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Sri Magakaleswarar Temple



Magakaleswarar temple at irumbai is between 1000 to 2000 years old.

This ancient temple is one of the padal petra sithalams. The Lord here is known as Chandrasekharar and His Consort is Kuliymozhinayaki. The holy water is Maahala Theertham.

This Shivastalam is located 8 km North West of Pondicherry.

Arasili, another Shivastalam is located at a distance of 5 km from here.

The shrine to Subramanyar here is of significance, and Panguni Uthiram is celebrated in splendor here.

Mondays in the month of Kartikai are also considered to be special. This is the 32nd of the 32 Tevara Stalams in the Tondai region of South India.



According to a legend, Parvathi prayed at this place to the Lord to rid herself of the Brahmahatti Dosham. She had been afflicted with the dosham because she had killed two demons who had wanted to marry her.

It is said that Makaalar Rishi, installed a shivalingam at Ujjain in North India and another in Amabar Makaala near Mayavaram. When he heard of the divinity in this place, he decided to install a shivalingam at this village.

Another legend dating back to about 500 years relates to Kaduveli Siddhar who use to live around this place.

This temple is said to have seven outer walls.

Those who suffer from speech impediment and aspiring musicians pray to the Goddess by offering her honey and partaking the honey prasadam. The belief is that she cures the speech impediment and endows the aspiring musicians with a great voice.

Chandran is present in the circumabulatory path in a separate shrine. He holds a palm leaf in one of his hands signifying that he is the one who gifts his devotees with good knowledge, education and great skill in fine arts. He is known as Kala Chandran. Devotees offer him rice boiled in milk as prasadam.

A very interesting feature of this temple is that all the nine planets can been seen with their spouses in the Navagraha Sannadhi.

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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