as Dharukavanam in Sanskrit, this shrine is also known as Rajagambiranallur from the time
of Raja Raja II. It is located on the banks of the Akhanda Kaveri; this being the widest
point in the course of the river. Tirupparaitturai is one of the 7 Sapta Stanams of the Tiruvanaikkaval Temple.
It is considered to be the 3rd in the series of Tevara Stalams in the
Chola kingdom located south of the river Kaveri.
The Temple: The
sun's rays illuminate the sanctum on the 18th day of the month of Purattasi (Virgo). The
Shivalingam is said to have been dug out of an ant hill by a devout Chola King, upon his
seeing a golden bird frequently flying by it. Much of the current structure is the result
of renovations made earlier this century.
Festivals: Hundreds of pilgrims assemble here on the first day of the
month of Aippasi (Libra). Festivities at the river, in the month of Aippasi are also
encountered at the famed Mayiladuturai temple.
The Bhrammotsavam here falls in the month of Vaikasi.