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220. Tiruppainneeli


Location: Tiruppainneeli near Bhikshandar Kovil .
(Chola Naadu -North of Kaveri)
Shiva: Neelivananathar, Neelakantar
Ambal: Visalakshi
Vriksham: Vaazhai
Theertham: Vishala Pushkarini
Patikam : Sambandar, Appar, Sundarar
Travel Base: Tiruchirappalli
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Description: This Shivastalam is one of the 7 Saptastanam Temples of Tiruvanaikkaval. Shiva here is referred to as Aranya Vitankar. This temple is  located 20 km away from Tiruchirappalli & about 5 km from Bhikshandar Kovil. It is considered to be the 61st in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located north of the river Kaveri.

Legends: Shiva is said to have blessed Vasishtar with a vision of the cosmic dance and the dance hall here is known as Ratna Sabha.  Shiva is said to have blessed Tirunavukkarasar (who had arrived from Tirupachilasramam with a sumptuous meal on a banana leaf (Painneeli - Vaazhai). It is here that Yama is believed to have worshipped Shiva, to retrieve his power over mortal souls, after Shiva vanquished his powers at Tirukkadavur in saving Markandeyan.

The Temple: This is a vast temple with 4 prakarams a 100 pillared hall, and a Vinayaka Vasanta Mandapam among other mandapams.The 3rd prakaram houses Sorudaiya Eeswarar, Viswanathar. The second prakaram houses the stalavriksham..  The outer walls of the temple have been built with a certain variety of rock obtained locally that has the texture of a tiger's skin. The 'Pulivarikkal' is said to have been used in response to a devote by name Vyagrasooran who had assumed the form of a tiger.

There are 2 shrines to Ambaal here.There are no navagrahams here, only 9 pits adjacent to the Dwajasthampam.  The vast tank to the north of the temple is the Deva Theertham, while the Vishala Theertham is a well. There is a shrine to Yama in the third prakaram.

Inscriptions dataing from the prriod of Rajendra Cholan and his descendants are seen in this temple.

Festivals: Bhrammotsavam is celebrated in the month of Chittirai.Appar's association with Shiva here is celebrated even today in the month of Chittirai (Aries) - Avittam.

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