Shivastalam is located 14 km southwest of Tirutturaippundi. In the vicinity of Idumbavanam
is Tillaivilagam, a Vaishnava Abhimanastalam enshrining Rama. This
shrine is regarded as the 96th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the
Chola Region south of the river Kaveri.
Gatotkachan is said to have been born (to Bhima and Hidambi) here and the temple theertham
is said to have been created by Bheema with his mace. Kunraloor nearby is believed to he
Hidumban's capital. Legend has it that Shiva granted a vision of the divine marriage to
Agasthyar, and as in Vedaranyam, a panel
depicting Shiva and Parvati adorns the sanctum wall behind the Shivalingam. It is believed
that Sambandar trekked his way to this temple for a distance of about 4 miles, on his
hands, as he had a vision of Shivalingams covering the entire path..
The temple: This small temple is beautified with a Rajagopuram an
attractive Vimanam, and is surrounded by lofty walls. The Bhramma Theertham tank is
located in front of the temple. Artistically carved stone pillars adorn the sanctum. Much
of the granite structure that exists now is a result of the renovations carried out
earlier this century.
Festivals: Four worship services are offered each day, and the annual
Bhrammotsavam is celebrated in the month of Vaikasi. Other festivals celebrated here
include Aani Tirumanjanam, Kartikai Deepam, Arudra Darisanam and Thai Poosam. Navaratri,
Aadi Pooram, and Skanda Sashti are also celebrated.