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Temples & Legends of Tamilnadu
Preface Author
Introduction Kanyakumari
Gandhi Mandapam Maruda Malai
Suchindram Nagercoil
Tiruchendur Alwar Tirunagari
Srivaikuntam Nanguneri
Krishnapuram Tirunelveli
Papanasam Sankaranayinar Koil
Srivilliputhur Tirupparan- kunram
Madhurai Rameswaram
Darbhasayanam Tiruvadanai
Avadayar Koil Kaliyar Koil
Azhagar Koil


Tiruchirapalli Tiruvanaikkaval
Srirangam Tanjore
Punnainallur Tiruvalanchuzhi
Swamimalai Dharasuram
Saktimuttam Patteswaram
Mannargudi Vedaranyam
Tirunallar Karaikal
Tirukkadaiyur Mayavaram
Vaitheeswaran Koil Pullavane- swaram
Chayavanam Tiruvengadu
Shiyali Chidambaram
Tiruppatiripuliyur Tiruvannamalai
Kiratamar- jareswaram Madurantakam
Cheyyur Kancheepuram
Tirukkazhuk- kunram Mahabalipuram
Tirupporur Tiruvadantai
Tiruvanmiyur Mylapore
Triplicane Vadapalani
Tiruvottiyur Tirumullaivayil
Tiruvallur Tiruttani
Uppilliappan Koil Kumbakonam
Glossary Biblography
Major Sections
Temples & Legends Of India
Himachal Pradesh




A pilgrim is required to visit these places first before entering the temple of Adi Kumbeswarar to offer worship. The nectar settled at two places on of which became the famous Mahamakham Tank and the other became Potramarai Kulam (tank of golden lotuses) of Sarangapani temple.

From the drops and spray of the nectar, there arose innumerable holy tanks. Out of the pieces of the broken pot Lord Siva made out a Siva Linga and entered into it. The sthalapurana states that this is the very Linga now enshrined in the temple, and hence the name Adi Kumbeswarar, meaning one who entered the Kumba or vessel long long ago. The Devi is known as Mangala Nayaki.

There are many teerthams in Kumba- konam, of which the Mahamakham tank is well known. The tank covers an area of 20 acres and is surrounded on all sides by picturesque mandapams. These is a belief that it contains a number of other Teerthams in the form of wells. Every year in the month of Magha (February-March) a festival is conducted here and the image of Lord Kumbeswara is taken out in a procession.

The great Mahamakham festival, attracting lakhs of people from far and wide, is celebrated in honour of Sri Kumbeswara- swami and it takes place every 13th year. The exact time when the festival takes place is the conjunction of the moon with the Makha Nakshatra and Jupiter on the full-moon day of the month of Magha.

Jupiter crosses one Rasi or sign in about one year. It comes to Simha Rasi or Leo every 13th year. Makha or Regulus is situated in Leo. The particular date on which the moon in the month Magha is conjoined with Makha and Jupiter is considered specially sacred. This usually happens n the full-moon day of the month of Magha.

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