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262. Venchamaakoodal


Location: Venjamangudalur near Karur.
(Kongu Naadu)
Shiva: Vikriteswarar
Ambal: Vikritambika
Theertham: Vikrita Theertham
Patikam : Sundarar
Travel Base: Tiruchirappalli
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Description: Located near Karur, this temple is classified as one of the Kongu Naattu Stalams. Karuvoor Aanilai is another Shivastalam located nearby.

Legends: Shiva is said to have appeared in the guise of an old priest and blessed Sundarar with gold. A hunter king by name Venchan is said to have worshipped Shiva here and hence the name Venchamaakoodal. 

The Temple: The current temple is the result of extensive rebuilding work carried out in the 1980s. This temple has a 5 tiered Rajagopuram. There are shrines to the Panchalingams, Bhairavar, the 63 Nayanmars and others in this temple. The sanctum also bears depictions of the 7 Tevara stalams in Kongu Naadu. Both the Shiva and the Ambal shrines face east. Arunagirinathar has also visited here.The annual Bhramotsavam is celebrated in the month of Maasi, with processions on vahanams and the temple chariot.

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