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6. Ambar


Location: Ambar Maakalam near Tiruvarur, Poonthottam
(Chola-South of Kaveri )
Shiva: Punnagavaneswarar, Bhramapureesar
Ambal: Poonkuzhalammai, Suganda Kundalambika
Vriksham: Punnai
Theertham: Bhrama Theertham
Patikam : Sambandar
Travel Base: Thanjavur
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Description:   This Shivastalam is located near Poonthottam on the Peralam Tiruvarur railway line. Tiru-Ambar is considered to be the 54th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located south of the river Kaveri. This is a grand temple just a kilometer away from yet another Shivastalam Ambar Maakalam in the same town, associated with the legend of Somaasi Maaranar's yagna, which was attended by Tyagarajar (Shiva).  (The image above is that of Tyagaraja at Tiruvarur). 

Legend: Bhrama (in the form of a bird)  is said to have worshipped Shiva to retrieve his original form, hence the name Bhramapuri or Punnakavanam. Shiva is said to have appeared here in the fiery Bhairava form (Sattainathar) , for the sake of Indra, hence the name Indrapuri. The tank here is said to have been created by Bhrama.

The temple is said to be one of the 78 Maadakkovils built by Gochenkan Chola, and is hence at an elevation. A Somaskanda panel adorns the sanctum behind the Shivalingam. Six worship services are offered each day here.The temple is about 2000 years old. There is a Vishnu temple nearby and an image of Kali within its precincts.

Festivals: Maasi Magam is one of the important festivals celebrated here.

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