Visited on: 11th June, 2018.
Thalayalangadu is situated at a distance of about 18 kms from Thiruvarur on the Kumbakonam to Thiruvarur route (Via Kudavasal). It is about 8 kms from Kudavasal.
Other Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams near this place are –
Peruvelur, Karaveeram, Kaduvaikkarai Puthur, Naalur Mayanam, Thirucherai, Thirukkollamputhur, Kudavasal, Penu Perunthurai, Thiru Naraiyur Siththeecharam, Arisirkarai Puthur, Sivapuram, Karukkudi and Kalayanallur.
|Moolavar||Sri Narthanapureeswarar, Sri Aadalvalla Nathar|
|Ambal||Sri Balambikai, Sri Thirumadanthai Ammai|
|Theertham (Holy water)||Sangu Theertham|
|Sthala Vriksham (Sacred Tree)||Jack fruit tree|
|Pathigam (Hymn) rendered by||Saint Thirunavukarasar (Appar)-1|
- This is one of the 276 Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams and 93rd 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 no main tower (Rajagopuram) but it has an arch at the entrance.
- The last consecration ceremony (Maha Kumbabishekam) took place on 08.07.2012.
History of the Temple
During the Sangam era, this place was known as Thalaiyalankaanam. Thalaiyalankaanam was the battle field where Pandiya king Nedunchezhiyan won against the combined armies of Chera and Chola. After this, he assumed the title of “Thalaiyalankaanathu Seru Ventra Pandiyan” (“seru” means war and “ventra” means conquered in Tamil). One of the Sangam epics “Puranaanooru” describes this war in detail. To substantiate this story, there are a few places near this temple having names such as “Pandian Medu”, “Pandian Thidal” etc.
There are certain stone inscriptions in this temple which date back to 12th century.
This temple is under the administrative control of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department of Government of Tamil Nadu (HR&CE).