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2. Tiru Acharapakkam


Location: Acharapakkam near Chingleput
(Tondai Naadu)
Shiva: Aatchi Konda Nathar, Paakka Pureswarar
Ambal: Balasukhambal, Sundara Nayaki
Vriksham: Konrai
Theertham: Deva Theertham
Patikam : Sambandar
Travel Base: Chennai
Description: This is a Shivastalam in the vicinity of Madurantakam near Chingleput. Shiva here is also referred to as Aaksheeswarar This is the 29th of the 32 Tevara Stalams in the Tondai region of South India.

Legends: This temple is associated with the legend of Tripurasamhaaram (related to that at Tiruvatikai Veerattaanam). Legend here has it that the axle on Shiva's charriot as he headed to destroy the Tripurams broke here, reminding him of Ganesha whom he had not meditated upon prior to his setting out on his mission. A Pandya ruler's axle is also said to have broken here as he was bringing soil from the Ganges to dam a local river. Hence Achu Iru Paakkam mr;rpWg;ghf;fk;;;; .

History: This temple in Tondai Naadu, received endowments from the Imperial Cholas, as seen from the inscriptions from the period of Raja Raja Chola II.

Festivals: The annual Bhrammotsavam is celebrated in the month of Chittirai, where the Tirukkalyanam is performed on the 5th day.

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