Said to be over 1200 years old, the Thiruvidaimarudur, the name is a combination of three words (thiru = holy, idai = middle, marudu =Arjuna trees) is also known as the Madhyarjunam temple, Tamil Nadu. Dedicated to Lord Mahalingeswarar or Lord Marudavaanar, as he is also called, and his consort the Goddess Brihatsundaragujambal.
The importance of the temple is in the way the prayer rituals are observed and followed. Said to be laid down by Lord Shiva himself, it consists of six worship services daily. Every mantra and ritual, the offerings and methods of doing so, the gestures of the hand and fingers of the priest are all said to be shown by the Lord. A panchlinga sthal, the temple has a Lord Shiva shrine at each corner of its boundary. There is a legend associated with the massive statue of Nandi opposite the inner sanctum. According to it, the statue was originally small but one day started growing and getting bigger. Alarmed, the devotees hammered nails on the head of the statue which stopped its growth. The bloodstains on the head where the nails were hammered could be seen, although now with the statue painted over it is no longer visible.
Visitors are advised to never enter and again exit through the second entrance. According to legend, a Chola king who once killed a Brahmin by mistake, invited the Brahmahatti dosham on himself and managed to finally get rid of it by entering the sanctum. The Brahmahatti waited outside the sanctum on a wall for his return. The king exited the sanctum through another exit. The statue of the Brahmahatti can be seen to the left of the second entrance on the wall, waiting for the king to return. The day the king was rid of the Brahmahatti was Thyy Poosam. Even to this day, people who are disturbed or mentally ill are brought here to be cured.
|Timings||All days of the week 5:00 AM - 12:00 PM 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM|
|Visit Duration||Around an hour|