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249. Tiruvanniyur


Location: Annur near Mayiladuturai, Tiruvarur
(Chola Naadu-South of Kaveri)
Shiva: Agneeswarar
Ambal: Parvati
Theertham: Agni Theertham Vriksham: Vanni
Patikam : Appar
Travel Base: Thanjavur
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Description:This Shivastalam is a small temple located in the vicinity of Tiruveezhimizhalai and Tirukkaruvili Kottittai - near Mayiladuturai. Poonthottam, on the Mayiladuturai - Tiruvarur railroad is the nearest railhead. Legend has it that Agni is worshipped Shiva here. Tiruvanniyur is considered to be the 62nd in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located south of the river Kaveri. 

Legends: This is another shrine that is intimately connected with the legend of the Daksha Yagnam. Agni - (the Lord of Fire) is said to have worshipped Shiva here as an act of penance for having participated in Daksha Yagnam.  It is believed that Katyayani - Parvati worshipped Shiva before their divine marriage in Tiruveezhimizhalai nearby. The festival images of Somaskanda and Nataraja are of beauty. 

This temple was originally built during the Chola period. Arudra Darisanam and Maasi Magam is celebrated in grandeur each year here.

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