Visited on: 1st April, 2018.
Thiru Kollampudur (Thiru Kalampur) is situated at a distance of about 20 kms from Kumbakonam on the Kumbakonam to Thiruvarur route (Via Kudavasal, Sellur and Koradacheri). From Koradacheri, this place is about 6 kms and from Kudavasal, it is about 7 kms.
Other Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams near this place are – Thirucherai, Kudavasal, Thalaiyalangaadu, Peruvelur, Karaveeram, Naalur Mayanam, Kaduvaikarai Puthur (Andankoil), Penu Perunthurai, Thiru Naraiyur Siththecharam, Arisirkarai Puthur, Sivapuram, Karukkudi and Kalayanallur.
|Moolavar||Sri Vilvaranyeswarar, Sri Vilva Vana Nathar, Sri Kollambuthur Udaiyar|
|Ambal||Sri Soundara Nayagi, Sri Azhakiya Nayagi|
|Theertham (Holy water)||Brahma Theertham, Agasthiya Theertham, Ganga Theertham, Kaandeepa Theertham, River Vettaru|
|Sthala Vriksham (Sacred Tree)||Vilvam tree|
|Pathigam (Hymn) rendered by||Saint Thirugnanasambanthar|
- This is one of the 276 Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams and 113th Shiva Sthalam on the Southern bank of the river Cauvery in Chozha Nadu (Thenkarai).
- Lord Shiva in this temple is a Swayambumurthi (self-manifested).
- This temple is one of the “Pancha Aaranya Sthalam”.
- Saint Thirugnanasambanthar sang a pathigam here in order to keep his raft afloat on a flooded river. He crossed the river without the help of a boatman to reach this temple.
- This east facing temple has two corridors and its main tower (Rajagopuram) has 5-tiers.
- In front of the main tower, there is an arch in the outside corridor with beautiful sculptures of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathy, Vinayakar and Murugan.
- The last consecration ceremony (Maha Kumbabishekam) took place on 01.07.1979.
History of the Temple
According to legend, in ancient times, this region was a forest densely covered with Vilva trees. Vilvam trees are also called “Koovilam” and hence this place gets the name Koovilambuthur. Later it has been changed to Kollambuthur. These Vilva trees are said to have grown on the place where the celestial nectar “Amirtham” fell on earth. This sthalam is considered as auspicious as Kasi.
This ancient temple is situated on the bank of the river Vettaru (Mulliyaru), a tributary of the river Cauvery. This river is also known as Agathiya Cauvery.
The historical names of this place are Panchatchara Puram, Kandeepavanam, Brahmavanam, Koovilambuthur and Thiru Kalampur.
As per stone inscriptions, this temple was built by Chola Kings Kulothungan-III and Rajarajan-III.