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48. Tiruverumbur

திரு எறும்பியூர் 

Location: Tiruverumbur near Tiruchirappalli
(Chola Naadu -South of Kaaveri)
Shiva: Erumbeeswarar
Ambal: Saurabhya Kudalaambal, Narunkuzhal nayaki
Travel Base: Tiruchirappalli
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Description: This Shivastalam is located in the vicinity of Tiruchirappalli. Again, this is one of the 3 shikharams in the Tiruchirappalli area, the other two being the Tiruchirappalli hill (Tayumanavar temple) and the Tiruvengimalai (Eengoi malai) temple; .Karan, Dhooshanan (&Tirisiran) of the Ramayana are associated with legends surrounding these temples. Tiruverumbur is considered to be the 7th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located south of the river Kaveri.The image above is that of the Rockfort temple at Tiruchirappalli.

Legends: The Devas fearing the demon Karan (of the Kara Dhooshana duo of Ramayanam) are said to have assumed the form of ants and have worshipped Shiva here. The Shiva lingam is said to have tilted forward to accept the worship.

The Temple: This Shivastalam  is a hill temple with a flight of granite steps. This temple has 2 prakarams, and the entire temple, and the mandapam at the foot of the hill are replete with inscriptions from the Chola and the Pandya period.  

Festivals: The annual Bhrammotsavam is celebrated in the month of Vaikasi. 

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