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85. Keezhaittirukkaattuppalli

கீழை திருக்காட்டுப்பள்ளி 

Location: Keezhaittirukkattuppalli near Mayiladuturai, Poompuhaar
(Chola Naadu-North of Kaveri)
Shiva: Aranya Sundareswarar
Ambal: Akilandanayaki
Theertham: Amuda Poikai  Patikam: Sambandar
Travel Base: Chidambaram
Description: This Shivastalam located adjacent to Poompuhaar and Tiruvenkaadu is known as Keezhtirukkaattuppalli to distinguish it from Melaittirukkaattuppalli near Thanjavur. Keezhaittirukkaattuppalli is considered to be the 12th in the series of Tevara Stalangal on the northern banks of the river Kaveri in the Chola region of Tamilnadu.

Legends: The Devas are said to have prayed to Shiva to relieve Indra of the sin of having slain the demon Vriddirasuran.  Bhramma is said to have created 10 Shivalingams here and worshipped Shiva.


The Temple: The manner in which the temple is constructed is said to cause a sound resembling the sea to be heard in the Dakshinamurthy shrine. At the four corners sourrounding the temple are four theerthams. There are shrines to Shiva in the form of two Shiva Lingams referred to as Muniyeswarar and Bhramhesar. There are also shrines to Skanda, Bhairavar and Surya.

Sambandar is said to have visited here after visiting Tiruchaaikaadu at Poompuhaar.

Festivals: The festival image of Shiva from Tiruvenkaadu is brought here in procession on a horse mount on the 2nd day of the month of Thai (Capricorn). 

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