Sri Amirtha Kadeswarar temple Tirukadaiyur




The Amritaghateswarar - Abirami Temple of Tirukkadaiyur is associated with the legends of Markandeya and Abirami Battar.
Thirukkadaiyur is a temple town on the east coast of Tamil Nadu, about 300 km south of Chennai and 15 km north of Karaikal.
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During the great destruction-pralaya, a pot-Kalasa containing all lives stayed in this place, hence the name Kalayanallur, according to sthala puranas.  Lord Brahmma had worshipped Lord Shiva in this place.  Also this is the place where Lord was pleased with the penance of Ambica and wedded Her.  This event is shown in a sculpture.  Lord Dakshinamurthy adores the temple.  Lord Lingodhbava is of emerald stone. Lord Arthanareeswara is seen with His right leg in a relaxing posture.  Ambica stands facing the Lord.
Sangamangai near Kancheepuram is the birth place of Sakkia Nayanar born in the month of Margazhi (December-January) on a Pooradam star day.  He was attached to Lord Shiva and his devotees with the staunch faith that Lord Shiva alone can help a soul to cross the ocean of life.  Though appearing in his Sakya style (Sakyas do not belong to Saivism and had a type of dressing different from Saivites) Lord Shiva was ever in his thoughts.  He was doing Shiva Puja secretly without anybody’s knowledge.  While Nayanar was out on a day, he found a Shiva Linga lying uncared for.  He wanted to clean the Linga with abishek, garland and worship but there was nothing for the purpose.  Yet Nayanar took a small stone considering it as a flower and placed it on Him chanting the Shiva mantra-Nama Shivaya.  What fell on Lord was not the stone but a flower.
Nayanar continued his worship this way and had his food only then.  As he was in a Sakya attire, many thought that he was one against Lord Shiva but Lord alone understood his devotion.  One day, Sakkia Nayanar began to take his food and suddenly realized that he had failed to do the puja and desparately ran for the puja doing it with stones. 
The stones used for the puja fell at the feet of Lord Shiva in Mount Kailash.  He gave darshan to Nayanar with Mother Parvathi. As Sakkia Nayanar worshipped Lord Shiva here, the place is known as Sakkottai
Moolavar : Amirtha Kadeswarar
Urchavar : Kala Samhara Murthy
Amman / Thayar : Abhirami Amman
Thala Virutcham : Vilwa
Theertham : Amirtha Pushkarini, Ganga Theertham
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Thiru Kadavur
City : Thirukadaiyur
District : Nagapattinam
State : Tamil Nadu



Tamil Nadu
Amritaghateswarar Temple, Thirukkadaiyur, Nagapattinam district, Tamilnadu
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Mayiladuturai Jn (MV)
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Tiruchirapally Civil Airport Airport
latitude : 10.765399930 longitude :78.709701540
Corporation : Tiruchirappally
Open Year
1075 - 1120
Dravidian architecture

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