Masilamaniswara Temple, Thiruvaduthurai – The Temple
The temple is located 12 km away from Mayiladuthurai and 24 km away from Kumbakonam. The temple has a five tiered Rajagopuram with elevated stone walls separating the second, third & fourth precinct. The images of the presiding deity, Masilamaniswarar (Gomuktheeswarar), in the form of Shiva lingam occupies the main sanctum facing east. The shrine of the consort of Masilamaniswarar, Oppilamulaiyar (Atulakuchanayaki) faces west. The third prakaram has a separate shrine for the Saivite Saint Tirumular. The temple has three water bodies located at various places inside the temple. The Thiruvaduthurai Adheenam is located in the premises outside the fourth precinct.
Sthala Vriksham is Arasamaram, which is said to represent the Devas. Theertham is Mukti Theertham. Presiding Lord of the temple is a swayambumurthy. Nandhi-the vehicle of Lord Shiva is big in size. Jeeva Samadhi of Saint Tirumoolar is in the temple. The Vimana above the sanctum is of Dwaidala design. Sri Vinayaka of the temple is praised as Lord Thunaivandha Ganapathi – Ganapathi coming to the rescue of devotee. There is a statue in the prakara showing a cow pouring milk on the Linga, worshipped as Gorupambika. Sani Bhagwan is nearby. There is no shrine for the Navagrahas the nine planets. There are three Suns gracing the devotees together. This is a rare darshan for the devotees.
Lord Thiyagesar shrine is at the right of the sanctum. The procession deity is named Anaithu Irundha Nayakar - Lord embracing Mother. Though so called, the idol is such that the hands of Lord do not touch Mother Ambica. Couples pray here for marital unity. Deducting the height of the peeta-platform, the actual height of the Nandhi is 14 feet, 3 inches made with many stones. There is also a small Nandhi before the big one. Maha Abishek is performed during the pradosha time. There is also an Adhikara Nandhi with a small one. Of the various remedial shrines around Tiruvidai Marudur, praying to Nandhi Bhagwan here is considered very effective.
The shrine for Lord Thiagesar with Mother Kamalaambigai is on the right of the presiding Lord’s shrine. It is said that Lord Shiva taught the 8 yogic powers (Ashtama Siddhis) to Navakodi Siddhas including Bogar from this holy land. There are separate shrines for Thirumaligai Thevar whose 4 Pathigams (40 verses) form the 9th Thirumurai (Thiruvisaipa) of the 12 holy Saivite devotional literature (Panniru Thirumurai) and Namshivayamurthy Swamigal. The place is also praised as Nandhinagar and Gomuktinagar.
The temple has elevated stone walls separating the second, third and fourth precinct. The third prakaram has a separate shrine for the Saivite saint Tirumular. The temple has three water bodies (Gomukthi Theertham, Bhrama Theertham and Kaivalya Theertham) located at various places inside the temple. The Thiruvaduthurai Adheenam is located in the premises outside the fourth precinct.