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166. Tirunatyattankudi

திரு நாட்டியத்தான் குடி 

Location: Palakkurichi near Tiruvarur, Tirutturaippundi
(Chola Naadu-South of Kaveri)
Shiva: Manikkavannar, Ratnapureeswarar
Ambal: Maamalarmangai, Ratnapureeswari
Vriksham: Maavilangamaram
Theertham: Surya Pushkarini
Travel Base: Thanjavur
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Description: This Shivastalam is located 10 km south of Tiruvarur. Mavur road is the nearest railway station here. Tirukkarayil, one of the 7 Vitanka stalams is located 5 km east of here. This shrine is regarded as the 118th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola Region south of the river Kaveri.

Legends: It is believed that Shiva settled the assets of Ratnendra Chola and his father here and hence the name Ratneswarar. The name Karinatheswarar stems from the worship offered by an elephant here. Kai Kattu Vinayakar is said to have pointed out Shiva and Parvati in disguise, to Sundarar. Kotpuli Nayanar is associated with this shrine and his association is commemorated each year in the month of Aadi.

The Temple: The current structure is only about a hundred and fifty years old. A single prakaram adorns this temple. Four worship services are offered each day. The Nadavu Utsavam in the month of Aadi is of importance here.

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