Basic information about the temple
|Moolavar:||Sivalokanathar||Ambal / Thayar:||Gnanambika|
|Timing:||to & to||Parikaram:|
|Sung by:||Temple set:|
|City / town:||Kollimalai Keezhpathi||District:||Mayiladuthurai|
|Maps from (click):||Current location||Mayiladuthurai (31 km)||Kumbakonam (54 km)|
|Cuddalore (66 km)||Ariyalur (70 km)|
Sthala puranam and temple information
We request you to please read this short background about village temples, before you proceed.
Kollimalai Keezhpathi is located near Kattumannarkoil, in Cuddalore district. This is not to be confused with the Kolli Malai (Kolli Hills) near Namakkal.
Despite not too many visitors coming here, the temple is very well maintained. Based on the architecture and sculptures here, this appears to be a middle-to-late Chola period temple – perhaps around the 10th or 11th century.
The temple is east-facing. The Nandi in front of the maha mandapam is beautifully crafted. There are the usual koshtam shrines for Vinayakar, Dakshinamurti and Lingodhbhavar, though I do not recall Brahma and Durga in the koshtam. There are separate shrines for Vinayakar, Murugan, Gajalakshmi and Chandikeswarar. There is also a separate, simple Navagraham shrine, adjacent to which are a murti of (what appears to be) Chandikeswarar, and two Bhairavars. There are also some older murtis that continue to be in the temple, including a Nandi.
Other Information for your visit
The temple priest lives on the street leading up to the temple. When we visited, the priest was not there, but his two young children opened the temple for us. The last kumbhabhishekam was performed here in 2016.