The Dhandayudapaani temple at Chettikkulam near
Perambalur near Tiruchirappalli is closely
associated with the Ekambareswarar temple located nearby, which is of ancient origin.
Legend has it that a weary traveller set out to spend a night on a
Kadamba tree in the jungle surrounding this area, and in the middle of the night,
witnessed a group of four saints offering worship to a pillar of fire. An intrigued ruler
of Thanjavur upon hearing this narrative
instituted a search, and a Siddhar, said to be a manifestation of Skanda, pointed out the
Shivalingam to him.
The original temple to Shiva then referred to as Amarendreswarar dates
back to the Chola period. Shiva is now known as Ekambreswarar here and
his consort is Kamakshi.
Dhandayutapaani who appeared as a Siddhar here is enshrined in a hill
temple in the vicinity.
The Shiva temple is a fairly good sized one with a number of mandapams and towers. Thai
Poosam, Panguni Utthiram are the annual festivals celebrated here.