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Sri Gautameswarar (Upaveda Nadeswarar) temple
 
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Moolavar: Gautameswarar
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Soundarya Nayaki
  Thala Virutcham: -
  Theertham: -
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: -
  City: Kumbakonam
  District: Thanjavur
  State: Tamil Nadu
 
     
Singers:
     
   
     
 Festival:
     
  Along with the Mahamaham festival, theerthavari is celebrated the temple  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  Sometimes the rays of Sun fall at the feet of Lord, it is said. This is the holy place where the thread tied with a Kumba (a pot) wound together and became a Shivalinga.  
     
Opening Time:
   
  The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.  
   
Address:
   
  Sri Gautameswarar Temple, Kumbakonam.  
   
Phone:
   
  +91 
    
 General Information:
     
 

The famous temple has a number of shrines for Lords Nardana Ganapathy, Maha Ganapathy, Dkashinamurthy, Sage Gautama,  Lord Muruga accompanied by His consorts Valli and Devasena, Mother Gajalakshmi, Lords Lingodhbava, Brahmma, Chandikeswara, Upaveda Nadeswarar, Mother Soundarya Nayaki and Sri Anajaneya.

Besides a shrine for collective Navagrahas the nine planets, there are also idols separately for Planet Saturn and Sun.  Mothers Gajalakshmi and Maha Saraswathi are near Lord Bhairava shrine. The temple is distinguished as one for the Vrichika sign in the zodiac circle.  Killing a cow is considered as inexcusable having no remedy or repentance.  Anyone caught in this offence knowingly or unknowingly, are advised to visit Lord Gautameswara temple on the banks of Mahamaha tank and pray for relief.

 
     
Prayers
    
 

For relief from any fear, devotees perform pujas to Lord Kala Bhairava on the Astami day (8th day of new moon or full moon day) in the temple.  Those born of Vrichika sign (Rasi) may gain benefits by praying to Lord of the temple.

 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  Donating a cow to the temple is believed to eliminate all evil effects and bring prosperity to the family. 
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
 

The reputation lies in the thread of the pot broken by Lord Shiva winding again into a ball became a Shiva Linga in this historical temple.

 
     
  Temple History:
     
 

When it was time for the heavy flood (Pralaya flood) that would destroy the whole world, Brahmma approached Lord Shiva and asked wherefrom He would have to start creating the world again.  Lord Shiva advised Him – “Go to all holy places and gather sand.  Mix it with nectar.  Make a rare pot.  Fill the port with nectar.  Place the Shrishti Beej – creation seed in the pot.  Place a coconut on the pot.  Decorate it mango leaves.  Wind the pot with thread.  Place it safely so that it does not fall this way or the other.  Perform archana with Vilwa leaves.  During the heavy and the destructive floods, Kumbah the pot would move towards South.  I will be there.”

 Brahmma followed the instructions meticulously.  The pot floated on the flood.  The holy thread wound in the pot cut off and became a Shivalinga.  Lord came to be known as Upaveda Nadeswarar.
This is the holy place that relieves people from Pasu Dosha – a sin caused by offending a cow.  Sage Gautama was living here then and was feeding poor people.  Some mischievous tantriks wanted to damage his reputation and created a magic cow.  Seeing the cow, the sage massaged the cow for its comfort.  But the animal suddenly disappeared.   Feeling that he had been responsible for the disappearance the cow, Gautama worshipped Lord Upaveda Nadeswarar and got relieved of the sin which he never intended to commit.  Worshipped by Sage Gautama, Lord came to be known as Gautameswara.
 
     
Special Features:
     
  Miracle Based: The temple is on the southern bank of Maahamaha tank.
 
     
     
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