A stones throw away from the Kailasanathar temple is this temple. The temple is ASI managed and I was impressed by the presence of a supervisor on a Sunday who ran to the kurukkal’s house and got the keys at about 11 am and showed us around. He refused any remuneration!!
The front lawn was occupied by young men playing cricket on a Sunday morning in the shade of the peepul tree
As in any ASI monument photography was allowed and I post these here
As you enter the main gate you see the ambal sannidhi in front (Vedhaambigai) with the main Nandi and balipeetam placed outside the main temple wall!! there is a small recess for Nandi to see the lord inside. So ambal and Nandi are away from the inner temple!
( Ambal sannidhi seen in front) The ambal was covered with greenish moss/ fungus probably due to the monsoon rains
The sanctum has a huge Siva lingam in the Garbagruha with a navagraha in the ante chamber. there is a separate grilled area inside for the utsava moorthy which is sadly lacking as it was apparently stolen long time ago.
(Shanishwara with Crow as vahana in his separate niche )
The walls of the main temple have Ganesha, Dakshina murthy,Perumal,Brahma,Durga and also a chandikeshwarar nearby
(side view of the temple with ganesha and Dakshinamurthy)
Perumal behind the temple
There are a lot of vigrahas partly damaged and kept aside
A very peaceful temple so close to bustling civilisation crying for patronage!!