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210. Tiruppunavayil


Location: Tiruppunavayil near Pudukkottai, Tiruvadanai
(Pandya Naadu)
Shiva: Pazhampati Nathar.
Ambal: Karunai Nayaki .
Theertham: Bhrama Theertham
Patikam : Sambandar,Appar, Sundarar
Travel Base: Rameswaram
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Description:. This Shivastalam is located on the seashore of the Pandya country at Tiruppunavaayil at a distance of 40 km from  Arantangi.  This shrine  is regarded as the 7th of the Tevara Stalams in the Pandya region of Tamilnadu.

Legend has it that the 4 Vedas, Bhrama , Lakshmi  (as in Tirupputtur) and Mahavishnu along with Indra, Surya, Chandra, Yama, Airavatam, Vasishta and Agasthyar  worshipped Shiva here. All of the 14 shrines in the Pandya Kingdom sung by the Nayanmars are said to manifest themselves here; there are 14 Shivalingams in this temple.

The temple covers an area of about 3 acres and much of the structure dates back to the Panayd period. Massive walls surrounding the temple and the picturesque Rajagopuram beautify this shrine. The Nandi and the Shivalingam are huge here, and so is the vimanam crowning the sanctum. This is a well endowed temple. There are two entrances to the temple corresponding to the Shiva and the Ambal shrines. The niches around the Garbhagriham are enshrined with Ganapati,Dakshinamurty and in place of Lingodbhava - Mahavishnu and Hanuman.  The Nataraja Sabha here is referred to as the Sivagnana Sabha.

Festivals: Six worship services are performed each day here. The annual Bhrammotsavam is conducted in the month of Vaikasi.

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