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185. Paridiniyamam


Location: Paridiniyamam near Kumbhakonam, Koyilvenni
(Chola Naadu-South of Kaveri)
Shiva: Paridiyappar, Bhaskareswarar
Ambal: Mangala Nayaki
Theertham: Surya Theertham
Patikam : Sambandar
Travel Base: Thanjavur
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Description:This Shivastalam is located 13 km southwest of Saliyamangalam the nearest railhead, and is on the roadway between Thanjavur & Pattukkottai. This shrine is regarded as the 101st  in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola Region south of the river Kaveri.

Legends: Markandeyar is said to have been blessed here on the day of Margazhi Tiruvadirai. There are legends associated with King Sibi discovering this shrine by accident.

This temple with 2 prakarams covers an area of about an acre. The Sun's rays fall on the sanctum on the 19th day of the month of Panguni (Pisces), hence the name Paridiniyamam. However, Shiva is also referred to as Paruthiappar. This east facing temple has a 5 tiered Rajagopuram. The Ambal shrine is in tthe outermost prakaram. There is an image of Surya engaged in worship of Shiva. 

Festivals: Four worship services are offered each day here. Kartikai Deepam, Arudra Darisanam, Tai Poosam, Masi Magam, Pankuni Uthiram, Chitra Pournami, Aadi Pooram, Aavani Moolam, Navaratri & Deepavali are celebrated here.

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