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17. Tiru Anniyur


Location: Needoor near Mayiladuturai .
(Chola Naadu -North of Kaveri )
Shiva: Aabatsakayeswarar
Ambal: Periya Nayaki .
Vriksham: Lemon Tree
Theertham: Varuna Theertham
Patikam : Sambandar Appar
Travel Base:Chidambaram

Description: This Shivastalam is located at a distance of 4 km from  Mayiladuturai.  Tiruneedur, another Shivastalam is located nearby. There is a temple to Kariyamaanikka Perumaal in the vicinity of this temple. Kurukkai Veerattam, where Shiva is said to have consumed Manmathan, is located close by.

Legend:has it that Rathi the wife of Manmathan  worshipped Shiva here, after which Shiva is believed to have restored him in a physical form to her, & in a formless form to all else. Shiva is said to have appeared before Agni under the lemon tree which is the stala vriksham here & hence the name Vikucharanyeswarar. The Pandavas are also believed to have vsited this shrine. Shiva is also said to have blessed Harischandra here, & hence the name Aabatsakayeswarar.

Other: The sun's rays illuminate the sanctum for 5 days from the 24th day of the month of Pisces (Panguni) & hence this shrine is referred to as a Bhaskarastalam. Three worship services are offered each day here.

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