I had read in some of the devotees experiences with Maha periyava that he had camped at this temple a few times. The name intrigued me and today I could visit.the other temples where Yama and Shiva are important features are Thirukadaiyur, near Karaikal, Thiru Paingili near Trichy, Srivanjiyam near Kumbakonam.
How to reach:
The temple is surprisingly very close to NH 45 .Between Tindivanam and Villupuram a major crossing is the Kooteripattu junction where the east leads to Pondicherry via mailam,thiruvakkarai and the west leads to Gingee. Turn towards Gingee and in 1 km you will cross the railway line overbridge take a U turn and proceed under the bridge towards south west which is the road to Alagramam. in 4 kms you will see this temple on the left hand side. The temple is undergoing restoration hence I could not see the main lord
Yama became anguished at the fear shown by living creatures as he went about doing his job of taking lives, He felt he was accruing sins for no fault of his so he prayed to lord Shiva for redemption.Shiva directed him here and asked him to bathe in the pond which is a manifestation of the Ganga to wash his sins away.Since he is underwater in the pond it is said you can listen to his breath sounds if you meditate inside and in the Garba graha there is a sound of water being inhaled and exhaled .
When Yama is around there has to be Chitraguptha somewhere hence he also has a sannidhi here but since major construction was going on and most sannidhis were empty and the Garba graha locked I could not see specific idols