This ancient temple is very close to the Tiruvaiyaru temple just down the road infact. It is both a veerattanam where Shiva killed Brahma’s fifth head and also a sapthastanam for Nandi's wedding. It lie's.on the banks of the Kudamurutti river Interestingly there is a Perumal koil in front which is a divya desam and the perumal is supposed to have removed the curse of killing Brahma In another version Shiva became a bhikshandar due to this act of killing Brahma and had to wander around till Utthamar koil to get relief from the curse.
How to reach:
The Road from Tirukattupalli along the Vellar north bank ends at this temple a right turn leads to Tanjore and a left turn leads to Tiruvaiyaru, So about a few furlongs from the Tiruvaiyaru temple brings us in front of this temple
Legends of the temple:
Once Parvathy mistook Brahma for Shiva as both of them had 5 heads and she did pada pooja for Brahma mistaking him to be Shiva this gave a ego boost to Brahma which enraged shiva and he chopped of the fifth head of Brahma here.
The rajagopuram leads us to an inner praharam which has the Mirror bedecked palanquin for the lord in this sapthastanam There is ,a Raja Ganapathy shrine under a Bhilva tree seen behind the Nandi here and on the opposite side is the Mangalambikai ambal sannidhi
The decorated pallakku
way to Brahma sannidhi from the Main sannidhi
Way to the main sannidhi
The inner praharam has many Siva lingams worshipped by the sages, a kailasanathar
The ambal sannidhi as viewed from outside
The Nandi on the way out