Visited on: March 31, 2018.
Kalayanallur is situated at a distance of about 5 kms southeast of Kumbakonam on the Kumbakonam - Needamangalam - Mannarkudi route.
Other Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam near this place are – Karukkudi, Sivapuram, Kudavasal, Thirucherai, Thalaiyalangaadu, Peruvelur, Karaveeram, Nalur Mayanam, Kaduvaikarai Puthur (Andankoil), Thiru Kollamputhur, Penu Perunthurai, Naraiyur Siththecharam and Arisirkarai Puthur.
|Moolavar||Sri Amirthakalasa Nathar|
|Theertham (Holy water)||Nankuveda Theertham|
|Sthala Vriksham (Sacred Tree)||Vanni tree|
|Pathigam (Hymn) rendered by||Saint Sundaramurthy (Sundarar)-1|
- This is one of the 276 Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams and 68th 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 its main tower is not tiered. In place of the Gopuram, there is a beautiful sculpture depicting Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathy. However, at the second entrance, it has a 3-tiered tower.
- The last consecration ceremony (Maha Kumbabishekam) took place on 22.10.2015 and prior to that on 09.02.1992.
History of the Temple
This ancient temple is situated on the southern bank of the river Arisilaru.
This temple was built in granite by the Cholas. Later it was renovated by the Chola King Kulothungan-III and the Nayakkars.
This temple is also referred to as “Kottai Shiva temple”. It is believed that earlier this temple was surrounded by a big fortress with tanks (Akazhi) around it. The Akazhi was on both sides of the wall of the fortress. However, only the ruins of the wall and the tank can be seen. In his hymn, Saint Sundaramurthy Nayanar sings about the glory and grandeur of this fort, its halls, this temple and its tanks.
It is believed that a lot of Sakkiyas (Buddhist) used to reside here. Hence this place gets the name Sakkiya Kottai which has later been changed to Sakkottai.
Another reason for the name Sakkottai is that Saint Sakkiya Nayanar, one of the 63-Nayanmars, worshiped the lord here. This is despite the fact that he was a Buddhist (Sakkiya). Because of his staunch devotion towards Lord Shiva, it is believed that he was blessed with the darshan of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathy. Lord Shiva also blessed him by naming him one of the 63b Nayanmars.
This temple is under the administrative control of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department of Government of Tamil Nadu (HR&CE).