Visited on: 2nd June, 2016 and 23rd May, 2017.
Thiru Valampuram is situated at a distance of about 12 kms from Sembanarkoil and 6 kms from Poompuhaar. It is situated near Kadaimudi on the bus route of Mayiladuthurai to Poompuhar. It is about 2 kms from Keezhaperumpallam (one of the famous Navagraha temples).
Other Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams near this temple are – Thiruppallavaneecharam (Poompuhar), Thiruchaikkadu, Thiruvenkadu, Kezhai Thirukkattuppalli, Thirukkalikkamur (Annappan Pettai), Pariyal Veerattam, Thiruchempon Palli, Nani Palli, Thiru Kadaimudi (Keezhur), Thalaichangadu, Aakkur, Thirukkadaiyur and Thirukkadaiyur Mayanam.
|Moolavar||Sri Valampura Nathar, Sri Thalavana Nathar, Sri Vanni Nizhal Nathar, Sri Naga Nathar, Sri Kailasa Nathar, Sri Kasi Visweswarar and Sri Muktheesar.|
|Ambal||Sri Vaduvahirkkanni Ammai, Sri Swarna Padmambigai, Sankari and Gnana Soundari|
|Theertham (Holy water)||Brahma Theertham, Lakshmi Theertham and Swarna Pankaja Theertham|
|Sthala Vriksham (Sacred Tree)||Male Palm tree (Panai)|
|Pathigam (Hymn) rendered by ||Saint Thirugnanasambanthar, Saint Thirunavukarasar (Appar) and Saint Sundaramurthy (Sundarar)|
- This is one of the 276 Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams and 44th 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 is one of the 44 Paadal petra sthalams where the “Moovar” (the three saints - Saint Thirugnanasambanthar, Saint Thirunavukarasar (Appar) and Saint Sundaramurthy (Sundarar) had rendered their Pathigams.
- This east facing temple has two corridors and it has no main tower.
- There is no flag post (Dwajasthambam) here.
- This temple is counted as one of the Maadak Koils built by King Kochengat Cholan.
- The last consecration ceremony (Maha Kumbabishekam) took place on 10.02.2008 and prior to that on 08.06.1966.
History of the Temple
As per the Sthala Puranam, this ancient temple is believed to be more than 2000 years old and it was originally constructed by King Abhisithu of Dravida kingdom. The king worshiped the lord here and was blessed with a child.
Also, the nearby place Kaveripoompattinam (Poompuhar) is very famous as it is surrounded by seven forests (“Vanam”) and seven temples. They are –
Thala vanam (this place) is considered as the Ganapathy sthalam,
Chaya vanam is considered to be Lord Shiva’s abode,
Pallava vanam is considered to be Goddess Parvathy sthalam,
Vellai vanam (Thiruvengadu) is considered as the Natarajar sthalam,
Mathanga vanam (Thiru Nangoor) is considered as the Murugan sthalam and
Mullai vanam (Thirumullaivoil) and Punga vanam (Perunthottam) constitute the Bairavar sthalam and Chandikeswarar sthalam respectively.
The historical names of this place are Thalavanam, Munkil Thoppu, Sangamath Thenthurai, Sangenthi, Vaanor Nagari (Vaanagari), Maal Ma Kudi (Mamakudi), Lakshmi Narayanapuram, Perumpallam and Thiruvalampuram.
Of the 276 Paadal Petra Shivasthalams, very few temples have Palm tree (Panai) as their Sthala Viruksham. This temple is one of them. Some of the others are Panaiyur, Panankattur, Puravaar Panankattur, Cheyyar, Thirumazhapadi and Thiruppanandal.
There are six stone inscriptions in this temple which date back to the periods of Chola kings Vikraman, Rajathirajan-II and Kulothungan-III.
This temple is under the administrative control of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department of Government of Tamil Nadu (HR&CE).