This Shivastalam is located in between Kanchipuram
and Arakkonam. Gangadharar- Shiva is housed in a small temple where a Nandi
regulates the flow of a natural spring. Jalanatheswarar is the presiding deity of the
bigger temple, and is a sand swayambu lingam. This is the 12th of the 32
Tevara Stalams in the Tondai region of South India.
Legends: The Shivalingam
is said to have been made by Parvati. Legend has it that Shiva appeared here in answers to
prayers by Bhrama Vishnu and Samvarta Munivar, brother of Brihaspati. This shrine is
believed to be the Yaga Kundam of Daksha. Ambal's festive image is referred to as
Chettippen and her marriage with Shiva is celebrated annually
The Temple: This temple has 3 prakarams and a few mandapams with stone
pillars and a Rajagopuram of 5 tiers. Most of the parivara devatas in their niches are in
unique poses esp. Dakshinamurthy, and Durga in her tribhangi pose. Stone inscriptions
point the temple to the Rajakesari Varma Pallavan's period. Later improvements were
carried out by Cholas.
Festivals: The annual Bhrammotsavam is celebrated in the month of