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235. Tirumeeyachur Illamkovil

திருமீயச்சூர் இளங்கோயில் 

Location: Peralam near Mayiladuturai, Tiruvarur
(Chola Naadu-South of Kaveri)
Shiva: Sakala Bhuvaneswarar
Ambal: Minnum Megalaiyaal, Mekalambika
Patikam : Appar
Travel Base: Thanjavur
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Description:  This is a another Shivastalam in the town of Tirumeeyachur, and is located right next to the Tirumeeyachur Shivastalam enshrining Tirumeninathar. Tirumeeyachur is in the vicinity of Ambar and Ambar Maakaalam. Tirumeeyachur Ilamkoyil is considered to be the 57th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located south of the river Kaveri. 

It is believed that the deities from the Tirumeeyachur temple must have been placed here in this 'Ilam Koyil' during the time of Appar's visit. Kali is believed to have worshipped at this shrine.

The Sakala Bhuvaneswarar temple, referred to as Meeyachur Ilamkoyil (Balalayam) housing the image preliminarily consecrated before the main temple came to functionis located next to the Tirumeeyachur Temple. . 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.

This temple has a square sanctum and an ardhamandapam, in contrast to the main temple which has an apsidal structure, with a gajaprishta vimanam, similar to those found commonly in Tondai Naadu.

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