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This is one of the 276 Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams and 2nd Shiva Sthalam on the northern bank of the river Cauvery in Chozha Nadu (Vadakarai). Lord Shiva in this temple is a self-manifested Swayambumurthi. This east facing temple has a 3-tiered main tower (Rajagopuram) and has two corridors.
- Moolavar : Pasupatheswarar
- Amman / Thayar : Satgunambal, Nalla Nayaki
- Thala Virutcham : Bamboo
- Theertham : Krupa Theertham
- Agamam / Pooja : Kameeyam
- Old year : 1000-2000 years old
- Historical Name : Tiruvetkalam – Chidambaram Town
- Location: Tiruvetkalam,Chidambaram,Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu.
This area was heavily populated, in ancient times, with bamboo trees. This temple is believed to be more than 2000 years old, and was built by kings of Pallava. It was redesigned by the Nattukkottai Chettiars at a later date. Moonkilvanam is the historical name of this location.
In the halls, apart from the shrines of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathy, there are shrines and idols of lords Nardana Vinayakar, Sidhdhi Vinayakar, Murugan with his consorts, Adhi Paasupatheswarar and Sri Shakti, Somaskandar, Uchi Vinayakar, Dakshinamurthy, Lingothbavar, Brahma in sitting posture, Durgai, Nalvar, Mahalakshmi, Navagraham, Bairavar, Suryan and Chandran.
In the hall one can see the procession idols of Arjuna and Lord Shiva (as Kirathakamurthy) holding the Paasupathasthiram with Goddess Parvathy.