Friday, July 8, 2022

Sundara Choleeswarar Temple, Kulathur, Pudukottai

Sundara Choleeswarar Temple, Kulathur, Pudukottai

Sundara Choleeswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, located in Kulathur Village near Keeranur Town in Kulathur Taluk in Pudukottai District of Tamil Nadu, India. The Temple is one of the protected monuments in Tamil Nadu declared by Archaeological Survey of India.


The temple is believed to be built by Cholas. Inscription dating back to the 30th regnal year of Kulotunga Chola III is the oldest inscription found in this temple. It records the reconstruction of the vimana of this temple.

The Temple

This temple is facing towards east. Nandi can be found in front of the mukha mandapam facing towards the sanctum. The temple consists of sanctum, ardha mandapam, maha mandapam and mukha mandapam.  Presiding deity is called as Sundara Choleeswarar and is facing east. He is housed in the sanctum in the form of Shiva Lingam. Only the lower portion of the vimana remains. Chandikeswarar shrine can be seen in his usual location. There is south facing shrine for goddess Parvathy in the mukha mandapam.


The temple is located at about 3 Kms from Keeranur Bus Stand, 3 Kms from Kulathur Railway Station, 3 Kms from Keeranur Railway Station, 8 Kms from Narthamalai, 22 Kms from Pudukkottai, 26 Kms from Trichy Airport and 36 Kms from Trichy. The temple is situated on Trichy to Pudukottai route.