This shrine was buried underground & was excavated only in the last century, and is
located 1/2 a km away from the Kollidam river, 7km North of Budalur on the railroad
between Thanjavur and Tiruchirappalli. Tirukkattuppalli,
Tiruvalampozhil and Ambilaalanturai
are the other Shivastalams located close by. Tirukkaanur is considered
to be the 56th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom
located north of the river Kaveri.
Legends: Shiva is said to
have appeared as a column of fire before Parvati in answer to her prayers, hence the
name Semmeninaathar. Shiva is also known as Arumbeswarar & Kaanoor Mulai. Parasuramar
also worshipped at this shrine.
The Temple: This is a temple with a single prakaram and a three tiered
Raja Gopuram. Sambandar is believed to have visited this shrine after visiting
Tirumazhapadi. Inscriptions dating back to the 13th century are seen in this temple. The
sun's rays illluminate the sanctum during the month of Chittirai for a period of
3 days. Only 2 worship services are carried out here each day.