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148. Thilataipati


Location: Poonthottam near Mayiladuturai, Tiruvarur
(Chola Naadu-South of Kaveri)
Shiva: Mutheesar, Mandaravaneswarar
Ambal: Porkodi Nayaki, Maragathavalli
Theertham: Chandra Theertham 
Vriksham: Mandaarai
Travel Base: Thanjavur
Description: This is a Shivastalam associated with legends from the Ramayana, located in the vicinity of Koothanur near Poonthottam and Peralam. Rama and Lakshmana are said to have performed the 'Thila Tarpanam'  funeral rites to their father Dasaratha here. The Sun and the moon are also said to have worshipped Shiva here. Thilataippati is  considered to be the 58th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located south of the river Kaveri. 

There are two shrines to Shiva here. The Arisilaru river flows nearby.  The east facing temple has a south facing Ambal shrine; and shrines to Ganesha, Shanmukha, Gajalakshmi, Bhairava, Surya, Chandra, Vishnu with his consorts and Rama and Lakshmana with the Shiva Lingams installed by them. There is also a unique Aadi Vinayakar shrine where an image of Ganesha depicting his state prior to acquiring the elephant face is enshrined. The second Shiva shrine enshrines Azhaganaathar is located behind the primary temple. A monarch from Benares is believed to have made endowments to this temple, and his image is seen in the temple.

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