How to Reach:
The temple is on Vayalur road. Take the road next to the Medical college and Chintamani supermarket in Woriyur and in 3 kms once you cross the Uyyakondan river you can see the temple on the right.. The temple is situated on a hillock and is actually a fortress.
Legends of the temple:
The temple is connected to the legend of Markandeya who was blessed with 16 years of life only. On Narada’s advice He prayed to Shiva and the ambal recommended the case to the lord to give him long life and hence Shiva showed his padam and re assured markandeya that Yama will return . This is one of the three places connected with the legend, Thirukadayur,is where yama was killed and thirupaingili is the place yama was resurrected.(click here for my blog on the thirupaingili temple)
As you enter the rajagopuram you see a murugan temple below and a goshala. On the right are the steps to be climbed
There are two flights of stairs to climb
You arrive at the top of the hill where the dwajasthambam is with Siva’s Padukas in front
There is a Vinayagar sannidhi with a statue with a human face outside like in the nandrudayan temple ? Ganesha with a human face?(Click to visit the blog on this temple)
The final flight leads to the Main complex
The temple is built on multiple levels. As you enter to the right you find the flight of stairs leading to the main sanctum which houses a shivalingam Shri Ujjeevana nadhar . There are usual Kosta vigrahas around this sanctum. This praharam also has a balatripurasundari amman. The next level of stairs leads us to the Amman sannidhi Anjanakshi ambal. In between there is a passage to the outside that leads to the sannidhi of Shiva Shri. Idarkathan who is supposed to clear all the doubts in our mind and offer clarity in our thought process.
A superb temple fortress on a hillock right in the limits of Trichy.