Pundarikakshan Perumal temple is located about 27 km from Thiruchirappalli and about 100 km from temple-town of Kumbhakonam in Tamil Nadu. Thiruvellarai means white rock. Goddess Lakshmi here is popular as Pankajavalli. Lord Srinivasa is fondly called Pundarikakshan Perumal meaning the big one with eyes like lotus.
A legend takes us back to the times of king Shibi. A king from Chandravamsha much before Lord Sri Rama and known for his generosity. He chanced upon a white wild boar when he was hunting in this region. He chased the boar and the boar disappeared in a hole. He saw Sage Markandeya who was doing penance and narrated the whole incident. The great sage advised king to do Ksheerabhishekam (anointing with milk) to the hole, where the boar disappeared. When Shibi performed the anointment, Lord Srinivasa gave him a darshan and asked him to build a temple.