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187. Tiruppazhanam


Location: Tiruppazhanam near Thanjavur, Tiruvaiyaru
(Chola Naadu -North of Kaveri)
Shiva: Aabatsahayar
Ambal: Periyanayaki.
Vriksham: Vaazhaimaram
Patikam : Sambandar, Appar
Travel Base: Thanjavur
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Description: This temple is one of the 7 Saptastanams of Tiruvaiyaru and is known as Prayanapuri in Sanskrit. The Saptastana temples of Tiruvaiyaru are  Tiruppazhanam, Tiruchottruturai, Tiruvedikkudi, Tirukkandiyur, Tiruppanturai  Tillaistanam and Tiruvaiyaru. It is considered to be the 50th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located north of the river Kaveri.

Tingalur - where the moon is said to have worshipped Shiva is located nearby. Tingalur is considered to be one of the 9 Navagraha Stalams. At Tingalur  moon's rays fall on the sanctum on full moon nights in the months of Pisces & Virgo. Appar is said to have brought back to life the son of Appodi Adigal who was born in Tingalur; this young lad had been bitten by a snake earlier.

The Temple: A five tiered Rajagopuram adorns the entrance to this temple with 2 prakarams. The 7 Saptastana lingams of Tiruvaiyaru are seen in this temple; also there are shrines to Venugopala and Mahalakshmi. The vimanam is made entirely of granite.; there is also an image of Varaha-Vishnu in this temple. Inscriptions from the period of Parantaka I are seen in this temple.

Festivals: The Saptastana festival here, where festival images of Shiva from Tiruvaiyaru are taken in procession to each of the 7 Saptastana temples is of great significance.

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