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68. Tirukkandiyur


Location: Tirukkandiyur near Thanjavur, Tiruvaiyaru
(Chola Naadu-South of Kaveri)
Shiva: Veeratteswarar
Ambal: Mangalanayaki
Vriksham: Vilvam
Theertham: Kapaala Theertham
Other: Veeratta Stalam
Patikam : Sambandar, Appar
Travel Base: Thanjavur
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Description: This is one of the eight Veeratta Stalams associated wtith Shiva. It is also the 5th Stanam of the 7 Saptastanams of Tiruvaiyaru. There is also a Divya Desam of Vishnu sung by the Alwars in this village, across from this temple. The eight Veeratta Stalams are Tiruvatikai, Tirukkurukkai, Tirukkadavur, Tiruvazhuvur, Tirukkovalur, Tiruppariyalur, Tirukkandiyur and Tiruvirkudi. Tiruvazhuvur is considered to be a Tevara Vaippustalam, as it has no Patikams dedicated to it.  The Saptastana temples of Tiruvaiyaru are  Tiruppazhanam, Tiruchottruturai, Tiruvedikkudi, Tirukkandiyur, Tiruppanturai  Tillaistanam and Tiruvaiyaru.

Legend has it that upon the request of the Devas, Shiva removed the 5th head of Bhrama, who had been until then causing great misery to other beings. There is also a shrine to Bhrama in this temple.

The Temple:This West facing temple (as with most of the other Veeratta shrines) with 2 prakarams occupies an area of about an acre. There is a shrien to Kaaliamman in this temple.A five tiered Rajagopuram with images of  Lingodbhavar adorns the western entrance to the temple. Inscriptions from the Pallava period and from the days of Rajendra Chola are seen here.  The sun's rays illuminate the sanctum on the 13th,14th,15th days in the month of Aquarius (Maasi).

Festivals: The annual Bhrammotsavam is celebrated in the month of Vaikasi.  The Saptastana festival of Tiruvaiyaru, where the festival image of Shiva of Tiruvaiyaru is taken in procession to each of the 7 temples is a very grand one.

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