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256. Tiruviyalur


Location: Tiruvisalur near Kumbhakonam, Tiruvidaimarudur
(Chola Naadu -North of Kaveri )
Shiva: Sivayoginathar, Yoganandeswarar
Ambal: Shantha Nayaki, Soundaranayaki
Vriksham: Arasa Maram
Theertham: Jatayu Theertham
Patikam : Sambandar
Travel Base: Thanjavur
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Description: This Shivastalam is located at a distance of 8 km from Tiruvidaimarudur. Nearby is the Tirundudevankudi Karkateswarar temple Shivastalam. Tiruviyalur is considered to be the 43rd of the Tevara Stalams in Chola Nadu located North of the river Kaveri.

Legends: Several legends are associated with this temple. Bhrama is said to have taken the form of a mortal, worshipped and merged with Shiva here. It is believed that Agasthyar worships Shiva during Shivaratri.

The Temple: This is a well endowed and maintained temple with a five tiered Rajagopuram and 2 prakarams; this temple has housed some of the festival images of the Tirududevankudi temple nearby. Tiruvisalur is under the adminstration of the Thanjavur Royal Palace. Vilvam, Vanni, Punnai, Magizhamaram, Aalamaram, Nelli, Arasamaram are the trees found in this temple. 

About 97 inscriptions are seen in this temple, dating all the way back to the days of Parantaka Chola I. Rajaraja Chola I and Rajendra Chola I have also made several endowments to this temple. Sambandar is believed to have visited Tirumangalakkudi nearby before visiting Tiruvisalur and Tirundudevankudi.

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