The Tiruttalinathar temple is a grand Shivastalam in Pandya Nadu. Rameswaram and Tiruvadanai
are the other Shivastalams nearby. This shrine is regarded
as the 6th of the Tevara Stalams in the Pandya region of Tamilnadu.
Legends: Shiva is said to have
revealed a vision of the Cosmic Dance to Lakshmi here (Gowri Tandavam); The concept of
Pranavam is said to have realized that Shiva & Pranavam were one and the same here,
& is said to have manifested itself as the Konrai Maram. Agasthyar, Valmiki, Jayanthan
the son of Devendran are said to have worshipped here.
The Temple: This 15 acre temple has 4 prakarams and a beautiful
vimanam with several stucco images. Stone images of Nataraja and Sivakami are seen in this
temple. The Yoga Bhairavar shrine (facing West) is of significance here. Interesting metal
images of Rama, Sita and Lakshmana are also seen here. The Navagrahams
are in a seated posture as in Tirukkodunkunram. Several inscriptions are found in
this temple. The Kunnakkudi-Tiruvannamalai Aadheenam manages this temple.
Festivals: Vinayaka Chaturthi, Navaratri, Kartikai Deepam, Arudra
Darisanam and Vaikasi Visaakam are celebrated here in addition to the Jayantan Festival
celebrated in the Tamil month of Chittirai (1st Friday).