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254. Tiruvanmiyur


Location: Chennai.
(Tondai Naadu)
Shiva: Marundeeswarar, Oushadapureeswarar
Ambal: Chokka Nayaki, Tripura Sundari
Vriksham: Vanni
Theertham: Siva Ganga
Patikam : Sambandar, Appar
Travel Base: Chennai
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Description: Tiruvanmyur is an obviously ancient shrine in a Southern suburb of the modern city of Chennai, enshrining Tyagarajar in a separate shrine within the large temple complex.   Tiruvanmyur, Tirumayilai and Tiruvotriyur are the three Shivastalams sung by the Nayanmars, in and around the metropolis. This is the 25th of the 32 Tevara Stalams in the Tondai region of South India.

The Tyagaraja shrine is of great significance here - as in Tiruvotriyur, although neither Tiruvotriyur nor Tiruvanmyur is  one of the 7 Sapta Vitanka Shrines.. The 18 Natanams of Tyagaraja enacted during certain festive occasions throughout the year, are of great interest.

Legends: Valmiki Maharishi is said to have worshipped Shiva here. Kamadhenu is said to have poured her milk over the Shivalingam and offered worship. Shiva is also known as Marundeeswarar, or Oshadeeswarar. The Vedas and the Devas are said to have worshipped Shiva here, in this large temple, with an unfinished gopuram in front.

Please visit  the special Templenet feature on Tiruvanmyur for details on temple history, architecture, legends and festivals.

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