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Sri Satyanathaswami temple
Moolavar: Tirukaleeswarar
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Pramarambikai
  Thala Virutcham: Karai plant
  Theertham: Indira, Satyavradha Theertham
  Agamam / Pooja : Kameekam
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: Karai Tirunagar
  City: Kancheepuram
  District: Kanchipuram
  State: Tamil Nadu
  Saint Tirugnanasambandar has praised the temple in his Thearam hymns. This the 5th shrine in Thondaimandalam region praised in Thevaram.  
  Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January, Mahashivrathri in February-March and Aipasi Annabishekam in October-November are the festivals celebrated in the temple.  
 Temple's Speciality:
  Lord Shiva is facing west as a swayambumurthy. As Mother Kamakshi is the common Ambica for all Shiva temples in Kancheepuram, many Shiva temples do not have a shrine for Goddess. Yet in this temple, Mother has a place in the sanctum sanctorum with Lord Shiva as procession deity facing south. Though a procession deity, all pujas performed to Lord are equally offered to Ambica. On festival days, Mother is not taken out from the sanctum in procession.  
Opening Time:
  The temple is open from 7.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.  
  Sri Satyanathaswami Temple, Tiruneri Karaikadu, Kancheepuram- 631 502.  
  +91- 44 - 2723 2327, 2722 1664. 
 General Information:

The temple has a three tier Rajagopuram-main tower.


Lord Shiva grants all boons to the devotees.  On Wednesdays, devotees bathe in the Theertha, offer green vastras to planet Budha-Mercury, offer green pulse as nivedhana and worship Him as Gnanakaraka – Wisdom Giver- for achieving excellence in education, proficiency in language skills, eloquence and for removal of any ill effect.

Thanks giving:
  Devotees offer vastras to Lord with abishek, archanas and nivedhanas. 
 Greatness Of Temple:

Generally, Lord Dakshinamurthy appears with four disciples – Sanaka, Sanantana, Sanatana and Sanatkumara.  The Lord is different in this temple with seven disciples granting all wisdom and knowledge to devotees.


Lord Satyanathaswami appears slightly pink in colour.  Mother is also known as Kararkuzhali.  Nandhi’s – bull vehicle of Lord Shiva – neck alone is south turned.  There is an entrance before Nandhi.  Budha-Mercury graces in the prakara with Indira nearby.


Chandra-Moon was learning under his Guru Jupiter.  He developed a desire on Dhara, his Guru Patni-wife.  He once conducted a Yagna dedicated to Lord Vishnu seeking His grace.  Jupiter attended the Yagna with his wife Dhara as Moon’s Guru.  Moon allured Dhara and made her stay with him.  Budh-Mercury was born to Moon and Dhara.


Jupiter prayed to Lord Shiva and took back Dhara.  Budha was brought up by Chandra-Moon.  When he grew older, Budha was pained to learn the nature of his birth and took to penance.  He came to this temple and begged Lord Satyanathaswami to give him a place among the planets.  Lord appeared before him and assured that he would get the place at an appropriate time.  Budha-Mercury is in a shrine in the prakara south of the Lord.

  Temple History:

Indira, the king of Devas had a boon to take to any form.  His eyes fell on Akalya, wife of Maharshi Gautama.  He took the form of a cock and cried near the hermitage of the Rishi indicating the dawn of the day.  Rishi set out in the belief that the day is dawn.  Waiting for such a chance, Indira immediately took the form of Maharsi, entered the Ashram and behaved with Akalya as Rishi himself.


However, sensing something wrong, Maharsi Gautama returned to the Ashram and saw Indira escaping as a cat.  He cursed him to have eyes throughout the body and also Akalya to become a rock.


Indira wandered in earth praying to Lord Shiva in many places seeking relief.  He saw Lord Shiva among the Karai bushes in this place, worshipped Him in a touching manner and got his relief from the curse.  Lord assumed the name Karai Tirunathar following this event.

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