The Sri Thuraikattum Vallalar Temple is the 40th sthalam on the southern side of River Cauvery. It is a Shivasthalam. Thiruganasambandar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple. This Shivastalam is located 5 km to the east of Mayiladuturai enroute to Tarangambadi and is considered to be the 40th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located south of the river Kaveri. Semponaar Koyil is located nearby. This shrine is also known as Aarupaati. When Sambandar was on his way to Mayiladuturai, Shiva is said to have caused the floods in the Kaveri to recede and pointed out the shrine to him; hence the name Turai Kaattu Vallal.
About the Temple
The temple is praised by Saint Tirugnana Sambandar in his Thevaram hymns. This is the 40th Shiva shrine on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in hymns. As the region was densely covered by the Vizhal grass, the place was named Vizhar Nagar which later changed as Vilar Nagar. When Saint Tirugnana Sambandar was on a pilgrimage to Kadaimudi and Mayiladuthurai, he could not proceed further due to heavy floods in Cauvery. The Saint was seeking somebody to show the way (thurai kattudhal), Lord came in the guise of a hunter and helped the saint.
About The deity
The presiding deity is Shiva. He is called as Thozhinayaki. His consort is known as Sri Veyirutholiammai.
Legend and Stories
A Shiva devotee, Arulvithan by name used to take basketful of flowers for the Tirupalli Ezhuchi (waking up the Lord for the morning puja) crossing the river. To test his resoluteness, Lord caused floods. Shocked, the devotee was more struggling to save the flower basket for Lord’s puja than his life. Pleased Lord, showed him the bank – Thurai of the river. Thurai means the bank of the river. Hence, He is praised as Thurai Kattum Vallalar – Lord showing the bank of the rivers.
Maha Shivrathri in February-March is grandly celebrated in the temple.
Prasad and Offering
People offer contribution for renovation and oil for daily lighting of lamps in the temple.
It is the staunch belief of the devotees they would have a lasting solution for any problem they face if they worship to Lord and Mother in the temple. Those seeking child boon use to make a knot in the grass (sacred tree-Vizhal) in the temple.
Nearby Place To Visit
This temple can be accessed by road from Mayiladuthurai (7.km). Tiruvila Nagar is situated on the way to semponnarkoil. The closest railways are in Mayiladuthurai and the closest airports are in Trichy and Chennai.
Sri Uchira Vaneswarar -Thurai Kattum Vallalar Temple,
Tiruvila Nagar (Arupathi post)
Pincode -609 309,
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- For success
- For removal of distractions
- lasting solution for any problem they face
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.
6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. 5.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.