About the temple
This beautiful rock cut temple is among the 108 divyadesams of Sri Vaishnavas and comes under Pandiya naatu divyadesams. The temple is inside a huge fort and adjoining is the Sathyagiriswarar temple of Lord Shiva. The presiding deity is Sathyagiri nathan/Sathyamoorthy perumal with prayoga chakra and shanku in his hands and is swayambu moorthy. Adjoining it is the sannadhi for Meyyappar perumal who is lying on Adiseshan and gives darshan in sayana kolam. Meyyappar perumal is similar to Lord Ranganatha at Srirangam but is really huge in comparison. Also in the sannadhi are chitragupta, dharmaraj, brahma, several devas, rishis and asuras. Bhoomi devi thayar appears close to his feet. There is a seperate sannadhi for Ujjeevana thayar.
How to reach
Thirumayam is around 20 kms from Tirupattur and 15 kms from Pudukottai. The temple is about a km from the main Tirupattur - Pudukottai state highway. One can get down at Thirumayam bus stand and either walk down from there or take an auto. The nearest station is Thirumayam on the Karaikudi-Pudukottai route. Nearest airport is Madurai around 90 kms away.
One can stay at Pudukottai or Karaikudi as there arent any good lodging facilities here.
Ramar, Sita, Lakshmana
Lot of nagars
Specialty of the temple
Adiseshan is said to have let off poisonous gas against the asuras and hence appears here in the same form.
Just next to the temple is that of Sathyagirishwarar- Lord Shiva and the girivalam is possible only if the two temples are combined.
There are lot of stone sculptures in the temples as in Mahabalipuram.
The idol of Thirumeyyar is probably the largest one in sleeping posture in India
The temple is open from 8 am to 12.30 noon and from 4.30 pm to 8 pm in the evenings.
Temples in proximity