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134. Sirukudi


Location: Sirukudi near Mayiladuturai, Tiruvarur
(Chola Naadu-South of Kaveri )
Shiva: Mangalesar, Kalyanasundaresar
Ambal: Mangala Nayaki
Theertham: Surya Theertham Vriksham: Vilwam
Patikam : Sambandar
Travel Base: Thanjavur
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Description: This Shivastalam is located 9 km west of Peralam, past Tirumeeyachur and Tiruppampuram. It is considered to be the 60th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located south of the river Kaveri. The famed Shivastalam Tiruveezhimizhalai is located nearby. 

Shiva is portrayed here as Santoshaalinganamoorthy. Legend has it that Garudan, Mars and the Gandharvas   worshipped in this shrine known as Sookshmapuri. Legend has it that Parvati worshipped Shiva in the form of a Shivalingam made with a handful of earth, and hence the name siru-pidi which gradually changed to Sirukudi. The Shivalingam here is a prithvilingam to whom Abhishekam is not offered. Given the stalapuranam, the image of Santoshaalinganamurthy is of great significance.

Given the name Mangalambika, worshipping here on Tuesdays is considered auspicious.

This east facing temple has a three tiered Rajagopuram. There are shrines to Mangalavinayakar and Subramanyar. Maasimagam and Arudra Darisanam are celebrated here.

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