Tiruvirumpoolai Temple is a 'Gurustalam' where Dakshinamurthy is held in great reverence, attracting huge crowds when Jupiter transits between zodiac signs. The festival image is considered one of the 9 Navagrahastalams of the Chola region. This shrine the 98th in the series of Tevara Stalams south of the river Kaveri.
Legends: Dakshinamurthy preached to the gods who had swooned under the impact of the poison that came from the churning of the milky ocean. Parvati is said to have been reborn on the banks of Amrita Pushkarini and later on reunited with Shiva. Viswamitrar worshipped Shiva here.
Temple: There are 15 theerthams in this temple. It occupies an area of about 1.25 acres, surrounded by lofty walls. One of the theerthams is a well located in the temple and it is referred to as the Jnana koopam. East of the temple is the Poolaivala river, whose waters are used in abhishekam. Inscriptions dating back to the period of Vikrama Chola (1131), are seen here. There are shrines here to Surya, Gurumoksheswarar, Somanathar, Saptarishi nathar,Someswarar, Vishnunathar and Bhrameesar, Kaasi Viswanathar and Visalakshi.
Festivals: The annual Bhrammotsavam is celebrated in the month of Chittirai. In addition, Navaratri, Skanda Sashti, Aadi Puram, Arudra Darisanam, Kartikai Deepam, Thai Poosam and Pankuni Uththiram are celebrated here.
(Last Updated on : 16-09-2010)