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13. Tiruvazhundur


Location: Terazhundur near Mayiladuturai, Kutralam
(Chola Naadu-South of Kaveri)
Shiva: Veda Pureeswarar
Ambal: Soundara Nayaki
Theertham: Sidhaamritam
Travel Base: Thanjavur
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Description: This Shivastalam is one of the 78 Maadakkoyils built at an elevation by Ko Chenkann Cholan and is located in the vicinity of Mayiladuturai and Kutralam near the Tiruvazhundur railway station.. The Aamaruviyappar Vaishnava Divya Desam is also located in Terazhundur. Terezhundur is considered to be the 38th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located south of the river Kaveri. 

Architecture:A large Gopuram adorns the Western entrance to the temple. The Veda Theertham, temple tank is located outside the temple. This temple occupies an area of over an acre.

Legend has it that the charriot of King Oordvaradan got stuck in this town and hence the name Terazhundur. Legend also has it that the Devas, Ashtadikpalakas and the Vedas worshipped Shiva here, hence the name Vedapureeswarar. Terezhundur is also associated with the legend of Shivas marriage with Parvati, involving the nearby towns of Tiruvavaduturai, Tirutturutti (Kutralam), Tiruvelvikkudi, Tirumanancheri and Edirkolpadi. 

Festivals: Four worship services are offered each day. The annual Bhrammotsavam is celebrated in the month of Chittirai. Other festivals include Kartikai Deepam, surya Pooja in the month of Maasi, Navaratri, Aadipperukku, Aavani Moolam, Vinayaka Chaturthi etc.

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