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113. Tirukondeeswaram


Location: Nannilam
(Chola-South of Kaveri)
Shiva: Pasupateeswarar
Ambal: Shantha Nayaki
Vriksham: Vilvam
Theertham: Ksheera Pushkarini
Patikam : Appar
Travel Base: Thanjavur
Description: This Shivastalam is located near Nannilam, south of the Mudikondaan river amidst verdant surroundings. It is also known as Vilvaranyam and is considered to be the 72nd  in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located south of the river Kaveri. 

Legends: Parvati assuming the guise of Kamadhenu is believed to have worshipped Shiva here and hence the name Pasupateeswarar, and the theertham's name Ksheera Pushkarini.  This legend is similar to those at Tiruvavaduturai and Terazhundur

The Temple: This small temple has a single prakaram, and interesting carvings on the pillars of the Mahamandapam. The stalapuranam and many other interesting themes are seen caved in pillars in the mandapams in this temple. There are images of Jwarahareswrar, Kannappa Nayanar and Aabatsahaya Rishi in this temple. A moat surrounds the temple, and is known as Ksheera Pushkarini. Inscriptions from the period of Krishnadevaraya are seen here.

Festivals: Four worship services are offered each day here. Thursdays in the month of Kartikai are considered special here. Arudra Darisanam, Aadi Pooram, Thai Poosam and Navaratri are also celebrated here.

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