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98. Tirukkudavaayil


Location: Kodavasal near Tiruvarur, Koradacheri
(Chola Naadu-South of Kaveri)
Shiva: Konanathan, Koneswarar
Ambal: Periyanayaki, Bhrihannayaki
Vriksham: Vaazhaimaram
Theertham: Amrita Theertham
Patikam: Appar
Travel Base: Thanjavur
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Description: This Shivastalam is located at Kodavasal in an area that abounds in coconut groves, 16 km from Nannilam and is associated with the legend of the celestial nectar Amritam, as in Kumbhakonam. The shrines Talaiyalankadu, Tirunaalur Mayaanam, Tirucherai, Kaduvaaikkaaraipputtur and Tirukkollampudur are located nearby. Kudavasal is regarded as the 95th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola Region south of the river Kaveri. 

The Temple: This temple  is a Maadakkovil built at an elevation by Ko Chenkann Cholan and is also known as Konastanam. The Rajagopuram is about 80 feet tall and there are 2 prakarams here.

Legends: Shiva is said to have appeared out of a pot (Kudam) and relieved Drinabindu Munivar of his leprosy. It is believed that when the great deluge submerged the earth, Vishnu remained afloat in an earthen vessel that stretched from Kodavasal to Kumbhakonam. It is also believed that a part of the celestial nectar Amritam dropped here; hence a bath in the temple tank here is considered sacred (mandatory by some) during the Mahamagam festival at Kumbhakonam.  

Festivals: Five worship services are offered each day. Arudra Darisanam and Maasi Magam are the festivals of significance here.

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