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43. Tiruveengoimalai

ஈங்கோய் மலை 

Location: Kulittalai near Kulittalai,
(Chola-North of Kaveri)
Shiva: Maragathachaleswarar
Ambal: Maragathavalli
Patikam : Sambandar
Travel Base: Tiruchirappalli
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Description:   This temple is located in the vicinity of Tiruchirappalli. Visiting Kadambar Kovil, Ratnagiri and Tiruveengoimalai on the same day is of significance. This is one of the 3 sikharams (mountains) in the Tiruchirappalli area, associated with characters from the Ramayanam (Karan, Dhooshanan and Tirisiran) - the other two being Tiruchirappalli and Tiruverumbur.  It is considered to be the 63rd  in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located north of the river Kaveri.The image shown above is that of the Rockfort temple at Tiruchirappalli.

Legend has it that Agasthyar  assumed the form of a housefly, to fly past the waiting thousands, to worship Shiva, hence the name Eengoimalai.

The Nayanmars: Sundarar is also said to have visited here although none of his patikams is available. Sambandar is said to have visited this shrine after singing praises of Tiruppainneeli.

The Temple: This Shivastalam is a hill temple with over 500 steps. The temple has been designed in such a manner that the sun's rays fall on the Maragata lingam on Sivaratri in the month of Masi, & the lingam emits different hues of colour.

Festivals: The hill is illuminated on Kartikai Deepam. During Thai Poosam, the festival image of the deity is taken across the Kaveri to Kadambathurai. Other festivals are Arudra Darisanam, and Aadi Perukku.

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