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142. Tiruchotrutturai


Location: Kandiyur near Thanjavur, Tiruvaiyaru
(Chola Naadu-South of Kaveri)
Shiva: Oppillachelvar, Odanavaneswarar
Ambal: Oppilla Ammai, Annapurani
Theertham: Surya Theertham
Patikam : Sambandar, Appar, Sundarar
Travel Base: Thanjavur
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Description: This Shivastalam, whose praises have been sung by all of the 3 saints Appar , Sambandar an d Sundarar, is one of the 7 Saptastanams of Tiruvaiyaru. The Tirukkandiyur Veerattam temple is located nearby. The Saptastana temples of Tiruvaiyaru are  Tiruppazhanam, Tiruchottruturai, Tiruvedikkudi, Tirukkandiyur, Tiruppanturai  Tillaistanam and Tiruvaiyaru. This temple is considered to be the 13th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located south of the river Kaveri.

Legend has it that Shiva was worshipped by Gowtama, Indra & Surya. Shiva is said to have blessed a devotee with an inexhaustible supply of food, while Ambal provided a number of devotees with food, while polished rice grew in paddy fields. (Annam Padaitta Vayal).Shiva is referred to as Sorudaiyan, and this shrine Annavatarastalam.

This temple with 2 prakarams occupies an area of about an acre and a half. 4 worship services are offered each day. The Saptastana festival of Tiruvaiyaru in Chittirai, where the festival image of Shiva of Tiruvaiyaru is taken in procession to each of the 7 temples is a very grand one.

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