, Maharishi Brigandu, celestials and Ganas
Mangalasasanam  -  Thiru Gnana Sambandhar , Thirunavukkarasar
Saint Arunagirinathar sung praising the glories of Lord Subramanya in this temple.
Sthalavruksham – Kadambam
Theertham – Shakthi Theertham
Worshipped by – Lord Indra, Lord Subramanya, Lord Angaraka,
Lord Subramanya was underwent severe penance, worshipped Lord Amruthaghateswara and Goddess Vidyuthjyothiammai and obtained fierce weapon spear to annihilate the demon Shoorapadhman.
Sannidhis – Lord Ganesha/Aravara Vinayakar (thrashed the pride of Lord Indra, acquired the vessel containing nectar of elixir from the deities who forgot to pay initial obeisance and hammered the wheel of the chariot of Lord Indra)   Lord Nandikeshwara, Lord Subramanya with his consorts Goddess Sri Valli & Deivayanai, Lord Shaneeswara, Navagraha, Goddess Durga, Lord Bhairava, Goshtamurtham –Lord Vishnu, Garudalwar, Sri Andal, Lord Anjaneya, Lord Gangadhara, Alinganamurthi, Lord Brahma along with Lord Dharmarajan, Chithraguptha & Sage Pathanjali, Lord Ranganatha, Ardhanareeswara,
Festivals – Maha Shivaratri, Masi Makam, Thiru Karthikai, Panguni Uthiram, Arudra Darisanam, Aippasi Annabhishekam, Markazhi Utsavam, Navaratri,
The legend has that the deities and demons churned the milky ocean and obtained the elixir of nectar of immortality.  Without paying initial obeisance to Lord Ganesha, the deities prepared to distribute the nectar amongst them.   Lord Ganesha wanted to teach them a lesson.  He took possession of the vessel contained nectar and hurried through the dense forest of Kadamba, meanwhile a portion of the nectar fallen on this sacred land and formed a Linga.  Hence, the presiding deity has assumed the name Amruthaghateswara.  Lord Indra and the deities realized their folly, arrived at this place and earnestly prayed to Lord Ganesha to return the vessel of nectar.  Lord Ganesha advised them to worship Lord Shiva; shortly Lord Indra and deities worshipped Lord Amruthaghateswara and obtained the nectar.
Another legend has that the mother of deities Adithi worshipped Lord Amruthaghateswara.  Lord Indra desired that his mother should conduct worship without any difficulties at her old age, so he decided to bring the worship place at her palace.  Lord Indra brought his celestial chariot and prepared to take away sanctum of this temple, in the meantime he forgot to pay initial obeisance to Lord Ganesha.   It infuriated Lord Ganesha and he thrashed the wheel of the chariot, consequently Lord Indras efforts turned out unsuccessful.  Lord Indra worshipped Lord Shiva and Lord was pleased at the devotion of Lord Indra.    Lord Amruthaghateswara appeared before Lord Indra and revealed his desire to remain this land forever.  Lord Indra pleaded for forgiveness and submissively agreed to worship Lord Amruthaghateswara in this sacred land.
Worship of Lord Amruthaghateswarar with Goddess Sri Vidyuthjyothinayaki provides abundances of merits include prosperity and long life. This is one of the significant temples to conduct the rituals of Shathabhishekam and Shashtiabdhapoorthi.  In this temple Goddess Sri Vidyuthjyothinayaki symbolize as Iccha Shakthi, Gnana Shakthi & Kriya Shakthi, Goddess Sri Durga represent as Simhavahini and Mahishasuramardhini.
This temple remains open from 6.30 AM to 11.30 PM in the morning and 5.00PM to 7.30 PM in the evenings.
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Jai Sriman Narayana !!

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