This Paadal Petra Sthalam praised by Thirugnanasambandar is located at Mahendrapalli about 25 kms from Chidambaram.
As per the legend, Indra the Lord of devas has worshipped here. Indra is also known as Mahendra, hence the place got the name Mahendrapalli. Lord Brahma, Sun and Moon have also worshipped here. In the month of March, sunlight directly on the Shiva linga daily (lasts for a week).
The temple tank just in front of the temple is very special. As per the legend, Lord Krishna offered ritual prayers for His ancestors and because of this, Sun and Moon also came and worshipped. It is believed that worshipping in this temple is said to alleviate the Pithru (family ancestors) dosham.
On the Chidambaram-Sirkazhi road, immediately after crossing the kollidam bridge, there will be a road branching to the left. The temple is at about 11 kms on this road. There is another paadal petra sthalam- Achalpuram at about 6 kms from this temple which will first come while travelling in this road. Both the temples can be covered in the same visit. Bus bound for Mahendrapalli from Sirkazhi or Chidambaram can be taken but the frequency is very limited. It will be better to have a private transport arranged from Chidambaram or Sirkazhi.
Open from 9 am to 12 pm and from 6 pm to 7 pm every day. Since the number is visitors is less, this temple is likely to be in a closed condition mostly but the temple priest is living just adjacent to the temple. On request, he will be able to open the temple and offer the Darshan.
Lord Siva: Thirumeni Azhagar, Somasundarar
Ambal (Goddess): Vadivambal, Vadivambigai.
Sthala Vriksham : Thazhai
Theertham : Mahendra Theertham