This Shivastalam is located 9 km west of Peralam, past Tirumeeyachur
and Tiruppampuram. It is
considered to be the 60th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola
kingdom located south of the river Kaveri. The famed Shivastalam Tiruveezhimizhalai is located nearby.
Shiva is portrayed
here as Santoshaalinganamoorthy. Legend has it that Garudan, Mars and the Gandharvas
worshipped in this shrine known as Sookshmapuri. Legend has it
that Parvati worshipped Shiva in the form of a Shivalingam made with a
handful of earth, and hence the name siru-pidi which gradually changed
to Sirukudi. The Shivalingam here is a prithvilingam to whom
Abhishekam is not offered. Given the stalapuranam, the image of
Santoshaalinganamurthy is of great significance.
Given the name Mangalambika,
worshipping here on Tuesdays is considered auspicious.
This east facing temple has a
three tiered Rajagopuram. There are shrines to Mangalavinayakar and
Subramanyar. Maasimagam and Arudra Darisanam are celebrated here.