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198. Paataaleeswaram


Location: Mannaargudi
(Chola Naadu-South of Kaveri)
Shiva: Naganathar, Sarpapureeswarar
Ambal: Amrita Nayaki
Vriksham: Mango
Theertham: Naaga Theertham
Patikam : Sambandar
Travel Base: Thanjavur
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Description: This Shivastalam is located in the Tiruppaambani area of the town of Mannargudi, home to the famous Rajagopala temple and is also known as Paataalam (as in the hymns of Sambandar). This shrine is regarded as the 104th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola Region south of the river Kaveri.

Legends: Aadi Seshan is said to have worshipped here, hence the names Paambani for the shrine, and Sarpapureeswarar for Shiva. Dhananjaya munivar whose form resembled that of Patanjali is also believed to have worshipped here. The river in the vicinity is also known as Paambani.

The Temple: This temple with 2 prakarams has an artistically decorated sanctum, and a few other mandapams in its premises. Inscriptions from the period of Rajaraja Chola I, and Rajaraja Chola III, and Jatavarman Sundara Pandyan are seen here. Bhramma Theertham, Dhenu Theertham, Rudra Theertham, Neeladwaja Theertham and Naaga Theertham are the theerthams here.  (The image above is that of the Paatala Linga shrine at Tiruvannamalai).

Festivals: Four worship services are offered each day. The annual Bhrammotsavam is held in the month of Vaikasi. Other fesivals include Arudra Darisanam, Kartikai Deepam, Aavani Moolam, Aadi Pooram, Navaratri, Skanda Sashti and Vinayaka Chaturthi. . ..

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