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Ambar Maakaalam Temple



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

Theertham: Amritavaavi

Patikam : Sambandar

Do & Don't

Do & Don't


  • Do pray your Ishta Devata before pilgrimage to Temple.
  • Do contact Temple Devasthanam information centre for enquiry, temple information and for Pooja details etc.
  • Do reserve your travel and accommodation at Temple well in advance.
  • Do bath and wear clean clothes before you enter the temple.
  • Do concentrate on God and Goddess inside the temple.
  • Do maintain silence and recite your Istamantram to yourself inside the temple.
  • Do observe ancient custom and traditions while in Temple.
  • Do respect religious sentiments at Temple.
  • Do deposit your offerings in the hundi only.

Don't s:

  • Do not come to Temple for any purpose other than worshipping of God and Goddess.
  • Do not smoke at Temple.Do not consume alcoholic drinks at Temple.
  • Do not eat non-vegetarian food in the Kshetram.
  • Do not approach mediators for quick Darshanam. It may cause inconvenient to others.
  • Do not carry any weapon inside the temple.
  • Do not wear any head guards like helmets, caps, turbans and hats inside the temple premises.
  • Do not perform Sastanga Pranama inside the Sanctum Sanctorum.
  • Do not take much time while performing Sparsa Darshanam to God in Garbhagriha.
  • Do not buy spurious prasadams from street vendors.
  • Do not encourage beggars at Temple.
  • Do not spit or create nuisance in the premises of the temple.

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