Alangudi Guru Baghawan Temple – Tamilnadu | South Tourism

The temple has been in existence from time immemorial which was constructed during the period of Early Cholas. The presiding deity is a self-manifested one. Renovations and expansions have been done during the reigns of different rulers over the centuries. Kasi Aaranyam and Thiru erumpoolai are the other names of Alangudi. The temple was actually constructed by an ardent devotee called Amuthokar who was a minister in the kingdom of Musukuntha Chola Chakravarthi. Once the temple was finished, the minister refused to give half of the merit to his King and so was beheaded. Immediately, the entire village started to reverberate with the sound "Amuthokar". The King realized his mistake and surrendered himself to Lord Aabathsahayeswarar at Alangudi who relieved him from all his sins.