Last Sunday my wife and myself had an opportunity to pray at this temple. Though I had driven via Cuddalore umpteen times the lord permitted me and gave me a darshan only a week ago
HOW TO REACH:
When you are driving down from pondy on the east coast road you will enter into cuddalore and cross the bridge on the kedilam river the ECR turns left proceed straihjy into cuddalore town and after driving a couple of KMS on the right you can see the road to the temple turn in and take a left you will see the temple.
Alternatively youcan reach the main road from Thiruvanthipuram /panrutti from the west .Also Kedilam bridge.from Mayavaram and kmbakonam you can come via the east coast road and turn left at the kedilam bridge.
LEGENDS OF THE TEMPLE:
The temple is very ancient I was first fascinated bythe story that affter visiting 1008 temples Thirunavukkarasar and Thirugnanasambambar met up at this temple and continued their journey singing about the Shiva temples in the Cauvery delta.
Saint arunagirinathar has composed exquisite thirupugazh on Murugan in this temple
Parvathi was once banished from Kailasa for closing the eyes of Shiva playfully she did penance here under the Padiri tree here and was again re united with Shiva
Saint Thirunavukkarasar (@ Appar) was tied to a rock and cast into the sea by Mahendra pallava (600-630 A.D) a staunch vaishnavite. He miraculously floated on the rock in the sea under divine blessings and landed nearby at “Karaiyeravittakuppam” a place nearby
upamanyu son of Vyagrapada rishi while offering worship to Parvati inaduartenty kicked Devi who cursed him to become a hare. He repented his action and devi ordained him to pray the lord Padaleeswarar to get rid of the curse. The hare after wandering many years was one day hunted by the legendary king Adirajan. The hare after getting wounted and came in contact with the brances of this padiri tree. The touch of the tree resulted in upamanyu regaining his human form.
Thenext praharam has the Koshta vigrahas Vinayaka, Dakshinamurthy, Lingodhbhavar, Brahma and Durga.There are also the 63 nayanmars, a bala vinayaka in stone relief work, another selva vinayaka, Gajalakshmi,Shanmukaa having their own sannidhis.
The Main Sanctum of Shiva is huge and the Shivalinga itself is najestic and well decked up producing an divine spectacle for the bhaktas
The Godess Periyanayaki is a 6 footer standing in her own temple complex, bali peetam and Dwajasthambam on the northern side facing east