Visited on: 30th September, 2017 and 31st March, 2018.
Thiru Karukkudi is situated at a distance of about 7 kms south-east of Kumbakonam on the Kumbakonam to Mannarkudi route. Take the diversion road after Sakkottai and travel for about one kilometre to reach this temple.
Other Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams near this place are – Kalayanallur, Sivapuram, Kudavasal, Naraiyur Siddheecharam, Thirucherai, Arisirkarai Puthur, Penu Perunthurai, Thalaiyalangaadu, Peruvelur, Karaveeram, Nalur Mayanam, Kaduvaikarai Puthur (Andankoil) and Thiru Kollamputhur.
|Moolavar||Sri Brahmapureeswarar, Sri Karukkudi Nathar, Sri Sargunalingeswarar|
|Ambal||Sri Kalyana Nayagi, Sri Advaitha Nayagi, Sri Sarvalankara Ambikai|
|Theertham (Holy water)||Kari tank / Yama Theertham|
|Sthala Vriksham (Sacred Tree)||Vilva tree|
|Pathigam (Hymn) rendered by ||Saint Thirugnanasambanthar - 1|
- This is one of the 276 Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams and 69th 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 there is no main tower (Rajagopuram). However, it has a beautiful arch at the entrance with sculptures of Sri Ardhanareeswarar and his bull mount.
- There is no flag post (dwajasthambam) here.
- The last consecration ceremony (Maha Kumbabishekam) took place on 11.06.2011 and prior to that on 06.07.2003.
History of the Temple
This is a relatively small temple with many gardens inside its campus.
The historical name of this place is Karukkudi but now it is known as Marudhanthanallur (or Marudhanallur). In all the stanzas of his hymn, Saint Thirugnanasambanthar refers to this place as Karukkudi.
There are some stone inscriptions here. However, they are in a damaged condition and haven’t been arranged properly. The name of “Thirubuvana Chakravarthy” Chola King Kulothungan-III is mentioned in one of these inscriptions.
This temple is under the administrative control of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department of Government of Tamil Nadu (HR&CE).