Shivastalam is a maadakkovil at an elevation built by Kochenkann Cholan, as in Tirunallur nearby. It is in the vicinity of Sattimuththam, Patteeswaram
and the ancient Chola capital of Pazhaiyaaru abounding in archeological remains. Sangam
poets such as Aavoor kizhaar were born here. This temple is
considered to be the 21st in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola
kingdom located south of the river Kaveri.
Legends:Kamadhenu is said
to have come down to the earth here (Go vanda Kudi) and worshipped Shiva.
Legend also has it that Shiva here was worshipped by Bhrahma, the
Saptarishis, the Devas, Indra, Surya, the Navagrahas and Vasishta.
Legend has it that the hillock on which the temple is built was a
result of the tussle between Adiseshan and Vayu as in Tirunallur.
The Temple: A five tiered Rajagopuram adorns the entrance to this
temple which occupies an area of about an acre. Inscriptions from the period of Rajendra
Chola III are seen here. Four worship services are offered each day.