Omampuliyur Temple is one of the five Puliyurs associated with Vyagrapadar. It is the 31st in the series of the Tevara Stalams located in Chola Nadu north of the river Kaveri.
Legends: Shiva Dakshinamurthy revealed the Pranva Upadesam to Parvati here, and hence the name Pranavavyagrapuram. The name Omaampuliyur is said to have been derived from this legend (Om Aam Puliyur). A hunter who climbed the vilva tree as he was being pursued by a tiger attained salvation here. Vyagrapadar (the saint with tiger's claws and feet) is worshipped here, as in Perumpuliyur, Erukkattampuliyur, Paatirippuliyur and Perumpatrappuliyur (Chidambaram).
Temple: This temple with a three-tiered Rajagopuram facing the east. Images illustrating the stala puraanam are seen in the front mandapam. One of these depicts Shiva blessing Vishnu with the Chakrayudam while the other depicts five of the Puliyurs. A stone image of Nataraja occupies the niche reserved for Dakshinamurthy in the sanctum, while Dakshinamurthy occupies the grand Sabha, usually set for Natarajar. Shiva is also known as Pranava Vyagrapureeswarar here.
Festivals: Thai Poosam, Maasi Magam, Navaratri and Sivaratri are the annual festivals celebrated here.
(Last Updated on : 17-09-2010)