It is believed that this temple was built in the 7th century by Chola King Kulothungan III.
As per the inscriptions on the stone walls of the temple, the village’s name is mentioned as “Iruncheri”.
Another reasoning behind the name Irumbai is that this place was once densely populated by Iluppai trees and so the village got the name Iluppai. Over a period of time this name got changed to Irumbai.
Legend / Local stories
According to the legend, a saint called Mahakala Rishi, during his pilgrimage, installed three lingams – one in Ujjain in North India (Vada Naadu), one at Ambar Makalam near Mayiladuthurai in the south (Then Naadu) and the third one at this place (Nadu Naadu). Hence the Lord here is named Sri Mahakaleshwarar.
How to Reach:
Irumbai is about 10 kms from Puducherry and 2 kms away from Morattandi on Puducherry to Tindivanam route. After Morattandi, there is a small road on the right side leading to Irumbai village where the temple is located. Also, the temple is in the vicinity of Auroville International Township.
Two more Padal Petra Sthalam, Kiliyanur and Arisili are located very near to this place.
Shri Mahakaleswarar Temple,
Vanur Taluk, Villupuram District,
Tamil Nadu – 605 111