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18. Aakkoor


Location: Aakkoor near Mayiladuturai, Tarangambadi
(Chola Naadu-South of Kaveri )
Shiva: Taantonreesar, Swayambu Nathar
Ambal: Vaalarankanni, Katkora Netri
Vriksham: Sarakkonrai
Theertham: Kumuda Theertham
Patikam : Sambandar, Appar
Travel Base: Thanjavur
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Description: This Shivastalam  is a maadakkovil built by Ko Chenkkan Cholan, at an elevation in this town which is also known as Shankharanyam. Aakkoor is considered to be the 46th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located south of the river Kaveri. This temple is also known as Taantonrimaadam (that which appeared on a self made hill), and Tolkoyil. This town is located on the railroad between Mayiladuturai and Tarangambadi. Sambandar is believed to have visited here in the company of Kungiliyakkalaya Nayanar. 

Legend has it that Shiva appeared in the guise of the 1000th guest (Aayirattil Oruvar), in a feast offered by a devout Chola monarch; an image of this manifestation, is seen in this temple.

The Temple: Natarajar's image here is of great beauty. Three worship services are offered here each day. Kartikai Deepam, Arudra Darisanam and Navaratri are celebrated here.

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