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227. Tirumarugal


Location: Tirumarugal near Mayiladutrai, Nannilam
(Chola Naadu -South of Kaveri)
Shiva: Manikkavannar, Ratnagireeswarar
Ambal: Vanduvaarkuzhaliammai, Amotalanayaki
Vriksham: Vaazhai
Theertham: Siva Ganga
Patikam : Sambandar, Appar
Travel Base: Thanjavur
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Description:  This is a Shivastalam located in the vicinity of Tiruppugalur, Tiruchenkattankudi and Tiruchattamangai and is one of the 78 maadakkovils built at an elevation by Ko Chenkann Cholan, known by the name Manikkagiri. It is considered to be the 80th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located south of the river Kaveri. 

Legend has it that Lakshmi got reunited with Vishnu upon worshipping Shiva, hence the name Tirumarugal.The name marugal also comes from the stala vruksham - Vaazhai. Vinayakar here is known by the name Visham Theertha Vinayakar. Sambandar is said to have brought back to life, the husband of a newly wed bride (a devotee of Shiva) upon singing the Patikam 'Sadaiyai Enumaal' (Vidam Theertha Patikam) and this event is commemorated in a celebration each year.

The Temple: The entrance to this temple with 2 prakarams is crowned with a 5 tiered Rajagopuram.The tank in front of the temple is known as Lakshmi Theertham. The madakkoyil is reached through a flight of stairs on the side. Murals depicting legends associated with this temple are seen in the Amman shrine. Siruthonda Nayanar is associated with this shrine. One of the tanks here is named Seerala Theertham, after the son of Siruthonda Nayanar. 

Festivals: Five worship services are offered each day, and Chitra Pournami is also celebrated here.

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