Visited on: 29th June, 2018.
Vanniyur (Anniyur) is situated at a distance of about 28 kms from Mayiladuthurai on the Mayiladuthurai to Thiruvarur route. Frist travel to Poonthottam (20 kms) and then travel about 8 kms to Vanniyur (via Thiruveezhimizhalai).
From Kumbakonam also, it is about 28 kms on the Kumbakonam to Karaikkal route (Via S. Pudur-20 kms). From S.Pudur, take diversion route and travel for about 5 kms to reach this temple.
Other Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams near this temple are – Thiruvizhimizhalai, Karuvili Kottitai (Karuveli), Thirumiyachur, Thirumiyachur Ilamkoil, Thilathaipathy, Thiruppampuram, Serukudi, Thiru Kottaram, Ambal Maakalam and Ambar Perunthirukkoil.
|Moolavar||Sri Agnipureeswarar, Sri Agneeswarar|
|Ambal||Sri Gauri Parvathy|
|Theertham (Holy water)||Agni Theertham|
|Sthala Vriksham (Sacred Tree)||Vanni tree|
|Pathigam (Hymn) rendered by||Saint Thirunavukarasar (Appar)-1|
- This is one of the 276 Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams and 62nd Shiva Sthalam on the Southern bank of the river Cauveri in Chozha Nadu (Thenkarai).
- Lord Shiva in this temple is a Swayambumurthi (self-manifested).
- This east facing temple has a single corridor and its main tower (Rajagopuram) has 2-tiers.
- This temple has no flag post “Dwajasthambam”.
- The last consecration ceremony (Maha Kumbabishekam) took place on 21.08.2002.
History of the Temple
This ancient temple is situated on the northern banks of the river Arisilaru, a tributary of river Cauvery.
The historical name of this place is Vanniyur but now it is known as Anniyur.
This temple is under the administrative control of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department of Government of Tamil Nadu (HR&CE).