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74. Karuppariyalur


Location: Melaikkazhi (Talaignyayiru) near Mayiladuturai, Vaideeswaran Koyil
(Chola-North of Kaveri)
Shiva: Kutram Porutta Natheswarar, Aparadha Kshameswarar
Ambal: Kolvalainayaki, Vichitra Balambika
Vriksham: Kokutimullai
Theertham: Indra Theertham Patikam: Sambandar, Sundarar
Travel Base: Chidambaram
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Description: This Shivastalam is located 14 km north of Mayiladuturai. It  is a maadakkoyil along the lines of Sirkazhi and is hence known as Melaikkaazhi. The image above is that of the grand temple at Sirkazhi.. The names Kokutimullaikkoyil & Yoodikaavanam & Talaignaayiru are also associated with this temple. Other names here are Karmanaasapuram, Adityapuram etc. Karuppariyalur  is considered to be the 27th in the series of the Tevara Stalams located in Chola Nadu north of the river Kaveri.

Legend has it  Indra the king of Devas is said to have attacked Shiva with his Vajrayutham and Shiva is said to have forgiven him for his hasty act of aggression, hence the name Aparadha Kshameswarar (and Karmanaasapuram for this Shivastalam).Vasishta Muni is said to have worshipped Shiva upon the advice of Bhramma.

The name Talaignaayiru is said to have arisen out of the legend that Surya worshipped Shiva at this shrine.It is believed that acts of goodness committed here, multiply manifold. Hanuman is also believed to have worshipped Shiva here.

This temple has 4 prakarams and the stucco images on the vimanams adorning the sancta are of great beauty. The Rajagopuram here is not in allignment with the sanctum here. There is a shrine to Aparadha Kshameswarar in the ground level.

As in Sirkazhi, the maadakkoyil holds two shrines to Uma Maheswarar and Sattanathar. There are inscriptions from the period of Kulottunga III, who is said to have built the Vimanam of the temple. This temple is administered by the Dharumapuram Aadhinam.

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