Chidambareswarar Sattur

Chidambareswarar, Sattur

Saivite Temples - Virudhunagar District


Chidambareswarar, facing east


Sivakami Sundari, facing east

Other Deities

Surya, Naalvar, 63 Nayanmar, Vinayaka, Ayyappan, Saraswathi, Muruga with consorts, Mahalakshmi, Saneeswara, Anjaneya, Bhairava, Navagraha. Sanctum niches – Dakshinamurthy, Durga, Chandikeswara

Chidambareswarar Sattur is a small east-facing temple situated in a single Prakaram. The entrance is through a small gateway. The main deity and goddess are in separate east-facing sanctums. Both have Maha Mandapams and Ardha Mandapams in the front. There is a large Temple Tank, with a mandapam in the middle, in front of the temple.

Holy Water (Theertham) – Temple Tank

Sacred Tree (Sthala Vriksham) – Vilwam (Aegle marmelos)


Chidambareswarar Sattur is an old temple built and served by the Pandya Kings. Historical information is not available as of now.


Chidambareswarar Sattur was built by a King who was ruling this area under the Pandyas in the olden days. Flowers were regularly brought from the palace Nandavanam (Garden) for Pooja to Lord Shiva. Once during a severe drought, all the plants withered and only one Arali plant (Oleander sps) was providing flowers. After pooja, the king took one of the flowers and touched his eyes with it when an ant in the flower bit him. The king could not bear the pain and shouted out to cut down the plant. When his servants did so blood spewed out of the plant. The King immediately realized his folly and went to the spot to discover a Shiva Lingam below the plant. The lord of Chidambaram then appeared in his dream and advised him to build a temple there. Thus was built the Chidambareswarar Sattur temple.


Chidambareswarar Sattur is in the northern bank of the Vaippar River inside Sattur Town. Sattur is 26 kilometers south of Virudunagar on the Tirunelveli Highway (NH 44).

Stay and Food

Sattur has a few snack shops restaurants. The closest recommended place for food and stay is Virudunagar. There are several restaurants on the Highway.

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