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193. Tiruppanantaal


Location: Tiruppanantaal near Aaduturai, Kumbhakonam
(Chola Naadu-North of Kaveri)
Shiva: Senchadaiyappar, Arunajateswarar
Ambal: Periyanayaki, Taalavaneswari
Vriksham: Panai
Theertham: Bhrama Theertham
Patikam : Sambandar
Travel Base: Thanjavur
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Description: This Shivastalam is an Upadesa Stalam with Shiva facing West and Ambal facing East.  Sambandar is said to have visited here after visiting Tirucheignalur. He is said to have proceeded to  Tiruppayatrankudi from here. This shrine is also known as Taalavanam. Tiruppanantaal is considered to be the 39th in the series of the Tevara Stalams located in Chola Nadu north of the river Kaveri.

Of the 275 Shivastalams  six shrines are associated with Panai maram (Palm Tree). They are Panaiyur, Panankattur, Puravaar Panankattur, Cheyyar, Tirumazhapadi and Tiruppanantaal

Legends: Shiva is said to have bent forward to allow an anxious devotee Tatakai to adorn him with a garland. The river Manni is said to be a derivation from its original name Subramanya nadhi. The fact that it is an Upadesa Stalam renders significance to this shrine. Bhrama was absolved of the blemish of having made the false declaration of having ascended to the top of the column of fire that Shiva manifested himself as, here.

The Temple: This temple is also a Maadakkoyil built at an elevation.Lofty fortress walls and towering Rajagopurams with several images adorn this temple. The Vimanam here is crowned with 3 kalasams. Raja Raja Chola II is known for his grants to this temple. Kungiliyakkalaya Nayanar is associated with Tiruppanantaal, he is said to have straightened the tilted Shivalingam by virtue of his ardent devotion to the deity.

Images of the stalapuranams associated with Tatakai and Kungiliyakkalaya Nayanaar are seen carved in the 16 pillared hall. This shrine is under the able administration of the Dharumapura Adhinam. Six worship services are offered each day. 

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