Thiruvamathur – Abirameshwarar Temple

Abirameshwarar Temple is located near Villupuram. It is a 7th century CE Pallava shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva and his consort Muthambikai. This is the 21st Shiva temple in the ancient division of Tamilnadu, the Nadunaadu region that is featured in the Thevaram hymns of the big four of Tamil literature: Thirunavukarasarar (Appar), Sambandar, Sundarar…

Thirumaagaral – Thiru Makaraleswarar Temple

Thirumaagaral is located near Kanchipuram, towards Cheyyar road. It is about 75 km away from Chennai. The significance of this temple has been identified as the vortex with the energy to remove karma. Lord Brahmma, after performing puja to the Lord in this place, planted a miracle jack tree that would yield one fruit each…

Chayavanam – Chaya Vaneswarar Temple

Chayavanam is located near Sirkali in Nagapattinam district. Chayavanam can be reached by road on buses from Sirkali to Poombuhar. It is one of the 7 great shiva temples considered to be as equivalent to Kasi. Period of origin Before 2000 years Name of deity Moolavar: Chaayaavaneswarar Ambal: Kuyilinim Nanmozhiammai Sthala Theertham: Iravadham theertham Sthala Virksham:…

Thiruninriyur – Sri Lakshmipureeswarar Temple

Thiruninriyur is located 6 kms from Vaitheeswaran Koil near Mayiladuthurai. The main deity is Lakshmipureeswarar and his consort is Ulaganayaki. Lakshmi and Vishnu have worshipped Lord Shiva here. Lakshmi was granted the boon of winning Vishnu’s heart, hence the name Lakshmipureeswarar. A Chola king used to worship Lord Nataraja in Chidambaram each day.  When he…

ThiruKovilur – Veerataneshwara Temple

ThiruKovilur is located between Villupuram and Thiruvannamalai. It is about 200 km from Chennai. Saints Sambandar, Appar and Sundarar had sung the praise of the Lord of the temple in their Thevaram hymns. Lord Shiva in the temple is a swayambumurthy. The famous Vinayakar Agaval by divine poetess Avvaiyar dedicated to Vinayaka was sung in…

Aridhuvaramangalam – Sri Bathaleshwarar Temple

Aridhuvaramangalam Bathaleshwarar Temple is located near Kumbakonam. One of the 275 padal petra Shiva Stalams! You can reach this temple from aAlangudi and next to this temple avaLivanalloor thaevaara temple! A contest arose between Lord Brahmma and Vishnu to establish their superiority over the other.  It was agreed that the one finding first the feet…

Theerthanagiri -Sivakozhundeeshwarar Temple

Theerthanagiri Sivakozhundeeshwarar Temple is located in-between Cuddalore to Chidambaram. It is 27 km from Cuddalore and 26 km from Chidambaram. Saint Sundarar had praised the Lord of the temple in his Thevram hymns. This is the 5th Shiva temple praised in the Thevaram hymns in Nadunaadu region. Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahmma appear worshipping Lord Shiva…

Thakkolam – Chalanatheeswarar Temple

Thakkolam is located near Thiruvaalangaadu (near Kanchipuram and Arakonnam). The temple is praised in the Thevaram hymns of Saivite Saints Gnanasambandar, Tirunavukkarasar and Sundarar.   This is the 12th Lord Shiva temple in Thondai Mandalam region praised in Thevaram hymns. As divine cow Kamadenu worshipped here, prayers offered here bring 100 fold benefits to the…

Thirumaalpur – Manikandeswarar Temple

This is an ancient padal petra sthalam by Thirunavukkarasar as well as Gnanasambandar. It is a place where Lord Vishnu prayed to Lord shiva to obtain his Chakra. Since perumal also prayed to Shiva here Garudaseva is also a famous festival here. Vishnu (called Tirumal) is believed to have worshipped Shiva in this temple and hence…

ThiruMundeeswaram – Sri Marutheswarar Temple

ThiruMundeeswaram is located in Villupuram (near Chennai). This place is now called Grammam and located at 3kms from Thiruvennainallur on the state way from Thiruvennainallur to GST road joining at Arasur. This place is located on the southern bank of the Pennar River. This small village is having very old Sivan temple called Sivaloganathar. This is…

Thiruvetkalam – Pasupatheswarar Temple

Thiruvetkalam is located near Chidambaram. This is the second temple on the northern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns. Thillai Chidambaram is the first of sacred Shiva Sthalas praised in Thevaram hymns followed by Tiruvetkalam. Lord is a swayambumurthi. The antiquity of Tiruvetkalam dates back to over 2000 years.  It is here Lord Shiva…

Thiruchirukudi – Sukshma Pureeswarar Temple

Thiruchirukudi is located near Thiruvarur. Lord of the temple is praised in the Thevaram hymns of Saint Gnana Sambandar.This is the 60th Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns Lord Shiva in the temple is a swayambumurthy Linga made of sand. The place is named Sukshma Pureeswaram as couples separated…

Erukkattampuliyur – Neelakandeswarar Temple

Temple: Rajendrapattinam is also called Erukathampuliyur. It is located between Virudhachalam and Kumbanonam. This is one of the prominent Shiva temples known as Pancha Puliyur Shivasthalam.   In this temple Lord Shiva worshipped in the form of a Linga. Pancha Puliyur Shivasthalams are Thiruppathiri Puliyur, Perumpattrapuliyur (Chidambaram), Thiru Perumpuliyur, Omapuliyur and Erukkathampuliyur. This is one of the…

Thirunelvaayil (Sivapuri) – Uchinathar Temple

Sivapuri is located about 5 km from Chidambaram. The temple is praised in the Thevaram hymns of Saint Tirugnanasambandar. Lord is Swayambumurthy in the temple. The temple has one prakara.  The Rajagopuram is facing east. Lord is facing east and Ambica south. This is one of the sacred places where Lord Shiva granted darshan to Sage…

Tirukkazhippaalai – Paalvannanathar Temple

Tirukkazhippaalai is located near Chidambaram, Tirukkazippaalai  is the 4th in the series of Tevara Stalangal on the northern banks of the river Kaveri in the Chola region of Tamilnadu. Inscriptions from the Imperial Chola period are seen in this temple.   The temple is a small one enshrining a small Shivalingam that is white in color….

Nannilam – Madhuvaneswarar Temple

Nannilam is located near Thiruvarur. This is one of the Mada Temples built by Chola king Kochenganan. The temple is praised by Saint Sundarar in his Thevaram hymns.  This is the 71st Lord Shiva Temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in hymns. Lord Shiva in the temple is a swayambulingamurthy. It is believed…

Thirupanangadu – Thalapureeswarar Temple

Thirupanangadu is located near Kanciupuram. The temple is praised by saint Sundarar in his Thevaram hymns. This is the 19th Shiva Temple in Thondaimandalam region praised in Thevaram hymns. There are two presiding deities, Thalapureeswarar (Panangattu Easwarar) and Krubapureeswarar in the temple. The Dwarapalakas (securities) in Krubapureeswarar shrine are standing on a lotus shaped peeta….

Tirundudevankudi – Karkadeswarar Temple

Tirundudevankudi is located near Kumbakonam. Saint Tirugnanasambandar had praised the glory of the Lord in his Thevaram hymns.  Lord in the Tirundudevan Kudi temple should be approached by those in need of medicines, mantras and teachings for a righteous life, says the saint in his hymn.  This is the 42nd Shiva temple on the northern…

Thiruvalam – Vilwanatheswarar temple

This temple is located is the town of Vellore/Katpadi with a large Nandi facing away from the shrine. This town was known as Teekaali Vallam and the waters of the Ponnai were once known for their healing powers. Tiruvallam is referred to as a Muktistalam. The Ambal shrine is said to be of great significance…

Thirukachur – Sri Kachabeswarar Temple

Tirukachur is located in Chengalpat, near Chennai. The temple is praised by saint Sundarar in his Thevaram hymns. Lord Shiva facing west is a swayambumurthy. Saint Sundarar after visiting Tirukazhu Kundram came to Tirukachur on his way to Kancheepuram.  Due to long journey, Sundarar and his team were very tired and hungry.  They stayed here…