(Last Updated on : 05-12-2015)
Tirukkurukkai Temple is one of the 8 Veeratta shrines and is considered to be the 26th in the series of the Tevara Stalams located in Chola Nadu north of the river Kaveri.
: Tirukkurukkai is connected with the destruction of Manmathan by Shiva. Shiva meditated under the Kadukkai tree here after the destruction of the vain Daksha's yaagam, hence the name Yogeeswarar. After slaying of Kaama, he was brought back to life for the sake of Rathi, hence the name Kama Anga Naasan.
: This temple covers 2.5 acres The entrance has a nine-tiered Rajagopuram. The temple has two prakarams. Stucco images on the vimana tell the legends connected with the stalapuranam. Natarajar's Sabha is known as Kaamaanganaasini Sabha and the Taandavam here is Veera Natanam. Appar is said to have visited this shrine. Inscriptions from the period of Raja Raja Chola I, his descendants and of Vijayanagar rulers are found in this temple.
: The slaying of Kama is enacted on Masi Magham (full moon) while the annual festival concludes two days later. Other festivals celebrated here include Vinayaka Chaturthi, Navaratri and Sivaratri