Mahalingeswarar Temple, Thiruvidaimaruthur

Sri Mahalingeswarar Temple is an ancient Shiva temple which is situated in Tiruvidaimaruthur village in Tamil Nadu, and it is situated a few kilometres away from the Kumbakonam Town. It is one of the popular ancient Shiva temples of South India, and this temple is glorified by the Nayanmar Saints in the sacred text Thevaram. In this temple, Lord Shiva is worshipped as Sri Mahalingeswara swamy and Ma Parvati is worshipped as Mookambika and Pirguchuntarakujambigai.

This temple is believed to have been built up by a Pandiyan King, and it was subsequently renovated by Cheras and Cholas. This temple is considered as a Brahmahathi Dosha Nivarana Stalam, and those who suffer from these types of doshams are advised to worship Lord Shiva in this temple, in order to get rid from that. This temple is controlled by Thiruvaduthurai Adheenam, a Shaivite religious establishment.

The temple priests perform daily puja, six times a day,and during that time, Abhishekam, Alangaram, Holy Prasad offering would be done, and lamps would be lighted inside the temple shrine, and it would be shown to the devotees, for their goodness and wellness.During the time of pujas, Mritangam and Nadaswaram would be played by the players, and Veda chanting also would takes place. The famous festivals celebrated in this temple are Shivarathri and Thaipoosam.

During festival occasions, the Urchava idol of Mahalingeswarar and Ma Parvati would be lifted by the temple staffs, and they would place it in the divine vehicles, and a grand procession would takes place in the streets located nearby the temple. Lot of devotees would participate in the procession, and they would also pull the vehicles with their hands, in order to make it to move freely in the streets. It is also believed that during the time of Shivarathri festival day, Lord Indra and other devas would visit this temple in a formless manner, and they would have the division vision of Lord Shiva in this temple. Recently I have also visited this temple for two times, and got great spiritual enlightenment. Hence let us visit this holy temple at least once in a year, and be blessed.

“OM NAMAH SHIVAYA”
WRITTEN BY
R.HARISHANKAR

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