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201. Tirupaalaitturai


Location: Papanasam near Kumbhakonam, Papanasam
(Chola Naadu -South of Kaveri)
Shiva: Paalvanna Nathar .
Ambal: Dhavala Vennakaimangai
Theertham: Kaveri
Patikam : Appar
Travel Base: Thanjavur
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Description:   This is a Shivastalam in the vicinity of Tirukkarukaavur and Tirunallurand  is considered to be the 19th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located south of the river Kaveri. 

Legend has it that the tiger sent by the arrogant rishis of Dharukavanam is said to have been vanquished by Shiva here. Vasishtar , Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, Arjuna are said to have worshipped here.  

There is another Shivastalam by name 108 Shivalayam nearby. where daily worship is offered to all of the 108 Shivalingams enshrined. Rama is believed to have installed these 108 Shivalingams. It is the 108 Shivalayam temple that is related to the name Papanasam, ie. Where Rama worshipped Shiva to expiate the sins that he had committed by killing the demons Karan and Dhooshanan.

The Temple: The Tiruppaalaitturai temple with 2 prakarams occupies an area of 3 acres, and its entrance is crowned with a 5 tiered Rajagopuram. Inscriptions from the Chola and Vijayanagar periods are seen in this temple. Mention must be made of those from the period of Kulottunga I and Kulottunga III speaking of gifts made to the temple during the Chola period.

Shiva is also known as Paalaivananathar here. The 108 Shivalayam  nearby celebrates Vaikasi Visakam, Aippasi Pournami and Kartikai Deepam among other festivals. Arudra Darisanam is celebrated at the Tirupaalaitturai temple.

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