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10. Arisirkaraiputtur


Location: Arisirkaraiputtur near Kumbhakonam
(Chola Naadu-South of Kaveri)
Shiva: Padikkasalitha Nathar, Swarnapureeswarar r
Ambal: Azhakambikai
Theertham: Arisilaru
Patikam : Sambandar, Appar, Sundarar
Travel Base: Thanjavur
Description: This Shivastalam is a small temple at Arisirkaraiputtur located 7.25 km south east of Kumbhakonam near Tirunaraiyur, Nachiyar Koyil and Penu Perundurai. It is also known as Azhagaarputhur, Azhagadriputtur and Siruviliputhur. .It lies on the southern bank of the river Arisil and is considered to be the 66th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located south of the river Kaveri.  Shiva is said to have blessed Pugazhtunai Nayanar here.

This is considered to be one of the 70 maadakkoyils built at an elevation by Kochengannan Cholan. This temple was reconstructed of stone during the period of Raja Raja Chola I; however the present structure is a result of extensive rebuilding earlier in the 20th century.

The temple has a three tiered Rajagopuram. Images of Surya and Chandra are seen at the Rajagopura entrance. The shrine to Shanmukhar is highly revered and it is believed that worshippers are cured of poisonous bites. There are shrines to Gajalakshmi, Bhairavar and the Navagrahas, Pugazhtunai Nayanar and others. 

Three worship services are offered each day.

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