When we were involved in the renovation work at Peravur, we were shown the dilapidated Temple at Karuppur ,located nearby. Kaanchivaai is another place where there is a Shiva Temple that can be reached from Karuppur. A thought struck my mind when I recalled the Hymn of Sundarar sung at Nannilam which is not far away from this location.
" கச்சியன் இன் கருப்பூர் விருப்பன் கருதிக் கசிவார் உச்சியன்...." This is how the Hymn goes. The term Kachchi is another form of referring Kanchi. Instead of assuming that this term refers to Kanchipuram, it looks apt if we consider Kaanchivaai as the real meaning of it. It is also supported by the fact that Karuppoor is hardly 3 km from it. So it is not wrong to assume that both Kanchivaai and Karuppur of this region are Thevara vaippu sthalams. At present many authors believe that Karuppur is the one which is on Kumbakonam- Anaikarai road.
This place finds a place in the first Hymn of Gnanasambandhar's "Kshetra kovai"
" ஆரூர் தில்லை அம்பலம் வல்லம் நல்லம் வட கச்சியும் அச்சிறுபாக்கம் நல்ல கூரூர் குடவாயில்....."
It is nice to see that the renovation work is under progress at this Temple.