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Located in the district of Tiruvidaimaruthur in Tamil Nadu, Mahalingeswarar Temple (also known as Thiruvidaimarudur Temple) is a highly revered temple by the Hindu sect of Savism. Enshrined by the Hindu God Shiva colloquially known as Mahalingeswararswamy, the presiding deity is represented by his lingam known and the venerated idol is known as Jothimayalingam. The shrine is one of the seven major Shiva temples and this particular lingum is the focal point of the seven consorts of Shiva. The temple also boasts of a magnificent shrine of Goddess Parvati- consort of Shiva, depicted in the form of Pirguchuntarakujambigai. Mahalingeswarar Temple has honourable mentions in the 7th century Tamil Saiva canonical work called Tevaram and also in the 9th century Manikkavacakar poetry.
The 149 inscriptions excavated at the site suggest that the temple in an amalgamation of the architectural expertise and construction finesse in the life and times of Pandyas, Cholas, Thanjavur Nayaks and Thanjavur Maratha kingdom. Like most other edifices in the area, the construction of Mahalingeswarar Temple is believed to have been started in the 9th century during the reign of the Cholas and was completed around 16th century during the rule of Thanjavur Nayaks. Other than the magnificent gopurams, the temple boasts of spectacular shrines of various deities, the most prominent of which are Mahalingeswaraswamy, Pirguchuntaragujambigai and Mookambigai. Currently, Mahalingeswarar Temple is managed and maintained by a South Indian monastic institution in the name of Thiruvaduthurai Adheenam.
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