This Shivastalam located at Aaduturai near Tiruvidaimarudur
is is one of the two Kurngaaduturais where Sugreeva and Vaali are believed to have
worshipped Shiva. Vada Kurangaaduturai is located near Tiruvaiyaru.
Ten Kurandagudurai is gets its name from its location South of the river Kaveri. Kanjanur and Tirumangalakkudi
are other Shivastalams in the vicinity. The image above is that of the Natarajar shrine at
Kanjanur. Ten Kurangaduturai is considered to be the 31st in the
series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located south of the
Legends: Hanuman and Sugreeva worshipped here, and Shiva is
said to have revealed a vision of his Cosmic dance to Sugreeva. It is also believed that
Vaali was killed by Rama here.
This temple was rebuilt by Sembiyan Mahadevi - the Chola queen (10th
century); in the rebuilt structure, earlier inscriptions from the older structure were
re-engraved. This temple with 2 prakarams has a large Rajagopuram. The niche images here
are those of Vinayakar, Natarajar, Agastyar, Dakshinamurthy, Lingodbhavar, Bhrama,
Bhikshatanar, Alinganamurthy (Shiva and Parvati) and Durga. The sun's rays illuminate the
sanctum for three days in a year. Festivals celebrated here include Arudra Darisanam,
Navaratri and Sivaratri.