Uthampalayam Sri Tiru Kalatheeswarar temple :

God and Godess :

  • Kalatheeswarar swamy
  • Gnanambikai
  • Lord Vinayaka
  • Lord Ayyappa

Location :

Uthamapalayam Sri Kalatheeswarar temple
Theni district – 625533

Timings :

  • Morning – 6:30 AM to 11:30PM
  • Evening – 5:00PM to 8:00PM

Temple History :

Arulmigu Thirukalatheeswarar Thirukoil is a famous temple located at Uthamapalayam in Theni district of Tamilnadu State. Lord Shiva is the presiding deity in this temple and giving darshan as Sri Kalatheeswarar and his consort Parvathi Devi giving darshan as Sri Gnanambikai Amman. Lord Rajaganapathi blesses the devotees in the temple. Vasthu Bhagwan-the deity responsible for the proper construction of buildings in accordance with rules for safety, peace and prosperity-with His tuft tied upward occupies the center place in the Rasi Chakra-Zodiac squares-on the upper wall of the front mandap before the Shiva shrine. Above this is a sculpture depicting Lord Brahma and Mother Ambica worshipping Lord Shiva. A serpent is around them circling. Sun, Moon, Sages Vyakrapada and Patanjali are nearby. Animals related to the 27 stars and symbols of zodiac signs are depicted around Vasthu Bhagwan.Next to that is the painting of Suryamandala space chakra.

Sun occupying the center stage, other planets are around Him. Lord Dakshinamurthi in the Goshta of Shiva shrine appears without the banyan tree. Lord Lingodhbava is a separate shrine. Lord Vishnu and Brahma and Nandhi are before this shrine. There are shrines for Lord Kasi Viswanatha with Mother Visalakshi, Lord Chockanathar with Mother Meenakshi and Sahasralinga with Mother Parasakthi in the prakara. Special abishekas are performed to Sahasralinga on Poornima-full moon days when devotees can have the darshan of Kannimoola Ganapathy, Viswanatha, Chockanatha, and Sahasralinga near Lord Dakshinamurthy simultaneously.The majority of the devotees are for relief from the adverse effects of the serpent planets Rahu and Ketu. Devotees perform abhisheka to Lord and Mother and Rahu-Ketu planets offering vastras.

A king ruling this region was a Lord Muruga devotee. He was also in charge of the army of Rani Mangammal. He used to visit Kalahasthi often to worship Lord Shiva. As he grew old, he could not continue his frequent travels. Merciful Shiva, to fulfill the wish of the devotee granted darshan to him in this place and stayed here as Kalatheeswarar. The place came to be praised as Then Kalahasthi.After installing Lord Kalathinathar, devotees wished to install Mother Ambica.Many idols were made but none was perfect. For quite long years, the temple remained without Ambica. Appearing in the dream of a devotee, Lord Shiva said that AmbicaAppearing in the dream of a devotee, Lord Shiva said that Ambica would emerge from Mullaiperiyaru River. During floods, a basket came floating with Ambica idol. Their joy knowing no bounds, devotees, named Her Gnanambika after the name of the Ambica in Kalahasthi temple in the north. Some scars caused through the tossing of flood waters are still visible on Ambica’s face.

The temple is more known as Gnanambikai temple than as Kalatheeswarar temple.Lord Somaskanda shrine is in between those of Lord and Mother. Devotees can have the darshan of Mother Ambica and Muruga simultaneously from one place. The temple is a symbol of Mother-child love. Any mother or son differing from each other and separated are united by prayers in the shrine.As Ambica Gnanambika was found at a place known as Kokilapuram nearby, it is revered as Her birth house-Piranthaveedu in Tamil. During the Wedding Festival -Tirukalyanam, people of Kokilapuram use to bring gifts to Ambica and dresses for Son-in-law Lord. These are used in the Alankara during the festival. The temple is situated on the western bank of River Mullaiperiyaru. Ganga flows northward from the south in Kasi. Lord Kala Bhairava is a special deity in Kasi-Varanasi. Similarly, the river flows northward in this place also as Utharavahini – river flowing northward. Hence, Kalabhairava in this temple too is powerful and merciful. Those seeking repentance for sins committed and salvation pray to Him. Those facing adversities due to their birth star, Rasi, involved in land disputes pray to Lord Shiva standing under the Vasthu, Surya chakra.The temple belongs to Vayu category as Kalahasthi in the north (in Andra Pradesh). Hence, Lord of the temple is also known as Vayu Lingeswarar.

Festivals :

  • Prathosam pooja
  • Maasi Magam
  • Thiruvathira
  • Navaratri Vazhipadu
  • Karthikai Vazhipadu
  • Margazhi
  • Ragu – Kethu sarpadosha Vazhipadu
  • Chithirai Festival (April – May)

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Thiruvanandhal pooja – 7:00AM
  • Uchakala pooja – 11:00AM
  • Sayaratchai pooja – 6:00PM
  • Pallaiarrai pooja – 8:00PM
  • Daily poojas are conducted for 6 times in this temple Archanai, Abishegam, Astothram

Nearest Temples Around Uthamapalayam Sri Tiru Kalatheeswarar temple :

  • Srivilliputtur – Vaidyanathar temple – 130 km
  • Srivilliputtur – Nachyar /Andal temple – 129 km
  • (Idukki)Arakulam – Ayyappa temple – 109 km
  • Kumily – Mangaladevi Kannagi temple – 43 km
  • Sabarimala – Ayyappa temple – 139 km
  • Palani – Dhandayuthapani temple – 146 km
  • Palani – Idumban temple – 147 km
  • Dindigul – Srinivasa perumal temple – 103 km
  • Dindigul – Kalahastheeswara temple – 104 km
  • Virudhunagar – Chokkanatha swamy temple – 125 km
  • Sathuragiri – Sundaramahalingam temple – 119 km
  • (Kollam)Thangassery – Amma Chiveedu moorthy temple – 199 km
  • Sastham cotta – Dharmasastha temple – 171 km
  • Oachira – Parabrahma temple – 173 km
  • Aranmula – Parthasarathi temple – 134 km
  • Malayalappuzha – Malayalappuzha Devi temple – 132 km
  • Kaviyoor – Mahadevar temple – 146 km
  • Cumbam – Kambaraya & Kasi viswanatha temple – 10 km
  • Chinnamanur – Sivakami temple – 7 km
  • Madhurai – Meenakshi Amman temple – 105 km
  • Madhurai – Thiruparakundram murugan temple – 108 km
  • Pillayar patti – Karpaga vinayagar temple – 176 km
  • Madhurai – Madanagopala temple – 105 km
  • Madhurai – Dandayuthapani temple – 105 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Uthamapalayam – 0.3 km
  • Bodinayakanllur – 30 km
  • Periyakulam – 45 km
  • Theni – 31 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Bodinayakanllur – 31 km
  • Theni – 30 km
  • Aruppukottai – 20 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Madhurai – 116 km
  • Coimbatore – 236 km
  • cochin – 149 km
  • Trivendram – 243 km

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