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Thillai Kali Temple (தில்லை கலி கோவேல்) Chidambaram, Cuddalore

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Thillai Kali ,Chidambaram,Cuddalore

Moolavar : Brahmma Chamundeswari
Urchavar : –
Amman / Thayar : –
Thala Virutcham : –
Theertham : –
Agamam / Pooja : –
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : –
City : Chidambaram
District : Cuddalore
State : Tamil Nadu


Navarathiri is most populer festival in this temple.

Temple’s Speciality:

Mother Thillai Kali graces with four faces from a separate shrine. In a standing form Mother Saraswathi graces in the prakara with the name Veena Vidyambika. Lord Dakshinamurthy appears in a female form in the name of Kadambavana Dakshina Rupini. Those aspiring higher education and excellence light lamps in these shrines on Thursdays. This is the only temple where we worship Lord Dakshinamurthy in female form.

Opening Time:

The temple is open from 6.30 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.


Sri Thillai Kali Temple, Chidambaram, Cuddalore district.

General Information:

Mother Brahmma Chamundeeswari is also praised as Thillai Amman facing west as a Shanta Swarupini. Abishek is performed daily. Thillai Kali is furious in look facing east in a sitting form. Abishek is performed each day. Special pujas are performed at Rahu Kalam time on Sundays – 4.30 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. – new moon and full moon days.


As Thillai Amman is the deity for the Maga star, those belonging to this star worship here performing archanas.

Thanks giving:

Devotees perform abishek with gingely oil, offer kumkum archana with white vastras.

Greatness Of Temple:

In an intense dance competition between Lord Shiva and Ambica, Lord played furiously (Ugra handavam) placing His legs on the head. As a woman, this could not be done by Mother due to feminine limitations. She became too furious too. Lord Brahmma began to sing Her praise as Veda Nayaki and begged her to grant a darshan with four faces representing the four Vedas. Granting Brahmma’s prayer, Mother appeared with four faces as Chamundeeswari. The idol was made on the basis of this event.

Temple History:

A debate arose between Lord Shiva and Mother Shakti about their supremacy. Both claimed supremacy over the other. Shakti argued Her side with force. Angry Shiva cursed Her to become Ugra Kali. When Parvathi sought a solution, Lord Shiva said that She would be required to destroy the demons harassing the Devas. He also advised Her to come to Chidambaram where He would be performing His dance for Sages Vyakrapada and Patanjali. She has to reach Him in the name of Mother Sivakami. Mother followed the suggestions of the Lord scrupulously. She is Thillai Kali and also Ellai Kali (deity of the border). Those visiting Chidambaram use the opportunity wisely to visit this temple seeking Mother’s grace.

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One Response to Thillai Kali Temple (தில்லை கலி கோவேல்) Chidambaram, Cuddalore

  1. RAVI D January 3, 2017 at 9:22 pm #

    It is world no one

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