April 29, 2017

Andanallur Vada Teerthanathar Temple

Site Name: Vada Teerthanathar temple
Site Type: Hindu temple
Location:  Andanallur, 20 kms from Trichy, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: Chola period lesser known temple of Shiva
Nearest Railway Station: Trichy
Nearest Airport: Trichy
How to reach: Well connected by road from Karur and Trichy; public transport facility is available from Trichy and Karur
Hotel: Mid-range hotels; better to stay in Trichy or Karur
Restaurants: Few options; it is better to go to Trichy or Karur

Andanallur is a small village located at a distance of around 20 kms from Trichy city in Tamil Nadu state of India. It is located in Trichy-Karur route. The nearest well known locality is Tiruchenthurai. The village has an ancient Chola period temple of Shiva, called as Vada Teerthanathar temple. Let us discuss about this temple in this article.


  • God Vada Teerthanathar a.k.a. Vada Teertheswarar a.k.a. Alanthurai Mahadevar
  • Goddess Bala Soundara Nayaki a.k.a. Bala Sundari
  • Sthala Vruksha (holy tree) - Banyan
  • It is a Devara Vaippu Sthalam


The historical name of the village is Andavanallur. As per the inscriptions, the main deity is named as Alanthurai Mahadevar. Hence, we can understand that this village was also called as Alanthurai.

The temple was built by Parantaka Chola I. Later, the renovations and other contributions were made by Raja Raja Chola I, Veera Pandya, Hoysala kings and Nayaka Kings.

Temple Layout:

This is a small temple. There is no tower for this east facing temple.

The east facing sanctum enshrines Shiva Linga called Vada Teerthanathar. At the entrance of the Ardha Mandap, two big and attractive Dwarapalas are found. The entrance of Maha Mandap has the idol of Ganesh. Nandi faces towards the sanctum in Maha Mandap.

The south facing shrine enshrines the big idol of Goddess Soundara Nayaki. She also has Nandi as her Vaahan.

The sub-shrines of Maha Ganapati, Subramanya, Gaja Lakshmi, Navagraha and Chandikeshwara are located in the prakara. Subramanya has six heads and twelve arms; he is found seated on peacock and has his consorts on his either sides. Chandikeshwara seems to be of original Chola period idol.

Dakshinamurti, Maha Lingam, Brahma and Durga are found as niche idols. All of them appear to of later era. Maha Lingam is actually a blunt piece of rock without any structure.

The ancient idols of Bhairav, Surya and Chandra are also found in temple.

The Vimanas of the sanctum and other shrines look attractive.

The river Cauvery is flowing near this temple.

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