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188. Tiruppazhuvur(Aalanturai)


Location: Ariyalur near Ariyalur.
(Chola Naadu -North of Kaveri )
Shiva: Aalanturaiyeesar, Vadamoolesar
Ambal: Aruntavanayaki, .
Theertham: Kollidam
Patikam : Sambandar
Travel Base: Tiruchirappalli
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Description: The stala vriksham being Aalamaram the presiding deity here is Aalanturaiyeesar or its equivalent Vatamoolesar or Vatatheerthanathar in Sanskrit. It is considered to be the 55th  in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located north of the river Kaveri.

Legends: Parvati is said to have worshipped Shiva here prior to marrying him. Parasuramar is said to have prayed here and is also said to have made arrangements for the upkeep of religious services here. There is an image of Parasuramar in this shrine. Sambandar's hymns refer to the fact that priests from Kerala were engaged in carrying out worship services here during his time.The word Pazhu refers to the stala vriksham Aalamaram here.

The Temple: This east facing temple has niche images of Lingodbhavar, Dakshinamurthy, Bhramma, Durga and Vinayaka. The  sculpture of Anantasayana over the gateway of the Ardhamandapam, is popularly believed to represent Parasuramar engaged in penance after having killed his mother, in response to his father's bidding. There are also sculptured images of Yoga Narasimhar, Parthasarathi, Anantasayanam, in the toranams. The Mukhamandapam houses images of Kalasamharamurthy, Ardhanareeswarar, Kalyanasundarar, Kankalamurthy and Bhairavar. The bronze images of Rishabhavahanar, Tripurantakar, dancing Balasubramanyar and Sundaramoorthy Nayanar are worth mention here.

Other:  An ancient Shiva temple, Pasupateeswaram (Maravaneeswaram built by Pazhuvettarayan Maravan Kandanaar) also dates back to the period of Parantaka Chola I, and only its ruins are left now. Mention must be made here of the Vata Theertha Nathar Temple at Andanallur near Tiruchendurai, at a distance of about 10km from Tiruchirappalli enroute to Karur, where several inscriptions attributed to the period of Parantaka Chola (early 10th century) are seen, testifying to the patronage extended by him, and to the stone structure erected during his reign here.

Festivals: Margazhi Tiruvadirai, Aippasi Pournami and Kartikai Deepam are the fesitvals celebrated here.

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