Visited on: March 30, 2018
Thiru Shakthi Mutham is situated at a distance of about 8 kms from Kumbakonam on the Kumbakonam to Avoor route. From Swamimalai, it is about 3 kms and from Dharasuram, it is about 4 kms. Both Swamimalai and Darasuram have railway stations.
Shakthi Mutram temple is adjacent to Patteeswaram Sri Dhenupureeswarar / Durgai temple.
Other Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams near this place are –
Patteswaram, Thiruvalanchuzhi, Avoor, Pazhayarai, Nallur, Kottaiyur, Innambur, Thiruppurambiam, Thiruvaikavur, Thiruvisayamangai and Kumbakonam (3 temples – Kudamukku, Keezhkkottam and Karonam).
|Moolavar||Sri Sakthivaneswarar, Sri Sivakozhuntheeswarar, Sri Sakthi Thazhuviya Udayar, |
Sri Thazhuvakkuzhaintha Nathar
|Ambal||Sri Periyanayaki, Sri Brahannayaki|
|Theertham (Holy water)||Soola Theertham/Surya Theertham|
|Sthala Vriksham (Sacred Tree)||Vilvam|
|Pathigam (Hymn) rendered by ||Saint Thirunavukarasar (Appar)|
- This is one of the 276 Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams and 22nd Shiva Sthalam on the Southern bank of the river Cauveri in Chozha Nadu (Thenkarai).
- Lord Shiva in this temple is a Swayambumurthi (self-manifested).
- Lord Shiva offered a tent lined with pearls (“Muthu panthal”) to Saint Thirugnanasambanthar here.
- This east facing temple has two corridors and its main tower (Rajagopuram) has 5-tiers.
- The last consecration ceremony (Maha Kumbabishekam) took place on 10.07.2003.
History of the Temple
In ancient times, this place was a part of the Chola capital “Pazhayarai”. The capital consisted of many villages such as Patteswaram, Muzhayur, Udayalur, Shakti Mutram, Cholan Maligai, Darasuram and Ramanathan Koil. Many Chola kings ruled from Pazhayarai.
This temple was renovated and built using granite by the Chola queen Sembian Maadevi. Later it was renovated again by Rajaraja Chola-I.
There are some stone inscriptions in this temple which date back to the periods of Chola kings Kulothungan, Rajathirajan and Kulothungan-III. There are also some inscriptions from the times of the later Vijayanagar kings.
The historical names of this place are Rajarajapuram and Sithimutham.
This temple is under the administrative control of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department of Government of Tamil Nadu (HR&CE).