Madhyarjuneshwar Temple, Pettavaithalai, Trichy
|Architectural style:||Dravidian architecture|
Legend / Local stories
Pottralam Poovai Siddhar:
It is believed that Pottralam Poovai Siddhar attained Jeeva Samadhi in this temple. He was one of the Siddhas, whose specialty was in producing herbs and medicines for women specific ailments.
Parihara Sthalam for Brahma Hatya Dosha:
Historically, the temple was built by Kulothunga Chola III. As per the legend, he got Brahma Hatya Dosha (Brahma hatya dosh is the sin caused due to killing Brahmins). To get absolved from the sin, he built many temples for Lord Shiva. This is one among those temples.
The temple is believed to have been built by Kulothunga Chola III in the beginning of the 13th century CE. The stone inscription dated 1205-1206 CE from this king is found in this temple. Kulothunga Chozhan had built 64 Shiva temples to get rid of his Brahmahatti Dosham. This was one among those. Another inscription from Rani Mangammal of Nayaka dynasty dated 1685 CE is also found in the temple complex.
All types of ladies specific problems like mensus, uterus, menopause related are said to be cured by worshipping Shiva at this place. Worshipping Shiva in this place is recommended to get rid of Brahmahatti Dosha.
How to Reach:
The Temple is located at about 2 Kms from Pettavaithalai, 2 Kms from Pettavaithalai Railway Station, 2 Kms from Pettavaithalai Railway Station Bus Stop, 10 Kms from Kulithalai, 10 Kms from Thirupparaithurai, 15 Kms from Jeeyapuram, 33 Kms from Trichy, 31 Kms from Trichy Railway Station and 36 Kms from Trichy Airport. The Temple is located between Trichy and Karur and is accessible from both these cities. The temple is located at about 1 Km inside from the Trichy – Kulithalai main road. Passenger and Express trains from Trichy to Karur and Coimbatore stops at Pettavaithalai. Nearest Railway Station is located at Pettavaithalai and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.