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30. Aavoor Pasupteeswaram

ஆவூர் பசுபதீச்வரம் 

Location: Govindakudi near Darasuram, Kumbhakonam
(Chola Naadu -South of Kaveri)
Shiva: Aavoorudaiyar, Pasupateeswarar
Ambal: Mangalambika
Vriksham: Arasamaram
Theertham: Kamadhenu Theertham
Patikam : Sambandar
Travel Base: Thanjavur
Description:This Shivastalam is a maadakkovil at an elevation built by Kochenkann Cholan, as in Tirunallur nearby. It is in the vicinity of Sattimuththam, Patteeswaram and the ancient Chola capital of Pazhaiyaaru abounding in archeological remains. Sangam poets such as Aavoor kizhaar were born here. This temple  is considered to be the 21st in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located south of the river Kaveri. 

Legends:Kamadhenu is said to have come down to the earth here (Go vanda Kudi) and worshipped Shiva.  Legend also has it that Shiva here was worshipped by Bhrahma, the Saptarishis, the Devas, Indra, Surya, the Navagrahas and Vasishta. Legend has it that the hillock on which the temple is built was a result of the tussle between Adiseshan and Vayu as in Tirunallur.

The Temple: A five tiered Rajagopuram adorns the entrance to this temple which occupies an area of about an acre. Inscriptions from the period of Rajendra Chola III are seen here. Four worship services are offered each day.

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