This is the first temple from Trichy towards kulithalai.The temple was built by the local chieftain Mutharasan.It is being looked after by a young dedicated priest who went to Mauritius and came back to serve this lord as he found this more fulfilling.
How to reach:
Itis on the 7 km from Trichy. The Railway station is well seen and take the road before the station accross the level crossing.Follow the winding road on the right when you will cross a bridge and see a new apartment block on the right.Ask for the agraharam and High school.The temple is situated to the left of the apartment block
Legends of the temple:
An elderly chieftain Mutharasan was habituated in visiting the three shiva temples in Kulithalai area. He would see the kadambhaVaneshwarar in the morning, Rathnagirishwarar in the Iyer malai in the after noon and Engoinathar in Musiri area in the evening.DUe to advancing years and also the Cauvery being in floods he prayed to God and had the divine vision of all three temples in his own place. He built his temple with Rathna girishwarar as the main diety with the other two lords having seperate temples in side. Hence visiting here ensures the punyam of visiting all the three temples.
The Shiva lingam is housed in the biggest of the three shrines.It is resplendent due to the efforts of the priest who had just finished applying Oil to the Stone idols (thaila kaapu) The Outer praharam has Dakshinamurthy in a sheltered enclosure
Behind you can see the sannidhi of Ganapathy on the left and the Sivan sannithi of Thiru Engoinathar and Aralakesari amman on the right
Contact the energetic and sincere priest Shri.Shivakumar Cell +919843424289.
I was impressed by his devotion and his conviction that made him return from Mauritius in today's times away from plush job to do daily worship at this temple.