(Last Updated on : 16/09/2010)
Tirukkurukaavur Temple with a single prakaram covers an area of about an acre and a half. There is also a shrine to Vishnu - Kariamaanikka Perumaal here. This temple was rebuilt (of stone) in the 10th century, during the period of Uttama Chola. Niche images around the sanctum and the ardhamandapam here include those of Vinayakar, Dakshinamurthy, Lingodbhavar, Bhrama, Durga, Vishnu and Mohini. Inscriptions from the times of Uttama Chola, Raja Raja Chola, Rajendra Chola and Kulottunga Chola I are seen in this temple. The Theertham here is Velvidai Theertham (a well), whose waters are believed to turn white on the new moon day in the month of Thai (Capricorn).
This Shivastalam, is also known as Velladai and is located close to Sirkali en route to Ten Tirumullaivayil. Tirukkurukaavur was considered to be the 13th in the series of Tevara Stalangal on the northern banks of the river Kaveri.
Vishnu is said to have taken the form of a white Rishabham and prayed to Shiva, hence Velvidai, Rishabapuram, and Vishnupuram. Shiva caused Kuberan to provide a poor devotee with a gift of gems hence the name Ratnankureswarar. Agni in the guise of a pigeon tested King Sibiand to regain his original form, created a river and offered its waters in prayer to Shiva, hence the name Kurukavur Shiva And is said to Sundaramoorthy Nayanar provide a meal of curds rice and hence the name Daddiyonnapuram.
Four worship services are offered each day here. Shiva's blessing Sundaramoorthy Nayanar is enacted on Chitra Pournami, and his blessing Sambandar with water is enacted on Thai Amavasai. Skanda Sashti is also celebrated here.