Visited on: 11th June, 2018.
Thiru Kondeecharam is situated at a distance of about 3 kms from Nannilam, en route Sanna Nallur (take the diversion road near the village Thoothukudi).
Nannilam is situated at a distance of about 30 kms from Kumbakonam on the Kumbakonam to Nagore route. It can also be reached from Mayiladuthurai (30 kms) on the Mayiladuthurai to Thiruthuraipoondi route (Via Nannilam).
From Thiruvarur, this place is about 17 kms on the Thiruvarur to Mayiladuthurai route (Via Nannilam).
Nearest Railway station is Nannilam which is about 3 kms away from this place.
Other Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams near this place are –
Thirumarugal, Nannilam, Thiru Kondeecharam, Thiru Panaiyur, Thiru Pukalur, Thiru Pukalur Vardhamaneecharam, Ramanadeecharam, Thiru Payatrur and Thiru Chenkattangudi.
|Ambal||Sri Santha Nayagi|
|Theertham (Holy water)||Ksheera Pushkarani|
|Sthala Vriksham (Sacred Tree)||Vilvam tree|
|Pathigam (Hymn) rendered by||Saint Thirunavukarasar (Appar)-2|
- This is one of the 276 Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams and 72nd 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’s main tower does not have any tiers. In place of the Gopuram, there are beautiful sculptures depicting Lord Shiva, Vinayakar, Murugan and Goddess Parvathy.
- This temple has a beautiful arch at the entrance.
- This temple has a single corridor and it does not have a flag post (“Dwajasthambam”).
- The last consecration ceremony (Maha Kumbabishekam) took place on 10.09.2006.
History of the Temple
This ancient temple is located on the southern bank of the river Mudikondan.
According to legend, in ancient times, this region was densely covered with Vilwa trees. Hence, this place gets the name Vilvaranyam.
The historical names of this place are Vilvaranyam and Thirukkondeecharam. However, now this place is known as Thirukkandeeswaram.
There is a stone inscription in this temple which dates back to the period of Vijayanagara King Veera Krishnadevarayar.
This temple is under the administrative control of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department of Government of Tamil Nadu (HR&CE).