The Marundeeswarar Temple is located in Tiruvanmiyur and is dedicated to God Marundeeswarar. In recognizance of the penance of Sage Vasishta on God Shiva, God Indira sent his Kamadenu the divine cow with the sage. Once, the cow delayed to give milk for pooja. The angry sage cursed it to become an ordinary cow losing its divine status. He also suggested that the cow to come to this place and worship God Shiva under the Vanni tree to recover its divinity. Kamadenu poured milk on the God and got back its original supremacy. Hence, the God has the name Paalvanna Nather. Paal in Tamil means milk. When Sage Valmiki came there to worship God Shiva, Kamadhenu ran away in fear pressing its feet on the head of the Shiva Lingam, the scar of which is still visible on the presiding deity.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Cure from prolonged illness and relief from sins
- For salvation
Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree
Meaning -Oh Lord Shiva who is seated on Mount Kailash, where the moon decorates his forehead and the king of serpents crown his head, who is merciful and removes delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.
Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat
Meaning -We worship the fragrant Lord Shiva, who has 3 eyes and who cultivates all beings. May He free me from death, for immortality, as even a cucumber is separated from its bond with the vine.
6 a.m. to 12 p.m. 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.