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Mahaamaham festival - Kumbakonam, Tamilnadu

The Mahaamaham tank

On the banks of the Mahaamaham tank, there are 16 small mandapams (4 in the north, 3 in the west, 3 in the south, 2 in the east and 1 each in the diagonals) housing a Lingam each.

There are 20 theerthams in the tank & bathing in the waters of each theertham rids of a specific sin & bestows a specific blessing.

The 20 theerthams in the Mahaamaham tank
1. Indra Theertham - provides moksham
2. Agni Theertham - rids Brahmahatthi dosham
3. Yama Theertham - rids fear of death
4. Nruthi Theertham - rids from fear of evil spirits
5. Varuna Theertham - provides long life
6. Vaayu Theertham - rids diseases
7. Gubera Theertham - provides prosperity
8. Isaana Theertham - moksham (to reach Lord Siva's feet)
9. Brahma Theertham - pacifies ancestors
10. Gangai Theertham - provides Kailasa padavi
11. Yamuna Theertham - provides wealth
12. Godavari Theertham - fulfills wishes
13. Narmada Theertham - provides physical strength
14. Saraswathi Theertham - provides Gnaanam (enlightenment)
15. Cauveri Theertham - provides knowledge
16. Kumari Theertham - blessings to pets
17. Payodini Theertham - provides joy
18. Sarayu Theertham - removes mental strain
19. Arubathaaru(66)kodi Theertham - removes grief & provides hapiness
20. Deva Theertham / Naaga Theertham - rids of all sins & provides Devendra's post / rids of Kaala Sarpa dosham

After a dip in the Maamaham tank, devotees should take a dip in the Potraamarai kulam & the Cauvery river to complete the ritual.

The sixteen Siva lingams in the sixteen mandapams around the Mahamaham tank
Shri Brahmatheerthaeswarar
Shri Mugunthaeswarar
Shri Thaneshwarar
Shri Yedabeshwarar
Shri Bhaneshwarar
Shri Koneshwarar
Shri Guneshwarar
Shri Bairaveshwarar
Shri Agatheeswarar
Shri Vyaseshwarar
Shri Umabageshwarar
Shri Nairutheeshwarar
Shri Brahmeshwarar
Shri Gangeshwarar
Shri Mukthaeswarar
Shri Sathirabaleshwarar