Sakthivanesvara Temple, Thirusakthimutram, Kumbakonam, Thanjavur
Sakthivanesvara Temple is a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva located in a small village called Thirusakthimutram, near another small (but relatively better-known) village, Patteeswaram. The nearest urban centre, about seven kilometres (four-and-a-half miles) away, is Kumbakonam in the Indian state of Tamilnadu.
Here the presiding deity Sakthivanesvara is a form of the Hindu god Shiva, in which his usual worship symbol the Lingam is hugged by his consort Parvati, hence he is also known as Sivakozhundeesvara and Sakthi Mutham.
It is believed that when one prays to Sakthivanesvara with faith, one is blessed with the life partner of one's choice. This temple is the 22nd in the series of Tevara Stalams located south of the river Kaveri.
Goddess Parvathi made penance towards the lord from here. The lord decided to test her and delayed his Dharshan. Goddess came to know this and stood in one leg and started her penance. Though he got satisfied but extended his test. At last he came to this place in the form of big flame (Jyothiswarubam).
Upon knowing this, Lord Parvathi embraced him. Hence the Lord is called as Sivakkozhundeeswarar and the place is called as Siva Sakthi Mutram.
Sri Sakthi embraced Lord Shiva and gave kiss. Idol is in front of Moolavar Sannadhi. Archana is performed only to this Shivasakthi moortham. Only aarathy is shown to Moolavar.
Lord Shiva asked Appar to come to Thirunalloor to get Thiruvadi theekshai. Thiruganasambhandar went to Patteechuram under the muthu Pandal from this temple.
This temple was reconstructed by stone during the period of Sembiyan Madevi and the early years of Raja Raja Chola I (1000 CE). Inscriptions from the period of Raja Raja Chola II (1166-1182 CE), Kulottunga Chola III, and the Vijayanagar Emperors are found here. This place is near to Patteeswaram temple, nowadays the sakthimutram temple is known as Chinna Kovil which is popular in local.
This temple has two prakarams and occupies an area of less than an acre. A majestic five tiered Rajagopuram crowns the entrance. An image of Shiva and Parvati in embrace is enshrined in the temple. The Natarajar shrine and the Sarabeswarar shrine are important here. Appar prayed to surrender at the feet of Shiva, which was granted at Tirunallur nearby.
Vallaba Ganapathi, Vasantha Mandapam, Balipeedam, Nandhi are located in the first praharam. When we enter second praharam Vinayagar, Murugan, Nirthamandapam, Ambal Shrine, Somaskandar, Thirugnanasambanthar and Appar Idols, Vinayagar, Agasthiyar, Guru, Lingothpavar, Arumugar, Thirilingam which was installed by Agasthiyar, Kasiviswanathar, Chandikeswara and Gajalakshmi shrines are seen.
We can see a separate shrine for Periyanayaki Amman, Siva kozhundeeswarar in sanctum. At the entrance of the Sanctum there is a statue of Shiva and Parvati in embraced posture is famous. The Natarajar shrine and the Sarabeswarar shrine are important here.
Ambal: Periya Nayaki
Sthala Theertham: Suriya Pushkarani
Temple Opening Time
Temple is open from 6 am to 12 pm and 4.30 pm to 8 pm.
1. Kalai Sandhi
09.00 to 09.30 am
2. Utchi Kaalam
11.30 to 12.00 noon
05.30 to 06.00 pm
4. Artha Jamam
08.00 to 08.30 pm
It is believed that when one prays to Sakthivanesvara with faith, one is blessed with the life partner of one's choice. Pujas on Monday by married couple will bring joy in their life and the separated husband and wife will rejoin in their family life by doing temple cleanliness, milk anointing and Vastharam to the Lord.
This is the 139th Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 22nd sthalam on the south side of river Cauvery in Chozha Nadu. Appar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple.
Muthuppandal Vizha, Rathasapthami, Shasti, Thiruvathirai, Shivarathri are the major festivals celebrated here.
Sri Sakthivanesvara Temple
Thirusakthimutram, Patteeswaram (P.O)
Phone: 0435 2445237,
Mobile: +91 94436 78575
Thirusakthimutram is a village and situated on the southern side of the village Patteeswaram 7 km from the south west direction of Kumbakonam. One can reach the temple on the way of going to Kumbakonam to Aavoor via Darasuram and Govindakudi. It is on the way to Kumbakonam to Aavoor road.
Town buses 8, 11, 25, 35, 61, 62 & 67 available from Kumbakonam. Buses from Kumbakonam to Tanjore pass through Patteechuram.
Nearest Railway Station is located at Kumbakonam & Darasuram. Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.