Shiva: Sarguna Natheswarar
Patikam : Appar
Travel Base: Kumbakonam
Description: This Shivastalam located in the vicinity of Tirunallam (Konerirajapuram) and Tiruvanniyur, near Tiruveezhimizhalai, 10 km east of Naachiyaar Koyil and located at a distance of 25 Kms by road from Kumbakonam. Karuvili Kottittai is considered to be the 63rd in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located south of the river Kaveri.
Legend has it that Indra, the Devas, and a king by name Sargunan worshipped here. The Tirunallam Shivastalam houses a temple to Uma Maheswarar, which dates back to the period of the Chola queen Sembiyan Mahadevi.
This is an east facing temple with a separate enclosure for the Ambal shrine. The images of Nartana Ganapati, Dakshinamurthy, Ardhanareeswara and Bhairavar adorning the niches are of great workmanship.
Travel by Kumbakonam – Natchiar Kovil – Eravancheri – Karuvili road and reach a village called Koonthalur. Another sivasthalam Tiruvanniyur is situated at a distance of 4 Kms from here in the north-east direction.