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Sri Mallikarjuneswarar temple
 
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Moolavar: Mallikarjuneswarar
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Kamakshi
  Thala Virutcham: Vela tree
  Theertham: Sanath Kumara River
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 500-1000 years old
  Historical Name: Thagadur
  City: Thagattur
  District: Dharmapuri
  State: Tamil Nadu
 
Singers:
     
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 Festival:
     
  Aadipooram bangle festival and Friday Sandal Alankara and Poopandhal in July-August; 2 day Thai month Chandi Homa in January-February; Margazhi special pujas and Vaikunda Ekadasi festivals in December-January; Vaikasi Car Festival in May-June; Navarathri in September-October are the main festivals celebrated in the temple. Also monthly pradosha days, Tamil and English New Year days are also observed drawing huge devotee crowd.  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  Lord Shiva is a swayambumurthi. The temple has two hanging pillars weighing 2.5 tonnes. With due respect to Motherhood, Mother Kamakshi shrine is on a higher level than of Lord.  
     
Opening Time:
    
 The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.  
   
Address:
   
  Sri Mallikarnuneswarar temple, Thagattur, Darmapuri.  
   
Phone:
   
  +91-4342- 268640 
    
 General Information:
     
 

The sculptures of Ashtadhik Palakas – deities of the eight directions – in Lord’s shrine are beautifully crafted feasting the eyes of art lovers.  Lord Vinayaka of the temple is worshipped as Selva Ganapathy.

 
     
 
Prayers
    
 

Prayer in the temple is an effective treatment of diseases of any kind, say devotees.  Above all, they are blessed with mental peace.  People also pray for wedding, child, family welfare boons and for relief from burden of debts.

 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  The main prayer commitment followed by devotees is the Puja to the 18 steps in Mother Kamakshi shrine. The steps are decorated with flowers. Abishek is performed with 16 items, turmeric and kumkum tilak is offered mixed with cosmetic powders. Devotees offer sari to mother with nivedhanas of three kinds of fruits. Devotees perform abishek to Lord with oil, cosmetic powders, honey, milk, curd, fruit juices, green coconuts, panchamirtha, sandal, rosewater and sacred ash offering vastras. They also arrange feeding-annadhana. 
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
  Mother Raja Durgambika appears so realistically killing demon Mahishasura.  This is the only temple in Tamilnadu where Ambica Sulini appears pressing the demon of a buffalo head and human body, holding his horn by the left hand and Her right leg on his neck.  She is in the sanctum sanctorum facing east.  Darmaputra the eldest of the Pandavas worshipped Durga, the deity of Rahu planet and regained his kingdom.  She is holding three kinds of tridents called Rathnathrayam – cause, origin of the cause and effect.  Mother Sulini is dressed with complete sandal paste on the 3rd Tuesday of Aadi month (July-August) for a day only.  On Sundays of the week pujas are performed from 4.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. and again with Lord Kalabhairava from 5.30 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Lord Kalabhairava blesses the devotees with triple powers of Sun, Moon and Jwala the fire.  It is noteworthy that the famous king of the region Thagadur Adhiyaman Neduman Anji and other kings later had worshipped Kalabhairava here.  Bhairava means one who frees beings from fear who are subjected to the changes of time both in earth and heaven.
Lord Kala Bhairava is the authority of Time and is one who protects people even beyond its power.  He offers asylum to anyone surrendering at His feet.  He protects the innocent and punishes the guilty.  He helps removing obstacles in marriage proposals and grants child boon.  He protects those under the adverse effects of planet Saturn during his 7.5 years period and while on the 8th place in the life of people.  He ensures success in litigations, unity among partners in business and profits.  He protects devotees from any adverse effects caused by any planet.
Special pujas are performed to Lord Kala Bhairava on the 8th day of new moon fortnight – Ashtami and on Saturdays and Sundays from 5.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.  This is the famous place ruled by charitable natured Adhiyaman Neduman Anji who presented the rare gooseberry of longevity effect to Grand Old Tamil poetess Avvaiayar.  Lord Vishnu in His different Avatar forms Yoga Narasimha, Sri Rama, Hayagriva and Lord Krishna had worshipped Lord Mallikarjuneswara in this temple.
It is also believed that this Shiva Sthala was established by Banasura.  Great Tamil poets as Avvaiyar, Arisil Kizhar, Ponmudiyar, Paranar, Kabilar, Nagayar, Adhiyan Vinnathanar and Saivite Saints Sambandar and Sundarar had sung the glory of the place and Lord.  Renovations were carried out during the 9th century.  Lord Sri Rama had performed penance here.  Lord Muruga graces the devotees with His six faces sitting as Lord Aiyappa.  His peacock is holding a snake.
 
     
  Temple History:
     
  To win the Kurukshetra war, Arjuna performed penance on Lord Shiva seeking the Pasupatha weapon boon.  When Lord appeared before him to judge the purity of the penance, both entered into a war of words in connection with the killing of a pig and this burst into wrestling between them.  Arjuna struck Lord with his bow.  Lord appeared before Arjuna in real form.  Arjuna fell at His feet and sought pardon with tears in eyes.  Lord Shiva was happy to bless Arjuna with the Pasupatha weapon.  From Sage Baradwaja, Arjuna learnt that he had committed a sin by striking Lord.  He performed Shiva Puja here with jasmine flowers – Mallikai in Tamil.  Hence Lord is praised as Mallika Arjuna – Mallikarjuna.  Chera King, Cheraman Peruman knowing the glory of the place, worshipped Lord Shiva in this temple.
Lord Shiva is a swayambumurthi in the temple.  There are two hanging pillars speaking volumes of the sculptural skill of Tamilnadu.  Emphasizing the greatness of Motherhood, the shrine of mother is at a higher level than of Lord.
 
     
Special Features:
     
  Miracle Based: Lord Shiva is a swayambumurthi in the temple. There are two hanging pillars speaking volumes of the sculptural skill of Tamilnadu.
Scientific Based Emphasizing the greatness of Motherhood, the shrine of mother is at a higher level than of Lord.
 
     
 
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