Kachabeswarar Temple & Marundeeswarar Temple, Tirukachur

Sri Kachabeswarar, Marundeeswarar temple is located in the village named Tirukachur, in the district of Kanchipuram, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The main deities of this temple are Kachabeswarar, Marundeeswarar (Lord Shiva) and his consorts are Anjanakshi Amman and Irulneeki Ambal. The festival deity of this temple is Amirtha Thyagarajar.

The holy trees of this temple are Banyan and jack trees. The holy water of this temple is Kameekam. 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 Nadana Vinodha Nallur and Aadhi Kanchi.

According to the local legends and pundits, “The temple is praised by saint Sundarar in his Thevaram hymns. This is the 26th Shiva temple in Thondainadu region praised in Thevaram hymns.”

The festivals that marked in this temple are Tirukarthigai in November-December, Girivalam on Poornima day, Chithirai Brahammotsavam and Chitra Poornima-full moon day, Padi Puja – puja to the steps- on Mondays, Masi Brahmmotsavam in February-March, Deepavalli, Pongal, New Year days as per the English and Tamil calendar, Vaikunta Ekadashi, Pournima, Amavasya and other Lord Shiva related auspicious days and religious important days.

This particular twin temple is located on top of a hill and at the base of the hill too. Lord Shiva facing west is a swayambumurthy in this shrine. The temple is open for all the Hindus from 8.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. it is to be noted that in Kancheepuram district, Tirukachur is near Chengalpat.

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