• Shiva

Thirusakthimuttam Temple

Overview


Sakthivanesvara Temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, located in a small village called Thirusakthimutram, near another small (but relatively better-known) village, Patteeswaram. The nearest urban center, about seven kilometres (four-and-a-half miles) away, is Kumbakonam, Thanjavur District, Tamilnadu.

Here the presiding deity Sakthivanesvara is a form of the Hindu god Shiva, in which his usual worship symbol the Lingam is hugged by his consort Parvati, hence he is also known as Sivakozhundeesvara and Sakthi Mutham.

It is believed that when one prays to Sakthivanesvara with faith, one is blessed with the life partner of one's choice. This temple is the 22nd in the series of Tevara Stalams located south of the river Kaveri.


About The Temple


Thirusakthimuttam Temple

This is the 22nd sthalam on the southern side of river Cauvery. It is considered as one of 275 Paadal Petral Stalams.This temple has two prakarams and occupies an area of less than an acre. A majestic five tiered Rajagopuram crowns the entrance. An image of Shiva and Parvati in embrace is enshrined in the temple. The Natarajar shrine and the Sarabeswarar shrine are important here. Appar prayed to surrender at the feet of Shiva, which was granted at Tirunallur nearby.

Vallaba Ganapathi, Vasantha Mandapam, Balipeedam, Nandhi are seen in the first praharam. In the second praharam are Vinayagar, Murugan, Nirthamandapam, Ambal Shrine, Somaskandar, Thirugnanasambanthar and Appar Idols, Vinayagar, Agasthiyar, Guru, Lingothpavar, Arumugar, Thirilingam which was installed by Agasthiyar, Kasiviswanathar, Chandikeswara and Gajalakshmi shrines are seen.

There is a separate shrine for Periyanayaki Amman, Siva kozhundeeswarar in sanctum. At the entrance of the Sanctum there is a statue of Shiva and Parvati in embraced posture is famous. The Natarajar shrine and the Sarabeswarar shrine are important here.


Legend and Stories

Legend

Thirusakthimuttam Temple

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 worshiped 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 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.


History

This temple was reconstructed by stone during the period of Sembiyan Madevi and the early years of Raja Raja Chola I (1000 CE). Inscriptions from the period of Raja Raja Chola II (1166-1182 CE), Kulottunga Chola III, and the Vijayanagar Emperors are found here. This place is near to Patteeswaram temple, nowadays the sakthimutram temple is known as Chinna Kovil which is popular in local.


Festivals


Muthuppandal Vizha, Rathasapthami, Shasti, Thiruvathirai, Shivarathri are the major festivals celebrated here.


Significance


Sri Sakthi embraced Lord Shiva and gave kiss. Idol is in front of Moolavar Sannadhi. Archana is performed only to this Shivasakthi moortham and Only aarathy is shown to Moolavar. It is believed that when one prays to Sakthivanesvara with faith, one is blessed with the life partner of one's choice. Pujas on Monday by married couple will bring joy in their life and the separated husband and wife will rejoin in their family life by doing temple cleanliness, milk anointing and Vastharam to the Lord.


Pooja Timings


Pooja

Timings

1. Kalai Sandhi

09.00 to 09.30 am

2. Utchi Kaalam

11.30 to 12.00 noon

3. Sayaratchai

05.30 to 06.00 pm

4. Artha Jamam

08.00 to 08.30 pm


How To Reach Thirusakthimuttam Temple,patteeswaram

Airport

The Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.


Railways

The Nearest Railway Station is located at Kumbakonam & Darasuram.


Road

Thirusakthimutram is a village and situated on the southern side of the village Patteeswaram 7 km from the south west direction of Kumbakonam. One can reach the temple on the Kumbakonam to Aavoor via Darasuram and Govindakudi route. It is on the way to Kumbakonam to Aavoor road. Town buses 8, 11, 25, 35, 61, 62 & 67 available from Kumbakonam. Buses from Kumbakonam to Tanjore pass through Patteechuram.


Temple Address


Thirusakthimuttam Temple,
Thirusakthimutram, Patteeswaram (P.O),
Kumbakonam (Taluk), Thanjavur (District)
Tamil Nadu, Pincode – 612703.

Significance

Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-

  • Salvation
  • Wealth
  • Relief from diseases
  • Purchase of vehicles
  • Gain Knowledge
Shlokas

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.

Timings

Temple is open from 6 am to 12 pm and 4.30 pm to 8 pm.

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