Moolavar: Shivakozhundeesar, Thazhuva
Amman / Thayar: Perianayaki
Theertham: Shoola Theertham
Old year: 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name: Sithimutham
This sivasthalam temple is located near Patteeswaram, anotherPaadal Petra Sthalam. The nearest railway station is at Darasuram, which is on the Thanjavur Kumbakonam section of the Southern Railway. This sivasthalam is at a distance of about 8 Kms from Kumbakonam.
This temple is a lesser known one, almost next door to the Patteeswaram Temple. According to the Sthala Puranam, Parvati meditated on Shiva, standing on one foot, and he appeared in front of her at this place as a column of fire. Parvati hugged the fire as her lord, and he took the form of a lingam. Just outside the main sanctum is an idol showing Parvati clasping the fire lingam in her arms. Here she is known as Brihann Nayaki. The main deity is known as Shaktivaneswarar or Shivakozhundeeswarar.
Muthu Pandhal on the first day of Aani in (June-July)
Thai month Ratha Sapthami in (January-February)
Karthikai Monday worship in (November-December) are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
Lord of the temple is a swayambumurthy. Youth and virgins awaiting marriage pray to Lord embraced by Mother Shakti for early wedding, removal of bad aspects on them and a well and happily settled wedded life. Also couples separated due to some difference of opinion will be blessed with reunion.
Devotees perform abishek, offer vastras and contribute for the renovation of the temple.
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Sri Shivakozhundeesar Temple, Tiruchathi Muttram-612 703, Thanjavur district. +91 4374 267 237, 94436 78575, 94435 64221.
The Lord of the temple is
praised in the hymns of Saint Tirugnanasambandar. This is the 22nd Lord Shiva
temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.
The temple is big in size facing east. Lord Vallabha Ganapathy graces the devotees at the entrance. The temple has a five tier Rajagopuram and vast outer prakara. There are shrines for Lord Vinayaka and Lord Muruga at the entrance of the second tower. Shrine of Mother Ambica is facing south. There is also a Nataraja mandap. At the main entrance are shrines for Lord Somaskanda on one side and Mother Shakti and Sthala Aideekamurthy on other sides. In the inner prakara are shrines for Somaskanda, Arumuga Peruman (Muruga) and Gajalakshmi.
Mother Parvathi (Shakti) worshipped Lord Shiva here, embraced and kissed Him, hence the place is named Tiruchathi (Shakti) Mutham (kissing) Tiruchathimuttram. This form of Mother embracing the Lord still exists in the temple. This form of Ambika is depicted at the northern side near the sanctum sanctorum. Mother performing penance standing on a single leg, is also depicted behind this sculpture.
It is said that this a replica of Mother Kamakshi embracing Lord in Kancheepuram. Mother Parvathi, Sage Agasthya, Saints Gnanasambandar, Tirunavukkarasar, Arunagiri Nathar and Ramalinga Adigal had worshipped Lord in this temple. Lord granted the Tiruvadi darshan (darshan of the feet of Lord) to Saint Tirunavukkarasar in this place. Special pujas are performed in the temple on full moon and new moon days.
Lord Shiva and Mother Parvathi wanted to establish the truth that bhakti (piety) alone is the singular path to salvation. Mother Parvathi was performing penance in the Shathimuttram near the Surya Pushkarini Shoola theertha on the southern side of Cauvery. But Lord delayed His darshan to Mother Parvathi. This could not deter mother from Her resolute penance standing on a single leg. Lord Shiva granted darshan to Mother as a fire ball. Yet, knowing that the fire ball was but Lord Shiva, Mother Parvathi embraced the fire jyoti. Lord Shiva was cooled. This shows that though problem burn a family as fire, this could be solved by mutual love between the couples