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186. Tirupparuppadam


Location: Sree Sailam near Nandyal .
(Vada Naadu)
Shiva: Mallikarjuneswarar
Ambal: Bhramarambika
Theertham: Paalaazhi
Patikam : Sambandar, Appar, Sundarar
Travel Base: Curnool (Andhra Pradesh)
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Description: Sree Sailam referred to as Tirupparuppatham in the Tevaram hymns, near Curnool in Andhra Pradesh is a venerated Shivastalam, considered to be one of the 12 Jyotirlinga Shrines spread all over India, the Northernmost one being Kedarnath and the Southern most being Rameswaram. Sree Sailam is the first of the Tevara Stalams hailed by the Tamil hymns of the Nayanmars, located outside of Tamilnadu/Kerala/Karnataka i.e. in Vada Naadu (the northern lands).

This is a vast temple with several gopurams, on a hill which is said to be a manifestation of Nandi. This temple has been a site of Vijayanagar patronage, and is currently well visited and well endowed. Several other related Shiva temples are located in the vicinity of Sree Sailam.

Sambandar and Sundarar have sung its glories from Sree Kaalahasti. The image above is that of a gopuram at Sree Kalahasti. Adi Sankara is believed to have visited this shrine. The Bhramarambika Shrine within the temple complex is of great significance. Please visit the special 

Templenet feature on Sree Sailam.

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