Shivakozhundeesar Temple, Tiruchathi Muttram, Thanjavur

Sri Shivakozhundeesar temple is located in the village named Tiruchathi Muttram, in the district of Thanjavur, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The primary deity of this temple is Shivakozhundeesar, Thazhuva Kuzhainda Nathar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Perianayaki.

The holy tree of this temple is none. The holy water of this temple is Shoola 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 Sithimutham.

According to the local legends, “The Lord of the temple is praised in the hymns of Saint Tirugnanasambandar. This is the 22nd Lord Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.” The festivals that are celebrated in this temple are Karthikai Monday worship in November-December, Thai month Ratha Sapthami in January-February, Shivarathri in Feburary – March and Muthu Pandhal on the first day of Aani in June-July.

The temple’s specialty is that Lord Shiva is a swayambumurthy of the temple. The temple is broadly open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m for devotees and pilgrims. The other deities of this temple are Gajalakshmi, Arumuga Peruman (Muruga), Somaskanda, Sthala Aideekamurthy, Lord Somaskanda, Mother Ambica, Mother Shakti, Lord Vallabha Ganapathy, Lord Vinayaka and Lord Muruga. The Nataraj mandap and a five tier Rajagopuram are quite popular in this temple. Devotees and pilgrims who are waiting marriage wholeheartedly pray for early marriage and happy married life with prosperity and good health.

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