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History : This temple is 1000 - 2000 years old. The main deity of this temple is Saraparameswarar and his consort is Gnanambikai, Gnanavalli. Holy water is Markandeya theerthem, Bindhu Sudha theertham and the holy tree is Mavilangai. Markandeya installed a Lingam here and worshipped the same. Lord Shiva fulfilled his prayer for prosperity. Lord Shiva in this temple worshipped as Rina Vimochana Lingeswarar meaning that He relieves the devotees from debts. Everyone aspires for a comfortable life. Despite health, education and wisdom, if poverty creeps in, life becomes miserable and involves one in borrowings and debts. People pray to Lord Rina Vimochana Lingeswara here to spare them from such events in life. They offer prayers on 11 Mondays performing archanas and participate in the abishek ceremony finally on the 11th Monday to realize their prayers. Devotees firmly believe that this prayer would offer solution for all their problems and endow them with a life free of debt and blessed with children, education and material.This is the only temple where three Durgas are present as Shiva Durga, Vaishnavi Durga and Vishnu Durga. Saint Tirunavukkarasar has praised the Bhairava in the temple with a special hymn. Bhairava graces here with a tattoo on the left upper arm with a trident and bell, a form exclusively seen only in this temple.
    The rays of Sun falls directly on the presiding deity and the feet of the Mother on 13, 14 and 15th of Masi (February-March). The holy tree Mavilangai will have only leaves for first four months of the year, only white flowers during the second four months and nothing during the remaining four months.

Contact :Sri Saraparameswarar Temple, Tirucherai Post – 612 605, Kumbakonam Taluk, Thanjavur district
Ph: +91 435-246 8001
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