Thirukadaiyur Temple

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Thirukadaiyur Temple Prasad - Based on the legend of Markandeya, it is believed that worshipping at this temple will give longevity. Book online at Anarghyaa.com to Perform Puja in Thirukadaiyur Temple and get prasad at your doorstep. 

Thirukadaiyur Temple - Amritaghateswarar & Abhirami Temple located in East Mayiladuthurai, Tamilnadu. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva in his manifestation as """"Destroyer of Death"""" and his consort Parvati as Abhirami.  This temple is associated with the legend of Shiva saving his young devotee, Markendeya from death, and the tale of a saint, Abirami Pattar a devotee of the presiding goddess.

Lord Shiva graces in the temple as swayambumurthi. This is the exactly the place where Lord hit Yama the God of death with His legs. Though the presiding deity in the sanctum sanctorum is only one in Linga form, a close look at the Linga will show another reflection of the Linga.


Temple Legend:

Near the temple of Tirukkadaiyur, there lived a sage named Mrikandu and his wife Marudmati. They were both devotees of Shiva and worshiped him day and night for many years, asking to be graced with a child. After many years of penance, Shiva appeared to Mrikandu and Marudmati. He told them that he heard their prayers and would give them a choice: they could either have a gifted son who would live to be only sixteen, or a son of low intelligence who would live a long life. Mrikandu and Marudmati chose the former, and were blessed with Markandeya, an exemplary son, destined to die at the age of sixteen.

As Markandeya grew, so did his devotion to Shiva. As advised by his father, Markandeya worshipped the Shiva Lingam at Tirukkadaiyur, even bringing water from the Ganges to the temple via an underground passage. On the day he was destined to die, Yama, the deity of death, appeared with his noose to tie around the soul of Markandeya and take it with him. Markandeya sought refuge in the temple and embraced the Siva Lingam. Shiva appeared and warned Yama not to touch Markandeya, as he was under his protection. Yama refused to listen and threw the noose anyway, binding Markandeya and the Lingam together. Angered by Yama's extraordinary arrogance, Shiva kicked him and held him under his foot, making Yama inactive. Markandeya was blessed by Shiva to remain sixteen years old eternally. Shiva came to be known as """"Kala-samhara"""" (Sanskrit: """"Destroyer of Time"""") at this temple.

Meanwhile, with Yama being rendered inactive, there were no deaths on earth, but people were still being born. Burdened by the weight of so many people and unable to sustain their hunger, the earth-goddess, Bhumi Devi, appealed to Shiva for help. Shiva, feeling compassionate for the earth-goddess, released Yama, allowing death to occur again. However, in order to remind Yama never to try to kill someone while they are worshiping Shiva again, the icon of Shiva in this temple is depicted with his forefinger raised in warning.

Since it is believed that Lord Siva subdued Yama in Thirukkadaiyur, the Lord is called Mrityunjaya. Hence people throng to this temple and worship Lord Kalasamhara Murthy for longevity. 


Temple Speciality

Based on the legend of Markandeya, it is believed that worshipping at this temple will give longevity 

Majority of the devotees perform their birth days, Sashtiapdha Poorthi (completing 60 years) Ukra Radha Shanti (completing 59 years), Beemaradha Shanti (completing 70 years), Sadhabishekam (completing 80 years) seeking Lord and Mother blessings

Temple Architecture:

The temple complex covers 10 acres and has two gateway towers known as gopurams. The tallest is the eastern tower, with 11 stories and a height of 46 metres (151 ft), with five courtyards, several imposing temple towers, and large and spacious mandapas. Though the details of the king who consecrated the temple are uncertain, it can be ascertained from inscriptions in the temple that it has been in existence since at least the tenth or eleventh century, during the reign of Raja Raja Chola I.

There are three temple tanks, or teerthams, known as 'Amrita Pushkarini', 'Kaala Theertham' and 'Maarkandeya Theertham'.


Temple Festivals:

  • 18 day Yama Samharam in Chithirai month – April-May beginning on the Magam Star day with Lord’s procession each day, Kalasamhara Murthy darshan on the 6th day;
  • Karthikai Monday abishek with 1008 conches;
  • Purattasi Navarathri in September-October; one day Margazhi Vishi Padam festival in December-January;
  • Aadi Pooram in July-August; Aipasi Skanda Sasti in October-November;
  • Maha Shivrathri in February-March;
  • Panguni Uthiram in March-April 
  • The temple follows a devotional practice of Andhadhi Parayanam and worshipping the Moon on the New Moon day of Thai month – January-February. 
  • Devotee crowd in the temple will be huge on Pradosha days. 
  • Other general festivals as Deepavali, Pongal, Tamil and English New Year days are also observed in the temple with special abisheks and pujas.


Temple Timings:

The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m


Note: 

  • The Price of the Puja includes service charges, prasad, packing and courier cost and any other incidental charges
  • We are not agent of any temple, our representative will perform the puja on your behalf and collect the prasadam.
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