This Shivastalam is located 3km south east of the Kumbhakonam railway station on the banks
of the Arisilaru river. Other Shivastalams in the temple town of Kumbhakonam
are Tirukkudandai, Kudandaikkeezhkottam
and Kudandaikkaaronam. Ten Kudi
Tittai is considered to be the 68th in the series of Tevara Stalams in
the Chola kingdom located south of the river Kaveri.
In a deluge that submerged the earth, a kalasam, containing samples of the then existing
species settled at this spot, signifying the magic of creation; hence the name Amrita
Kalasam. Thus, as with the other three temples in Kumbhakonam, this temple is also
associated with the legend of the Amritakalasam, the great deluge and the Mahamagam
This temple is also referred to
as KOttai Sivan temple, attributing to the belief that the temple was
surrounded by a fortress. Given the Sakya (Budhist) population that
surrounded this area once, this shrine was also known as Sakya KOttai
which is now known as Sakkottai.
The Temple: This is a small temple, a single prakaram with a tank
adjacent to it. The Saptastana festival
is observed in the month of Chittirai.