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45. Tiruvooral

திரு ஊறல் 

Location: Takkolam near Arakkonam, Kanchipuram
(Tondai Naadu)
Shiva: Tiruvooral Mahadevar, Jalanatheswarar
Ambal: Giriraja Kanyaka
Patikam : Sambandar
Travel Base:Chennai
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Description: This Shivastalam is located in between Kanchipuram and Arakkonam. Gangadharar- Shiva  is housed in a small temple where a Nandi regulates the flow of a natural spring. Jalanatheswarar is the presiding deity of the bigger temple, and is a sand swayambu lingam. This is the 12th of the 32 Tevara Stalams in the Tondai region of South India.

Legends: The Shivalingam is said to have been made by Parvati. Legend has it that Shiva appeared here in answers to prayers by Bhrama Vishnu and Samvarta Munivar, brother of Brihaspati. This shrine is believed to be the Yaga Kundam of Daksha. Ambal's festive image is referred to as Chettippen and her marriage with Shiva is celebrated annually

The Temple: This temple has 3 prakarams and a few mandapams with stone pillars and a Rajagopuram of 5 tiers. Most of the parivara devatas in their niches are in unique poses esp. Dakshinamurthy, and Durga in her tribhangi pose. Stone inscriptions point the temple to the Rajakesari Varma Pallavan's period. Later improvements were carried out by Cholas.

Festivals: The annual Bhrammotsavam is celebrated in the month of Pankuni.

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