Arulmigu Kathali Vaneshwarar Temple - History

Sthala History

Thirukkalambur is a village located in Pudukkottai District of Tamil Nadu. It is approx. 80 km from Thiruchirapalli (Trichy) and 40 km from Pudukkottai. The nearest towns are Ponnamaravathy and Singampunari (approx. 10 km). The salient feature of this place is about the two ancient temples situated here, which was built approx. in 10th Century A.D. by the king "Thondaiman". The name of one of the temple is "Sri Kathali Vaneshwarar temple" or "Sri Vaithiyanathan temple" and the other one is " Sri Perumal temple".

Because of horse's paw knocked on the Lord Siva, this village was named as Thirukkulambur (in Tamil, 'kulambu' means animal's paw). This name got changed as Thirukkalambur in years. Thirukkalambur is also denoted as Maraimaan Vikrama Pandiya Nallur in the temple's Stone Inscriptions. The reason for this name can be a great theme for history students.

There are some other village Temples like Sri Kodiyeri Amman. There is an unauthenticated tradition that, at the time of the ‘Poligar War’ of 1799, the famous Kattabomman of Panchalankurichchi and his dumb brother had taken refuge in the jungles of Tondaiman territory near Thirukkalambur.