Visited on: 26th August, 2016 and 22nd November, 2016
Thakkolam is situated at a distance of about 26 kms from Kanchipuram on Kanchipuram to Arakkonam route. From Arakkonam, it is about 12 kms.
From Thiruvallur it is about 27 kms.
Thakkolam has a railway station and this temple is 5 kms away from the station.
Other Paadal Petra Shivasthalams near Thakkolam are – Ilambaiyangkottor (10 kms), Thiruvirkolam (16 kms), Thirumalpur (17 kms), Thirupachur (26 kms) and Thiruvenpakkam/Poondi (35 kms).
There are two adjacent temples situated on the banks of the river Kusasthalai, also called as Kallaru - Sri Jalanatheeswarar Temple and Sri Gangadheeswarar Temple.
During both my visits, the Gangadheeswarar temple was locked. For some reason this temple has been closed for a long time. The renovation works are half done and the consecration ceremony (Kumbabishekam) is also pending for a long time.
It is believed that Saint Thirugnanasambanthar rendered his hymn at Sri Gangadhareswarar temple only.
Sri Jalanatheeswarar Temple
|Moolavar||Sri Jalanatheeswarar, Sri Umapatheeswarar|
|Ambal||Sri Giriraja Kannikambhal, Sri Umaiyammai|
|Theertham (Holy water)||Parvathi Theertham, Sathya Gangai and Kusasthalai river|
|Sthala Vriksham (Sacred Tree)||Pottu tree (Thakkolam tree)|
|Pathigam (Hymn) rendered by||Saint Thirugnanasambanthar|
- This is one of the 276 Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams and 12th Shiva Sthalam in Thondai Nadu.
- Lord Shiva in this temple is a Swayambumurthi (self-manifested). This lingam is not touched by human hands, not even by the priests, as it is “Theendathirumeni”.
- The 3-tiers main tower (Rajagopuram) is facing the west and has two corridors. The Moolavar’s shrine is facing east.