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109. Kaichinam


Location: Tirunellikka near Tiruvarur, Tirutturaippundi
(Chola Naadu-South of Kaveri)
Shiva: Karachinneswarar, Hrudaya Kamala Nathar
Ambal: Velvalaiyammai, Matsayadakshi
Vriksham: Konkilavu
Theertham: Indra Theertham
Patikam : Appar
Travel Base: Thanjavur
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Description: This Shivastalam is located 3 km east of Tirunellikka on the Tiruvarur Tirutturaippundi railroad. Kaichinam is also known as Kachhanam. and is regarded as the 122nd  in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola Region south of the river Kaveri.

Kaichinam is surrounded by Tirukkolili in the east, Tirunellikkaa in the west, Tirutturaippoondi in the south and Tirukkaaravaasal in the north.

Legends: Indra, the king of the Devas is believed to have worshiped here.  Finger imprints, said to be that of Indra's  are seen on this Shivalingam made of earth and hence the name Kaichinnam.  Drinabindu muni is believed to have worshipped here. Indra is said to have been relieved of his afflictions upon worshipping here, and is said to have been blessed with a vision of Tyagarajar. Agastyar is also said to have been blessed here.

The Temple:  This small temple  is a maadakkoyil built at an elevation. It has 2 prakarams has an attractive Rajagopuram and beautiful vimanams and is administered by the Madurai Adhinam. Indra Theertham and the Vajra Theertham tanks are situated to the North and to the south of this temple.

There is a shrine to Rishabha Dakshinamurthy here as in Tiruvaimur

The Utsavamoorthy here is Tyagarajar. The image above is that of Tyagaraja at Tiruvarur.

There is also a shrine to Mahavishnu, where an image discovered while excavating an arable tract of land belonging to the temple.

Festivals: Bhrammotsavam is celebrated in the month of Vaikasi while Arudra Darisanam, Panguni Uthiram, Skanda Sashti and Navaratri are the other festivals celebrated through the year.  

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