Description: This is regarded as a
'Gurustalam' where Dakshinamurthy is held in great reverence, attracting huge crowds when
Jupiter transits between zodiac signs. The festival image here is that of Dakshinamurthy
& this stalam is considered to be one of the 9
Navagrahastalams of the Chola region. This shrine is regarded as
the 98th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola Region south
of the river Kaveri.
Legends: Dakshinamurthy is said to have preached to the Devas
who had swooned under the impact of the poison that came out of the churning of the milky
ocean. Parvati is said to have been reborn on the banks of Amrita Pushkarini and later on
reunited with Shiva. Viswamitrar is believed to have worshipped Shiva here.
The Temple: There are as many as 15 theerthams in this temple which
occupies an area of about 1.25 acres, surrounded by lofty walls. One of the theerthams is
a well located inside the temple and it is referred to as the Jnana koopam. East of the
temple is the Poolaivala river, whose waters are used in abhishekam ceremonies in the
Tamil month of Aippasi.
Inscriptions dating back to the period of Vikrama Chola (1131), referring to Alankudi
as Jananatha saruppedimangalam, and to the Chidambaram Natarajar temple, are seen here.
There are shrines to Surya, Gurumoksheswarar, Somanathar, Saptarishi nathar,Someswarar,
Vishnunathar and Bhrameesar, Kaasi Viswanathar and Visalakshi.
Festivals: Four worship services are offered each day. The annual
Bhrammotsavam is celebrated in the month of Chittirai. In addition, Navaratri, Skanda
Sashti, Aadi Puram, Arudra Darisanam, Kartikai Deepam, Thai Poosam and Pankuni Uththiram
are celebrated here.