How to reach:
The temple is between cuddalore and chidambaram On the east coast road about 20 kms from cuddalore you will see the road to Alapakkam take this road and cross the railway track at 4 kms you will come to Thiruchopuram now called Thiagavalli in memory of the queen of Thribhuvana maharaja who used to worship here. The Temple is in the middle of the village
The bells on the kodimaram were pleasantly welcoming us with their music
A few hundred and fifty years ago the temple was covered by sand and was lost. Ramalinga sivayogiar of Madurai had a dream and he came here and discovered the kalasam and with the help of villagers reclaimed the temple. Till a few years ago it was accessed only by boat access the river. You can still see copious sand in the courtyard
Agasthya did penance here .
Thirugnanasambandar has sung songs about this temple
The temple itself is quite small but spacious. The shivalingam faces west hence the square avudiar is on the left. The ambal sannidhi is on the left facing south. There is only one praharam
The dwarapalakas of the shivan sannidhi
The ambal is known as Veladan nadunkanniyal, sathyaaya dakshi and is about 5feet tall and quite imposing.
The kosta vigrahas are reversed as the temple faces west and hence you find Vishnu durgai first, The Dakshinamurthy, lingodhbhavar are unique in having attendants Ganesh has Thirugnanasambandam as attendant
Dakshinamurthy has sanath kumaras
Brahma and Vishnu are attending Shiva above
There are other sannidhis in the praharam as below with many lingams and the 63 nayanmars
Navagragas in an enclosure
Sthala vriksham Konrai maram