Ekambareswarar Temple Kumbakonam - History, Timings, Festivals & Address

Ekambareswarar Temple Kumbakonam

Ekambareswarar Temple Kumbakonam

Ekambareswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in Kumbakonam Town in Thanjavur District in Tamil Nadu. Presiding Deity is called as Ekambareswarar and Mother is called as Kamakshi Amman. Though, the temple is dedicated to Ekambareswarar and Kamakshi Amman, it is better known for the Rahu Kala Kali Shrine. Hence most of the local people call this temple as Rahu Kala Kali Temple.The tradition of Rahukala Puja began from this temple only.The temple is one of 12 Shiva temples connected with the Mahamaham festival, which takes place in Kumbakonam every 12 years.The Temple is situated in Nageswaran South Street to the north of Mahamagam Tank. 

Maha Pralayam

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. 

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Importance to Mother

It is believed that the temple would have been built by Vishwakarma community people. Mother Kamakshi is the Kula Devatha of sculptors.When they begin construction of a temple, they first draw a picture of mother Kali.There is a belief that almost all temples in kumbakonam were constructed after installing mother Kali only.They installed mother Kamakshi and Lord Ekambareswarar before taking up the building work. It is also noteworthy that mother Kamakshi is supreme here, hence, goddess alone visit the tank on the Mahamaham festival day. 

Ekambareswarar Temple Kumbakonam History 

This temple is believed to have been constructed by Vishwakarma community as their Kula Deivam is Kamakshi.This temple is being managed by them. The last consecration of the temple was held on 22 October 2015. 

The Temple is facing west with three tiered Rajagopuram. Presiding Deity is called as Ekambareswarar and is facing west. He is housed in the sanctum in the form of Shiva Lingam.Vinayaga and Murugan can be found at the entrance of the sanctum. Nandhi, Dwajastambam and Balipeedam can be found facing the sanctum.

Mother is called as Kamakshi Amman. She is housed in a separate south facing shrine in Maha Mandapam. She is in standing posture. Generally, Lion Vehicle can be seen in front of Mother shrine, but Nandi can be found in front of Mother shrine. As Mother appears in Shiva Sakthi Swaroopa in this temple, Nandi is before her instead of Lion. Even the Maha Magam festival is represented by Kamakshi only. 

Though, the temple is dedicated to Ekambareswarar and Kamakshi Amman, it is better known for the Rahu Kala Kali Shrine. Hence most of the local people call this temple as Rahu Kala Kali temple. Rahu Kala Kali is also called as Kalika Parameswari. She is housed in a separate north facing shrine. Mother appears with her eight hands to kill the demon with weapons on each hand and praised as Ashtabuja (eight hands) Kali, holding sword, armour etc. 

Vinayaga and Nagas can be found at the entrance of her shrine.Ashtalakshmi Mandapam is situated in front of Rahu Kala Kali shrine. There are shrines for Raja Ganapathi, Lord Murugan with his consorts Valli & Deivanai, Navagrahas and Chandikeswarar.There is a separate shrine for Poonjolai Mariyamman in the northern side of Temple premises. SthalaVriksham is Vilwa Tree. 

Ekambareswarar Temple Kumbakonam Opening Time 

The temple remains open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon and 4.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. 

Ekambareswarar Temple Kumbakonam Festivals 

Daily Raahu Kala Pujas, Sumangali Aradhana on Pooram star day in the Tamil month Purattasi (Sep-Oct), to ensure a long Mangal Sutra prosperity for women,Tiruvilakku Puja on the last Friday of Aadi month (Jul-Aug) are the pujas and celebrations in the temple. Mother Kamakshi visits the Mahamaham tank during Mahamaha festival. 

Ekambareswarar Temple Kumbakonam Prayers 

Another unique thing about this temple is the Rahu Kala Pooja performed every day. Perhaps this must have been one of the first temples to start the Rahu Kala Pooja. For this Pooja, devotees first worship Raja Ganapathi and then participate in the Pooja to Kalika Parameswari (Rahu Kala Kali). Devotees believe that when prayers are offered to her during Rahukalam, all their problems would be solved. In the Pooram star of the Tamil month Puratasi ( Sep-Oct), Sumangali Pooja is conducted in a grand scale. Girls who want to get married, pray to her and it is believed that it mostly ends in success. Virgins awaiting marriage, pray to Kannika Parameswari seeking a good groom. Visiting this temple is equivalent of visiting Kanchi Ekambareswarar Temple. 

How to Reach Ekambareswarar Temple Kumbakonam?

The Temple is located at about I Km from Kumbakonam Bus Stand and 1.5 Kms from Kumbakonam Railway Station. The Temple is situated in Nageswaran South Street to the north of Mahamagam Pond. 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. 

Ekambareswarar Temple Kumbakonam Address 

Nageswaran S St, Gandhi Adigal Salai, 
Valayapettai Agraharam, Kumbakonam, 
Thanjavur District,
Tamil Nadu 612001.

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