Amman / Thayar:Amirthavalli
Old year:1000-2000 years old
This sivasthalam temple is located 5 Kms from Kumbakonam on the way to Needamangalam. Another paadal petra sivasthalamTirukkarukkudi (Marudhanallur) is located 2 Kms. from here in the south-east direction.
Lord Shiva in the temple is a Swayambumurthy.
Maha Shivrathri and Masi Magam in (February-March) and Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in (December-January) are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
People pray for various wishes.
Devotees offer abishek, vastras to Lord and Mother and contribute for the renovation of the temple.
Temple is open from 10 a.m to 11a.m and from 5 p.m to 7.pm
Sri Amirtha Kalasa Nathar Temple, Sakkottai (Tiru Kalaya Nallur) ? 612 401. Kumbakonam Taluk, Thanjavur district. +91 4352414 453, 98653 06840
Lord of the temple is
praised in the hymns of Saint Sundarar.This is the 68th Shiva temple on the
southern bank of Cauvery praised in hymns.
The temple is facing east with compound walls and entrance at the front. It has a 3 tier Rajagopuram and a brick mandap of Naicker age. Ambica shrine is in the north of this mandap facing south. North of the Maha Mandap are the shrines of Lord Dandapani-Muruga in a small size and Lord Nardana Vinayaka on the south. Nandi Bali Peeta is in the front mandap.
During the great destruction-pralaya, a pot-Kalasa containing all lives stayed in this place, hence the name Kalayanallur, according to sthala puranas. Lord Brahmma had worshipped Lord Shiva in this place. Also this is the place where Lord was pleased with the penance of Ambica and wedded Her. This event is shown in a sculpture. Lord Dakshinamurthy adores the temple. Lord Lingodhbava is of emerald stone. Lord Arthanareeswara is seen with His right leg in a relaxing posture. Ambica stands facing the Lord.
Sangamangai near Kancheepuram is the birth place of Sakkia Nayanar born in the month of Margazhi (December-January) on a Pooradam star day. He was attached to Lord Shiva and his devotees with the staunch faith that Lord Shiva alone can help a soul to cross the ocean of life. Though appearing in his Sakya style (Sakyas do not belong to Saivism and had a type of dressing different from Saivites) Lord Shiva was ever in his thoughts. He was doing Shiva Puja secretly without anybodys knowledge. While Nayanar was out on a day, he found a Shiva Linga lying uncared for. He wanted to clean the Linga with abishek, garland and worship but there was nothing for the purpose. Yet Nayanar took a small stone considering it as a flower and placed it on Him chanting the Shiva mantra-Nama Shivaya. What fell on Lord was not the stone but a flower. Nayanar continued his worship this way and had his food only then. As he was in a Sakya attire, many thought that he was one against Lord Shiva but Lord alone understood his devotion. One day, Sakkia Nayanar began to take his food and suddenly realized that he had failed to do the puja and desparately ran for the puja doing it with stones.
The stones used for the puja fell at the feet of Lord Shiva in Mount Kailash. He gave darshan to Nayanar with Mother Parvathi. As Sakkia Nayanar worshipped Lord Shiva here, the place is known as Sakkottai