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July 2002

Dakshinamurthy is one of the well known iconic representaions of Shiva.   Most Saivite shrines host a Dakshinamurthy shrine in the south facing nice of their sancta. This feature is a pointer to some of the Shivastalams in Tamilnadu wherein the Dakshinamurthy shrine is of special relevance.

Dakshinamurthy - Iconography Nataraja, Somaskanda, Chandrasekhara and Dakshinamurthy are some of the well known iconic representations of Shiva.

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Tiruvirumpoolai or Aalankudi in Tamilnadu is regarded as a Gurustalam where Dakshinamurthy is held in reverence.
Tiruvaimur, Kaichinnam and Tirunellikkaa near Tiruvarur house shrines to Rishabhaarooda Dakshinamurthy. The Tiruppoonturutti Shivastalam bears a shrine to Veena dhara Dakshinamurthy. Ilambaiyankottur near Chennai is known for its shrine to Yoga Dakshinamurthy.
The Dakshinamurthy shrine at the  Tiruppurampayam Shivastalam near Kumbhakonam is held in great  reverence.

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The well known Shivastalam at Tirumazhapaadi bears two shrines to Dakshinamurthy as does Tiruvanchiam.
Tiruvaikavur near Kumbhakonam and Tirukkallil near Tiruvallur near Chennai bear legends related to Dakshinamurthy. Omampuliyur, a Shivastalam near Chidambaram in Tamilnadu contains a Dakshinamurthy Sabha in the space normally occupied by the Nataraja Sabha. Dakshinamurthy is portrayed in a standing posture at the Tirunavalur Shivastalam associated with Sundaramurthy Nayanar as also in Tiruneittaanam near Tiruvaiyaru.