This temple lies in the Tanjore district of TamilNadu. It’s about 2 miles from Kollumankudi which is on the Aranthangi – Maayavaram railway route. There is not much of places for staying.
Gauthama Maharishi was the son of Madhiya Nandhana Maharishi. He was a devotee of Lord Shiva. To offer pure and sweet fruits and fine flowers he requested Lord Shiva to grant him eyes in his hand finger tips and claws like tiger. And he got the name Viyakirapadha rishi. Then he married Vashits Maharishi’s sister and bore upamanyu Maharishi as his son.
Once Padanjali, the son of Aadhishesha came to chidambaram and joined the Maharishi to enjoy the graceful dance of Lord Shiva and attained the eternal happiness in the process.
Lord Shiva ordered Viyakirapadha rishi to do penance at Sivapuliyur requesting Lord Maha vishnu to give him place in vaigundam. As the saint who was in the form of a Tiger this place is known as Serupuliyur. He has also got a seat under the feet of the perumal in the Moolavar Sannathi.
Salam means Maya. Here the Lord god lays in the sleeping posture indicating yoga maya (of the type Arithunar Yoga Thuil).
It’s been said the perumal of this place gave protection to the snake Aadhiseshan from his enemy Garuda.
The Lord here is very small in size. Thirumangaialwar worried about this. So, Perumal asked him to come to Thirukannamangai to view his very big statue.
The Moolavar of this sthalam is Sri Arulmaakadal. He is also called with other names like Arulmaakadalamudhu, Salasayana Perumal. He is giving his seva in Kidantha (Sleeping) Thirukkolam in Bhujanga sayanam. Prathyaksham for Vyasa Maharishi and Viyakra Padarishi.
The Thayaar found in this sthalam is Thirumaamagal Naachiyar. And the Utsavar Thaayar is Dhaya Naayagi.
The Utsavar found in this sthalam is Kriba Samudira perumal.
Thirumangaialwar – 10 Paasurams. Total – 10 Paasurams.
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