Sri Vada Bhadra Kali (a) Sri Nisumbasudhani Temple of Devi / Shakti in the form of Kali Poomal Ravuthan Koil Street, Near Keezha Vasal, Thanjavur-613001

Sri Nisumbasudhani is the Kula Deivam (Family God) of Chozha Dynasty.

Temple Etiquette

  • Footwear not allowed inside

    Footwear not allowed inside
    Footwear to be left outside the temple. In summer be careful of the hot paving stones.

  • Prasad and donation

    Prasad and donation
    Use your right hand to accept prasad and give donations. The left hand is considered unclean in India.

  • Dress conservatively

    Dress conservatively
    Avoid shorts, skirts, tanktops and do not expose legs.

  • Avoid cellphones

    Avoid cellphones
    Use of cell phones is restricted normally. Photography is restricted in some temples.

  • Circumambulation or pradakshina

    Circumambulation or pradakshina
    Devotees are to walk around the sanctum sanctorum in a clockwise direction

About Sri Vada Bhadra Kali (a) Sri Nisumbasudhani Temple

The temple is much older than the great Tanjore big temple. This is built by Vijayalaya Chola after his victory over Pandiyas in Thirupurampiyam war.

The deity in this temple is ferocious form of Goddess Durga. She is very powerful with eight hands and in the pose of killing Nisumban (Asura). The furious face and eyes of the deity are remarkable.

The Chola kings had a habit of worshipping her before going to the war and they believed Sri Nisumba Soodhani as a goddess of victory. This temple is also called as Vada Bhadrakali or Ragukaala Kali.

It is also believed that all the Chola kings including the great emperor Raja Raja Chola used to worship this powerful deity.

Amman is in the standing posture with two arms carrying Sulam. She looks very ferocious and has a demon lying under her feet. The gigantic image of the Goddess has her head slightly tilted on her left side. 

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