Sri Pazhamalainathar Temple is situated in Tirumudukunram, villupuram , TamilNadu. This Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva . This Holy shrine is one among 275 Shiva Sthalams and is one of the Naadu Nadu Shiva Temple.
The legend is that Agasthyar, Surya, Chandra, Brahma and Vishnu have worshipped Siva here. Siva is also said to have blessed the Devas with a vision of the Cosmic Dance and it is believed that this Stalam stayed untouched through the great deluge.
It is recorded that Sundarar is believed to have dropped his gold ring in the Manimuttar River here, and retrieved it in the Kamalalayam tank at Tiruvarur.
It is one of the place giving salvation to the departed. It is even considered holier than Holy Kasi i.e. Varanasi. People in the past believed that Pazamalainathar himself the presiding diety here used to ulter Panchatchara Mandiram into the ears of dead.
Hence in olden days people of Virudhachalam never bothered to undertake a pilgrimage to Varanasi when they become old and weak. As a result this place is also come to known as Virudhakasi.
Sri Thiruganasambhandar, Sri Thirunavukarasar, saint Sundrar had sung the golory of Pazhamalainathar.It is to be noted that goddess is worshipped in the form of elderly lady called Periyayahi alias Virudhambihai.
At this request of guru Namasivayar she also took the form of young women with the name Balambihai. Vannimaram is the Holy tree.
Virudhagireeswarar Temple is known as Pazhamalainathar Temple. It is situated of the northen bank of the riverManimuthar. It is at a distance of 3 kilometers from Virudhachalam Railway junction and 1 kilometer from Virudhachalam Town Railway Station and 1 kilometer from Virudhachalam Bus Stand.
This temple has been constructed according to Agama Shastram and it has five Gopurams, five Praharams, five Nandhhi, five Kodimarm and five holy Cars.
It is a big temple with vast courtyards surrounded by tall walls and towers on the four sides. The outermost prakaram is referred to as Kailasa Prakaram. A sage by name Vipachit is believed to have built the earliest structure of this temple, and his image is kept under the
vanni tree here.
The presiding deity - Pazhamalainathar, Vridhagireeswarar
Ambal - Periya Nayaki, Vriddambika.
Sthala vriksham - Vanni