The Jambukeshwarar Temple is located in Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu. The Jambukeshwarar temple is one of the five Panchambootham temples in the country. It represents water from the five elements the Panchambootham represents. Lord Shiva is the presiding deity in the divine form of Jambukeswarar with His consort Akhilandeswari Amman. The sanctum sanctorum of Jambukeswara Temple has an underground water stream. The water underneath the Jala Linga continuously flows and nobody knows from where it comes and flows. According to legend, once the Goddess Parvati mocked Lord Shiva during his meditation. As a punishment. the Lord commanded her to leave their heavenly abode Kailasam, and go to earth for penance. The Goddess Parvati went down to earth and settled in Tiruchirapalli. She made a lingam out of the water from the Cauvery river under the Venn Naval tree (the Venn Naval tree on top of the saint Jambu) and commenced her worship. Siva, at last, gave darshan to Goddess Parvati and taught her Siva Gnana. The Goddess took Upadesa (lessons) facing East from Shiva, who stood facing west. The elephant, however, mistook the spider web as dust and tore it off. This continued for a number of days. The spider finally got frustrated and crawled up the elephant’s trunk and killed it by biting the inside of the trunk. In the process, it killed itself. The Lord, however, was so pleased to see their devotion that he blessed them both and sent the elephant to heaven as he had completed his karma.
As an outcome of making sin by killing the elephant, in the next birth, the spider was born as King Kochengot Chola and built 70 temples and this temple is the one among them. Remembering his enmity with the elephant in his previous birth, he built the temple entrance so small, that not even a baby elephant could enter. The entrance of the Jambureshwar temple is only 4 feet high and 2.5 feet wide.