Uma Maheswarar Temple, Konerirajapuram, Nagapattinam
Uma Maheswarar Temple of Konerirajapuram in the Nagapattinam district in the South Indian state of Tamilnadu, is a historical temple dedicated to Shiva. Shiva is worshiped as Uma Maheswarar, and is represented by the lingam and his consort Parvati is depicted as Anga Vala Nayagi. Originally built by the Cholas, it was later renovated by the Madurai Nayaks and rulers. The major complexes in the temple are believed to be built during the 8th century by the Chola king Aditya I and his grandson Raja Raja Chola I. The temple is noted for its massive Natarajar Bronze Idol.
The temple has six daily rituals at various times from 6:00 a.m. to 12 pm and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and twelve yearly festivals on its calendar. The Chittirai festival during the Tamil month of Chittirai (April - May) is celebrated for fifteen days, portraying the various incidents associated with the temple legend. The presiding deity is revered in the 7th century Tamil Saiva canonical work, the Tevaram, written by Tamil saint poets known as the nayanars and classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam. The temple is maintained and administered by the Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamilnadu.
Tirunallam is considered to be the 34th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located south of the river Kaveri. Worship offered here on Tuesdays and Fridays is considered special. This Shivastalam is located 10 km south of Tiruvidaimarudur – on the road between Kumbhakonam and Karaikkal. The temple was a special place of worship for the Kanchi Paramacharya, Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi, who liked to narrate the origin of the term ``Ummachi'', meaning God for children, derived from the lord of this temple.
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The present temple was constructed in the 10th century AD by Kandarathitha chola and his wife Sembian Maa Devi. Kandaraadhithan is the grandfather of the famous Raja Raja Chola. He is well known for his service to Lord Shiva, by building huge temples in his empire.
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Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.
Worship & Festivals
The temple priests perform the pooja (rituals) during festivals and on a daily basis. Like other Shiva temples of Tamilnadu, the priests belong to the Shaivaite community, a Brahmin sub-caste. The temple rituals are performed six times a day; Ushathkalam at 5:30 a.m., Kalasanthi at 8:00 a.m., Uchikalam at 10:00 a.m., Sayarakshai at 6:00 p.m., Irandamkalam at 8:00 p.m. and Ardha Jamam at 10:00 p.m. Each ritual comprises four steps: Abhishekam (sacred bath), Alangaram (decoration), neivethanam (food offering) and deepa aradanai (waving of lamps) for both Uma Maheswarar and Deha Sundari Amman. Six worship services are offered here each day.
The worship is held amidst music with nagaswaram (pipe instrument) and tavil (percussion instrument), religious instructions in the Vedas read by priests and prostration by worshippers in front of the temple mast. There are weekly rituals like Somavaram and sukravaram, fortnightly rituals like Pradosham and monthly festivals like Amavasai (new moon day), Kiruthigai, Pournami (full moon day) and sathurthi. Two Brahmotsavams are celebrated in the temple in connection with Vaikasi Visakam in May-June and Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January. The ``Tirukalyanam'' for Lord Kalyanasundarar is a grand event; celebrated during the Vaikasi Visakam festival on the Sixth Day of the Brahmotsavam.
The lord of the temple is praised in the Thevaram hymns of Saints Tirugnana Sambandar and Tirunavukkarasar. This is the 34th Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in hymns. Arutprakasa Vallalar worshipped here and mentions it in his ``Thiruvarutpa.'' In more recent times, Kalki Krishnamoorthy's ``Ponniyin Selvan'' has devoted a full chapter to Tirunallam, and has recorded the life of Chembian Madhevi. Epigraphists such as Dr. Kalaikovan and Ra. Veezhinathan have also recorded the history of the shrine.
It is the staunch faith of the devotees that any disease of any severity would be cured if the patient takes a bath in the Theertha and pray to Lord Vaidyanatha. Those suffering from leprosy pray here. Also those facing obstacles in construction works and land disputes pray here. Those facing problems in trade, wedding proposals and health pray in the temple on Mondays with abishekam to Lord Shiva and Mother Parvathi performing Vasudara Yajna for relief.
Lord Tripura Samhara Murthy, who burnt the three worlds simply by his laugh, has a separate shrine. People pray here on Ashtami of new moon fortnight (eighth day from the full moon day) to conquer fear of death and troubles from enemies. Students dull in studies due to loss of memory consume the Gnana Kuzhambu Theertha offered in the temple for best results.
Devotees perform abishek to Lord and Mother offering vastras and contribute for the renovation of the temple. It is also believed that prayer in the shrine during the Pradosha time each day (4.30 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.) brings in multiple benefits to the devotee.
Many believe that Lord Vaitheeswaran here cured king Pururava of leprosy after he worshipped here. Lord Jwara Hara Deva is believed to cure fever and other such ailments.
Sri Uma Maheswarar Temple,
Konerirajapuram Post – 612 201,
Phone: +91 – 435 – 244 9830 / 244 9800
The temple is located at about 22 kms from Kumbakonam on the Karaikal route. The devotee has to get down at S. Pudur. The temple is south of this place. This Shivastalam is located 10 km south of Tiruvidaimarudur - on the road between Kumbhakonam and Karaikkal.
This Shivasthalam temple can be reached by travelling upto S. Pudur on the Kumbakonam - Karaikkal road. One branch road from S. Pudur goes to Vadamattam village. Travel on that road and reach Koneri Rajapuram Cross road stop. The temple is about 1 Km from this cross road stop. Tirukkaruvili Kottittai Shivasthalam is about 2 1/2 Kms from here.
In the Poonthottam – Nachiarkoil route, after reaching Koonthalur at 14 kms from Poonthottam, a little diversion to right (north) for another 5 kms through the village road with green paddy fields on both sides will take us to this sthalam.
This Shivasthalam temple is located 8 Kms from Aduthurai railway station which is on the Mayiladuthurai - Kumbakonam section of the Southern Railway. Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.