Amritakadeswarar, Sakkottai, Thanjavur

Basic information about the temple

Moolavar:AmritakadeswararAmbal / Thayar:Amritavalli
Deity:SivaHistorical name:Tirukkalayanallur
Vriksham:VanniTeertham:Chaturveda Teertham

Age (years):


Timing:10 to 11 & 5 to 7Parikaram:

Temple group:Paadal Petra Sthalam (Kaveri Then Karai)
Sung by:


Temple set:

Kumbakonam Sapta Sthanam, Mahamaham festival



City / town:SakkottaiDistrict:Thanjavur
Maps from (click): Current location Kumbakonam (3 km)Tiruvarur (37.4 km)

Mayiladuthurai (38.2 km)Thanjavur (41.5 km)


Sivapuram is located 7km southeast of Kumbakonam, on the way to Nachiyar Koil.

Sthala puranam and temple information

This temple is said to be approximately 1500 years old, and is connected closely with Sakiya Nayanar. The Lord here is a Swambhu murti and it is here he married Parvati as Ambika, after being please with her penance.

During the pralayam, Lord Siva asked Brahma to contain all the lives of the living creatures in a pot (kumbham or kalasam) and let it float on the water. The kalasam came to rest at Kumbakonam after visiting this place and hence this place is also known as Kalayanallur (a derivation / corruption of kalasa-nallur).

The temple is essential a Chola temple, with subsequent improvements by the Nayaks. The name of the place – Sakkottai – is thought to have evolved from Sakkiar-kottai (Sakkiar refers to Buddhists, as per Samnandar’s Tevaram).

Sakiya Nayanar was born in Sangamangai near Kanchipuram and believed strongly that only Lord Siva could help him cross the ocean of life. Though he used to dress in the Sakkiar style (giving him his name), he used to pray to Lord Siva before his meals, would not eat without completing his prayer. One day when he was out in the forests, he could not locate any flowers for his worship. So he kept a stone on the Lingam instead, and the stone turned into a flower. This continued to happen every day. One day, he forgot his puja and sat down for his meal. But then he suddenly remembered what he had forgotten, and rushed to the Lord with the stones he had collected for the day’s worship. He found the stones were falling at the feet of Lord Siva at Kailasam. The Lord appeared with Parvati and blessed him. Because of this incident this place is called Sakkottai.

This temple is one of the 12 temples closely connected with the Mahamaham festival in Kumbakonam, and also one of the Kumbakonam sapta sthanam temples.

Brahma had prayed here to the Lord. Sundarar had sung in the praise of the Lord.

Other information for your visit

Kumbakonam is a temple town, and there are a number of temples in and around Kumbakonam. Please visit the pages on Kumbakonam, Near: Kumbakonam, and Near 25: Kumbakonam, for more information on these.

Kumbakonam and its outskirts have several accommodation options for all budgets, including some resorts.



Author: TN Temples Project

A personal project to catalogue information on temples (both mainstream and off-the-beaten-track), so that people can learn about them and visit those temples more regularly.

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