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93. Tirukkaanoor


Location: Tirukkanoor near Thanjavur, Budalur
(Chola Naadu - North of Kaveri )
Shiva: Semmeninatheswarar.
Ambal: Sivayoganayaki
Theertham: Veda Theertham
Patikam : Sambandar, Appar
Travel Base:Thanjavur
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Description: This shrine was buried underground & was excavated only in the last century, and is located 1/2 a km away from the Kollidam river, 7km North of Budalur on the railroad between Thanjavur and Tiruchirappalli. Tirukkattuppalli, Tiruvalampozhil and Ambilaalanturai are the other Shivastalams located close by. Tirukkaanur is considered to be the 56th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located north of the river Kaveri.

Legends: Shiva is said to have appeared as a column of fire before Parvati  in answer to her prayers, hence the name Semmeninaathar. Shiva is also known as Arumbeswarar & Kaanoor Mulai. Parasuramar also worshipped at this shrine.

The Temple: This is a temple with a single prakaram and a three tiered Raja Gopuram.  Sambandar is believed to have visited this shrine after visiting Tirumazhapadi. Inscriptions dating back to the 13th century are seen in this temple. The sun's rays illluminate the sanctum during the month of Chittirai for a period of 3 days. Only 2 worship services are carried out here each day.

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