Places of Interest
It is 7 Kms. From the town and popularly called as Thiruvanaikoil too. This temple is one of the Pancha Bhootha Sthalam (five elements of nature) representing water. Hence this temple is also revered as “Appu Sthalam” and the Shivalingam here is called as “Appu Linga”. This Jambukeswarar – Akilandeswari temple is dedicated to Lord Siva. The Siva Lingam in the Sanctum Sanctorum is reported to be submerged in the water that flows from a subterranean spring into the Sanctum Sanctorum. Because an elephant once worshiped Lord Siva under the holy Jambu Tree, the god gets the name Jambukeswarar. Thiruvanaikaval is situated in the middle of Trichy and Thiruvarangam about 320 kms on Chennai & Kanniyakumari national highway. The temple is located 8 kms From Central Bus Stand and 3 kms from Chathiram Bus Stand. Trichy. Government and private bus services is available to reach Thiruvanaikaval.
Samayapuram is 15 kms from the town and an important pilgrim centre famous for the Mariamman Temple dedicated to Goddess Mariamman. There is a legend that King Vijayaraya Chakkaravarthi built the present day form of the temple. Chithirai Car Festival (April-May) is famous festival of this temple. Persons affected by chickenpox and smallpox come to this place, stay here and pray to Goddess for speedy recovery. Abisheka Theertham (Divine Water) is sprinkled on them after pooja and they are believed to get recovered very quickly. There is a separate rest hall for their stay in the temple. In ancient period this region was ruled by Chola Kings. Samayapuram is also known by the names Kannanur, Kannanpuram, Vikramapuram and Mahalipuram in ancient times. Flower Sprinkling (Poochoridal) Festival is conducted during the month of March and Chithirai Car Festival is conducted during the month of April. Devotees offer prayer by rolling themselves around the temple prakaram (corridor) known as Angapradatchanam. Government and Private Buses are available from Chathiram Bus Stand.