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216. Thirupperumpuliyur


Location: Perumpuliyur near Tiruvaiyaru .
(Chola Naadu -North of Kaveri)
Shiva: Vyagrapureeswarar
Ambal: Soundara Nayaki
Theertham: Kollidam
Patikam : Sambandar
Travel Base: Thanjavur
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Description: This Shivastalam is located at a distance of 16 km from Thanjavur. The Vaishnava Divya Desam dedicated to Sundararaja Perumal is located nearby. It is considered to be the 53rd  in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located north of the river Kaveri.

Legends:   Vyagrapadar (the saint with tiger's claws and feet) is said to have worshipped here, as in Omampuliyur, Erukkattampuliyur, Paatirippuliyur and Perumpatrappuliyur (Chidambaram).

The Temple: This temple covers an area of about 1.5 acres and has a three tiered Rajagopuram Both the main shrine and Ambal shrine are east facing. It is interesting to note that the Navagraha shrine is designed such that 8 of celestial bodies face Surya. Another interesting feature is that the niche usually enshrined with Lingodbhava is enshrined with Ardhanareeswara. There are also shrines to Surya, Ganesha and Skanda. Inscriptions from the period of Raja Raja Chola are seen in this temple. Sambandar is said to have visited Perumpuliyur after visiting Tiruvaiyaru.   3 worship services are offered each day here.

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