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32. Tiruidumbavanam

 திரு இடும்பாவனம் 

Location: Tiruidumbavanam near Tiruvarur, Tirutturaippundi
(Chola Naadu-South of Kaveri)
Shiva: Sargunanatheswarar
Ambal: Mangalanayaki
Theertham: Bhrama Theertham
Patikam : Sambandar
Travel Base: Thanjavur
Description:This Shivastalam is located 14 km southwest of Tirutturaippundi. In the vicinity of Idumbavanam is Tillaivilagam, a Vaishnava Abhimanastalam enshrining Rama. This shrine is regarded as the 96th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola Region south of the river Kaveri.

Legends: Gatotkachan is said to have been born (to Bhima and Hidambi) here and the temple theertham is said to have been created by Bheema with his mace. Kunraloor nearby is believed to he Hidumban's capital. Legend has it that Shiva granted a vision of the divine marriage to Agasthyar, and as in Vedaranyam, a panel depicting Shiva and Parvati adorns the sanctum wall behind the Shivalingam. It is believed that Sambandar trekked his way to this temple for a distance of about 4 miles, on his hands, as he had a vision of Shivalingams covering the entire path..

The temple: This small temple is beautified with a Rajagopuram an attractive Vimanam, and is surrounded by lofty walls. The Bhramma Theertham tank is located in front of the temple. Artistically carved stone pillars adorn the sanctum. Much of the granite structure that exists now is a result of the renovations carried out earlier this century.

Festivals: Four worship services are offered each day, and the annual Bhrammotsavam is celebrated in the month of Vaikasi. Other festivals celebrated here include Aani Tirumanjanam, Kartikai Deepam, Arudra Darisanam and Thai Poosam. Navaratri, Aadi Pooram, and Skanda Sashti are also celebrated.

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