Sri Kannayira Nathar – Kailasanayaki temple is located in the village named Tirukaravasal, in the district of Tiruvarur, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The main deity of this temple is Kannayira Nathar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Kailasanayaki.
The holy tree of this temple is Jack tree. The holy waters of this temple are Brahmma theertham and Sesha theertham. The agamam or pooja of this temple is known as Kameeyam. This temple is nearly 1000-2000 years old in this region. The historical name of this place is Tirukarayil.
As per the Hindu scholars and pundits, “The temple is praised by Saints Tirunavukkarasar and Tirugnana Sambandar in their Thevaram hymns. This is the 119th Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.” The important festivals of this temple are Brahmmotsavam on Vaikasi Visakam day in May-June, Maha Shivrathri in February-March, New Year days, Shanranthi, Masi month, Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January, Deepavalli and Pongal. All these festivals are grandly celebrated in this temple with great devotion and dedication. A large number of devotees and pilgrims throng this temple on all auspicious days and religious important days from far and near.
It is to be remembered that Lord Shiva is a swayambu murthy in the shrine. This temple is open from 7.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m for all the devotees and pilgrim who drops in from the native and within the state. Even people from neighbouring state also visit this particular temple.