The Shiva Linga, also known as Jambukeswar, represents the element Water here. The Linga in the sanctum sanctorum is engulfed with water from a perennial spring which carries water from river Kaveri.
The temple was built by a Chola King Ko-Chengannan. There is a legend behind this King and the temple.
In ancient time, this place was a forest with many ‘’Jambuka’’ trees. Beneath a Jambuka tree, a self-born Shiva Linga was there, which was worshipped by an Elephant and a Spider.
Every day, the Spider used to make a web around the Linga to protect it from tree leaves and other dust. But each day the elephant used to clean the Linga by sprinkling water on it. So, the web made by the spider used to get destroyed each day.
Annoyed, the spider developed animosity towards the elephant. One day he tactfully entered the elephant’s tusk. The elephant died out of suffocation, so is the spider.
But being ardent devotees of Lord Shiva, both went to Kailas- the abode of Lord Shiva.
In course of time, the spider got a re-birth as a king of Chola dynasty. The king is Ko-Chengannan, who built this vast temple.
The temple is an important Saivaite center. Sri Sankaracharya visited it and stayed here for a while. All most all Saivaite saints sang in praise to the deity of this temple.
It is adjacent to the city of Tiruchirapalli on the banks of river Kaveri.
Another famous temple SriRangam of Lord Vishnu is nearby.
The city also hosts a famous Ganapati temple – Uchipillayar, which is on a small hill, in the heart of the City.
Tiruchirapalli is well connected by rail, road and air to other parts of the country. It is an important Road and Rail junction.
By road it is 316 kilometers from Chennai and 128 kilometers from Madurai.
Tiruchirapalli has an airport too.