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Temples Pancha Krosha Sthalam Thiruvidaimaruthur History
History of Mahalinga swamy Temple

It is one of the Panchakrosha Sthalas .It is also a Pancha Linga Sthala (as there are five Lingas in the vicinity of the temple - VishvanathaShrine - East street; Rishibhureeswara Shrine-West street; Athmanatha Shrine- South street; Chokkanatha Shrine –North Street; Mahalingaeeswara Main Shrine - in the centre). Saint Sambandar, Appar, Sundarar and Manikkavasakar have visited and praised the Lord. Pattinathar and Karuvoor Thevar Sung Psalms about the Deity. The Ammbal Shrine is one of the Sakthi Bheetas. Chakkara Maha Meru is installed here). Uma, Vinayaka Muruga, Thirumal, Lakshimi, Saraswati, (Deities), Vashista, Agasthya, Pattinathar, Badragiriyar, Romarishi, Kapila, Markandiya rishi, (Saints).Sivavakiya (Siddhar) Varagunadeva, Sukeerthi, Veerasena, Chitrakeerthi, Uvanasuvan, Maandada, Vasuman., Anjatthuvasan (Kings), Nandagan (Brahmin), Vedas, Airawatha (Elephant vehicle of Indra) and others are bestowed with grace by the Lord.

Parivaara Devata's Shrines: (Shrines of the attendance)
Usually, a temple will have a Linga in the sanctum and Parivara Devatas in the temple around. It is a peculiar feature in this temple that the Parivara Devatas are at the following places.



Nataraja Chidambaram
Surya(Navagraha) Aduthurai
Dakshinamurti Alangudi









Temples Pancha Krosha Sthalam Thiruvidaimaruthur History
History of Mahalinga swamy Temple
There are 3 temples having Maruda tree (anjanam) as their Sthala vrutshas. They are:
Name Place
1.Malligarjuna (Thalai-top)  Sri Sailam,Andhra
2.Madhyarjuna (Idai-middle)  Idaimarudur,Kumbakonam,Thanjavur (Dt)
3.Sputarjuna (kadai-end)  Thiruppudaimarudur,Ambasamudram,Thirunelvelli(Dt)

This place is named as Idaimarudur as it is in between Srisailam and Ambasamudram . It is also called Shanbagaranya, Saktipura, Tapovana, Muktipura etc. The presiding Deity is Mahalinga (Great Linga) because Siva worshipped Himself. Her consort is Perunalamamulaiammai . She is Bruhatsundara Gujamabika . In her Shrine is a cell facing north. This is the temple of Mookaambika (in North Indian style). The Goddess is in the pose of doing penance. She is mentioned as Pidari Parameeswari in inscripitions. There are many Lingas in the Shrine. Agasthiya Linga, Kasyapa Linga, Chola Linga , Chera Linga , Sahasara Linga , Panchabhuta Linga , a cluster of 27 Lingas behind Chokkanatha are some.

Varaguna Pandia II and Brahmahathi :

Brahmahathi (Hathi- sin caused by a murder - Brahminicide) is found in the south wall (south torana vayil) with head disheveled and face immersed betwixt the knees. Varaguna Pandiya's horse accidentally crushed a Brahmin and killed him. The sin followed wherever he went. The king came to this temple. The Brahmahathi could not enter and waited outside. The king went out by another entrance. The Brahmahathi is waiting outside still. The king was relieved of his melody. People inflicted with mental disorders go round the circumambulatory path and get redress.


Temples Pancha Krosha Sthalam Thiruvidaimaruthur History
History of Mahalinga swamy Temple
There are two Puranam
1. Sthala purana written by Sivakkolundu Deshika of Kottaiyar .

There is an Ula written by Mahavidvan Meenakshi Sundaram Pillai. The Thevaram, Thiruvasagam, Thiruvidaimarudur Mummanikkovai, Thiruppazh, Thiruvidaimaurudur Pathirruppathanthathi, Thiruvidaimaurudur Kalambakam, Thiruvidaimarudur Nondi Natakam contain sufficient information about the temple. Kandapuranam, Lingapurana, Brahmavaivartham and Sivarahasya mention the glory of the Lord.


This temple is maintained by Thiruvavadudurai Adheenam. His Holiness Seervalarseer Sivaprakasha Deshika Swamigal (23 rd Gurumagasannidhanam), adorns the throne of the Adheena and doing all kinds of spiritual (Sivatthondu and Tamilthondu) and social service.


Temples Pancha Krosha Sthalam Thiruvidaimaruthur History
History of Mahalinga swamy Temple

It is one of the biggest Thers (Temple Car) of Tamilnadu. It measures 89 feet from top (tip of the Kalasams ) to bottom (ground level).The octagonal lower part of the, measuring 14½ feet (length) and 14½ feet was carved beautifully. The axles (cuboids) on the outer surface of the wheels measure 29 feet (length), 1¾ feet (width) and 1¾ feet (height). The rampant wooden horses which fastened in front of the Ther measure 25½ (length) and 8 feet (circumference of the body). The Kodimaram (flag post) on the Ther measures 24 feet (height). The inner large rope ( Ul vadam ) tied around the Ther measures 800 feet. The outer cable (large rope- Vadam ) used to pull the Ther by 5000 people (man power) measures 1000 feet. The pedestal on the Ther measures 14½ x 14½. The wooden sculptures such as Panchamurtis, Kayilayakkatchi, Narasimhamurti, Bairava, Chandra , the worship of Mahalingeswara (seated beneath the Maruda tree) by Vinayaka and Ambikai, His Holiness Gurumaha sannidhanam and other sculptures are worth mentioning here. The Ther was donated to the temple by Amarsingh's son Pratap singh (Simha) in 1800 AD. He had presented a silver Ratha (chariot) also. There is a small wooden Ther for procession during the Tamil month Adi.

Pavai Vilakku:

Ammuni Ammal (lover of Pratap singh), donated a Pavai Vilakku (a lamp in the shape of Ammuni Ammal) and lit one lakh (1,00,000) lamps. The lamp measures 120 cm (height), 411 ¾ cher (Weight) in brass, designed and made by Kannara Aryaputra Patther .

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