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The temple was built by Chola kings throughout several centuries of their rule. The famous gopuram - elaborate gateways of the temple were constructed by the Hoyasala dynasty. The temple has 5 layers that encircle the main shrine. Being the representation of water, the Shivalingam in this temple is always surrounded by water due to an underground perennial stream.
Timings of Temple
6 AM to 1 PM
3 PM to 8 PM
6:30 A.M to 7:30 A.M - Ushakkala Pooja
8:00 A.M to 8:45 A.M - Kaalasandhi Pooja
11:00 A.M to 12:00 P.M - Uchikkala Pooja
5:00 P.M to 5:45 P.M - Saayaraksha Pooja
9:00 P.M - Ardhajama Pooja
Once Pārvatī came to Thiruvanaikaval, on the banks of river Kaveri for performing penance. She wanted to worship Shiva so She went to the river, and made a Shivalingam of water. She completed her devotional practice by taking the form of Akhilandeswari Amma. Impressed with her devotion and dedication, Shiva bestowed her with Shiva-jnana (the knowledge of Shiva – supreme consciousness).
How to reach ?
The temple is situated in the middle of Trichy and Thiruvarangam about 320 km on Chennai and Kanyakumari National Highway. The temple is located 8 km from the central bus stand and 3 km from Chathiram bus stand Trichy. Government and private bus services are available to reach Thiruvaanaikkaval. The city is well connected by road to major South Indian cities like Madurai, Chennai, Pondicherry, and Tanjore.
Air : The nearest airport is at Tiruchirapalli (15km) which is well-connected to cities like Chennai, Bangalore, Madurai, and Colombo.
Rail : The nearest station is Trichy (8 km) which has 2 train stations Tiruchchirapali and Tiruchchirapali Fort. These two connect with towns of South India such as Chennai, Thanjavur, Madurai, and Chidambaram.