Sri Maha Kaleswarar temple is located in the village named Irumbai, in the district of Viluppuram, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The main deity of this temple is Maha Kaleswarar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Kuyilmozhi Nayaki. The festival deity of this temple is Chandrashekarar.
The holy tree of this temple is Punnai. The holy water of this temple is Makala Theertham. The agamam or pooja of this temple is known as Shivagama. This temple is nearly 1000-2000 years old in this region. The historical name of this place is Tiru Irumbai Makalam.
According to local pundits and scholars, “Saint Tirugnanasambandar had praised the Lord of the temple in Thevaram hymn as one wearing the sacred ash, accompanied by the daughter of the Mount (Parvatha Rajakumari), one who stripped the skin of the wild elephant, wearing the crescent moon and worshipped by those of impeccable traits, all merciful in Irumbai. This is the 32nd Shiva temple in Nadunadu region praised in Thevaram hymns.”
The festival that grandly marked in this temple are Panguni Uthiram in March-April, Tirukarthikai in November-December, Shivrathri and Masi Magam in February-March, New Year days as per the English calendar and Tamil calendar, Amavasya, Pournima, Vaikunta Ekadashi and other Lord Shiva related auspicious days and important religious occasion with great devotion and dedication.
It is the most important temple in this district and south India. In this temple, Lord Shiva is a swayambu murthy. Other deities of this temple are Lord Sundara Ganapathi, Kalabhairava, Lord Muruga His consorts Valli and Deivanai.