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195. Tiruppaasur


Location: Tiruppachur near Tiruvallur.
(Tondai Naadu)
Shiva: Paasoor Nathar, Pasupati Nathar
Ambal: Veyidam Konda Nayaki, Pasupati Nayaki
Vriksham: Moongil
Theertham: Pasupati Theertham
Patikam : Sambandar, Appar
Travel Base: Chennai
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Description: This Shivastalam is a grand temple within a couple of hours drive from Chennai on the way to Tirupati, fallen into a state of neglect. This is the 16th of the 32 Tevara Stalams in the Tondai region of South India.

The Temple: As with most temples in Tondai Nadu, the Vimanam is of the Gajaprashta style. Although the temple structure is in good condition, worship services are offered only once a day, by a priest from Tiruvalankadu nearby. The Vinayaka Sabhai with a multitude of Vinayaka images is a unique one.

Legends: Karikal Valavan is associated with this temple, and one of his enemies who tried to kill him with a snake, by deciet, was vanquished by Shiva.   A legend has it that the Shivalingam was discovered in a bamboo forest by the Chola King Karikaalan, who then proceeded to erect a temple here. There are inscriptions from the period of the early Chola emperors here (10th century); the Ambal shrine is attributed to Kulottunga Chola I (1075 onwards). Inscriptions from the period of Vikrama Chola (1130) speak of grand gifts of ornaments made of gold, silver, pearls, rubies and diamonds to the temple.

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