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260. Tiruvirkolam


Location: Coovum near Tiruvallur
(Tondai Naadu)
Shiva: Tripurantaka
Ambal: Tripurantaki
Theertham: Virkola Theertham
Patikam : Sambandar
Travel Base: Chennai
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Description: This is a Shivastalam in the vicinity of Kadambattur on the Chennai Arakkonam suburban railway line. This is the 14th of the 32 Tevara Stalams in the Tondai region of South India.

The Temple: : This temple is associated with the legend of Tripurasamharam as in the Tiruvatikai Veerattastalam. It is believed that the axle in Shiva's chariot broke here, as Shiva was proceding towards the vain Tripura kingdoms, and Shiva's appearance with his bow (Virkolam) is enshrined here in the form of a Swayambu lingam which is believed to change colors with the seasons.This temple spans an area of over 2 acres.

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