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215. Pennaagadam


Location: Pennadam near Vriddachalam, Villuppuram
(Nadu Naadu)
Shiva: Sudarkozhuntheesar, Pralayakaleswarar
Ambal: Gadantai Nayaki, Aamodanambikai
Vriksham: Shanbaga Maram
Theertham: Kapila Theertham
Patikam : Sambandar, Appar
Travel Base:Chidambaram
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Description: The temple here is referred to as Tunngaanai Maadam. Meikkandar the pioneer of Saiva philosophy was born here. This is the 2nd of the 22 Tevara Stalams in the Nadu Naadu  region of Tamilnadu.

Legends: Shiva is said to have been worshipped by Kamadenu, the celestial nymphs and the Airavatam (AA, Penn, gadam hence Pennaagadam).Appar is said to have been blessed with the marks of the Rishabham and Trisoolam here. There is also the Nandi Mangalam here  where Shiva is said to have consumed the deadly poison that emanated out of the milky ocean, hence Pralayakaleswarar-Sundareswarar.Nandi faces away from the shrine & is said to have swallowed waters of the great deluge.

The Temple: This is one of the 78 shrines built by Kochenkan Cholan at an elevation. Theshrine at the upper level (100 steps) houses Javanteeswarar.  A 5 tiered gopuram adorns this temple covering an area of 4 acres. The sanctum is built in the form of an elephant, with windows on 3 sides. The Nandi faces away from the sanctum. Inscriptions fron the Chola and Vijayanagar periods are seen here.

Festivals: The annual festival is celebrated in the month of Chittirai with several vahanams and chariots. Other festivals celebrated include Kartikai Deepam, Skanda Sashti, Arudra Darisanam, Thai Poosam, Sankaranti, Pankuni Uthiram and Aadi Pooram. 

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