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138. Tiruchemponpalli


Location: Chemponar Kovil near Mayiladuturai .
(Chola Naadu -South of Kaveri)
Shiva: Swarnapureeswarar
Ambal: Maruvaar Kuzhali, Sugandhavana Nayaki
Theertham: Surya Pushkarini
Patikam : Sambandar, Appar
Travel Base: Chidambaram
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Description:This Shivastalam is located 10 km to the east of Mayiladuturai, enroute to Tarangambadi. The Shivastalam Tiruvilanagar is  located close by. Tiruchemponpalli is considered to be the 42nd in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located south of the river Kaveri. 

Legend has it that Indra and Kubera worshipped Shiva here. Rathi Devi is believed to have prayed here to get united with Manmathan. The Veerattastalam Tiruppariyalur associated with Manmathan's tryst with Shiva, is located nearby.

The Temple: The Sun's rays fall on the sanctum for a period of 11 days from the 7th day of the month of Aries in this Maadakkovil built at an elevation.   This temple dates back to the period of the Chola King Aditya I (9th century AD). With just one prakaram it occupies an area of about 2 acres. Inscriptions from the Chola period and from the Maratha period are seen here.

Festivals: Four worship services are offered each day. The annual Bhrammotsavam is held in the month of Chittirai.

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