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111. Tirukkodunkunram


Location: Piranmalai near Tirupattur, Chaturvedimangalam
(Pandya Naadu)
Shiva: Kodunkunranathar, Ugragireeswarar
Ambal: Kuyilamritanayaki.
Theertham: Madhu Pushkarini
Travel Base:Madurai
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Description: This Shivastalam, located near Tirupputtur, is a vast hill temple reached by a flight of steps in the Pandya Kingdom.  This shrine  is regarded as the 5th of the Tevara Stalams in the Pandya region of Tamilnadu.

Legends: Shiva is believed to have revealed a vision of his marriage with Parvati to Agasthya Muni here. Piranmalai is said to have been ruled by Paari Vallal. Piraanmalai is sad to be a block of Mount Meru, which got blown off during a fierce tussle between the serpent king Aadiseshan and Vaayu the wind God (as in Tiruchengode). This hill in the form of a Shivalingam is also called Prachandragiri and Katoragiri.

The Temple: This vast temple covering an area of about 30 acres, with three prakarams has 5 beautiful vimanams and an attractive Rajagopuram. The Marudu brothers (of Sivaganga) associated with Kaalaiyar Koyil have made several contributions to this temple as in Kaalaiyar Koyil.

There are 3 shrines in this temple representing the states of Bhumi, Antariksham and Swargam. Bhrama, Saraswathi, Subramanya and Nandi are believed to have worshipped Shiva here. There are separate sanctums for Nallamangaipaagaswamy (kalyana kolam) Viswanathar and Kodunkunra Naathar here. There are 57 Theerthams in this temple.

Festivals: Six worship services are performed each day here. The Ugra Bhairavar Shrine here witnesses a special festival in the month of Thai. .The grand Bhrammotsavam is celebrated in the month of Chittirai. Other festivals here include Kartikai Deepam, Arudra Darisanam, Vinayaka Chaturthi and Navaratri.

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