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163. Nannilam


Location: Nannilam near Tiruvarur,
(Chola Naadu-South of Kaveri)
Shiva: Madhuvaneswarar
Ambal: Madhu Vana Nayaki
Theertham: Bhrama Theertham
Travel Base: Thanjavur


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Description: This is a madakkovil built at an elevation by Kochenkan Cholan, who has built 78 other temples of this nature. It is considered to be the 71st in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located south of the river Kaveri. The temple is located at a distance of 5 km from the Nannilam railway station. Tirukkondeeswaram is located nearby. This temple is also known as Madhuvanam, and Shiva is also known as Prakaasa Nayakar.

Legends: Surya is said to have worshipped at this temple referred to as Perum Kovil by Sundaramoorthy Nayanar - hence Brihadeeswarar.  The Bhramma Theertham is to the North of the temple.  Legend has it that the Devas in the form of bees worshipped Shiva here; there are 2 beehives here, one in Somaskandar's shrine and another in the Subramanya shrine.

The Temple: This small temple has 2 prakarams and a small Rajagopuram. The Soola Theertham (created with the trident of Shiva) is located to the north of the temple. The bronze image of Bhoga Sakthi is always housedin Shiva's sanctum. A flight of steps lead to the shrines of Somaskandar, Dakshinamurthy and Nartana Ganapati. There is a shrine to Mahadevalingam - associated with Bhrahmas worship and a shrine to Agatheeswarar.

Festivals: Four worship services are offered each day. Vaikasi Visakam, Thai Poosam, Valli Tirumanam (Kartikai), Aani Tirumanjanam, Aadi Pooram, Aavani Moolam and Skanda Sashti are celebrated here..

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