Sri Mahakalanathar temple is located in the village named Thirumakalam, in the district of Tiruvarur, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The main deities of this temple areMahakalanathar and Kalakandeswarar (Lord Shiva) and his consorts are Bayakshambikai and Acham Thavirtha Nayaki.
The holy trees of this temple are Marudham and Karungali. The holy water of this temple is Mahakala theertham. The agamam or pooja of this temple is known as Kameeyam. This temple is nearly 1000-2000 years old in this region. The historical name of this place is Thiruvambar Makalam.
According to the Hindu scholars and pundits, “The temple is praised by the three saints of Saivism-Appar, Sambandar and Sundarar. This is the 55th Lord Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in hymns.” One of the important festivals of this temple is Vaikasi Soma Yaga festival on the Aslesha (Aayilyam) star day in May-June. Lord Shiva graces the devotees and pilgrim on this particular day with Mother Parvati attractively and beautifully wearing sandals and perfectly holding Maddhalam, pot of honey and the drum.
The temple’s specialty is that the Lord is a Swayambumurthy facing towards east. Temple is open broadly for devotees and pilgrims from 6.am to 12. am and from 5.pm to 8.30 pm. In this temple, Nagarajan, the serpent and Mother Kali had worshipped Lord. The Rajagopuram of this temple are Adhikara Nandhi Gopuram. In this temple complex, there is a Marudappar shrine, Alankara Mandapa, Mokshalingam, Shivalokanathar shrines, Kali koil and yaga sala.