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77. Kalayanallur(Saakkottai)

 கலயநல்லூர் - சாக்கோட்டை 

Location: Kumbhakonam near Valangaimaan, Kumbhakonam
(Chola Naadu-South of Kaveri )
Shiva: Amudaghatesar, Amritakalaseswarar
Ambal: Amritavalli
Theertham: Chaturveda Theertham
Patikam : Sundarar
Travel Base: Thanjavur
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Description: This Shivastalam is located 3km south east of the Kumbhakonam railway station on the banks of the Arisilaru river. Other Shivastalams  in the temple town of  Kumbhakonam are Tirukkudandai, Kudandaikkeezhkottam and Kudandaikkaaronam. Ten Kudi Tittai is considered to be the 68th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located south of the river Kaveri. 

Legends: In a deluge that submerged the earth, a kalasam, containing samples of the then existing species settled at this spot, signifying the magic of creation; hence the name Amrita Kalasam. Thus, as with the other three temples in Kumbhakonam, this temple is also associated with the legend of the Amritakalasam, the great deluge and the Mahamagam festival.

This temple is also referred to as KOttai Sivan temple, attributing to the belief that the temple was surrounded by a fortress. Given the Sakya (Budhist) population that surrounded this area once, this shrine was also known as Sakya KOttai which is now known as Sakkottai.

The Temple: This is a small temple, a single prakaram with a tank adjacent to it. The Saptastana festival is observed in the month of Chittirai.

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