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234. Tirumeeyachur


Location: Peralam near Mayiladuturai, Tiruvarur
(Chola Naadu-South of Kaveri)
Shiva: Tirumeninathar, Meganathar
Ambal: Soundara Nayaki, Lalitambika
Vriksham: Vilvam
Theertham: Surya Pushkarini
Patikam : Sambandar
Travel Base: Thanjavur
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Description:  This Shivastalam is located in the vicinity of Ambar and Ambar Maakaalam at a distance of 2.5 km from Peralam. Tirumeeyachur Ilamkoyil  is another Shivastalam here. Tirumeeyachur is considered to be the 56th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located south of the river Kaveri. 

Legend has it that Surya placed Shiva and Parvati on an elephant and prayed here.

This temple occupies an area of about 2 acres ; the Vimanam here is of the Gajaprishta style, a rarity in the Chola kingdom (the other one of this type being the Pennagadam temple in Nadu Naadu). Gajaprishta Vimanams, or Tunganai Madam - apsidal temples are more common in Tondai Naadu. Yet another exception is the vimanam at the Ezhuttarinatheswarar temple at Innambar, in the Chola Kingdom.

Seen next is to this temple is the Sakala Bhuvaneswarar temple, referred to as Meeyachur Ilamkoyil (Balalayam) housing the image preliminarily consecrated before the temple came to function. It is common practice to demolish the Ilamkoyil after the consecration. Only in rare cases is the Ilamkoyil is preserved, a suitable structure built. At Tirumeeyachur, both these shrines are preserved and worship is carried out at both.  Appar refers to Meeyachur Ilamkoyil as Totrum Koyil or the main temple to be, and Tonriya Koyil, or the Ilamkoyil already in existence.

The niche images here are Vinayakar, Ganga Visarjanamurthy, Dakshinamurthy, Lingodbhavar, Bhrama, Uma-Alinganamurthy, Durga and Rishabantikar. There are fine toranas over the niches. On the outer walls of the sanctum are panels of miniature sculptures. Ganapatis are the Dwarapalakas to the sanctum here. The sun's rays illuminate the sanctum for a period of 7 days from the 21st day of the month of Aries.

Festivals: Five worship services are offered each day here. Festivals celebrated include Aadipperukku, Kartikai Deepam, Arudra Darisanam, Rathasaptami in Thai, Vinayaka Chaturthi, Navaratri & Skanda Sashti.

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