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Mahakalanathar Temple is a Hindu temple situated at Thirumakalam in Tamilnadu district of Thiruvarur. It is one of the shrines of the 276 Paadal Petra Sthalams-Shiva Sthalams glorified by Tamil Saivite Nayanar Thirugnana Sambandar in the early mediaeval poetry Thevaram. This location is known as Maakaalam Ambar.This temple is noted for its shrine to Kali and to Kaalakandeswarar. Ambar Maakaalam is considered to be 172nd Thevaram Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 55th Sthalam on the south side of river Cauvery in Chozha Nadu.
- Moolavar : Mahakalanathar, Kalakandeswarar
- Amman / Thayar : Bayakshambikai, Acham Thavirtha Nayaki
- Thala Virutcham : Marudham, Karungali
- Theertham : Mahakala theertham
- Old year : 1000-2000 years old
- Historical Name : Thiruvambar Makalam
- Location : Thirumakalam,Tiruvarur,Tamil Nadu.
The temple occupies an area of 6 acres and has many elegant towers with stucco images.
A number of inscriptions from the Kulottunga Chola I era (1075-1120) are seen in this temple, referring to the endowments made for the temple. It was during his tenure that the Shrine of Ambal was created.
The sanctum ‘s stone foundation is likewise credited to him. During his son Vikrama Cholan ‘s rule the prakaram and surrounding walls were constructed. There is huge inner space in the east facing 5 tier Rajagopuram.