This temple is located in the vicinity of Tiruchirappalli.
Visiting Kadambar Kovil, Ratnagiri and Tiruveengoimalai on the same day is of
significance. This is one of the 3 sikharams (mountains) in the Tiruchirappalli area,
associated with characters from the Ramayanam (Karan, Dhooshanan and Tirisiran) - the
other two being Tiruchirappalli and Tiruverumbur.
It is considered to be the 63rd in the series of Tevara Stalams
in the Chola kingdom located north of the river Kaveri.The image shown above is that of the Rockfort
temple at Tiruchirappalli.
Legend has it that Agasthyar assumed
the form of a housefly, to fly past the waiting thousands, to worship Shiva, hence the
The Nayanmars: Sundarar is also said to have visited here although
none of his patikams is available. Sambandar is said to have visited this shrine after
singing praises of Tiruppainneeli.
The Temple: This Shivastalam is a hill temple with over 500 steps. The
temple has been designed in such a manner that the sun's rays fall on the Maragata lingam
on Sivaratri in the month of Masi, & the lingam emits different hues of colour.
Festivals: The hill is illuminated on Kartikai Deepam. During Thai
Poosam, the festival image of the deity is taken across the Kaveri to Kadambathurai. Other
festivals are Arudra Darisanam, and Aadi Perukku.