Visited on: 24th August, 2018.
Anbil Alandurai (Keezh Anbil) is located at a distance of about 30 kms from Trichy and 8 kms away from Lalgudi on the Trichy to Lalgudi route.
Other Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams near this place are –
Thirumanthurai, Thirukkanur, Mela Thirukkattuppalli, Thiruppatrurai, Perumpuliyur, Thiru Mazhapadi, Thiru Pazhuvoor, Thiruvaiyaru, Thiru Neithanam, Kandiyur, Thiru Chotruthurai, Thiru Vedhikudi, Thiruppoonthuruthi, Thiruvaalampozhil, Thiruvanaikkaval, Trichy Malaikkottai, Karkudi, Mukkeecharam, Erumbiyur and Nedungalam.
|Moolavar||Sri Sathiyavakeeswarar, Sri Alanthuraiyar,|
|Ambal||Sri Soundhara Nayagi|
|Theertham (Holy water)||Chandra Theertham|
|Sthala Vriksham (Sacred Tree)||Banyan tree|
|Pathigam (Hymn) rendered by||Saint Thirugnanasambanthar,|
Saint Thirunavukarasar (Appar)
- This is one of the 276 Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams and 57th Shiva Sthalam on the northern bank of the river Cauvery in Chozha Nadu (Vadakarai).
- Lord Shiva in this temple is a Swayambumurthi (self-manifested).
- This east facing temple has two corridors and its main tower (Rajagopuram) has 5-tiers.
- The last consecration ceremony (Maha Kumbabishekam) took place on 09.06.2004.
History of the Temple
Anbilanthurai is a combination of the name of this village “Anbil” and the name of this temple “Alanthurai”.
This place is located on the northern bank of the river Coleroon (Kollidam), a tributary of the river Cauvery.
There are some stone inscriptions in the temple which date back to the periods of Cholas and the Hoysalas.
It is believed that this temple was originally a Maada Kovil (a temple built on a raised platform). It was later rebuilt by the Chola King Parantakan-I without the elevated platform.
This temple is under the administrative control of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department of Government of Tamil Nadu (HR&CE).