Ambar Maakaalam Temple is located in Tiruvarur ,Tamilnadu. This Hindu Temple is Dedicated to Lord Shiva. This Holy Temple is one among 275 Shiva shatalam.
This Shivastalam is located near Poonthottam on the Peralam Tiruvarur railway line. This temple is noted for its shrine to Kali and to Kaalakandeswarar.
Ambar is 3 km southeast of Poonthottam, while Ambar Maakaalam is 1 km east of Ambar. Ambarmaakaalam is considered to be the 55th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located south of the river Kaveri.
Legend has it that the demons Amban and Ambaran were vanquished by Kaali here. Kaali took the form of an enchantress, accompanied by Vishnu in the guise of an old man and through chicanery caused Amban to kill Ambaran, and then devoured Amban herself.
To rid herself of the sin of having killed, she prayed to Shiva here, hence the name Ambar Maakalam.Vishnu in the form of Veetrirunda Perumaal is worshipped in a shrine nearby. There is an image of Kali the enchantress in the Vishnu temple.
Shiva (Tyagaraja of Tiruvarur) is said to have appeared as a Chandala in a yagnam conducted by Somaasi Maaranaar. (The image above, is that of Tyagaraja at Tiruvarur). Sundaramoorthy Nayanar is said to have attended this sacrifice.. This event is commemorated in the month of Vaikasi - Ayilyam.
This sivasthalam temple is located 25 Kms from Mayiladuturai, near Punthottam. It covers an area of six acres and has several towers with stucco images.
Ambar is another Shivastalam near Ambar Maakalam, and Somaasi Maaranar's Yagasalai is located between the two temples . An image of the Chandala (Shiva) is seen in the Ambar Makalam temple.
A number of inscriptions from the period of Kulottunga Chola I (1075-1120) are seen in this temple. The temple was built in his period. The stone structure of the sanctum is attributed to him. The prakaram and the surrounding walls were built during the rule of his son Vikrama Cholan.
Presiding Deity : Maakaala Nathar, Kaalakandeswarar
Ambal : Bayakshaya Nayaki
Patikam : Sambandar