is a Saiva kshetra of great importance. It is the birth place of a
famous Nayanmar called Nandanar, who being a Panchama fell victim to
caste-conscious orthodox Brahminism. But his piety moved Lord Siva,
who bade the Dwarapalakas to instruct Nandi - His vehicle to move a
little further for the full Darshan of His linga to him; for, he was
always adoring, standing in the compound opposite the Mulavirat
scrumptiously -in the absence of high caste people. It obeyed and
that bhakta enjoyed the Darshan for the first time. The Tirukkovil
bears testimony to the many episodes connected with that immortal
bhakta and hence a visit-worthy place. Among them, the pond supposed
to have been dug by that bhakta, single-handed in a single night is
found out side the prakara. Its crystal clear water attracts the
visitors for a bath at a mere sight. Legend says that he was
assisted by Ganapathi during the digging operations.
the unique to be seen here is the Sivalinga - it is made of neither
stone nor metal. It is an an t-hill and the priests apply civet
every Monday to preserve it from decay. Sakti is adored in an
imposing small shrine. Many gods, like Brahma, Surya, Chandra, Agni,
Agasthya, Vyagrapada and Sri Rama along with monarches and Nayanmars
worshipped the Lord here and were blessed by Him. Periapuranam
narrates the Lord's sports with many episodes.
lies 5 km off Vaideeswaran Tirukkovil and linked by town bus.