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Sri Maha Kaleswarar Temple, Irumbai 

Sri Vinayaka of the temple is worshipped as Lord Sundara Ganapathi. The vimana, tower above the sanctum sanctorum is of Ekadala design. The temple is praised in the hymns of Saint Gnanasambandar and Arunagiriar. Lord Nataraja graces from a shrine left of that of Ambica. His leg is seen slightly folded which is attributed to His pleasant state of mind. There is a fire circle around Lord Nataraja, Mother Shivakami, a rare darshan for the devotees. As this shrine is just before that of Ambica, the devotee can have the darshan of presiding Shiva, Nataraja and Ambica simultaneously. Behind is the shrine of Lord Muruga with six faces accompanied by His consorts Valli and Deivanai. Kalabhairava graces from a separate shrine facing south.

People pray to Lord Mahakaleswara for longevity. Innocent people blamed unjustly pray for the removal of such scars.

Two demons securing boons from Lord Shiva wanted to Have Mother Parvathi for them and marry Her. Mother Parvathi incarnated as Maha Kali and destroyed them. For killing the lives, even Mother was inflicted with the Brahmmahati Dosha and was wandering in this place. She performed penance on Lord Shiva and got relieved of the dosha. Later, a Rishi, Maakalar by name, during his pilgrimage installed one Linga in Ujjaini in North and one at Ambar Makala near Mayiladuthurai in South and worshipped them. Coming to know the reputation of this place, he installed one Linga here too and named the Lord Mahalanathar. Devotees perform special abishek to Lord with vastras on realizing their wish.

Speciality of Sri Maha Kaleswarar Temple, Irumbai

Lord Shiva in the temple is a swayambumurthy. Shivalinga in the temple is split into three parts with three faces. All the three faces are covered by a copper plate and pujas performed. It is said that the three faces represent three Lords Brhamma, Vishnu and Shiva. This form of Lord Shiva is very rare in temples.

Opening Timings

The temple is open from 6.30 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Festivals at Sri Maha Kaleswarar Temple, Irumbai

  • Masi Magam and Shivrathri in February-March, Tirukarthikai in November-December and Panguni Uthiram in March-April are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

Address & Contact Details of Sri Maha Kaleswarar Temple, Irumbai

Shri Mahakaleswarar Temple, Irumbai-605 010, Arovil. Villupuram district.

Phone Number: +91- 413 – 268 8943, 98435 26601.

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