Visited on: 1st April, 2018


Thiru Vanchiyam (Sri Vanchiyam) is located at a distance of about 30 kms from Kumbakonam on the Kumbakonam - Natchiarkovil - Nannilam route. From Nannilam, it is about 6 kms and from Thiruvarur, it is about 17 kms.

Other Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams near this place are – Nannilam, Thiru Kondeecharam, Thiruveezhimizhalai, Serukudi, Thalaiyalangadu and Thiru Peruvelur.

General Information

MoolavarSri Vaanchinathar, Sri Vanchi Lingeswarar
AmbalSri Mangalambikai, Sri Vazhavantha Nayaki, Sri Sugandha Kundalaambikai
Theertham (Holy water)Gupta Ganga, Yama Theertham, Anandha Theertham, Deva Theertham, Lakshmi Theertham, Naga Theertham and Chakra Theertham
Sthala Vriksham (Sacred Tree)Sandalwood tree
Pathigam (Hymn) rendered bySaint Thirugnanasambanthar-1,
Saint Thirunavukarasar (Appar)-1,
Saint Sundaramurthy (Sundarar)-1


  • This is one of the 276 Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams and 70th Shiva Sthalam on the Southern bank of the river Cauvery in Chozha Nadu (Thenkarai).
  • Lord Shiva in this temple is a Swayambumurthi (self-manifested). 
  • This temple is famous for Lord Yama’s shrine. 
  • Devotees worship the lord here and seek his blessings for a long and prosperous life.
  • This temple is famous as a Rahu-Ketu parihara Sthalam. 
  • This place is called as the “Mount Kailash on earth” (“Bhoologa Kailash”). 
  • This is one of a few Paadal petra sthalams where the “Nalvar” (the four saints - Saint Thirugnanasambanthar, Saint Thirunavukarasar (Appar), Saint Sundaramurthy (Sundarar) and Saint Manickavasagar had rendered their Pathigams. 
  • This east facing temple has 3 corridors and its main tower (Rajagopuram) has 5-tiers.
  • The last consecration ceremony (Maha Kumbabishekam) took place on 10.04.1989.

History of the Temple

This is one of the six Shivasthalams on the banks of the river Cauvery which are considered to be very sacred and are equivalent to Kasi (Banaras). These are Thiruvengadu, Thiruvaiyaru, Chaayavanam, Mayiladuthurai, Thiruvidaimarudur and Thiruvanchiam (this temple).

According to Hindu mythology, at the end of every “Yuga”, there is a huge flood (deluge) that leads to the destruction of all living beings on the earth. This is called the “Pralayam”. It is believed that this place was not destroyed even at the end of the “Pralayam”.

It is believed that in each of the four Yugas the idol of Lord Shiva takes a different form. It is considered to be made out of gemstone (Rathinam) in Kretha Yuga, gold in Thretha Yuga, silver in Dvapara Yuga and granite in Kali Yuga.

There are 27 stone inscriptions in this temple which date back to the periods of the later Cholas, Pandiyas and Nayakkars. This temple was originally built by Chola King Rajarajan.

The historical names of this place are Vanchiyapathi, Santhanavanam, Thiruvaraiyur, Bhukailasam and Gandhaaranyam.

This temple is under the administrative control of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department of Government of Tamil Nadu (HR&CE).