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76. Karuvoor Aanilai

கருவூர் ஆனிலை 

Location: Karur
(Kongu Naadu)
Shiva: Pasupateeswarar
Ambal: Sundaravalli
Theertham: Bhrama Theertham
Travel Base: Tiruchirappalli
Description: This Shivastalam in Kongu Naadu is located in Karur.  Eripaththa Nayanar is associated with this temple Karuvoorthevar the author of Tiruvisaippa ws born here. This temple  is regarded as the 7th of the 7 Tevara Stalams in the Kongu Region of Tamilnadu.

Legends: Mucukunda Cholan (of the well known Tiruvarur legend) is said to have built this temple.  Kamadhenu the mythological cow is said to have meditated upon Shiva to receive his blessings; hence the name Aanilai, and Pasupateeswarar.

The Temple: . This 2.65 acre temple with 2 prakarams is decked with a 120 feet high Gopuram with several stucco images and a hundred pillared hall. Chola and Pandya inscriptions are found here. There are two images of Ambal here, Sundaravalli and Alankaravalli. The sun's rays illuminate the sanctum for three days in the Tamil month of Pankuni.

Festivals: The annual Bhrammotsavam is celebrated in Panguni; other festivals include the Eripaththa Nayanar utsavam, Navaratri and Arudra Darisanam. ..

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