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223. Tirumannippadikkarai


Location: Iluppaipppattu near Mayiladuturai, Vaideeswaran Koyil
(Chola Naadu -North of Kaveri
Shiva: Neelakantar
Ambal: Amritavalli
Vriksham: Iluppai Maram
Theertham: Bhrama Theertham
Travel Base:Chidambaram
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Description: This Shivastalam is also known as Tiruppazhamannippaddikkarai and is under the able administration of the Tiruvavaduturai Adhinam. It is located at a distance of 20 km from Mayiladuturai. It  is considered to be the 30th  in the series of the Tevara Stalams located in Chola Nadu north of the river Kaveri.

Legends: As with Tiruneedur nearby, this shrine is also associated with legends centered around the great deluge.The Natana Vinayakar here  is said to have danced during the great deluge. A legend associated with the great deluge, about a boat that remained afloat - similar to the Thoniappar legend in Sirkazhi, prevails in this temple. (The image seen above is that of the Sirkazhi Toniappar Temple). The nearby shrine of Nagapuram enshrining Nagalingar and Sundaravalli is said to have been worshipped by Adiseshan.

This shrine is also associated with characters from the Mahabharatam. Neelakantar was worshipped by Yudhishtra and Padikkarai Nayakar was worshipped by Arjuna,; both these shrines are complete with all parivara devatas. Duryodhana is said to have poisoned the Bhrama Theertham and Shiva is said to have converted the poison into celestial nectar. The Bhrama Theertham is also known as Amrita Theertham or Nachchuppoikai.

The temple complex occupies an area of 2.5 acres. . There are five shrines to Shiva here, Padikkarai Nayakar, Neelakantar, Mukteeswarar, Parameswarar, Magadheswarar. The main temple is built on a large, 5 feet high raised platform. A Rajagopuram marks the entrance to the outer prakaram. Padikkarai Nayakar shrine is in the forefront; the Magadheswarar (worshipped by Sahadeva) & Neelakantar shrines are in the rear. Mukteswarar, worshipped by Bhima and Parameswarar worshipped by Nakula are seen in the outer enclosure.  Apart from the inscriptions from the Vijayanagar period, there are inscriptions dating back to the 11th century. Four worship services are offered here each day.

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