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Sargunalingeswarar Temple



Moolavar:SargunaLingeswarar, Karukudinathar, Brahmmapureeswarar

Amman / Thayar:Advaita Nayaki, Kalyani Ambica, Sarvalankara Nayaki

Theertham:Yama Theertha

Old year:
1000-2000 years old

Historical Name:Marudhanallur

This temple is located 4 Kms from Kumbakonam. Town Bus facilities are available from Kumbakonam.

Lord of the temple is Swayambu Shivalinga in sand.

Maha Shivrathri in February-March and Margazhi Tiruvdhirai in December-January are the festivals in the temple.

Those suffering from leprosy pray to Lord.  It is the staunch faith of the patients that their prayer will certainly be responded by the Lord.

Devotees perform abishek to Lord and Mother, offer vastras and feed the poor.

The temple is open from 8.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. and from 5.30 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.

Sri Sarguna Lingeswarar Temple (Karukudinathar) Temple, Karukudi, Marudhanallur-612 402. Kumbakonam Taluk, Thanjavur district.+91- 99435 23852



The temple is praised in the Thevaram hymns of Saint Tirugnanasambandar. This is the 69th Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.

The temple is facing east with Lord Valampuri Vinayaka gracing the devotees. The Shivalinga in the sanctum sanctorum is very small in size made of sand. There are signs on the Linga showing that it was made of sand. The Avudayar-peeta is of stone. There are shrines for Lords Valampuri Vinayaka, Lingodhbava, Muruga, Navagrahas the nine planets, Sun and Moon. The statue of a trader Danajaya in worshipping form is before the Ambica shrine.

It is noteworthy that Lord and Mother facing east in their wedding form bless the devotees. The place Ena Nallur the birth place of Saint Enadhi Nayanar is nearby. Lord Veena Dakshinamurthy graces from His shrine. Lord Brahmma and king Sarguna had worshipped Lord in this temple. Lord is named after the name of king as Sarguna Lingeswarar.

It is believed that Lord Sri Rama worshipped here before proceeding to Lanka. As there was delay in getting a Linga from Hanuman, to keep the puja time, it is said that Sri Rama made a Linga with sand, the Prithvi Linga. The Linga brought by Hanuman is also in the temple as Hanumantha Linga.

According to one story that a trader Dananjayan by name incurred leprosy as he had an intercourse with his step mother unknowingly and got cured with his prayers to Lord.

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 Om Namahsivaya or 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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