This Shivastalam is located at a distance of 4 km from Mayiladuturai. Tiruneedur, another Shivastalam is located nearby. There is
a temple to Kariyamaanikka Perumaal in the vicinity of this temple. Kurukkai Veerattam, where Shiva is said to have consumed
Manmathan, is located close by.
Legend:has it that Rathi the wife of
Manmathan worshipped Shiva here, after which Shiva is believed to have restored him
in a physical form to her, & in a formless form to all else. Shiva is said to have
appeared before Agni under the lemon tree which is the stala vriksham here & hence the
name Vikucharanyeswarar. The Pandavas are also believed to have vsited this shrine. Shiva
is also said to have blessed Harischandra here, & hence the name Aabatsakayeswarar.
Other: The sun's rays illuminate the sanctum for 5 days from the 24th
day of the month of Pisces (Panguni) & hence this shrine is referred to as a
Bhaskarastalam. Three worship services are offered each day here.