Visited on: November 1, 2015
Karur is very well connected by road from other major cities. Karur has a Railway station on Trichy - Erode route. Around 80 kms from Trichy and 65 kms from Erode. Nearest airport is at Trichy.
|Moolavar||Sri Kalyana Pasupatheeswarar /|
Sri Ahnilaiyappar /Sri Pasupathy Nathar
|Ambal||1. Sri Soundyarya Nayaki (Vadivudaiyal)|
2. Sri Alangara Nayaki
|Theertham (Holy water)||Brahma Theertham, Thadaagai Theertham, Ambiravathi-Amaravathi River|
|Sthala Vriksham (Sacred Tree)||Vanji|
|Pathigam (Hymn) rendered by||Saint Thirugnanasambanthar|
- This is one of the 276 Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams and 7th Sthalam in Kongu Nadu.
- The temple is very big - its main Tower (Rajagopuram) is 120 feet high with 7-tiers and two corridors. This temple is facing the East.
- The Moolavar Lingam in the temple is a Swayambumurthi (self-manifested).
- This temple is renowned for its three splendours - Moorthy (The Presiding Deity), Sthalam (Place of divinity) and Theertham (The Holy Water).
- Lord Brahma is believed to be the first ever devotee to worship Lord Shiva in this temple.
- It is also believed that the divine bovine–goddess Kamadenu has worshipped Lord Shiva here. Its hoof mark is visible on the Lingam. The name Ahnilaiyappar is derived from “Ah” meaning cow (Kamadenu) and “nilai” meaning place.
- This is the birth place of Eripatha Nayanar, one of the 63 Nayanmars.
- King Pugazh Cholan, who later became a Nayanar (one of the 63 Nayanmars) also belongs to this place.
Karur has the reputation of being the birthplace of Karuvurar Siddhar, (also called Karuvur Devar), one of the 18 famous Siddhars of South India. Karuvurar Siddhar has praised the Lord in his hymns “Thiruvisaippa”, which forms a part of the 9th Thirumurai. This Siddhar’s life forms an important part of this temple’s legacy. The story goes that some Brahmins complained against Karuvurar Siddhar to the king that the Siddhar was following the Vama Margam - offering wine and meat to the Lord. Upon enquiry it was revealed that this complaint was baseless and the king punished the complainants. However, unable to bear the continual harassment, he ran towards the shrine, embraced and became unified with the Lord Ahnilaiyappar. Because of his embracement, the Lingam is found in a slanting position. Inside the temple, there is a Jeeva Samathi of Karuvurar Siddhar.