Anbil Alanthurai Temple is dedicated to Shiva and is located in the banks of kollidam river in Anbil, a small village near Lalgudi. This Holy Temple is one among 275 Shiva Sthalams.
The temple has a 5-tier Rajagopuram, an outer prakaram(outer courtyard) and a nandavanam (flower garden). There are lot of inscriptions in the walls of the temple revealing Chola architecture.
A five tiered Raja Gopuram, and two prakarams, the outer one with a Nandavanam, and the inner one with the mandapams are the structural elements of this temple. The sanctum faces east and so does the Ambal shrine. There is a nice image of Vishnu flanked by Surya and Chandra in the space normally occupied by Lingodbhavar.
Legend has it that Bhrama (from Satyalokam) and Vaageesamuni worshipped here, hence the name Satyavageeswarar or Bhramapureeswarar. It is believed that Sambandar sang the praises of Anbil, from across the Kollidam river which was in spate, and that Ganapati leaned forward to hear it (Sevi Saaitta Vinayakar). (The image above is that of the Sundarar, Appar, Sambandar and Manikkavacakar).
This Shivastalam is located near Lalgudi, near Tiruchirappalli. It is considered to be the 57th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located north of the river Kaveri.
Anbilalanturai Temple is the 57th in the series of Tevara Stalams located north of the river Kaveri. Legend: Bhrama and Vaageesamuni worshipped here, hence the name Satyavageeswarar or Bhramapureeswarar.
There are stone images portraying the legends associated with the temple on the exterior walls. Inscriptions from the Chola and Hoysala periods are seen here.
This temple was rebuilt during Parantaka Chola's period before which it was a two-tiered temple. There are sculptures in the mandapam in front of the sanctum.
Presiding Deity : Satyavageeswarar
Ambal : Soundara Nayaki
Theertham: Gayatri Theertham
Patikam : Sambandar,Appar