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247. Tiru Valivalam


Location: Tiruvalivalam near Tiruvarur, Maavur Road
(Chola Naadu-South of Kaveri)
Shiva: Manattunai Nathar, Hridaya Kamalanathar
Ambal: Maazhaiyonkanni
Vriksham: Punnai
Theertham: Chakra Theertham
Patikam : Sambandar, Appar, Sundarar
Travel Base: Thanjavur
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Description:This Shivastalam is located 9 km southeast of Tiruvarur and is a maadakkovil built at an elevation. Saattiyakkudi, a shrine to the Northeast of this temple has been sung by the Tiruvisaippaa. This shrine is regarded as the 121st in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola Region south of the river Kaveri.

Legends:   A black sparrow (Valiyan) is said to have circumambulated the shrine, hence the name Valivalam. Surya is said to have worshipped here and the wheels of his charriot are believed to have created the Chakra Theertham moat. 

This temple with 3 prakarams occupies an area of 1.8 acres, and has an 85 feet tall Rajagopuram. The sanctum is a monolithic structure. Traces of a moat and grand walls remain in this temple. Ambal's shrine is located in the outermost prakaram. Ekachakra Perumal has a shrine here.

Festivals: Six worship services are offered each day. The annual Bhrammotsavam conducted in the month of Chittirai concludes with the float festival in the Chakra Theertham.

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