This temple is one of the 7 Saptastanams of Tiruvaiyaru
and is known as Prayanapuri in Sanskrit. The Saptastana temples of Tiruvaiyaru are Tiruppazhanam, Tiruchottruturai,
Tiruppanturai Tillaistanam and Tiruvaiyaru.
It is considered to be the 50th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the
Chola kingdom located north of the river Kaveri.
Tingalur - where the moon is said to have
worshipped Shiva is located nearby. Tingalur is considered to be one of the 9 Navagraha
Stalams. At Tingalur moon's rays fall on the sanctum on full moon nights in the
months of Pisces & Virgo. Appar is said to have brought back to life the son of Appodi
Adigal who was born in Tingalur; this young lad had been bitten by a snake earlier.
The Temple: A five tiered Rajagopuram adorns the entrance to this
temple with 2 prakarams. The 7 Saptastana lingams of Tiruvaiyaru are seen in this temple;
also there are shrines to Venugopala and Mahalakshmi. The vimanam is made entirely of
granite.; there is also an image of Varaha-Vishnu in this temple. Inscriptions from the
period of Parantaka I are seen in this temple.
Festivals: The Saptastana festival here, where festival images of
Shiva from Tiruvaiyaru are taken in procession to
each of the 7 Saptastana temples is of great significance.