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212. Tiruppoonturutti


Location: Tiruppoonturutti near Tiruvaiyaru
(Chola Naadu -South of Kaveri)
Shiva: Poonturutti Nathar, Pushpavana Nathar
Ambal: Uruvudaiyambikai
Theertham: Kasyapa Theertham
Patikam : Appar
Travel Base: Thanjavur
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Description:  This Shivastalam is one of the 7 Sapta Stana Temples of Tiruvaiyaru, also known as Pushpavanam. This shrine represents the first point of interaction between Appar and Sambandar. The Saptastana temples of Tiruvaiyaru are  Tiruppazhanam, Tiruchottruturai, Tiruvedikkudi, Tirukkandiyur, Tiruppanturai  Tillaistanam and Tiruvaiyaru. Tiruppoonturutti is also known as Tiruppanturutti. This temple is located in between the rivers Kaveri and Kudamurutti and is considered to be the 11th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located south of the river Kaveri.

Legends: Indra and Kasyapar , Vishnu and Lakshmi are said to have worshipped Shiva here. Tirunavukkarasar is said to have spent a good part of his life here. He is said to have composed several Patikams here, and is also said to have borne Sambandar in a palanquin. The Nandi is said to have moved, to allow Shiva to look at the sight of Appar and Sambandar arriving together at the shrine.   Appar's patikam Angamaalai was composed here.

The Temple: This is a vast temple with a huge Nandi, which is said to have moved aside to make way for Sambandar.  As in Tiruvaiyaru, the Uttara and Dakshina Kailasa temples adorn this shrine. A lofty 100 feet high Rajagopuram adorns the entrance to this temple which occupies an area of about 2.5 acres. The ambal shrine faces south while the main sanctum faces east.

Dakshinamurthy is portrayed with a veena, 'Veena dhara Dakshinamurthy'. The image above is that of the stucco image of Dakshinamurthy from the vimanam at the Tirumagaral Shivastalam in Tondainadu.

Festivals: Four worship services are offered each day. The saptastanam festival in the month of Chittirai involving a visit by Aiyarappar to each of the 7 saptastanams is of great importance here.

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