How to reach:
Srimushnam is about 20 kms from Vriddachalam . Proceed on the road to Pennadam and Andimadam take a left turn at the first bifurcation and at a place called vannankudikadu take a left to Srimushnam, the route is easy to find.
You can also come from Sethiathopu near neyveli on NH 45C and take a right at thimmasamudram to reach Srimushnam
Legends of the temple:
The lord here is swayumbhu and is formed from a single large black stone saligrama. The lord is facing west and his face (Boar) is turned upwards and facing south.
His consort ambujavalli thayar was born nearby in Neyveli and as per her wishes the utsavamurthy is having a human face.
The swami here is swayamvyukhta in the idol, the pond behind the temple in front of the Shiva temple
|the holy pond|
|Swayamvyuktha perumal is in the pond also|
The is also a story that says that the moorthy is actually a meteorite. The bhattar was explaining that there is a huge crater behind the perumal statue and the saligramam mala adorning the perumal also was svayamvyaktha. The saligramas are all covered with chakra and conch symbols it seems
The bhattar sells a unique laddoo made of the roots of the grass and lots of sugar tastes as ravaladdu. It costs 10 rs each
The temple was under patronage of the Hoysala kings and has exquisite stone sculptures which reverberate musically . The pillars are a marvel carved from a single block of granite and having 3 different sections with many sculptures
As the Kanchi muttCalender lists this temple where the Adhishtanam of the 37 th Sankaracharya of the Kamakoti peetam SriVIDHYAGHANENDRA SARASWATHI(758-788 AD) I had the oppurtunity to revisit and see this brindavanam. The Brindavanam is situated in the northern side of the outer praharam close to the wall of the main temple inner praharam. Nobody in the temple was aware of it though. they said its been there from many years
(Extract from Kamakoti.org)
|Sri Vidyaghanendra Saraswati III: He was the son of Balachandra. His former name was Suryanarayana. He attained mukti at Srimushnam, where he had gone on a pilgrimage on Krishna Dwitiya in the month of Pushya of the cyclic year Prabhava (795 AD).|
from the Kanchi mutt calender 2018
37. Sri Vidyaghanendra Saraswati
After visiting this temple please do visit the Neelishwar shiva temple which is right behind the Varahaswamy temple