Kalyanasundaresar Temple is located in Nallur town, near Kumbakonam, Thanjavur district of Tamilnadu.
Kalyanasundaresar Temple is glorified in epic Tevaram and revered as one of the Paadal Petra Sthalam, temples that are revered in the verses of Saiva Nayanars in the 6th-9th century CE and are amongst the greatest Shiva temples of the continent.
The original temple was believed to be built by the Chola dynasty in the 9th century AD. And was later contributed by Vijayanagar rulers of the Sangama Dynasty (1336–1485 CE), the Saluva Dynasty and the Tuluva Dynasty (1491–1570 CE).
The legend says that Lord Shiva was said to have sent sage Agastya, one of the saptarshis who are extolled at many places in the Vedas and a revered Vedic sage, to this spot to assess the weight of gods who came to attend the holy marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
The place where the Kalyanasundaresar temple stands is the sacred place where the marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati took place, witnessed by the sage Agastya and all other devas.
The sage Agastya was said to have installed a lingam behind the main Shivalingam in the sanctum of the temple.
And the temple is associated with Amaraneethi Nayanar, one of the 63 nayanmars, who was a devotee of Lord Shiva and was blessed by Lord Shiva and bestowed with all his wishes.
The temple is built in a Dravidian style of architecture and the temple has a five-tiered Rajagopuram (monumental tower).
The presiding deity of this temple is Lord Kalyanasundaresar (Lord Shiva), who is represented in the form of a Lingam. And the goddess of the temple is Girisundari Thayaar (Goddess Parvati).
The main temple is said to be situated in an artificial hillock. The main lingam and the other lingam which was installed by sage Agastya, both can be found in the sanctum of the temple.
The specialty of this temple is that the sacred Shiva Lingam in this temple is believed to change its color five time in a day.
Lord Nataraja is depicted with eight hands in this temple, who is found standing on the head of a demon. This special image of Lord Nataraja is considered to be one of the Navathandam images (nine dance poses of Lord Shiva).
The other deities of the temple are Goddess Parvati, Lord Vishnu, Lord Brahma, Lord Ganapathi, sage Agastya, Goddess Kali, and the three Saiva saints Appar, Sambandar and Sundarar.
The temple also comprises the image of Lord Somaskanda, a particular form of representation of Shiva with his consort Goddess Uma (Goddess Parvati), and Skanda (Lord Murugan) as a child.
The Theertham (sacred temple tank) of this temple is Sapthasagaram theertham, which is located outside the main entrance of the temple.
- Ushathkala Pooja – 5.30 AM
- Kalasanthi Pooja – 8.00 AM
- Uchikala Pooja – 10.00 AM
- Sayarakshai Pooja – 5.00 PM
- Irandamkala Pooja – 7.00 PM
- Ardha Jamam Pooja – 8.00 PM
- Chitra Poornima – April/May
- Vaikasi Brahmotsavam – May/June
- Aadi Poornima – July/August
- Navarathri – September/October
- Margazhi Tiruvadhirai – December/January
- Thai Poosam – January/February
- Maha Shivarathri – February/March
- Panguni Uthiram – March/April
- Karthikai Deepam Festival – November/December
Location and Transportation
The nearest international airport is at Tiruchirapalli, which is 91 km (57 miles) from Kumbakonam.
Kumbakonam is connected by rail with most important towns and cities in South India. The Mysore- Mayiladuthurai Express connects Kumbakonam with Mysore and Bangalore. There are regular express trains that connect Kumbakonam with major cities in the state like Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai and Tiruchirapalli.
There are regular government and private bus services to Chennai, Thanjavur, Mannargudi, Tiruchirapalli, Chidambaram, Nagapattinam, Coimbatore, Madurai, Pondicherry, and Tirunelveli. The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) operates daily services from Bangalore and Mysore to Kumbakonam.
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