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246. Tiruvalithaayam


Location: Padi near Chennai .
(Tondai Naadu)
Shiva: Valithaya Nathar.
Ambal: Thaaiyamman .
Theertham: Bharadwaja Theertham
Patikam : Sambandar
Travel Base: Chennai
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Description: This is a Shiva Stalam in Padi, on the suburban rail route between Chennai and Arakkonam (Ambattur). This is the 21st of the 32 Tevara Stalams in the Tondai region of South India.

Legends hold that Bharadwaja Muni (Valiyaan) and Hanuman worshipped Shiva here, and hence the name Valithaayam.

The Temple: A three tiered Rajagopuram and a Gajaprishta vimanam adorn this temple which spans an area of over an acre.There are several inscriptions in this temple.  The annual Bhrammotsavam festival is celebrated in the month of Chittirai .

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