Visited on: 20th May, 2016
Irumbai is about 10 kms from Puducherry and 2 kms away from Morattandi on Puducherry to Tindivanam route. After Morattandi, there is a small road on the right side leading to Irumbai village where the temple is located. Also, the temple is in the vicinity of Auroville International Township.
Two more Padal Petra Sthalam, Kiliyanur and Arisili are located very near to this place.
|Ambal||Sri Kuyilmozhi Ammai / Sri Madhu Sundara Nayaki|
|Theertham (Holy water)||Makalar Theertham|
|Sthala Vriksham (Sacred Tree)||Punnai (Alexandrian Laurel Tree)|
|Pathigam (Hymn) rendered by||Saint Thirugnanasambanthar|
- This is one of the 276 Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams and 32nd Shiva Sthalam in Thondai Nadu.
- Lord Shiva in this temple is a Swayambumurthi (self-manifested).
- This is one of the three places where the Shiva Lingam is said to have been installed and worshipped by Mahakala Rishi.
- The Vimanam - the tower above the sanctum sanctorum is an excellent example of the Ekadala style of architecture.
History of the Temple
It is believed that this temple was built in the 7th century by Chola King Kulothungan III.
As per the inscriptions on the stone walls of the temple, the village’s name is mentioned as “Iruncheri”.
Another reasoning behind the name Irumbai is that this place was once densely populated by Iluppai trees and so the village got the name Iluppai. Over a period of time this name got changed to Irumbai.
This temple is associated with the legend of Kaduveli Siddhar, a famous yogi who lived in the area about five hundred years ago.