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Location: PasupatiKovil near Kumbhakonam, Pasupati Koyil
(Chola Naadu-South of Kaveri)
Shiva: Aalanturai Naathar, VaTatheertha Nathar
Ambal: Alliyankothai
Vriksham: Aalamaram
Theertham: Shiva Theertham
Patikam : Sambandar
Travel Base: Thanjavur
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Description: Known as Aalanturai (VaTaranyam in Sanskrit) this is one of the 'Turai's in the 275 Shivastalams sung by the Tevara Mudalvar. This Shivastalam is in the vicinity of Chakrapalli and is located at a distance of about 15 km from Thanjavur. Architecturally this temple is considered to be one of the finest of the early Chola temples. Tiruppullamangai is considered to be the 16th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located south of the river Kaveri. 

Legends: Shiva is said to have consumed the poison that emanated from the churning of the milky ocean here (hence the name Aalanturai). Shiva here is also known as Bhramapureeswarar.Parvati is said to have taken the form of a Chakravaha bird & worshipped Shiva here, hence the name Pullamangai. Some sources say that the name Pullamangai is sourced from the Kites that live in the Temple Tower.

The Temple: Inscriptions from the period of Parantaka Chola I (early 10th century) testify to the patronage extended by the Cholas. The stone structure in the temple is generally assigned to Parantaka I's period, based on the inscriptions seen here. The niches in the garbagriham and the ardhamandapam contain images of Lingodbhavar, Bhramma, Durga, Vinayakar and Dakshinamurthy.  Several features in this temple display a profound sense of aesthetics. The decorative layers  on the garbagriham are of great workmanship and the miniature panels above and below the niche images, the friezes of yaalis, the scroll work and several othe features here are of delicate workmanship. The images of yalis with riders, giving the semblance of flight in mid air, are remniscent of the toranas in Sanchi, per 'Early Chola Temples' by S. R. Balasubramaniam.

Festivals: Four worship services are offered each day in this small temple. The Saptastanam festival is celebrated in the Tamil month of Pankuni. Kartikai Deepam, Arudra Darisanam, Navaratri are also celebrated here.

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