Karparakshambigai - Arulmigu Mullaivananathar Temple
Shri Karparakshambigai (also pronounced as Garbharakshambikha or Garbharakshambigai) temple, is situated at Thirukarukaavur, Papanasam Taluk in Tanjore District in TamilNadu. Lord Shiva in this Sthalam is called as Mullaivananathar and the Ambika is called Karparakshambigai.
This is an ancient Siva temple about 20 kms East of Thanjavur dedicated to Sri Mullaivananathar and Sri Karparakshambigai. It is a huge temple spread over a wide expanse with imposing Gopurams and a tank in front of it. It is believed that childless people who worship here with devotion and faith are blessed with pregnancy and pregnant women with safe deliveries. Unmarried women also pray here for their marriages.
Its origin speaks of the story of Sage Nidhruva and his wife Vedhika who conceived after many prayers. Once while the sage was away, thepregnant Vedika was deep asleep when Sage Urdhvapada came to her door asking for alms. Therefore ,she did not hear him and failed to respond. He cursed her and the foetus slipped out of her womb. She prayed to the Goddess who appeared and protected it , keeping it in a pot till it developed into a male child Naidhruvan.
The Linga here is self-manifested and made of ant-hill mud.Therefore there is no water abhisekam worship is only offered with "Punuhu". This Punuhu Chattam is offered by devotees who want to be cured from diseases.