Vaalkoliputrur is also known as Vaaloliputrur or Tiruvaalapputrur. It is located 16 km
from Mayiladuturai. It is
considered to be the 29th in the series of the Tevara Stalams located
in Chola Nadu north of the river Kaveri.
has it that the Pandavas and Draupadi worshipped Shiva here. The Durga Shrine here is
considered to be of significance. Durga is said to have slain Mahishasuran at
Kadaattalaimedu nearby.The serpent Vasuki is said to have resided in a snake hill - Putru
and then worshipped Shiva here. Shiva is said to have blessed a thirsty Arjuna with water,
and hidden his sword in an ant hill (Vaal Oli Putrur) and then revealed his Self.
This temple with 3 prakarams occupies an area of about 1.25 acres..A
Rajagopuram adorns the entrance to the inner prakaram . The festival idol of Vasuki is of
great beauty. The shrine to Durga is considered to be of great significance.
Vaaloliputtur is also known as Durgapuram, and it is believed that Durga is to be
worshipped first in this temple. The Navagrahams are noticeably absent in this shrine.
Festivals: Four woship services are offered each day and the
annual festival is observed in the month of Vaikasi. Other festivals celebrated here
include Kartikai Deepam, Arudra Darisanam, Pankuni Uthram, Aavani Moolam, Aadi Pooram,
Navaratri, Vinayaka Chaturti and Skanda Sashti..