Bhu Varaha Swamy temple -Srimushnam

Bhu Varaha Swamy temple located at Srimushnam is built in the Dravidian style of architecture, dedicated to Varaha (Bhu Varaha Swamy), the boar-avatar of the god Vishnu and Ambujavalli Thayar. The temple had outfit from Medieval Cholas of the 10th century with later expansions by Thanjavur Nayak king Achuthappa Nayak. A granite wall surrounds the temple, enclosing all the shrines and the temple tanks. There is a seven-tiered rajagopuram, the temple's gateway tower. The temple is one of the minimal temples where Muslims are allowed to worship till the Ardha Mandapam. The life size image of the king and his brothers are found in the sixteen pillared hall of the temple. A proof dated 1068 in the nearby Shiva temples indicates gifts by Virarajendra Chola (1063–1070 AD) to the Varaha shrine. Another carve dated at 1100 by Kulothunga Chola I (1070–1120) shows a gift of a village to the temple, where the presiding deity is referred as Varaha Azhwar. The later inscriptions are from Vijayanagara kings of the 16th century like Virupaksha Raya II (1465-85 AD) dated 1471 AD, Sriranga I (1572–86), Venkata II (1586 - 1614) indicating various gifts to the temple. The most notable contributions of the temple were from Achuthappa Nayak (1560 - 1614 AD) who built the sixteen pilla red Purushasuktha Mandapa along with other smaller shrines of the temple. The Zamindars of Udayarpalayam have contributed to the temple by offering costly jewels and commissioned additional structures, notably Udayavar Mandapam. The temple is acclaimed one of the eight Sywayambu Kshetras of Vishnu where presiding deity is believed to have manifested on its own.