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200. Tiruppaampuram


Location: Peralam near Mayiladuturai, Tiruvarur
(Chola Naadu-South of Kaveri)
Shiva: Paampuranathar, Sarpeswarar
Ambal: Vandaar Poonkuzhali .
Patikam : Sambandar
Travel Base: Thanjavur
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Description: This Shivastalam is located 7 km west of Peralam. The king of serpents Nagarajan, Karkotakan, Bhrama and Agasthyar are said to have worshipped Shiva here. The name Paampuram comes from the association with Nagarajan.  Shiva here is also referred to as Seshapureeswarar. Tiruppaampuram is considered to be the 59th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located south of the river Kaveri. 

Offering worship at Kudandai Keezhkottam (Nageswarar temple) in the morning, at Tirunageswaram at noon and at Tiruppampuram in the evening on a given day is considered to be of special significance.

Legend has it that Aadisesha the mount of Vishnu worshipped Shiva here on the night of Shivaratri and that he commenced his worshipped at Kudandai Keezhkottam, and then proceeded through Tirunageswaram, Tiruppaampuram and Nagur. This event is celebrated on Mahasivaratri nights. 

There are shrines to Malaiyeeswarar, Bhairava, Surya, Mahavishnu, Bhrahma, Aadiseshan, Saneeswaran and others. 

The temple covers an area of about 1.5 acres. Four worship services are offered each day. Maasi Magam and Arudra Darisanam are celebrated here.

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