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120. Kottur


Location: Kottur near Tiruvarur, Tirutturaippundi
(Chola Naadu - South of Kaveri)
Shiva: Kozhuntheesar .
Ambal: Thenmozhippavai, Madhuravachanambika
Vriksham: Vanni
Theertham: Agasthya Nadhi
Patikam : Sambandar
Travel Base: Thanjavur
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Description: This Shivastalam is located in the vicinity of Tirukkalar. It is located at a distance of 13 km from Tirutturaippundi and a distance of 15 km from Mannargudi. There are two temples in this village, the one on the west side has been glorified by the Tevaram while the other is praised by Tiruvisaippa (Keezhkotur Maniambalam). This shrine is regarded as the 111st in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola Region south of the river Kaveri.

Legends: The Devas are believed to have worshipped here. The divine elephant Airaavatam is associated with this temple and hence the name Airaavateeswaram.

The Temple: Shiva faces West and Ambal faces East in the Upadesa Sannidhi formation. There are as many of 9 theerthams here including the river Mullaiyaru, on whose banks, the temple is situated.

Festivals:  Six worship services are offered in this temple each day. An image of Ardhanareeswarar can be seen on the Shivalingam when it is bathed with milk, during festival days such as Maasi Magam.

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