Sri Gokilambal Thirukameswar Temple is also known as Villianur Temple. One of the famous temples around Pondicherry, this shrine is not just a religious destination but a major tourist attraction as well, thanks to its marvelous architecture. The presiding deity here is Lord Shiva, worshipped in the form of Thirukameswar (Shiva Linga). Gokilambal refers to the goddess worshipped with Shiva in this temple. It is an ancient temple that dates back to the 12th century when this place was under the rule of the Chola dynasty. If legends are to be believed, a Chola king once suffered from leprosy. He worshipped Lord Shiva and got cured of his ailment. As a mark of his gratitude for the Lord, he built this temple.
It is believed that whoever pulls the chariot will get their wishes fulfilled by Lord Shiva, attracting thousands of devotees from all parts of Pondicherry and Tamil Nadu to this place at that time.
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How to Reach:
E Car St, Villianur, Puducherry 605110
0413 266 6396.