Turai Kaattu Vallal is a Lord Shiva temple located in Vilanagar near Mayiladuturai. This Shiva stalam is situated 5 km to the east of Mayiladurai on the way to Tarangambadi and is considered to be the 40th in the series of Tevara Stalams of the Chola kingdom, located south of the river Kaveri. It occupies an area of about 2.3 acres and is ornamented with a large Rajagopuram. Most of the current structure is only about 300 years old, having inscriptions from the Chola and Nayak periods. Semponaar Koyil is positioned near. This temple is also known as Aarupaati. While Sambandar was on his way to Mayiladuturai, Shiva caused the floods in the Kaveri to retreat and pointed out the temple to him; thus the name Turai Kaattu Vallal.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from diseases
- Purchase of vehicles
- Gain Knowledge
Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree
Meaning -Oh Lord Shiva who is seated on Mount Kailash, where the moon decorates his forehead and the king of serpents crown his head, who is merciful and removes delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.
Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat
Meaning -We worship the fragrant Lord Shiva, who has 3 eyes and who cultivates all beings. May He free me from death, for immortality, as even a cucumber is separated from its bond with the vine.