This is a Shivastalam located in the vicinity of Tiruppugalur,
Tiruchenkattankudi and Tiruchattamangai
and is one of the 78 maadakkovils built at an elevation by Ko Chenkann Cholan, known by
the name Manikkagiri. It is considered to be the 80th in the series of Tevara Stalams in
the Chola kingdom located south of the river Kaveri.
Legend has it that Lakshmi got reunited
with Vishnu upon worshipping Shiva, hence the name Tirumarugal.The name marugal also comes
from the stala vruksham - Vaazhai. Vinayakar here is known by the name Visham Theertha
Vinayakar. Sambandar is said to have brought back to life, the husband of a newly wed
bride (a devotee of Shiva) upon singing the Patikam 'Sadaiyai Enumaal' (Vidam Theertha
Patikam) and this event is commemorated in a celebration each year.
The Temple: The entrance to this temple with 2 prakarams is crowned
with a 5 tiered Rajagopuram.The tank in front of the temple is known as Lakshmi Theertham.
The madakkoyil is reached through a flight of stairs on the side. Murals depicting legends
associated with this temple are seen in the Amman shrine. Siruthonda Nayanar is associated
with this shrine. One of the tanks here is named Seerala Theertham, after the son of
Festivals: Five worship services are offered each day, and Chitra
Pournami is also celebrated here.