Moolavar: Siddha Natheswarar
Amman / Thayar: Soundarya Nayaki, Azhagambikai
Thala Virutcham: Pavalamalli
Theertham: Siddhanatha Theertham
Agamam / Pooja: Shivagama
Pathigam: Sundarar, Sambandar
Old year:1000-2000 years old
Historical Name: Siddheeswaram
This temple is located 10 Kms by road from Kumbakonam on the way to Natchiar Kovil. One of the 108 Divya Desam shrines of Lord Vishnu known as Natchiar Kovil is located 1 Km from here. The temple is located very near to the main road.
Lord Shiva is Swayambumurthy. As this is the Avatar place of Mother Mahalakshmi, she is endearingly named Mazhalai (sweet speech of infants) Mahalakshmi and dressed in skirts and gowns.
10 day Brahmmotsavam during Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in (December-January)
Aipasi Annabishekam in (October-November) are the festivals observed in the temple.
Those suffering from stammering and aspiring for a sweet voice pray to Lord and Mother performing abishek with gingly oil. For cure from skin troubles, they pray to Siddha.
Devotees contribute for the renovation of the temple, perform oil abishek to Lord and Mother and offer vastras.
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 4.30 p.m. and 8.00 p.m.
Sri Siddhanatheswarar Temple, Tirunarayur-612 102. Thanjavur district. Contact Number - +91 435 246 7343, 246 7219.
The temple is praised by Saints Tirugnanasambandar and
Sundarar. This is the 65th Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised
in Thevaram hymns.
This is west facing temple. Lord Aanda Vinayaka welcomes the devotees with His blessings. Mother Soundarya Nayaki graces from a separate shrine. She is decorated with sandal paste on the last Friday of Thai month (January-February). Lord Dakshinamurthy blesses devotees from a shrine near that of Mother Mahalakshmi facing west against the traditional direction of south. Navagraha shrine is opposite to this. Those facing adverse effects of planets pray to Lord Dakshinamurthy and the planets. The presence of three Chandikeswaras in the prakara is a special feature in the temple. Mother Durga on the goshta wall is praised as Prasanna Durga. Mother with eight hands looks soft and stylish with Her right leg forward. This is a rare posture. Lords Umai Oru Bagan, Bikshandava, Brahmma are near this shrine. There are also shrines in the prakara for Saptha Kannikas, Panchalingas, Aanda Vinayaka, Kala Bhairava, Veera and Bhairava.
This is the place of Avatar of Mahalakshmi. She wedded Lord Perumal and is gracing the devotees from the nearby Nachiarkoil. Presents as silk sari, bathing items as oil and soapnut powder, cooking pot (Pongal Panai) jaggery and such gifts are sent from this temple (Her birth house) on Pongal, Deepavali festival days. Lord Shiva and Mother Ambica visit this Perumal temple the day next to Vaikunda Ekadasi in (December-January). Mother Mahalakshmi is an infant in this temple. She is dressed with skirt and gowns as a child and is praised as Mazhalai Mahalakshmi. Gomatha (cow) puja and yajna are performed in this shrine on Fridays and on full moon days with 108 lotus flowers. Lord Muruga is in a separate shrine nearby. Gorakkar, a siddha had to incur a curse of the Devas and was afflicted with skin diseases. He came to this place and worshipped Lord Shiva for relief. Lord granted darshan to Siddha and cured him. Hence, Lord has the name Siddhanatheswara. There is a sculpture of Gorakka Siddha in the temple.
Sage Medhavi also is nearby. Those suffering from skin diseases perform abishek to Siddha with oil on full moon days and Fridays and apply it on their body as a medicine for relief.Sage Medhavi aspired that Mother Mahalakshmi be born his daughter and prayed to Lord Shiva to realize his wish. Lord Shiva spoke to Perumal to allow Mother Mahalakshmi to be born the daughter of the sage which Lord Perumal gladly obliged. Mother Mahalakshmi appeared on a Lotus flower in Panguni Uthira star day in (March-April). Maharshi named Her Vanjula Devi, brought Her up and offered to Perumal as His consort. Lord Shiva granting darshan to Rishi is gracing the devotees from this temple.