Description: This Divyadesam is located at a distance of 27 km from Thiruchirappalli, enroute to
Deities: Pundareekakshar, in a standing posture faces East. Shenpakavalli, and Pankayachelvi
are the names of his consort. There is a separate shrine for Thaayaar here. Pankajavalli is the name of her processional image.
The Temple: This is a vast temple, with imposing walls. The main shrine has two entrances, referred
to as the Uttarayana Vaayil and the Dakshinayana Vaayil as in the Sarangapani temple at Kumbhakonam. As implied by their names,
the Utharayana Vaayil is open from the Tamil month of Thai (Capricorn) onwards, until the month of Aadi (Cancer) from when
on, the Dakshinayana Vaayil is used.
In addition, the temple
has another entrance referred to as the 'Naazhi Kettaan Vaayil' where it is believed that Vishnu was intercepted and questioned
by his consort, upon his returning home later, after his sojourn. Images of Sree Devi, Bhu Devi, Surya, Chandra and Aadiseshan
(in human form) are seen in the sanctum.
There are as many as
7 theerthams within the temple complex. Ramanujacharyar is said to have lived here, and Manavalamaamuni and Desikacharyar
have also sung of this shrine. The Swasthik Pond located near the temple is a unique feature of this Dhivya Desam.