Amritakadeswarar, Sakkottai, Thanjavur
Basic information about the temple
|Moolavar:||Amritakadeswarar||Ambal / Thayar:||Amritavalli|
|Timing:||10 to 11 & 5 to 7||Parikaram:|
|Temple group:||Paadal Petra Sthalam (Kaveri Then Karai)||–|
|Sung by:||Temple set:|
|City / town:||Sakkottai||District:||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.
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.