Visited on: 17th September, 2016
Kiliyanur is at a distance of about 25 kms from Pondicherry on the Pondicherry to Tindivanam route. After crossing Morattandi, there is a small road on the right going to Kiliyanur village. Travel along that road for about 3 kms to reach the temple. The temple is near the village Brammadesam and at a distance of about one km from Kiliyanur bus stand.
Two more Paadal Petra Sthalam, Arisili and Irumbai Maakaalam are located very near to this place.
|Theertham (Holy water)||Agni Theertham|
|Sthala Vriksham (Sacred Tree)||Vanni|
|Pathigam (Hymn) rendered by ||Saint Thirugnanasambanthar|
- This is one of the 276 Devara Padal Petra Shiva Sthalams and 33rd Shiva Sthalam in Nadu Naadu.
- It is said that this is the last (276th) Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam that has been identified so far.
- Lord Shiva in this temple is a Swayambumurthi (self-manifested).
- The procession idols (Urchavars) are kept somewhere else for safety reasons as they have been stolen once and later recovered.
- This is a Rahu-Kedu parikara Sthalam.
- There is no flag post (Kodimaram) or main tower (Rajagopuram) in this temple.
History of the Temple
This temple is around 1500 years old and was built in the Chola period. “Killi” is the surname of Chola kings and there are historical references to kings from the Chola period like King Nedungkilli and King Killivalavan. It is possible that this place’s name “Kiliyanur” might have been derived from its connection to the Chola dynasty.
As per the stone inscriptions in the temple, it can be deduced that this temple was first built using bricks and later reconstructed using granite during King Paranthaka Chola-I’s period.