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73. Tirukkarukudi


Location: Marudaantanalloor near Kumbhakonam
(Chola Naadu -South of Kaveri)
Shiva: Karukkudinathar, Sargunalingeswarar
Ambal: Sarvalankrita Nayaki
Theertham: Yama Theertham
Travel Base: Thanjavur
Description: This Shivastalam is located 6 km south east of Kumbhakonam enroute to Mannargudi. Kalayanallur is located nearby. Also nearby is the town of Ayinanur - home to Enaadinayanar. Karukkudi is considered to be the 69th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located south of the river Kaveri. 

Legends: Rama, Bhramma and a king by name Sargunan are believed to have worshipped the Prithivi lingam here. The same legend that holds at Rameswaram holds here too. The presiding deity here is also referred to as Hanumadlingam. Shiva is also referred to as Bhrahmapuriswarar and Parvati is also referred to as Advaitanayaki, Kalyananayaki.

The Temple: This small temple with 2 prakamrams has a 70 feet high Rajagopuram. Both the Shiva and the Ambal shrines face the east.  Only 2 worship services are offered each day here. Sivaratri in the month of Maasi and Mondays in the month of Kartikai are considered special here.

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