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125. Tirukkozhambam


Location: Tirukkozhambam near Kumbhakonam, Narasinganpettai
(Chola Naadu-South of Kaveri)
Shiva:   Kokileswarar
Ambal: Soundara Nayaki
Theertham: Madhu Theertham
Patikam : Sambandar, Appar
Travel Base: Thanjavur
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Description: This Shivastalam is located in the vicinity of Tiruvavaduturai at a distance of 5 km from the Narasinganpettai railway station. This shrine is also known as Kokilapuram and is considered to be the 35th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located south of the river Kaveri. 

Legend has it that a scholar who was cursed by Indra (who also worshipped at this shrine) to assume the form of a cuckoo, prayed here for relief from his predicament, hence the name Kokilapuram. Legend also links it to the Tiruvaavaduturai temple. It is believed that Parvati took the form of a cow and worshipped Shiva and as she proceded towards Tiruvaavaduturai, worshipped Shiva here at Kozhambam.

The temple occupies an area of about 2 acres. Hoof marks of a cow are seen on the Shivalingam.  The sanctum faces east. Images of Bhikshandakar, Sattanathar and Natarajar adorn the niches of the sanctum in addition to the usual set of deities that are associated with the goshtams in a Saivite sanctum. This temple is attributed to the pious Chola queen Sembiam Mahadevi.

Worship services here are carried out here by priests affiliated with Tiruvaavaduturai.

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