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191. Tiruppariyalur


Location: Parasalur near Mayiladuturai, Semponaar Koyil
(Chola Naadu-South of Kaveri)
Shiva: Veeratteswarar
Ambal: Ilankombanaiyaal, Balambika
Theertham: Homa Kundam
Patikam : Sambandar
Travel Base: Thanjavur
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Description: This Shivastalam is one of the 8 Veerattastalams of Shiva, also known as Dakshapuram located 8 km east of Mayiladuturai. The Yaga Samhara moorthy image is a specimen of the craftmanship of the ancient Tamils. Tiruppariyalur is considered to be the 15th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located south of the river Kaveri. 

The eight Veeratta Stalams are Tiruvatikai, Tirukkurukkai, Tirukkadavur, Tiruvazhuvur, Tirukkovalur, Tiruppariyalur, Tirukkandiyur and Tiruvirkudi. Tiruvazhuvur is considered to be a Tevara Vaippustalam, as it has no Patikams dedicated to it.

Legends: This temple is associated with the story of Dakshan's yagnam, where Dakshan and his ego were vanquished. The temple tank is believed to be the sacrificial altar of Daksha, and during times of drought,the actual altar is said to become visible at the bottom. The Devas are believed to have gotten rid of their fear caused by the demon Dharuka here. Mayiladuturai nearby is associated with the legend of Dakshayani taking up the form of a peacock and offering worship to Shiva.

The Temple: This is a small temple with a single prakaram. Inscriptions from the priod of Jatavarman Sundara Pandya and Krishnadevaraya are found here.

Festivals: Four worship services are offered here each day. Sundays in the month of Kartikai (Scorpio) are considered sacred, and the festival images are taken around in procession then. Other festivals celebrated here include Arudra Darisanam, Aadi Pooram and Navaratri.

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