This is a padal petra sthalam though I tried twice I found the door closed.
How to Reach:
The road from trichy to kulithalai will take a left curve and almost climb over the temple ramparts so you can not miss this temple.It is about a kilometer from the Allur temple
The temple is supposedly housing a Shivalingam which is shaped like a Jack fruit and the sthalavruksham is also a Jack fruit tree which at any given time has fruits both from the branches as well as the roots!!
The temple has been sung about by Sri. Thirugnanasambandar . It was built by Kundavai the Chola Princess
A better explanation of the historicity is found here
Hope some day The lord blesses me with a detailed darshan
LAst friday 16/5/14 I had an occation to see this temple. The main Garba gruha was locked though. It was a huge complex with separete sannidhis for Chandrashekareshwara and Ambal Mrugadharambikai ( Daping the Animal- a deer also known as Maan endhiya valli in Tamil)
The nandi seen in the foreground
Entrance toThe main sannidhi which was closed
The main sannidhi has lot of writings all around and have been researched by the ASI
as seen in the history. In a variation from usual I found a vrishabanatha behind a mew dakshinamurthy
Plenty of Bhiva fruits in the garden
The western side had a Ardhanari in the back
Notice the inscriptions around this niche all a treasure trove of history
The ambal sannidhi is in the fore ground facing South. The ambal is seen leaning on a deer which was very nice
Vinayagar sannidhi behind the main sannidhi
Navagraha in the forecourt of the Main sannidhi
A small Lion figurine with two bodies and one face a masterpiece lying forgotten as the temple itself is , avery sad story regarding our cultural heritage!!