Gauthameswarar Temple Kumbakonam - History, Timings, Festivals & Address

Gauthameswarar Temple Kumbakonam

Gauthameswarar Temple Kumbakonam

Gauthameswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in Kumbakonam Town in Thanjavur District in Tamil Nadu. Presiding Deity is called as Gauthameswarar /Yagnobhaveetheswar / Upaveda Nadeswarar and Mother is called as Soundara Nayaki. The temple is one of 12 Shiva temples connected with the Mahamaham festival, which takes place in Kumbakonam every 12 years. This temple is located on the western bank of the Mahamaham Tank, Kumbakonam.The temple is important place for Viruchika Rasi people. The last consecration of the temple was held on 9 September 2015. 

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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Sage Gautama was living here then and was feeding poor people. Some mischievous Tantriks wanted to damage his reputation and created a magic cow. Seeing the cow, the sage massaged the cow for its comfort. But the animal suddenly disappeared. Feeling that he had been responsible for the disappearance the cow, Gautama worshipped Lord Upaveda Nadeswarar and got relieved of the sin which he never intended to commit. 

As Lord is worshipped by Sage Gautama, Lord came to be called as Gautameswara. This is the holy place that relieves people from Pasu Dosha (a sin caused by offending a cow). Anyone caught in this offence knowingly or unknowingly, are advised to visit Gautameswara temple on the banks of Mahamaha tank and pray for relief. 

Gauthameswarar Temple Kumbakonam History 

This Temple is facing towards east with three tiered Rajagopuram. Presiding Deity is called as Gauthameswarar / Yagnobhaveetheswar / Upaveda Nadeswarar and is facing east. He is housed in the sanctum in the form of Lingam. Nardana Ganapathy, Dakshinamurthy, Lingodbhava, Brahma and Durga are the Koshta idols located around the sanctum walls. 

Mother is called as Soundara Nayaki. She is housed in a separate south facing shrine. There are shrines for Maha Ganapathy, Sage Gautama, Lord Muruga with his consorts Valli and Devasena, Navagrahas, Saneeswarar, Surya, Gajalakshmi, Maha Saraswathi, Bhairava, Chandikeswarar and Anjaneya in the temple premises.Theertham associated with this Temple is Gowthama Theertham. 

Gauthameswarar Temple Kumbakonam Opening Time 

The temple remains open from 06.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon and 04.30 p.m. to 08.00 p.m. 

Gauthameswarar Temple Kumbakonam Festivals 

Mahamaham festival, Masi Magam and Shivarathri are celebrated in this temple with much fanfare. 
Prayers Devotees perform pujas to Lord Kala Bhairava on the Ashtami day (8th day of new moon or full moon day) for relief from any fear in this temple. Those born of Viruchika sign (Rasi) may gain benefits by praying to Lord of the temple. Donating a cow to the temple is believed to eliminate all evil effects and bring prosperity to the family. 

How to Reach Gauthameswarar Temple Kumbakonam?

The Temple is located at about I Km from Kumbakonam Railway Station and 1.5 Kms from Kumbakonam Bus Stand. 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. 

Gauthameswarar Temple Kumbakonam Address

36, JP Kovil West Street, 
Gandhi Adigal Salai, 
Valayapettai Agraharam, 
Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu 612001.

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