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8. Arasili


Location: Ozhundiapattu near Pondicherry, Tindivanam
(Tondai Naadu)
Shiva: Arasili Naathar.
Ambal: Periya Nayaki.
Theertham: Arasili Theertham
Patikam : Sambandar
Travel Base: Pondicherry
Description: This Shivastalam is located in the vicinity of Irumbai Maakalam, 8 km away from Pondicherry.  This is the 31st of the 32 Tevara Stalams in the Tondai region of South India.Vamadeva muni is said to have worshipped Shiva here. Arasilinathar is also known as Aswatheswarar.The Sivalingam is relatively small in size.  The annual festival is celebrated in the month of Vaikasi. Legend has it that observing Pradosha vratham offered bounties to an ancient monarch. There are inscriptions from the period of the imperial Cholas here.

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