Mayuranathaswamy temple in Mayiladuthurai is dedicated to Lord Shiva, Husband of Goddess Parvathy. Mayuranathaswamy literally means husband of Mayuram (incarnation of Parvathy), that is Lord Shiva. This is known as the ‘big temple’ in Mayiladuthurai. The origin of this temple is related to the mythical story of Parvathy’s birth as a peacock and her prayer to Lord Shiva. The Shiva Lingam in this temple is really immaculate.
Thevaram is recited in this temple. Thousands of pilgrims visit this temple every year. Maha Shivaratri is the festival period in this temple. Temple structure and designs are very attractive with wall paintings.