This is a small shrine in Pillayarpalayam in Kanchipuram, which is home to the grand Ekambareswarar Temple Shivastalam. The image above
is that of Somaskandar at the Ekambreswarar temple. There is a temple in honor of
Sambandar (Aaludaiyapillai) here, and hence the name Pillayarpalayam, although none of
Sambandar's Patikams in honor of this shrine are presently available.
This is the 2nd of the 32 Tevara Stalams in the Tondai region of South
has it that Vishnu meditated upon Shiva here to attain
The Temple: There are 2 other Shivalingams in this shrine Odha
Urigeeswarar and Mutheeswarar. The Sambandar festival is conducted each year here.
The temple has a three tiered Rajagopuram. The Metralinathar shrine
faces west. There is a shrine to Kamakshi although it is believed to be
of later origin. Festivities pertaining to the Kachabeswarar temple in
Kanchipuram are linked with this temple. There are also shrines to
Ganesha, Subramanya, Kasi Viswanathar, Bhairavar and others. Oda
Urugeeswarar shrine is an east facing one. Please
see the Ekambareswarar Temple for more
information on Kanchipuram.