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257. Vilanagar


Location: Vilanagar near Mayiladuturai
(Chola Naadu-South of Kaveri)
Shiva: Turai Kaattum Vallalaar, Ucheeravaneswarar
Vriksham: Vizhal
Theertham: Kaveri .
Patikam : Sambandar
Travel Base: Chidambaram
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Description: This Shivastalam is located 5 km to the east of Mayiladuturai enroute to Tarangambadi and is considered to be the 40th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located south of the river Kaveri.    Semponaar Koyil is located nearby. This shrine is also known as Aarupaati.

When Sambandar was on his way to Mayiladuturai, Shiva is said to have caused the floods in the Kaveri to receede and pointed out the shrine to him; hence the name Turai Kaattu Vallal.

The Temple: This temple occupying an area of about 2.3 acres is adorned with a large Rajagopuram. Inscriptions from the Chola and Nayak periods are seen here although much of the present structure of this temple is only about 300 years old.  

Festivals: Six worship services are offered each day. Kartikai Deepam, Arudra Darisanam, Aadi Perukku, Aadi Pooram and Navaratri are the festivals celebrated here.

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