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245. Tiruvalampuram


Location: Perumpallam near Poompuhaar, Tiruvenkadu
(Chola Naadu-South of Kaveri)
Shiva: Valampurinathar
Ambal: Vatuvakirkannammai
Patikam : Sambandar, Appar, Sundarar
Travel Base: Chidambaram
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Description:  This is a Shivastalam in the vicinity of Tiruvenkadu on the route between Sirkazhi and Poompuhaar. Keezhpperumpallam enshrining Naganathar, located nearby is a Kethustalam - one of the 9 Navagrahastalams. Tiruvalampuram is considered to be the 44th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located south of the river Kaveri. 

Legend holds that Vishnu is worshipped Shiva to receive a Valampuri Shankh here. Near this town is Tiruttalaichankaadu, another Shivastalam associated with the same legend. Also in Talaichankaadu is the Vaishnava Divya Desam Talaichanga Naanmadiyam, where a priceless conch adorns the image of Vishnu. Heranda Muni who went into the ground in search of Kaveri at Tiruvalanchuzhi , is said to have re-emerged here.

This temple covers an area of about 2 acres. The image of Bhikshatanar here depicted as playing on the veena  is one of great beauty. Appar's Tevaram here (7th century) , refers to Shiva holding a veena in his arms, moving around as Bhikshatanar, and this image is a later Chola (12th - 13th century)  artiste's expression in metal, of Appar's description! Shiva here is also known as Dakshinapureeswarar. The completely rebuilt stone structure existed even during the period of Vikrama Chola (1121), as seen from inscriptions here.  Images of Natarajar and Sivakami, Palliyarai Nachiyar, Tandanganni Nachiyar etc. were added during the period of Vikrama Chola and Rajadiraja II. The bronze image of Kiratamurthy here is of great workmanship.

Festivals: Five worship services are offered each day and the annual festival is observed in the month of Thai. 

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