How to Reach:
The town can easily be reached from either Tiruvarur or Nagapatinam.it is also Close to Vedaranyam.It is at the Junction of the ECR and the Tiruvarur to Vedranyam road,
Legends of the temple:
The rishis in Tharukavanam were becoming very arrogant and so Shiva and Vishnu came as Mohini and Bhikshandar The rishis were humiliated as they created a huge elephant to attack Shiva who killed the elephant and got the title Gajasamhara murthy, this act dissolved the ego of the rishis and rishi patnis making them realise they are but small characters in the great cosmos in front of Shiva and Vishnu.
The ambal Periya nayaki of this temple brought back to life the asura husband(Virupakshan) of Shiva devotee Jalika.Though Virupakshan was a bad demon the goodness in Jalika bore fruit and the goddess blessed her with mangalya bagyam.
The temple is very easy to find at the end of the ECR
There are two temples here one for the main Shivan facing west and the one for ambal facing east
As we enter the Shiva temple complex we find the Murugan sannidhi and the Gajasamharamurthy followed by the entrance to the inner praharam with Thyagaraja sannidhi on the right
The inner praharam has the shivan and the various Koshta vigrahas and upa vigrahas as belowseen below are the durga and Guru as the Shiva is west facing the Koshta vigrahas are reversed
As we come out we cross to the ambal sannidhi complex on the right facing east
Below is the second ambal sannidhi Mangalanayaki inside facing south
Below are some pictures from Dinamalar.com of this temple
The Gajasamhara murthy
And the Maragada Lingam