The Moolavar here is called asThiripuranthakar, Thiruvirkolanathar. Ambal is called by the
name Thirupuranthaki. Lord is called as Thiripuranthakar because he
killed the Asuras of Thiripuram. As he starts for the fight, the, axle of his
chariot was broken. He got down from the chariot and stands with his bow
and arrow in a rare form. Hence he is called by the name Thiruvirkolanathar.
And this place is also called Thiruvirkolam. Lord Siva rose as suyambu from kooram, that is axle. This Kooram later became Koovam as
During the Brahmmotsavam festival, Lord appears with the bow. This darshan is considered very important in this temple.
Swamy: Arulmigu Thiripuranthagar
Ambal : Arulmigu Thiripuranthagi
Theertham : Koovakni Theertham
Sthala Viruksham : Vilvam
Pathigam: Thirugnanasambandar sung the Pathigam on this deity.
This temple is one of
the pancha bootha sthalam of Thondanadu temples. This temple is Agni Sthalam
which represents fire. The Moolavar is a suyambu lingam and the lingam is
untouchable. Even the sivachariar who is doing the
abishegam and pooja will not touch the lingam. The deity will appear in white
colour if it is going to rain heavily. If the lingam appears in red colour, it
announce a caution that a war is going to happen. About this wonder
Thirugnanasambandar praised about this lord in his Thevara Pathigam.
Koovam river is flowing near the temple. For abishekam water is taken from this river.
There is a village nearby the temple by name PINCHIVAKKAM. Every day milk is brought from this village at 11.00 AM for Abishekam and Uchikala Kala pooja (Mid day pooja at around 12.00 Noon).
There is an injury scar on the head of Lord Shiva. Hence, pujas are performed without touching the head of the Lord. Borneol (Pachai Karpuram) is sprayed on Lord?s head and abishek is performed with milk. It is said that Lord Shiva is performing penance here. As the sound of frogs would be a hindrance to penance, there are no frogs in the Agni Theertha here, it is said. As the Lord took on a march against Tripuranthaka demons, He also bears the name Tripuranthaka, and Mother Tripuranthaki. When the axle of His Rath broke, Lord got down and stood with his bow and arrow. Lord Shiva holding a bow is a rare form, hence also named Tiruvirkolanathar. The place is named Tiruvirkolam. During the Chithirai Brahmmotsavam festival, Lord appears with the bow. This darshan is considered very important in the temple.
At the request of Sages Munjikesar and Karkodar, Lord Shiva played his Oordhva Thandavam a dance with fast and furious movements and won Kali in the competition. Kali was too angry to accept Her defeat. Lord Shiva told Kali that He would be playing a pleasing dance Raksha dance in Tiruvirkolam when She can have His darshan and shed Her anger. Kali had the pleasing darshan of the Lord on the occasion and became merciful. Kali is gracing the devotees in the name of Tharka Madha in a separate shrine a little away from the temple. Kali assumed the name of Tharka Madha as She contested against Lord Shiva in the dance competition. Tharka in Sanskrit means debate.
Worshipping Lord Tripuranthaka enhances the personality of the devotee, relieves him/her from evil and arrogant behaviours. It makes family life more loving. Devotees also pray to Lord Achirutha Vinayaka who damaged the Rath of Lord Shiva before starting any new undertakings.