This is a famous temple near Panrutti.This is the 16th Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam of Nadu Naadu ( Saint Sundarar paadal petra Shiva Sthalam)
How to reach:
On the Vikravandi to Panrutti road proceed past koilanur koot road for about6 kms, cross the gedilam river. From here takethe second road to the right and proceed for 2.5 kms the temple will be on the right.
Alternatively you can come from the NH 45 also. Cross theVillupuram bypass and at arasur take the left towards Panrutti proceed for about 4 kms and ask for road to thiruthuraiyur and take aleft.Youwillreach thetemple in 2 kms
Legend of the temple:
The Saint Sundarar was born near here at Thirunaavalur and was made a slave to Shiva at Tiruvennainallur ( to See my blog on this temple click http://drlsravi.blogspot.in/2012/02/thiruvennainallur-sri-krupapureeshwarar.html)
Shiva disappeared after leaving his slave Sundarar clueless about his next job hence Sundarar came in search of him and found him here residing in the Gopuram of an older temple as in Sirkali.The temple at that time was known as Pasupatheshwara temple . Sundarar received diksha from lord Shiva as Dakshinamurthy at this place in the presence of all the Gods hence the name of the lord of the temple was changed to Shista gurunatha temple and this is the centre for Guru bhagavan in the Nadu naadu Chola mandalam
The peculiarity of this temple construction:
The Sivalingam faces North Consequently the Koshta devathas are all reversed in order. with Chandikeshwarar and Durga on the right side facing east,Vishnu facing south,Dakshina murthy and narthana ganapathy facing west in this order in a clock wise direction.
Each of the sannidhis of Shiva,Parvati,Ganapathy, muruga face in a different direction hence each of the four directions is governed by one sannidhi !
The Amman sannidhi is in the third the outer most praharam .Vinayaka and murugan are in the second praharam, And Lord Shiva is in the inner first praharam.
There is no Rajagopuram for this temple.
Suns rays bathe the feet of the lord in the tamil Month of Chittirai i.e..',May June .
There are many linga’s here which were prayed to like ram, bheema, agastya surya, etc., There is a separate suryan sannidhi also.
(View from the main gate with the third praharam and amman Sannidhi seen on the right)
This praharam also has the agasthya sannidhi with the agasthyalingam
The amman sannidhi faces East (in other Shiva temple it usually faces South)
(View of the first praharam and the dwajastambam with Nandi The lord is facing North)
Murugan, Valli devasena,Adi kesava Perumal and Lakshmi sannidhi facing the west
A drawing showing the way do pradakshina here in the various praharams so that we pray to the koshta vigrahas in the same order as in other shiva temples
Chandikeshwarar and Durga on the right wall of the main sannidhi.Brahma is seen in the far corner
View from the back of the temple from the suryan sannidhi The Lingothbhavar sannidhi can be seen
Kalabhairava,Suryalingam and Suryan sannidhi facing north from behind the temple
Ganapathy Sundarar and Somaskanda in relief form
The Dakshinamurthy is special here as he gave the dhiksha to Sundarar.
The four saivaite savants appar, sundarar, manickavasagar and gnanasambandar
The Narthana Ganapathy sannidhi facing North
Ayyappan, Rama linga and bheema linga
A small well maintained temple with a helpful archakar who lives just behind the temple.The temple opens at 6 am and closes by 10 Am. Shri.A. Murali. the Archakar can be contacted on tel:09444807393