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This is one of the 276 Devara Padal Petra Shiva Sthalams and Nadu Naadu’s 33rd Shiva Sthalam.This is said to be the last (276th) Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam to be detected so far.
- Moolavar:Sri Agastheewarar
- Ambal:Sri Akilandeswari
- Theertham (Holy water):Agni Theertham
- Sthala Vriksham (Sacred Tree):Vanni
- Pathigam (Hymn) rendered by:Saint Thirugnanasambanthar.
- Location:Kiliyannavur (Kiliyanur),Villupuram,Tamil Nadu.
In this temple, Lord Shiva is a (self-manifested) Swayambumurthi.
For safety purposes, the procession idols (Urchavars) are kept elsewhere as they were stolen once and later recovered.
This is a Sthalam parikara Rahu-Kedu. There is no flag post (Kodimaram) or main tower (Rajagopuram) in this temple.
This temple was built in the Chola era and is about 1500 years old. “Killi” is the surname of the kings of Chola and there are historical references to kings like King Nedungkilli and King Killivalavan of the Chola period.
It is likely that the name “Kiliyanur” of this place may have been derived from its relation to the Chola dynasty.