This Shivastalam is located 14 km south of Kumbhakonam, 4 km north of Kodavasal. Arisikraraiputtur and Tirunaraiyur
are located between Kumbhakonam and Tirucherai. In the vicinity is the Tirucherai
Vaishnava Divya Desam. Tirucherai is regarded as the 95th in the series
of Tevara Stalams in the Chola Region south of the river Kaveri.
Legends: Markandeyar and Kaveri are said to
have worshipped Shiva in this shrine. Dowmya risih is also believed to have worshipped
Shiva here. Kaveri is also believed to have worshipped Vishnu in the Tirucherai
Divyadesam, and there is a small Kaveriamman shrine at the Saranathan temple here.
This temple occupies an area of about an acre and a half.
The Ambal shrine also faces east here. There is a shrine to
Amritaghateswarar said to have been worshipped by Markandeya. There are
also shrines to Bhairavar, Gajalakshmi, Runa Vimochana Lingeswarar and
worship services are offered each day.