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66. Kaduvaaikaraiputtur


Location: Aandaan Kovil near Kumbhakonam, Kodavasal
(Chola-South of Kaveri)
Shiva: Semponnnathar, Swarnapureesar
Ambal: Sivasekhari, Shivambika
Vriksham: Vanni
Theertham: Kudamurutti
Patikam : Appar
Travel Base: Thanjavur
Description: This Shivastalam of great religious significance, is considered equivalent to Kailasam and is located 5 km west of Kodavasal. It is on the route between Needamangalam and Valangaimaan. This shrine is regarded as the 97th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola Region south of the river Kaveri. 

Legend has it that Shiva and Parvati chose this shrine as a resort, in acknowledgement of its richness and fertility. The Ganges appeared here. Parvati worshipped Shiva with flowers, gold and with the waters of the Ganges. Hence the name Semponnnathar. Several colorful legends are associated with the glory of this shrine. Kasyapa Muni is believed to have worshipped Shiva here. The river Kaduvaai is now known as Kudamurutti .

The Temple: The sun's rays illuminate the sanctum of this small temple for a 3 day period in the Tamil month of Chittirai. The temple has a 5 tiered Rajagopuram.

Festivals: Five worship services are offered each day here and the annual festival is in the month of Vaikasi.

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