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59. Tirukkachoor


Location: Tirukkachoor near Chennai, Chingleput
(Tondai Naadu)
Shiva: Virunditta Eesar, Kachabeswarar
Ambal: Kanniyumaiyal, Anjanakshi
Theertham: Koorma Theertham
Patikam : Sundarar
Travel Base: Chennai
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Description: This Shivastalam is located in the vicinity of Chennai, near Singaperumaal Koyil near Chingleput. This is the 26th of the 32 Tevara Stalams in the Tondai region of South India.

Legends: In his Koorma Avataram Vishnu is said to have worshipped Shiva, seeking the celestial nectar Amritam - hence the name Amrita Tyagar. The name Kachur comes from the Kachaba (tortoise) form with which Vishnu worshipped Shiva. The image above is that of a panel at the Kachabeswarar Temple at Kanchipuram where a similar legend prevails. Shiva is said to have collected alms and offered a feast to Sundarar here, and hence the name Virunditta Eesar. The Ashwini twins are said to have worshipped Shiva to receive the knowledge of medicinal herbs, hence the name Marundeeswarar.

The Temple: There are 2 temples here , a Tyagaraja shrine, which is not one of the Saptavitanka shrines. This shrine is also known as Kachur Aalakkovil for the Aalamara stalavruksham .There is also a a Marundeesar temple atop a hill here. The shrine on top of the hill (Oushadamalai) is known as Aalakkovil while the one at the bottom is Taazhakkovil. 

Festivals: Bhrammotsavam in the month of Chittirai, and Arudra Darisanam in the month of Markazhi are the important festivals celebrated here. The dance of Shiva is enacted during these festivals. ..

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