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20. Aappudaiyaar Kovil

ஆப்புடையார் கோயில் 

Location: Madurai
(Pandya Naadu)
Shiva: Aappudaiyar, Rishabeswarar
Ambal: Kuravankamazhum Kuzhalammai, Suganda Kundalambal
Theertham: Rishaba theertham
Patikam : Sambandar
Travel Base:Madurai
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Description: This temple lies in the shadow of Madurai Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple .The Pandya Kings and the Royal Sethupathi kings have made many contributions to this temple although little is known of its history to the thousands of visitors that throng Madurai. This shrine  is regarded as the 2nd  of the Tevara Stalams in the Pandya region of Tamilnadu.

Legend: The name 'Aappudaiyaar' comes from the word 'Aappu' - a wedge that was mistakenly worshipped as a Shivalingam by a Pandya ruler is said to have transformed miraculously into a Shivalingam. Shiva is also believed to have miraculously caused grains of sand to turn into rice during the time of a debilitating famine, hence the name Anna Lingeswarar. :

Festivals: Bhrammotsavam here is marked for the month of Maasi. Navaratri is also celebrated here. Images of Meenakshi and Sundareswarar visit this temple from the famed Madurai temple, on the day of Panguni Uththiram, and return on a Rishabha Vaahanam. The festival idols here - made of silver  are of great beauty and  they are taken in procession during the biweekly Pradosham festival.


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