Visited on: 12th March, 2017
Achalpuram is situated at a distance of about 5 kms from Kollidam. Kollidam is on the Chidambaram to Mayiladuthurai route. There is a railway station in Kollidam on the Chidambaram to Mayiladuthurai line.
Other Devara Paadal Petra Sthalams near this place are – Sirkazhi, Thirukkolakka, Thirumullaivasal, Mahendrapalli, Thirukkurukavur, Thiruvenkadu, Chayavanam and Poompukar.
|Moolavar||Sri Shivalokath Thyagaraja Swamy, Sri Perumanamudaya Mahadevar|
|Ambal||Sri Venneetru Umaiyammai, Sri Swetha Viboothi Nayaki|
|Theertham (Holy water)||Panchakshara, Brihu, Ashwa, Vasishta, Athiri, Jamadagni, Vyasa and Mirukandu Theerthams|
|Sthala Vriksham (Sacred Tree)||Vilvam tree|
|Pathigam (Hymn) rendered by||Saint Thirugnanasambanthar|
- This is one of the 276 Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams and 5th Shiva Sthalam on the northern bank of the river Cauvery in Chozha Nadu (Vadakarai).
- Lord Shiva in this temple is a Swayambumurthi (self-manifested).
- This east facing temple has two corridors and its main tower (Rajagopuram) has 5-tiers.
- It is said that Saint Thirugnanasambanthar attained salvation (mukthi) here during his wedding along with the entire gathering. Hence, this is the only temple where Thirugnanasambanthar can be seen with his wife.
- Thirugnanasambanthar sang his last Pathigam here.
- The last consecration ceremony took place on 24.06.2010 and prior to that on 29.04.1964.
History of the Temple
The historical name of this place is “Nallur Perumanam” – Nallur is the village where Saint Gnanasambanthar’s bride hails from. “Perumanam” or “periya thirumanam” means a “big wedding” in Tamil. Other historical names of this place are Shivalogam, Thirunallur, Mukthipuram and Thirumanavai. Now it is known as Achalpuram.
This is one of the 27 temples that are under the administration of the Dharumapuram Aadheenam.