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269. Tiruvettakudi


Location: Tiruvettakkudi near Karaikkal, Mayiladuturai
(Chola Naadu-South of Kaveri)
Shiva: Tirumeniyazhagar
Ambal: Shantha Nayaki
Theertham: Satya Pushkarini
Patikam : Sambandar
Travel Base: Chidambaram
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Description: This Shivastalam is located at a distance of about 10 km from Karaikkal, and is associated with the legend of Arjuna's association with Shiva, as with a few other Shivastalams in the vicinity of Chidambaram such as Tiruvetkalam.   Arjuna is said to have worshipped Shiva here, and Shiva is said to have materialized in front of him in the guise of a hunter, hence the name Tiruvettakkudi. Tiruvettakkudi is considered to be the 49th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located south of the river Kaveri.

Legend also has it that Soundaranaayaki/Santhanayaki incarnated amongst the fisherfolk and hence the fisherfolk in the surrounding area host some of the temple festivities.

This east facing temple has a five tiered Rajagopuram.  The Ambal shrine faces south. There are also shrines to Siddhi Vinayaka, Subhramanya, Gajalakshmi, Saasta, Bhairava, Surya and Chandra. There are bronzes featuring the Kirata form of Shiva.

Four worship services are offered here and the annual festival concludes with Maasi magam where the processional images of the temple are taken to the sea.

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