(Last Updated on : 05/12/2015)
Mahalingeswarar Temple is located at Tiruvidaimarudur near Kumbakonam. The deity worshipped here is Shiva and Parvati. This temple is a great Saivite shrine and is called Madhyarjuna Kshetram. Madhyarjunam translates into 'Idai Marudu' - Marudu stands for the stala vruksham maruda maram. The presiding deity is Shiva as Mahalingeswarar.
The origins of this temple are buried in antiquity. Sambandar has sung the glory of Samba Dakshinamurthy who is also enshrined here along with his consort. Stone inscriptions from 1200 years ago are found in this temple.
This temple is constructed in Dravidian style and has lofty towers and huge circumambulatory paths. The consort of Shiva is worshipped as Perumulai Naayaki or Brihad Sundara Kuchambal. There is a Shakti temple within the temple dedicated to Mookambika built in the North Indian style. There are 35 Theerthams associated with this temple of which Karunyamritha Tirtham is the best known.
The Taippoosam festival is held in the month of Capricorn (January 15 through February 15).