is one of the eight Virasthalas and is also considered as the very
spot where Tripurasura was burnt to ashes. It is this temple built
by Pallava king Mahendra Varma, on realisation of the glory of
Saivism through Tirunavkkarasu, whom he subjected to severe tests.
Besides, he installed in the temple many trophies brought from
Pataliputra on subduing the Magadha king, and they are seen even
today. History and legends vie with each other in raising the glory
of the temple and sports of the Moolavar - Virateeswar. Its
sculptural wealth and' architectural beauty deserve visitation for
adoration and appreciation.
lies near Punrouti, at about 2 km distance and accessible by bus.