Location: Siruvachur, near Trichy, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights:An important Kali temple
Nearest Railway Station:Trichy
How to reach:Well connected by road from Trichy
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Madura Kaliamman Temple is an important temple for mother Goddess in Trichy and Perambalur regions in South India. The temple is open only on every Mondays and Thursdays. It is said to be the Kula Devta (family deity) of Chankarendra Saraswati Swamigal - famously called as Kanchi Periyavar or Kanchi Shankaracharya.
The temple is small with a main shrine and one prakara. A small tower and a pond outside the temple are found. Madura Kaliamman is in the sitting posture with four hands. There are few village deities found in this small temple.
There are many legends associated with this temple. It is believed that the temple is very old (though not the current structure) and it was even renovated by Kulothunga Chola.
As per one legend, Kannagi of Silappadikaram calmed herself in this site after burning Madurai city. As per another legend, Chelli Amman was the original deity of the place. However, she was controlled by a tantric. Madura Kaliamman destroyed the tantric and rescued Chelli Amman. Chelli Amman offered this site to Kali and moved to a nearby hill.
It is believed that the saint Sadasiva Brahmendra constructed the temple. As per another belief, Adi Shankaracharya felt thirsty when he visited the place; the Goddess offered him water in the form of a spring; later she gave darshan to him and appeared in the form of Madra Kaliamman idol.