The Thillai Kali Temple is located in Chidambaram and is dedicated to Thillai Kali. Once there was a heated argument between God Shiva and Mother Shakti over their supremacy. Both claimed supremacy over the other. Shakti argued her side with the use of force. Furious, Shiva cursed her to turn into Ugra Kali. When Parvathi requested for a solution, God Shiva said that she would be required to destroy the demons who were harassing the Devas. God Shiva also asked her to come to Chidambaram where he would be performing his dance for Sages Vyakrapada and Patanjali. She was supposed to reach him in the name of Mother Sivakami. Mother followed the instructions of the God stringently. She is known as Thillai Kali as well as Ellai Kali (deity of the border). Thillai Amman is seen facing west as a Shanta Swarupini. A furious form of Thillai Kali faces east in a seated form. Special poojas are performed at Rahu Kalam time on Sundays (4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.), new moon and full moon days.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Those whose birth star is Maga worship here for higher education and excellence
- For Wealth prosperous
Jayantii Manggalaa Kaalii Bhadrakaalii Kapaalinii Durgaa Shivaa Kssamaa Dhaatrii Svaahaa Svadhaa Namostu Te
Meaning -We salute the Devi Kali, who is always victorious and always auspicious, we offer salutations to Bhadrakali Devi who wears a skull garland, we salute Shiva's consort and the embodiment of self-control and supports all beings, Devi Durga, who is Swaha as well as Swadha. We offer our salutations to you.
Om Maha Kalyai Ca Vidmahe Smasana Vasinyai Ca Dhimahi Tanno Kali Prachodayat
Meaning -Om the great Goddess Kali who stays in the ocean of life and burial grounds, we focus our energies on you, may you grant us our wishes and bless us
Kaalika Kalahey Gorey Paathuthvaam Parameshwari Mandapey Thathra Mathangi Thatha Sowmya Swayamwarey
Meaning -Let the ever charming, mother of the universe, protect us and stay in this mandap and bestow her blessing on us as mother Mathangi.
Katyayani Mahamaye Mahayoginyadheeshwari Nandgopsutam Devipatim Me Kuru Te Namah
Meaning -Oh Goddess Katyayani, the great vigour of the Lord, the owner of great magical power and the mighty one who controls all, please make the son of Nanda Maharaj my husband. I offer my salutations to you.
6:30 a.m. to 12 a.m. 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.