This temple is denoted in the Saivaite Hymn book – Thevaram. This temple has been worshipped by Saint Patanjali and Saint Vyagrapadhar. Saint Patanjali has a body of a snake and human head and Saint Vyagrabadhar has a tiger’s body and human head.
An important feature in this temple is the ‘Idadhu Paadha Darisanam’, which is essentially the darshan or the viewing of the left foot of Lord Shiva. When the Lord is in the Ardhanaari form (that’s half Shiva and half Ambal form, the left half belongs to Goddess Ambal. So the ‘Idadhu Paadha Darisanam’ essentially means viewing Ambal’s foot. This special viewing is on the day of Thiruvadhirai which is the Nakshatra (star) of Lord Shiva and this is the very day when Lord Shiva and Ambal are in the united Ardhanaari Form. According to the English calendar, this day falls somewhere in the end of December to the first week of Jan of every year.
This temple is a specialty temple for wedding like Kalyana Venkatramanar Temple, Karur and Kalyana Perumal Temple, Chennai. Also childlessness is believed to be cured here. The temple tank is called Agni Theertham.
The ceiling of the temple has several panels of paintings about the history of the temple, essentially in black & blue. These paintings are not very ancient but not very new as well. I believe these must be Nayak Period paintings.
Forgive me for putting up many pics of the temple on the whole. The paintings I’m putting up here are essentially of the paintings only!!!
To Reach There:
From Thanjavur/Tanjore – 70 km to the east
From Trichy – 124 km to the east
From Kumbakonam – 42 km to the south east
From Tiruvarur to Vilamar: 2 km to the west in the road to Tanjore/Thanjavur.
To Stay: Thiruvarur has several low & middle end local hotels & lodges.
Dedicated to my Mom & Pop.