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21. Tiruvaappaadi


Location: Aaduturai near Kumbhakonam , (Chola naadu - North of Kaveri)
Shiva: Paalugandeeswarar, Ksheerapurinathar
Ambal: Periya Nayaki, Brihannayaki
Vriksham: Aathi
Theertham: Ksheerakundam
Travel Base:Thanjavur
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Description: This Shrine is located at a distance of 11 km from Aaduturai near Kumbhakonam. This temple is said to have been located on the banks of the Manniyaru before it changed its course. Several natural springs are seen in the temple during the monsoon months. It is considered to be the 40th in the series of the Tevara Stalams located in Chola Nadu north of the river Kaveri.

Legend has it that Chandikeswarar  created a Shivalingam of earth and offered worship here, and there are two shrines to him here, one under the Stala Vruksham and the other in the sanctum. This temple is associated with the familiar legend of a cow offering milk on its own accord to a Swayambu lingam. The name Aappaadi arises from the fact that Chandikeswarar was grazing a herd of cows here.

Festivals: Three worship services are offered each day here. Navaratri is calebrated annually.

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