How to reach:
The temple is bang on the road about 10 kms from Kumbakonam towards Mayavaram
History and legends:
The temple is the madyarjuna kshetram
Sri Sailam (Andhra)
Idaimarudur Kumbakonam (Thanjavur Dt)
Thiruppudaimarudur Ambasamudram (Thirunelvelli Dt)
The Temple shiva is supposed to be a swayumbhu lingam and here he taught the rishis how shiva pooja has to be done.
King varaguna pandian was affected with a brahma hathi dosham (sin of killing a brahmin) he was rid of the brahmahatti spirit when he came in through one gate and left through another so all devotees follow the same pattern.There is a sculpture of a person with head between knees at the entry of the temple
The temple has Ambal Bruhat sundara Kujambikai a sakthi peetam in itself and also a separete Mookambikai sannidhi with a meru installed next door the only other mookambikai is in kollur.
The Shivan sanidhi has four prakaras,The outer most praharam is around half a km long
Next is the outer ashwamedha prakara This prakaram is closed most of the time. People with mental illness benefit from doing pradakshinam here
The middle prakaram is called the pranava prakaram . This is built with pure sound aesthetics. A single ohm namashivaya echoes thrice in this praharam.
The inner kodumudi praharam gives the punya of going around Kailasa.
Generally the prahara devathas are many in this temple other temples are considered the prahara devathas
Tiruvalanchuzhi with its grand temple dedicated to Vinayaka,
Swamimalai with its revered shrine to Subramanya,Sri Sridhara Iyyaval of Thiruvisainallur, a great scholar of Sanskrit of 17th century, got into jeeva samadhi at the sanctum of this temple.
Thiruvarur the greatest of the Vitanka Stalams with Somaskandar,
Tiruvavaduthurai with its shrine to Nandikeswarar,
Sirkazhi with its shrine dedicated to Bhairavar,
Thiruseingalur (Thiruvoypadi) with its shrine to Chandikeswarar,
Suryanar koil with shrines to the nine celestial bodies Navagrahas
Alangudi known for its Dakshinamurti
Thirukkadaiyur for Ambal
Thirunallar for Saneeswaran
Patteeswaram for Durgai and
Chidambaram for Natarajar shrine respectively,
The main sanctum is housing a mammoth Shivalingam majestic yet simple to look at.
Adi shankara came here and the shivalingam expresssed advaitham sathyam as the supreme truth (these pics are from the kanchi mutt nearby at tiruvidaimarudhur click the link for more details http://drlsravi.blogspot.in/2013/12/kanchi-mutt-veda-patashla-at.html)