Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Irumbai Mahakaleshwarar Temple, Villupuram

Irumbai Mahakaleshwarar Temple, Villupuram
Mahakaleshwarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Irumbai Village in the vicinity of Auroville International Township (near to Pondicherry) in Villupuram District of Tamilnadu. This place is also called as Thiru Irumbai Maakalam. There are 3 Maakalam where Shiva gave Dharshan, of these this is the center of the three (North – Ujjain, south Ambar Maakalam and this is at the center). Tirugnanasambandar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple. This is the 32nd and last of the Devaram Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam in Thondai Nadu.

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It is believed that this temple was built by Chola King Kulothungan III. As per the inscriptions on the stone walls of the temple, the village’s name is mentioned as “Iruncheri”. This temple is associated with the legend of Kaduveli Siddhar, a famous yogi who lived in the area about five hundred years ago. 

The Temple
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Temple Opening Time
The Temple remains open from 6.30 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Masi Magam and Shivarathri in February-March, Tirukarthikai in November-December and Panguni Uthiram in March-April are the festivals celebrated in the temple. The shrine to Subramanyar here is of significance, and Panguni Uthiram is celebrated in splendor here. Mondays in the month of Karthikai are also considered to be special. Also, all Pradosham are celebrated in a grand manner. 
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People pray to Lord Mahakaleshwarar for longevity.  Innocent people blamed unjustly pray for the removal of such scars. Devotees perform special abishek to Lord with vastras on realizing their wish. Those who suffer from speech impediment and aspiring musicians pray to the Goddess by offering her honey and partaking the honey prasadam. The belief is that she cures the speech impediment and endows the aspiring musicians with a great voice.
Mahakaleshwarar Temple,
Irumbai Mahalam,
Vanur Taluk,
Villupuram District – 605 111
Phone: +91 413 268 8943
Mobile: +91 98435 26601 / 80981 44813
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