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42. Innambar


Location: Innambar near Kumbhakonam, Swamimalai
(Chola Naadu - North of Kaveri )
Shiva: Ezhuttarinatheswarar .
Ambal: Nityakalyani
Vriksham: Palaamaram
Patikam : Sambandar, Appar
Travel Base: Thanjavur
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Description: This Shivastalam is located at a distance of 6 km from Kumbhakonam. It is considered to be the 45th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located north of the river Kaveri.

Legend has it that Shiva is  revealed the grammar of Tamil to Agasthyar here and is also said to have submitted temple accounts to a king. Airavatam the mythological elephant is said to have worshipped Shiva here.

The Temple: A five tiered Rajagopuram adorns the entrance to this temple with 2 prakarams, while a Gajaprishta Vimaanam with 5 kalasams crowns the sanctum.This temple covers an area of about 2 acres. Stucco images on the vimanam illustrate the Stala Puranam.  The Shivalingam and the entrance to the sanctum are huge and the Natarajar image is of great workmanship. Nityakalyani Amman is situated to the right of Shiva, while there is a separate shrine for Sugandha Kundalambal in the outer prakaram. Nityakalyani Amman's shrine located close to Shiva's shirne is said to represent the Kalyanakkolam of Shiva. Inscriptions from the Chola and Vijayanagar periods are found in this temple.

Worship:: Four worship services are offered each day here.

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