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Sakkottai Amirthakadeswarar Temple

Saakkottai Amirthakadeswarar Temple 

Amirthakalasa Nathar Swamy Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the deity Shiva, located at Saakkottai near Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu, India.
Mahamaham Siva Temples
Kalayanallur Sakkottai Shiva Temple
Lord Shiva is worshiped as Amirthakadeswarar, and is represented by the lingam. His consort Parvati is depicted as Amirthavalli Amman. The presiding deity is revered in the 7th century Tamil Saiva canonical work, the Tevaram, written by Tamil saint poets known as the Nayanmars and classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam.

The temple complex houses a three-tier known as gopuram (gateway tower) and has moats inside and outside the surrounding walls. The present masonry structure was built during the Chola dynasty in the 9th century, while later expansions are attributed to Thanjavur Nayaks. It is a Paadal Petra Sthalam and is considered to be the 68th in the series of Thevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located south of the river Kaveri.
Kalayanallur Siva Temple
Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam 68 SC
Saakkottai Siva Temple
Significance of the temple:
v  This is one of the Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 68th siva sthalam on the south side of river Cauvery in Chozha Nadu.
v  The temple is reverred in the verses of Tevaram, the 7th century Tamil Saiva canon by Sundarar.
v  Tirukalayanallur (Saakkottai) Siva Temple is located on the banks of Arasalar River. (a tributary of Cauvery River).
v  Kalayanallur temple is one of the 12 Shiva temples which are connected with Mahamaham festival which happens once in every 12 years in Kumbakonam.

Sakkottai  - Sri Amirthakadeswarar Temple
கலயநல்லூர் / சாக்கோட்டை அமிர்தகலச நாதர் திருக்கோவில்
Main Deity
Lord Shiva
Sri Amirthakadeswarar / Amirthakalasanathar
Goddess Name
Sri  Amirthavalli
Sakkottai - Kumbakonam
Old Names
Kalayanallur, Tiru Kalaya Nallur

68th of 127 Devaram Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam in Southern bank of River Cauvery,  One of 275 Devaram Padal Petram Sthalams,
Mahamagam Shiva Temples
1500 years old
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Temple History : As per Hindu legend, the essence of creation arrived at this place in a pot (locally called kalayam), the place came to be known as Kalayanallur. The temple is closely associated with Sakya Nayanmar, one of 63 saints associated with Saivism. Sambandar in his works in Tevaram mentions that this place was originally occupied by Buddhists (Calukkiyar) and hence it came to be known as Cakkiyarkkottai, which with time became Cakkottai.
Saakkottai Shiva Temple
Sakkottai Amirthakadeswarar Temple
Sakkottai Siva Temple
Sakkiya Nayanar (Chakkiya Nayanar) also known as Sakkiya (also spelt as Chakkiya), Sakkiyar (Chakkiyar) and Sakkiyanar was a Nayanar saint, venerated in the Hindu sect of Shaivism. He is generally counted as the thirty-fourth in the list of 63 Nayanars. He was a Buddhist, who converted to Shaivism. He is described to worshipped his patron god Shiva by throwing stones at his image. Sakkiya is one of the six Nayanars from Tondai Nadu and is described to date from the Pallava era.

How to Reach : This Shivastalam is located 4km south east of the Kumbhakonam railway station on the banks of the Arisilaru river.  

This sivasthalam temple is located 4 Kms from Kumbakonam on the way to Needamangalam. Another paadal petra sivasthalam Tirukkarukkudi (Marudhanallur) is located 2 Kms. from here in the south-east direction.

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