This Shivastalam is located at Sivapuri - 2 km away from Chidambaram
in the vicinity of Tiruvetkalam
near Annamalai University. Tirunelvaayil is the
3rd in the series of Tevara Stalangal on the northern banks of
the river Kaveri in the Chola region of Tamilnadu.This temple houses two shrines, one to Uchinathar of Nelvayil with a sculptured panel of
Shiva and Parvati behind, and a shrine to Paalvannanathar of Tirukkazhippalai.
It is believed that Sambandar visited Chidambaram
from Sirkaazhi, accompanied by Tiruneelakanda
Yaazhpaanar and others. Considering the whole of Chidambaram
to be a Koyil, he resided at Tiruvetkalam. He is
believed to have visited Tirunelvaayil, and Tirukkazhippaalai from Tiruvetkalam
and composed his Patikam.
The Temple: This east facing temple
has a five tiered rajagopuram crowning its entrance. Facing the temple
is the temple tank. In the outer circumambulatory path are shrines to
Ganesha and Murugan, Bhairavar. The Ambal shrine within the temple
faces south. There is a shrine housing images of Nataraja and Sivakami.
There are inscriptions from the Nayak period here. Five worship
services are carried out each day and the annual festival is
celebrated on Vaikashi Vishakam as in Tiruvetkalam.