Semmeninathar Karumbeswarar Temple, Thirukanur, Thanjavur

Sri Semmeninathar Karumbeswarar temple is located in the village named Thirukanur, in the district of Thanjavur, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The primary deity of this temple is Semmeninathar, Karumbeswarar (Lord Shiva) and his consorts are Sivayoganayaki and Soundaryanayaki. The festival deity of this temple is Karumbeswarar.

The holy tree of this temple is Vilwa. The holy water of this temple is Vedhatheertham. The agamam or pooja of this temple is known as Kameeyam. This temple is nearly 1000-2000 years old in this region. The historical names of this place are Tirukanurpatti and Manalmedu.

According to the local legends, “The temple is praised by Saints Tirugnana Sambandar and Tirunavukkarasar in their Thevaram hymns. This is the 56th Lord Shiva Temple on the northern bank of Cauvery praised in hymns.” It is to be highly noted as a festive event in the temple, on April 2, 3 and 4, Surya Puja is very dedicatedly and devotionally performed for Lord. Shivarathri and Thai Poornima day in January-February are important festivals of this temple that is celebrated in a grand manner with much devotion and desiccation.

Lord Shiva is a Swayambumurthi. It is to be remembered that in Panguni-April 2, 3 and 4, the rays of Sun fall on the Lord. It is to be noted that the idol of Goddess Ambica is greatly made of Salagrama stone. The temple is open for pilgrims and devotees from 10.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and from 3.30 p.m. and 5.00 p.m with great devotion and dedication.

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