This Shivastalam is located 10 km south of Tiruvarur.
Mavur road is the nearest railway station here. Tirukkarayil,
one of the 7 Vitanka stalams is located 5 km east of here. This shrine
is regarded as the 118th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola
Region south of the river Kaveri.
is believed that Shiva settled the assets of Ratnendra Chola and his father here and hence
the name Ratneswarar. The name Karinatheswarar stems from the worship offered by an
elephant here. Kai Kattu Vinayakar is said to have pointed out Shiva and Parvati
in disguise, to Sundarar. Kotpuli Nayanar is associated with this shrine and his
association is commemorated each year in the month of Aadi.
The Temple: The current structure is only about a hundred and fifty
years old. A single prakaram adorns this temple. Four worship services are offered each
day. The Nadavu Utsavam in the month of Aadi is of importance here.