The Sri Mullaivananathar Temple is located near Papanasam, Avalivanallur and other Shivsthalams nearby and it is dedicated to God Shiva.This temple is known to be the 18th in the series of the Tevara Sthalams in the Chola kingdom which are located on the bank of Cauvery river.
About the Temple
This temple is quite vast and covers an area of around 125000 sq ft. The shrine of Nataraja here is a great attraction. It is of a chariot shape and catches the attention of all the devotees. The prakaram that encircles God Shiva’s shrine is enclosed and crowned with a gopuram just at its entrance. Goddess’s shrine is located on the left of God Shiva’s shrine. God Subramania’s shrine is located in between God Shiva and Ambal’s shrine. There are a lot of inscriptions in this temple which can be dated back to Raja Chola’s time.
About the DeityThe chief or the presiding deity in this temple is known as Mullaivananathar and his consort is named as Madhavivaneswarar.
Legend and Stories
According to legend, Goddess Parvati helped a helpless and needy lady who was in her motherhood. Goddess also saved her foetus and that gave the name of Karukaavoor to this place. Goddess Parvati and God Shiva’s sons, Ganapati and Nandi are also in the swayambu form here.
Every day, five worship services are organised in this temple. Other major festivals that are celebrated here include the annual Brahmmotsavam, Arudra Darisanam, Kartikai Deepam, Aadi Pooram, Mahashivratri, Skanda Sasthi, Navrathri and Aippasi Pournami.
SignificanceIt is known that worshipping in this temple can help struggling couples in getting an offspring.
AirportThe nearest airport to this place is the Tiruchirappali International Airport.
RailwaysThe near railway station is the Trichy railway station.
RoadNearest bus station is the Thanjavur bus stand.
Temple AddressSri Mullaivananathar Temple, Tirukkarukaavoor near Papanasam, Kumbhakonam
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- To pray for children
- To pray for safe delivery for pregnant women
- For cure from uterine problems
- To pray to get married
- For relief from skin diseases
- For peace of mind
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.
5:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.3 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.