Abhimukeswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in Kumbakonam Town in Thanjavur District in Tamil Nadu. Presiding Deity is called as Abhimukeswarar and Mother is called as Amirthavalli. The temple is one of 12 Shiva temples connected with the Mahamaham festival, which takes place in Kumbakonam every 12 years. This temple is located on the eastern bank of the Mahamaham Tank, Kumbakonam.The temple is important place for Thula Rasi people.
According to Hindu mythology, at the end of every Yuga, there is a huge flood called Maha Pralayam occurs and the whole world immerses in a deluge on account of the wrath of Hindu god Shiva for the sins committed by humans in earth. Lord Brahma prepared himself for the next cycle of creation. He put all the seeds from which creation would sprout in amrita (the elixir of immortality) along with four Vedas and Puranas and kept them together in a clay pot On top of the pot, he placed a coconut with mango leaves and wrapping around the pot’s neck a sacred thread. He then placed the pot on the peak of Mount Meru in the Himalayas.
When the Maha Pralayam started, it destroyed all living creatures on the earth.The Amutha Kalasa also got displaced and started floating on the seas for years. Eventually when the Pralayam stopped. the Kalasa settled in Kumbakonam. Then Lord Shiva took the form of a hunter (Kirata Murthy) and split open the pot with his arrow, The life on earth started flourishing again. It is believed that when Lord Shiva opened the pot with his arrow, the pot broke and fell in various places across the earth. Each of these items became Shiva Lingas and temple has been established later.
These Temples are
Adi Kumbeswarar Temple (place where the Amrutha Kalasa stayed). It is believed that Lord Kirata Murthy (Lord Shiva) himself made a Shivalingam with the broken pieces of the Kalasa by mixing nectar and sand with it. He worshiped this lingam and stayed back in this place.The Shivalingam is in the shape of the neck of a pot (Kudamukku in Tamil).
Legend has it that the Lord Shiva was facing east earlier and only when Mahamaham started, the Navakanniga rivers including Ganges and others requested that they would like to have a glimpse of the Lord from Mahamaha Kulam, the Lord acceded to the request and turned towards west.Thus, the Lord is facing West and came to be known as Abhimukeswarar.
Sumathi Got Cured of Leprosy here
A beautiful girl child was born to Sudhaban, a brahmin from Kashmir and his wife Seelavathi and they named her as Sumathi. When she approached marriageable age, due to her karma, was inflicted by Leprosy. The people around thus despised Sumathi and the parents were worried and prayed to Lord Siva fervently for the wellbeing of their daughter. Sage Naradha came in their dreams and told they had to go and take bath in Mahamahakulam during Masi Magam and pray to Abhimukeswarar for the cure of the illness of Sumathi. The couple did as told by Sage Naradha and Sumathi was cured of her illness. That night, Lord Siva came in the dream of Sudhaban and told to conduct the marriage of Sumathi before him and live for some time and they would reach Kailasa.
Abimukeswarar Temple Kumbakonam History
The temple is believed to be 1000 years old. It is believed that Govinda Deekshitar, the minister of Achutha Nayakkar of Thanjavur, renovated the temple during the 16th century.The last consecration of the temple was held on 26 October 2015.
This is a small west facing Temple with a two-tiered Rajagopuram.The Temple is situated on the eastern bank of the Mahamaham Tank. The Entrance is facing the west side. Presiding Deity is called as Abhimukeswarar. He is housed in the sanctum in the form of Lingam. He is facing west. It is noteworthy that the Dwara Palakas (security men) in Lord Abi Mukheswarar shrine are in dancing posture as Lord Nataraja.
On the outer wall on the northern side is Brahma and on the east is Lingothbhavar and on the south beautiful idol of Dakshinamurthy blesses the devotees. Lord Yoga Dakshinamurthy appears in a sitting posture with one leg kneeled down. He looked different compared to other temples his head was slightly bent. Mother is called as Amirthavalli. She is housed in a separate shrine. Her shrine is situated on the right side of the sanctum.
The Navagrahas are on the small Peetam. Sani Bhagawan of this temple is taller than the other 8 planets in the Navagraha shrine. The idol of Lord Bhairava has special importance in the temple. He is taller than the Bhairavas in the 12 Maha Magam temples.There are also shrines for Ganesha and Hanuman in the temple premises.The sacred tree of this temple is Gooseberry.
Abimukeswarar Temple Kumbakonam Opening Time
The Temple remains open from 07.00 AM to 12.00 Noon and 04.00 PM to 08.00 PM.
Abimukeswarar Temple Kumbakonam Festivals
Ten days festival during Masi Magam (Kumba Masa Maga Nakshatram), Golu and special poojas to Dakshinamurthy.
Abimukeswarar Temple Kumbakonam Prayers
The Temple is praised as a place of solution to any disease. People offer gooseberry to Lord for a healthy life.Those facing adverse aspects of Sani Bhagawan and other planets pray here. Devotees light ghee lamps in the shrine of Sani Bhagawan as a prayer commitment. The faith is that adverse aspects of Planet Sani Bhagawan and that of other planets too would be neutralized if they pray here and light Dhil Oil lamps in the shrine on Saturdays. Mother Amirthavalli is all merciful granting boons to devotees.
How to Reach Abimukeswarar Temple Kumbakonam?
The Temple is located at about I Km from Kumbakonam Railway Station and 2 Kms from Kumbakonam Bus Stand. Kumbakonam is well-connected by road and rail with the rest of India. Kumbakonam is located at about 6 Kms from Thirunageswaram, 8 Kms from Patteeswaram, 9 Kms from Thiruvidaimarudur, 9 Kms from Nachiyar Koil, 15 Kms from Papanasam, 34 Kms from Mayiladuthurai, 35 Kms from Thiruvaiyaru, 40 Kms from Thanjavur, 42 Kms from Thiruvarur, 88 Kms from Trichy, 101 Kms from Trichy Airport and 283 Kms from Chennai.
There are regular government and private bus services to Chennai, Thanjavur, Mannargudi, Trichy, Chidambaram, Tiruppur, Mayiladuthurai, Nagapattinam, Coimbatore, Palani, Thoothukudi, Madurai, Sivagangai, Puducherry and Tirunelveli. The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) operates daily services from Bengaluru and Mysuru to Kumbakonam.