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36. Indraneelaparvatam

 இந்திர நீல பர்வதம் 

Location: Indraneelaparvatam near Kathmandu .
(Vada Naadu)
Shiva: Neelachalanathar
Ambal: Neeelambika
Theertham: Indra Theertham
Patikam : Sambandar
Travel Base: Kathmandu (Nepal)
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Description: This is one of the 4 Shivastalams in the Himalayas praised by the tamil hymns of the Saivite Nayanmar Tamil Saints of the 1st century CE -  the other three being Gowrikund, Kedarnath and Mount Kailash. A towering peak (6000 Meters tall) reached by a long trek from Kathmandu is revered as a manifestation of Shiva and a green rock is revered as a manifestation of Ambal. Indra is believed to have worshipped Shiva here. Arjuna, the Pandava Prince is believed to have worshipped Shiva here, and obtained the Pasupata Astram. This shrine has not been visited by any of the Nayanmars, although its praises have been sung by Sambandar from Kalahasti in today's Andhra Pradesh. Indraneela Parvatam is the first of the Tevara Stalams hailed by the Tamil hymns of the Nayanmars, located outside of Tamilnadu/Kerala/Karnataka i.e. in Vada Naadu (the northern lands).

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