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Paadal Petra Sthalams - Part 2 - Chola Naadu - Tamil Nadu - North of river Kaveri (31 - 63 temples)

  1. Tuyartheerthanathar - Omampuliyar (Cuddalore district)
  2. Patanjalinathar - Tirukkanattumullur (Cuddalore district)
  3. Soundaryeswarar - Tirunaarayur (Cuddalore district)
  4. Amritaghateswarar - Kadambur (Cuddalore district)
  5. Pasupateeswarar - Tiruppandanainallur (Thanjavur district)
  6. Agneeswarar - Tirukanjanur (Thanjavur district)
  7. Kodeeswarar - Tirukkodikka (Thanjavur district)
  8. Prananatheswarar - Tirumangalakkudi (Thanjavur district)
  9. Thalapureeswarar - Tiruppandal (Thanjavur district)
  10. Palungandhanathar - Tiruvappadi (Thanjavur district)
  11. Sathyagireeswarar - Tirucheignalur (Thanjavur district)
  12. Karkadeswarar - Tirundudevankudi (Thanjavur district)
  13. Sivayoginathar - Tiruviyalur (Thanjavur district)
  14. Koteeswarar - Kottaiyur (Thanjavur district)
  15. Ezhutharinathar - Innambar (Thanjavur district)
  16. Sakshinatheswarar - Tiruppurambayam (Thanjavur district)
  17. Vijayanatheswarar - Vijayamangai (Thanjavur district)
  18. Vilvavanathar - Tiruvaikavur (Thanjavur district)
  19. Dayanidheeswarar - Kurangaduturai (Thanjavur district)
  20. Apathsahayar - Tiruppazhanam (Thanjavur district)
  21. Aiyarappar - Thiruvaiyaru (Thanjavur district)
  22. Neyyadiappar - Tirunaithanam (Thanjavur district)
  23. Vyaghrapureeswarar - Tirupperumpuliyar (Thanjavur district)
  24. Mazhuvadeeswarar - Tirumazhapadi (Ariyalur district)
  25. Aalanturaiyeeswarar - Tiruppazhuvur (Ariyalur district)
  26. Semmeninathar - Tirukkanoor (Thanjavur district)
  27. Sathyavageeswarar - Anbilalanturai (Tiruchirapalli district)
  28. Maanturaiappar - Tirumaanturai (Tiruchirapalli district)
  29. Adimooleswarar - Tiruppatrurai (Tiruchirapalli district)
  30. Jambukeswarar - Thiruvanaikaval (Tiruchirapalli district)
  31. Neelivaneswarar - Tiruppaineeli (Tiruchirapalli district)
  32. Mattruraivaradeswarar - Tiruppaachilasramam (Tiruchirapalli district)
  33. Maragadachaleswarar - Tiruveengoimalai (Tiruchirapalli district)



Tuyartheerthanathar - Omampuliyar:

  • Tuyartheerthanathar (Omampuliyar): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Tuyartheerthanathar or Pranavapureeswarar or Vyagrapureeswarar and Ambal is called Poonkodi Nayaki or Pushpalalitambika.

    - Paadal Petra Sthalam: This is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalam of Lord Shiva.

    - Lord Shiva gave Pranava upadesam to Devi Parvati: Lord Shiva is said to have given the Pranava upadesam to Devi Parvati in this place. Hence the sthalam is known as Omampuliyar (Om Aam Puliyar).

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by Vyaghrapada muni: Vyaghrapada muni is said to have worshipped Lord Shiva.

    - Lord Shiva was pleased by the act of a hunter: According to a legend, a hunter who was chased by a tiger climbed a Vilva tree and kept plucking the Vilva leaves to keep himself awake all night. He unknowingly dropped the Vilva leaves on a Shiva Lingam under the tree. Lord Shiva was pleased with this act and blessed the hunter.

    Omampuliyar is located in the Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Kalabhairava Ashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Kara Carana Kritam
    - Karpura Gauram Karunavataram
    - Lingashtakam
    - Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra (Rig Veda 7.59.12)
    - Rudrashtakam (Goswami Tulsidas)
    - Shambhu Stuti
    - Shiva Manasa Puja (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Panchakshara Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Pratah Smaran Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Shadakshara Stotram (Rudra Yamala)
    - Shiva Tandava Stotram (Ravana)
    - Shivashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Vishwanathashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Patanjalinathar - Tirukkanattumullur:

  • Patanjalinathar (Tirukkanattumullur): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Patanjalinathar and Ambal is called Kaanaar Kuzhali.

    - Paadal Petra Sthalam: This is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalam of Lord Shiva.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by Patanjali muni: Patanjali muni is said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here.

    Tirukkanattumullur is located in the Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Kalabhairava Ashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Kara Carana Kritam
    - Karpura Gauram Karunavataram
    - Lingashtakam
    - Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra (Rig Veda 7.59.12)
    - Rudrashtakam (Goswami Tulsidas)
    - Shambhu Stuti
    - Shiva Manasa Puja (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Panchakshara Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Pratah Smaran Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Shadakshara Stotram (Rudra Yamala)
    - Shiva Tandava Stotram (Ravana)
    - Shivashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Vishwanathashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Soundaryeswarar - Tirunaarayur:

  • Soundaryeswarar (Tirunaarayur): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Soundaryeswarar and Ambal is called Tripurasundari.

    - Paadal Petra Sthalam: This is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalam of Lord Shiva.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by a Naarai (stork): A Naarai (stork) is said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by Surya deva: Surya deva is said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here.

    - Pollaapillaiyar aided to recover the Tirumurais: This sthalam is famous for the shrine of Pollaapillaiyar who aided Chola first king Rajarajan and Nambiyaandar Nambi to recover the Tirumurais from the Chidambaram temple. Nambiyaandar Nambi is credited for compiling and classifying the collosal collection of Tamil Tirumurais.

    Tirunaarayur is located in the Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Kalabhairava Ashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Kara Carana Kritam
    - Karpura Gauram Karunavataram
    - Lingashtakam
    - Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra (Rig Veda 7.59.12)
    - Rudrashtakam (Goswami Tulsidas)
    - Shambhu Stuti
    - Shiva Manasa Puja (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Panchakshara Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Pratah Smaran Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Shadakshara Stotram (Rudra Yamala)
    - Shiva Tandava Stotram (Ravana)
    - Shivashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Vishwanathashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Amritaghateswarar - Kadambur:

  • Amritaghateswarar (Kadambur): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Amritaghateswarar and Ambal is called Jyotiminnammai.

    - Paadal Petra Sthalam: This is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalam of Lord Shiva.

    The temple is built in the shape of a chariot with wheels. The temple is also known as Karakkovil.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by Indra deva: Indra deva is said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here to get the amritam or nectar.

    Kadambur is located in the Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Kalabhairava Ashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Kara Carana Kritam
    - Karpura Gauram Karunavataram
    - Lingashtakam
    - Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra (Rig Veda 7.59.12)
    - Rudrashtakam (Goswami Tulsidas)
    - Shambhu Stuti
    - Shiva Manasa Puja (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Panchakshara Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Pratah Smaran Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Shadakshara Stotram (Rudra Yamala)
    - Shiva Tandava Stotram (Ravana)
    - Shivashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Vishwanathashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Pasupateeswarar - Tiruppandanainallur:

  • Pasupateeswarar (Tiruppandanainallur): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Pasupateeswarar and Ambal is called Veyurutoli Ammai and Venubhujambika.

    - Paadal Petra Sthalam: This is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalam of Lord Shiva.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by Devi Parvati: According to legend, Lord Shiva once cursed Devi Parvati to become a cow (due to her indifference in a certain matter). She incarnated on the earth with Murugan as a calf and worshipped Lord Shiva in this sthalam. She got relieved from the curse.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by Indra deva and Kamadhenu: Indra deva and Kamadhenu are also said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here.

    Tiruppandanainallur is located in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Kalabhairava Ashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Kara Carana Kritam
    - Karpura Gauram Karunavataram
    - Lingashtakam
    - Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra (Rig Veda 7.59.12)
    - Rudrashtakam (Goswami Tulsidas)
    - Shambhu Stuti
    - Shiva Manasa Puja (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Panchakshara Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Pratah Smaran Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Shadakshara Stotram (Rudra Yamala)
    - Shiva Tandava Stotram (Ravana)
    - Shivashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Vishwanathashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Agneeswarar - Tirukanjanur:

  • Agneeswarar (Tirukanjanur): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Agneeswarar and Ambal is called Karpagambal.

    - Paadal Petra Sthalam: This is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalam of Lord Shiva.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by Agni deva: Agni deva is said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here. Hence the name Agneeswarar.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by Lord Vishnu: According to a legend, during Vamana Avatar of Lord Vishnu, Sukracharya the guru of the asuras cursed Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu worshipped Lord Shiva in this sthalam and got relieved of the curse. Therefore this sthalam became a Navagraha sthalam related to Shukra.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by Lord Brahma: Lord Brahma is also said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here and was blessed with the vision of the marriage of Shiva and Parvati.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by Parasara muni: Parasara muni is also said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here and was blessed with the vision of the cosmic dance of Shiva.

    - Legend of Haradatta Shivachariyar: This sthalam is also associated with the legend of Haradatta Shivachariyar who was a Vaishnavite who had to undergo many ordeals for his devotion to Lord Shiva.

    Tirukanjanur is located in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Kalabhairava Ashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Kara Carana Kritam
    - Karpura Gauram Karunavataram
    - Lingashtakam
    - Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra (Rig Veda 7.59.12)
    - Rudrashtakam (Goswami Tulsidas)
    - Shambhu Stuti
    - Shiva Manasa Puja (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Panchakshara Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Pratah Smaran Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Shadakshara Stotram (Rudra Yamala)
    - Shiva Tandava Stotram (Ravana)
    - Shivashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Vishwanathashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Kodeeswarar - Tirukkodikka:

  • Kodeeswarar (Tirukkodikka): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Kodeeswarar and Ambal is called Vadivambikai.

    - Paadal Petra Sthalam: This is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalam of Lord Shiva.

    - Legend of Haradatta: According to a legend, Lord Shiva escorted a devotee named Haradatta to Kanjanur and then disappeared.

    - Worship of Devi by the Azhwars: According to another legend, the Azhwars were asked by Lord Venkateswara to worship Devi Tripurasundari here before worshipped the Lord at Tirupati. The Devi is said to have blessed them with a vision of Lord Venkateswara.

    Tirukkodikka is located in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Kalabhairava Ashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Kara Carana Kritam
    - Karpura Gauram Karunavataram
    - Lingashtakam
    - Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra (Rig Veda 7.59.12)
    - Rudrashtakam (Goswami Tulsidas)
    - Shambhu Stuti
    - Shiva Manasa Puja (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Panchakshara Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Pratah Smaran Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Shadakshara Stotram (Rudra Yamala)
    - Shiva Tandava Stotram (Ravana)
    - Shivashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Vishwanathashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Prananatheswarar - Tirumangalakkudi:

  • Prananatheswarar (Tirumangalakkudi): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Prananatheswarar and Ambal is called Mangalambika.

    - Paadal Petra Sthalam: This is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalam of Lord Shiva.

    - Goddess Mangalambika restores life of a devotee: According to a legend, the minister of a Chola king who was a devotee of Lord Shiva spent the money collected from taxes to build this temple. When the king came to know this, he awarded death sentence to the minister. The wife of the minister ardently prayed to goddess Mangalambika to save her mangalyam (marriage tie worn by woman). When the dead body of the minister reached that place, it got back its life.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by the Navagrahas: According to another legend, once the Navagrahas got affected with leprosy due to a curse. They worshipped Lord Shiva here and were relieved of their ailment.

    - Marriage of Shiva and Parvati: According to another legend, Devi Parvati in the form of a parrot is said to have been relieved of a curse in this kshetra. Thereafter the divine marriage of Shiva and Parvati took place here on the day of Makara Shankranti. Hence this place is known as Mangala kshetram.

    - Pancha Mangala kshetra: This place is also known as Pancha Mangala kshetra. The Ganesha is known as Mangala Vinayakar, the place is known as Mangalakkudi, the goddess is known as Mangalambika, the vimanam is known as Mangala Vimanam and the main Teertham is known as Mangala Teertham.

    Tirumangalakkudi is located in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Kalabhairava Ashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Kara Carana Kritam
    - Karpura Gauram Karunavataram
    - Lingashtakam
    - Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra (Rig Veda 7.59.12)
    - Rudrashtakam (Goswami Tulsidas)
    - Shambhu Stuti
    - Shiva Manasa Puja (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Panchakshara Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Pratah Smaran Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Shadakshara Stotram (Rudra Yamala)
    - Shiva Tandava Stotram (Ravana)
    - Shivashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Vishwanathashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Thalapureeswarar - Tiruppandal:

  • Thalapureeswarar (Tiruppandal): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Thalapureeswarar, Senchadaiyappar and Arunajateswarar and Ambal is called Periya Nayaki and Taalavaneswari.

    - Paadal Petra Sthalam: This is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalam of Lord Shiva.

    - Shiva Lingam bent forward to accept a garland: According to a legend, the Lingam of Lord Shiva bent forward to accept the garland of a woman devotee known as Thadagai. Thadagai was unable to garland the Lingam because while doing so, her dress slipped and she was holding the dress pressed with her elbows. Therefore Lord Shiva bent forward to accept her garland. Later a king tried to straighten the bent Lingam but was unable to do so even with the force of elephants. Kungiliyakkalaya Nayanar straightened the Shiva Lingam with a rope by virtue of his devotion.

    Tiruppandal is located in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Kalabhairava Ashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Kara Carana Kritam
    - Karpura Gauram Karunavataram
    - Lingashtakam
    - Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra (Rig Veda 7.59.12)
    - Rudrashtakam (Goswami Tulsidas)
    - Shambhu Stuti
    - Shiva Manasa Puja (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Panchakshara Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Pratah Smaran Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Shadakshara Stotram (Rudra Yamala)
    - Shiva Tandava Stotram (Ravana)
    - Shivashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Vishwanathashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Palungandhanathar - Tiruvappadi:

  • Palungandhanathar (Tiruvappadi): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Palungandhanathar and Ksheerapuri Nathar, and Ambal is called Periya Nayaki and Brihannayaki.

    - Paadal Petra Sthalam: This is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalam of Lord Shiva.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by Chandikeswarar: Chandikeswarar is said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here with milk. Because the Lord accepted the offered milk, He is known as Pal Ugandha Nathar (one who accepted milk).

    Tiruvappadi is located in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Kalabhairava Ashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Kara Carana Kritam
    - Karpura Gauram Karunavataram
    - Lingashtakam
    - Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra (Rig Veda 7.59.12)
    - Rudrashtakam (Goswami Tulsidas)
    - Shambhu Stuti
    - Shiva Manasa Puja (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Panchakshara Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Pratah Smaran Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Shadakshara Stotram (Rudra Yamala)
    - Shiva Tandava Stotram (Ravana)
    - Shivashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Vishwanathashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Sathyagireeswarar - Tirucheignalur:

  • Sathyagireeswarar (Tirucheignalur): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Sathyagireeswarar and Ambal is called Thozhiyazhi.

    - Paadal Petra Sthalam: This is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalam of Lord Shiva.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by Sri Murugan: Sri Murugan is said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here and got the weapon to vanquish demon Soorapadman.

    Tirucheignalur is located in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Kalabhairava Ashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Kara Carana Kritam
    - Karpura Gauram Karunavataram
    - Lingashtakam
    - Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra (Rig Veda 7.59.12)
    - Rudrashtakam (Goswami Tulsidas)
    - Shambhu Stuti
    - Shiva Manasa Puja (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Panchakshara Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Pratah Smaran Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Shadakshara Stotram (Rudra Yamala)
    - Shiva Tandava Stotram (Ravana)
    - Shivashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Vishwanathashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Karkadeswarar - Tirundudevankudi:

  • Karkadeswarar (Tirundudevankudi): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Karkadeswarar and Arumarundu Devar, and Ambal is called Arumarundu Nayaki and Aravinda Nayaki.

    - Paadal Petra Sthalam: This is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalam of Lord Shiva.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by a crab: A crab is said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here, hence the name Karkadeswarar.

    - Lord Shiva cured a devout king: Lord Shiva is said to have cured a devout king of his afflictions, hence the name Arumarundu Devar (the Lord of medicine and healing).

    Tirundudevankudi is located in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Kalabhairava Ashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Kara Carana Kritam
    - Karpura Gauram Karunavataram
    - Lingashtakam
    - Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra (Rig Veda 7.59.12)
    - Rudrashtakam (Goswami Tulsidas)
    - Shambhu Stuti
    - Shiva Manasa Puja (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Panchakshara Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Pratah Smaran Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Shadakshara Stotram (Rudra Yamala)
    - Shiva Tandava Stotram (Ravana)
    - Shivashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Vishwanathashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Sivayoginathar - Tiruviyalur:

  • Sivayoginathar (Tiruviyalur): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Sivayoginathar and Yoganandeswarar, and Ambal is called Shantha Nayaki and Soundara Nayaki.

    - Paadal Petra Sthalam: This is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalam of Lord Shiva.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by Lord Brahma and sage Agastya: Lord Brahma and sage Agastya are said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here.

    - A king reformed himself by worshipping Lord Shiva: Acccording to a legend, a king reformed himself by worshipping Lord Shiva here.

    - Meditation on Lord Shiva by Shiva yogis: The temple is believed to be built at the spot where eight Shiva yogis attained salvation after worshipping Lord Shiva.

    Tiruviyalur is located in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Kalabhairava Ashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Kara Carana Kritam
    - Karpura Gauram Karunavataram
    - Lingashtakam
    - Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra (Rig Veda 7.59.12)
    - Rudrashtakam (Goswami Tulsidas)
    - Shambhu Stuti
    - Shiva Manasa Puja (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Panchakshara Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Pratah Smaran Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Shadakshara Stotram (Rudra Yamala)
    - Shiva Tandava Stotram (Ravana)
    - Shivashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Vishwanathashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Koteeswarar - Kottaiyur:

  • Koteeswarar (Kottaiyur): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Koteeswarar and Ambal is called Pandaadiammai and Kaduka Kredambika.

    - Paadal Petra Sthalam: This is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalam of Lord Shiva.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by sage Atreya: Sage Atreya is said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here.

    - Composed of many Shiva Lingams: This Shiva Lingam is said to be composed of many Lingams, hence the name Koteeswarar.

    Kottaiyur is located in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Kalabhairava Ashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Kara Carana Kritam
    - Karpura Gauram Karunavataram
    - Lingashtakam
    - Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra (Rig Veda 7.59.12)
    - Rudrashtakam (Goswami Tulsidas)
    - Shambhu Stuti
    - Shiva Manasa Puja (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Panchakshara Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Pratah Smaran Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Shadakshara Stotram (Rudra Yamala)
    - Shiva Tandava Stotram (Ravana)
    - Shivashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Vishwanathashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Ezhutharinathar - Innambar:

  • Ezhutharinathar (Innambar): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Ezhutharinathar and Ambal is called Nityakalyani.

    - Paadal Petra Sthalam: This is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalam of Lord Shiva.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by Airavata: Airavata (the divine elephant) is said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here.

    - Lord Shiva revealed the Tamil grammar to sage Agastya: Lord Shiva is said to have revealed the Tamil grammar to sage Agastya in this place.

    - Lord Shiva prepared the accounts of His devotee: According to a legend, Lord Shiva prepared the accounts of His devotee. The devotee was an accountant and the king ordered the accounts to be prepared in one night. Hence the name Ezhutharinathar.

    Innambar is located in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Kalabhairava Ashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Kara Carana Kritam
    - Karpura Gauram Karunavataram
    - Lingashtakam
    - Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra (Rig Veda 7.59.12)
    - Rudrashtakam (Goswami Tulsidas)
    - Shambhu Stuti
    - Shiva Manasa Puja (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Panchakshara Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Pratah Smaran Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Shadakshara Stotram (Rudra Yamala)
    - Shiva Tandava Stotram (Ravana)
    - Shivashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Vishwanathashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Sakshinatheswarar - Tiruppurambayam:

  • Sakshinatheswarar (Tiruppurambayam): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Sakshinatheswarar and Punnaivana Nathar, and Ambal is called Karumpadu Solli.

    - Paadal Petra Sthalam: This is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalam of Lord Shiva.

    This is oneof the 24 sthalams special to Sri Dakshinamurthy.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by Lord Brahma: Lord Brahma is said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here.

    - The great deluge did not submerge this sthalam: According to a legend, during the great deluge, water did not enter this sthalam, hence the name Tiruppurambayam.

    - Lord Shiva testified for His devotee: According to a legend, Lord Shiva brought back to life the dead would-be husband of His devotee Ratnavalli. Her would-be husband died on the day of her marriage. Subsequently Lord Shiva testified as a witness confirming the marriage. Hence the name Sakshinatheswarar.

    Tiruppurambayam is located in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Kalabhairava Ashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Kara Carana Kritam
    - Karpura Gauram Karunavataram
    - Lingashtakam
    - Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra (Rig Veda 7.59.12)
    - Rudrashtakam (Goswami Tulsidas)
    - Shambhu Stuti
    - Shiva Manasa Puja (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Panchakshara Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Pratah Smaran Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Shadakshara Stotram (Rudra Yamala)
    - Shiva Tandava Stotram (Ravana)
    - Shivashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Vishwanathashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Vijayanatheswarar - Vijayamangai:

  • Vijayanatheswarar (Vijayamangai): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Vijayanatheswarar and Gangajateswarar, and Ambal is called Mangai Nayaki.

    - Paadal Petra Sthalam: This is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalam of Lord Shiva.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by Arjuna: Arjuna is said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here and obtained the Pashupati astra.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by Nandi and a cow: Nandi and a cow are said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here.

    Vijayamangai is located in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Kalabhairava Ashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Kara Carana Kritam
    - Karpura Gauram Karunavataram
    - Lingashtakam
    - Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra (Rig Veda 7.59.12)
    - Rudrashtakam (Goswami Tulsidas)
    - Shambhu Stuti
    - Shiva Manasa Puja (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Panchakshara Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Pratah Smaran Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Shadakshara Stotram (Rudra Yamala)
    - Shiva Tandava Stotram (Ravana)
    - Shivashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Vishwanathashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Vilvavanathar - Tiruvaikavur:

  • Vilvavanathar (Tiruvaikavur): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Vilvavanathar and Ambal is called Valaikkai Nayaki and Sarvajana Rakshaki.

    - Paadal Petra Sthalam: This is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalam of Lord Shiva.

    - Legend of a hunter: According to a legend, a hunter who was chased by a tiger climbed a Vilva tree and kept plucking the Vilva leaves to keep himself awake all night. He unknowingly dropped the Vilva leaves on a Shiva Lingam under the tree. Lord Shiva was pleased with this act and blessed him. The Nandi in this temple faces the entrance in order to subdue Yama who came to take the hunter's life.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by Sapta Matas: The Sapta Matas are said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here.

    Tiruvaikavur is located in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Kalabhairava Ashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Kara Carana Kritam
    - Karpura Gauram Karunavataram
    - Lingashtakam
    - Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra (Rig Veda 7.59.12)
    - Rudrashtakam (Goswami Tulsidas)
    - Shambhu Stuti
    - Shiva Manasa Puja (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Panchakshara Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Pratah Smaran Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Shadakshara Stotram (Rudra Yamala)
    - Shiva Tandava Stotram (Ravana)
    - Shivashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Vishwanathashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Dayanidheeswarar - Kurangaduturai:

  • Dayanidheeswarar (Kurangaduturai): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Dayanidheeswarar and Azhagu Sadaimudinaathar, and Ambal is called Azhagu Sadaimudiammai and Jatamakuta Nayaki.

    - Paadal Petra Sthalam: This is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalam of Lord Shiva.

    There are two temples - Then Kurangaduturai (Aaduturai) and Vada Kurangaduturai, located on the southern and northern sides of river Kaveri respectively.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by Vali and Sugreeva: Vali and Sugreeva are said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here. (Vali in Vada Kurangaduturai and Sugreeva in Then Kurangaduturai)

    - Lord Shiva bent coconut tree to quench the thirst of a devotee: According to a legend, Lord Shiva caused a coconut tree to bend down in order to quench the thirst of a devotee.

    Kurangaduturai is located in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Kalabhairava Ashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Kara Carana Kritam
    - Karpura Gauram Karunavataram
    - Lingashtakam
    - Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra (Rig Veda 7.59.12)
    - Rudrashtakam (Goswami Tulsidas)
    - Shambhu Stuti
    - Shiva Manasa Puja (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Panchakshara Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Pratah Smaran Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Shadakshara Stotram (Rudra Yamala)
    - Shiva Tandava Stotram (Ravana)
    - Shivashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Vishwanathashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Apathsahayar - Tiruppazhanam:

  • Apathsahayar (Tiruppazhanam): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Apathsahayar and Ambal is called Periya Nayaki.

    - Paadal Petra Sthalam: This is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalam of Lord Shiva.

    - Sapta Sthana temple: This is one of the Sapta Sthana temple.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by Chandra deva: Chandra deva is said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here.

    Tiruppazhanam is located in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Kalabhairava Ashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Kara Carana Kritam
    - Karpura Gauram Karunavataram
    - Lingashtakam
    - Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra (Rig Veda 7.59.12)
    - Rudrashtakam (Goswami Tulsidas)
    - Shambhu Stuti
    - Shiva Manasa Puja (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Panchakshara Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Pratah Smaran Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Shadakshara Stotram (Rudra Yamala)
    - Shiva Tandava Stotram (Ravana)
    - Shivashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Vishwanathashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Aiyarappar - Thiruvaiyaru:

  • Aiyarappar (Thiruvaiyaru): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Aiyarappar or Panchanadeeswarar and Ambal is called Aram Valartta Nayaki and Dharma Samvardhini.

    - Paadal Petra Sthalam: This is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalam of Lord Shiva.

    - Sapta Sthana temple: This is one of the Sapta Sthana temple.

    - Dakshina Kailasham: This place is known as Dakshina Kailasham due to its great sanctity. Saint Appar is said to have been miraculously transported to this kshetra by Lord Shiva when he undertook a journey to Mount Kailasha but could not continue due to great hardships.

    - Pancha Nadi (Five Rivers): Five rivers which are all tributaries of river Kaveri flow through the town. They are Arisilaru, Vennaru, Vettaru, Kudamuruttiyaru and Kaviriyaru. Hence Lord Shiva is known as Panchanadeeswarar.

    - A king dug out the Lingam: According to a legend, a king dug out the Lingam when the wheel of his chariot got stuck in the ground.

    - Samadhi of saint Thyagaraja: The samadhi of saint Thyagaraja, the great carnatic saint-musician is located here.

    Thiruvaiyaru is located in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Kalabhairava Ashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Kara Carana Kritam
    - Karpura Gauram Karunavataram
    - Lingashtakam
    - Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra (Rig Veda 7.59.12)
    - Rudrashtakam (Goswami Tulsidas)
    - Shambhu Stuti
    - Shiva Manasa Puja (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Panchakshara Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Pratah Smaran Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Shadakshara Stotram (Rudra Yamala)
    - Shiva Tandava Stotram (Ravana)
    - Shivashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Vishwanathashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Neyyadiappar - Tirunaithanam:

  • Neyyadiappar (Tirunaithanam): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Neyyadiappar and Ambal is called Balambikai.

    - Paadal Petra Sthalam: This is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalam of Lord Shiva.

    - Sapta Sthana temple: This is one of the Sapta Sthana temple.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by Devi Saraswati: Devi Saraswati is said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by Gautama muni: Gautama muni is said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by Kamadhenu: Kamadhenu is said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here.

    Tirunaithanam is located in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Kalabhairava Ashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Kara Carana Kritam
    - Karpura Gauram Karunavataram
    - Lingashtakam
    - Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra (Rig Veda 7.59.12)
    - Rudrashtakam (Goswami Tulsidas)
    - Shambhu Stuti
    - Shiva Manasa Puja (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Panchakshara Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Pratah Smaran Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Shadakshara Stotram (Rudra Yamala)
    - Shiva Tandava Stotram (Ravana)
    - Shivashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Vishwanathashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Vyaghrapureeswarar - Tirupperumpuliyar:

  • Neyyadiappar (Tirunaithanam): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Vyaghrapureeswarar and Ambal is called Soundara Nayaki.

    - Paadal Petra Sthalam: This is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalam of Lord Shiva.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by sage Vyaghrapada: Sage Vyaghrapada is said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here.

    Tirupperumpuliyar is located in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Kalabhairava Ashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Kara Carana Kritam
    - Karpura Gauram Karunavataram
    - Lingashtakam
    - Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra (Rig Veda 7.59.12)
    - Rudrashtakam (Goswami Tulsidas)
    - Shambhu Stuti
    - Shiva Manasa Puja (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Panchakshara Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Pratah Smaran Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Shadakshara Stotram (Rudra Yamala)
    - Shiva Tandava Stotram (Ravana)
    - Shivashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Vishwanathashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Mazhuvadeeswarar - Tirumazhapadi:

  • Mazhuvadeeswarar (Tirumazhapadi): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Mazhuvadeeswarar and Vajrathampeswarar, and Ambal is called Azhagammai.

    - Paadal Petra Sthalam: This is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalam of Lord Shiva.

    - Lord Shiva performed Tandava dance with Mazhuvayudam: According to legend, Lord Shiva performed the Tandava dance here with Mazhuvayudam for sage Markandeya. Hence the name Mazhuvadeeswarar.

    - Brahma failed to remove a Shiva Lingam: According to another legend, Brahma once tried to remove a Shiva Lingam established by Purushamriga muni but failed to do so. Hence the name Vajrathampeswarar.

    Tirumazhapadi is located in the Ariyalur district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Kalabhairava Ashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Kara Carana Kritam
    - Karpura Gauram Karunavataram
    - Lingashtakam
    - Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra (Rig Veda 7.59.12)
    - Rudrashtakam (Goswami Tulsidas)
    - Shambhu Stuti
    - Shiva Manasa Puja (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Panchakshara Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Pratah Smaran Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Shadakshara Stotram (Rudra Yamala)
    - Shiva Tandava Stotram (Ravana)
    - Shivashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Vishwanathashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Aalanturaiyeeswarar - Tiruppazhuvur:

  • Aalanturaiyeeswarar (Tiruppazhuvur): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Aalanturaiyeeswarar and Vadamooleswarar, and Ambal is called Aruntava Nayaki.

    - Paadal Petra Sthalam: This is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalam of Lord Shiva.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by Devi Parvati: Devi Parvati is said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here before marriage.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by Sri Parashurama: Sri Parashurama is said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here to expiate the sin of killing his mother.

    Tiruppazhuvur is located in the Ariyalur district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Kalabhairava Ashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Kara Carana Kritam
    - Karpura Gauram Karunavataram
    - Lingashtakam
    - Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra (Rig Veda 7.59.12)
    - Rudrashtakam (Goswami Tulsidas)
    - Shambhu Stuti
    - Shiva Manasa Puja (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Panchakshara Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Pratah Smaran Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Shadakshara Stotram (Rudra Yamala)
    - Shiva Tandava Stotram (Ravana)
    - Shivashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Vishwanathashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Semmeninathar - Tirukkanoor:

  • Semmeninathar (Tirukkanoor): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Semmeninathar and Ambal is called Sivayoga Nayaki.

    - Paadal Petra Sthalam: This is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalam of Lord Shiva.

    - Lord Shiva appeared as a column of fire: Lord Shiva is said to have appeared here as a column of fire in response to prayers of Devi Parvati, hence the name Semmeninathar.

    - Sri Parashurama worshipped Lord Shiva here: Sri Parashurama is said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here.

    Tirukkanoor is located in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Kalabhairava Ashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Kara Carana Kritam
    - Karpura Gauram Karunavataram
    - Lingashtakam
    - Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra (Rig Veda 7.59.12)
    - Rudrashtakam (Goswami Tulsidas)
    - Shambhu Stuti
    - Shiva Manasa Puja (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Panchakshara Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Pratah Smaran Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Shadakshara Stotram (Rudra Yamala)
    - Shiva Tandava Stotram (Ravana)
    - Shivashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Vishwanathashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Sathyavageeswarar - Anbilalanturai:

  • Sathyavageeswarar (Anbilalanturai): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Sathyavageeswarar and Ambal is called Soundara Nayaki.

    - Paadal Petra Sthalam: This is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalam of Lord Shiva.

    The temple is located on the bank of river Kollidam in Anbil.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by Lord Brahma: Lord Brahma is said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by Vageesa muni: Vageesa muni is said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here. Hence the name Sathyavageeswarar.

    - Thirugnana Sambandar sang the praises of this kshetra from across the river: Thirugnana Sambandar sang the praises of this kshetra from across the Kollidam river when it was overflowing and Ganapati lent his ears (Sevi) for those songs. Hence the Ganapati is known as Sevi Saitha Ganapati.

    Anbilalanturai is located in the Tiruchirapalli district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Kalabhairava Ashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Kara Carana Kritam
    - Karpura Gauram Karunavataram
    - Lingashtakam
    - Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra (Rig Veda 7.59.12)
    - Rudrashtakam (Goswami Tulsidas)
    - Shambhu Stuti
    - Shiva Manasa Puja (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Panchakshara Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Pratah Smaran Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Shadakshara Stotram (Rudra Yamala)
    - Shiva Tandava Stotram (Ravana)
    - Shivashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Vishwanathashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Maanturaiappar - Tirumaanturai:

  • Maanturaiappar (Tirumaanturai): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Maanturaiappar and Amravaneswarar, and Ambal is called Azhagammai and Balambal.

    - Paadal Petra Sthalam: This is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalam of Lord Shiva.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma: Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma are said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here. Lord Brahma worshipped Lord Shiva to get absolved of the sin of his false claim to see the top of the infinite column of light (which was a manifestation of Lord Shiva). Also Brahma is said to have brought the Gayatri nadi here after the worship.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by the devas: Indra deva, Surya deva and Chandra deva are said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here. Indra deva worshipped Lord Shiva to get absolved of the sin of deceiving Ahalya.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by the Mrikandu muni: Mrikandu muni (father of Markandeya rishi) is said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here. The stucco of the temple depicts Mrikandu muni worshipping Lord Shiva under a mango tree.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by a deer: A deer is said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here under a mango tree. The stucco of the temple depicts this (Maan is deer in Tamil, hence Maanturaiappar).

    Tirumaanturai is located in the Tiruchirapalli district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Kalabhairava Ashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Kara Carana Kritam
    - Karpura Gauram Karunavataram
    - Lingashtakam
    - Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra (Rig Veda 7.59.12)
    - Rudrashtakam (Goswami Tulsidas)
    - Shambhu Stuti
    - Shiva Manasa Puja (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Panchakshara Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Pratah Smaran Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Shadakshara Stotram (Rudra Yamala)
    - Shiva Tandava Stotram (Ravana)
    - Shivashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Vishwanathashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Adimooleswarar - Tiruppatrurai:

  • Adimooleswarar (Tiruppatrurai): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Adimooleswarar and Ambal is called Moga Nayaki and Mekalambikai.

    - Paadal Petra Sthalam: This is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalam of Lord Shiva.

    - Legend of a Chola king: According to legend, a Chola king was chasing a bird while hunting. The bird escaped and entered inside a bush. When the Chola king shot an arrow, he found an anthill and milk was oozing out from the tip of the arrow. That night, the king had a dream from Lord Shiva that He was residing there. The king then built this temple there.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by the rishi Markandeya: Rishi Markandeya is said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here. For his worship, Lord Shiva is said to have produced a large quantity of milk.

    Tiruppatrurai is located in the Tiruchirapalli district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Kalabhairava Ashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Kara Carana Kritam
    - Karpura Gauram Karunavataram
    - Lingashtakam
    - Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra (Rig Veda 7.59.12)
    - Rudrashtakam (Goswami Tulsidas)
    - Shambhu Stuti
    - Shiva Manasa Puja (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Panchakshara Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Pratah Smaran Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Shadakshara Stotram (Rudra Yamala)
    - Shiva Tandava Stotram (Ravana)
    - Shivashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Vishwanathashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Jambukeswarar - Thiruvanaikaval:

  • Jambukeswarar (Thiruvanaikaval): One of the Pancha Bhoota Sthalas of Shiva located in Thiruvanaikaval. Here Shiva is known as Jambukeswarar and Ambal is called Akhilandeswari

    . - Pancha Bhoota Sthalam - Jala or Water element: This Pancha Bhoota Sthalam represents the Jala or Water element.

    - Paadal Petra Sthalam: This is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalam of Lord Shiva.

    - Worship of Jala Lingam of Lord Shiva by Devi Parvati: According to legend, Devi Parvati performed penance here under a Jambu tree on the bank of river Cauvery. She worshipped a Jala or Appu Lingam (Water Lingam) of Shiva created from the water of river Cauvery. Devi Parvati was previously instructed by Lord Shiva to undertake the penance at Thiruvanaikaval to clarify certain doubts. Water can be seen oozing out of the Lingam even today. At the proper time, Lord Shiva gave darshan to the Devi and cleared her doubts. Devi Parvati is shown here facing Lord Shiva in the posture of taking upadesha.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by Spider (Malyavan) and Elephant (Pushpadanta): According to another legend, once there were two devotees of Lord Shiva in Mount Kailash known as Malyavan and Pushpadanta. Each wanted to excel the other in devotion to Lord Shiva. In due course, due to a quarrel they cursed each other. Pushpadanta became an elephant and Malyavan a spider. When they approached Lord Shiva, He advised them to go to the present Thiruvanaikkaval. Accordingly they started worshipping the Shiva Lingam under a Jambu tree. The elephant used to worship the Lingam by pouring holy water over it. The spider used to construct a canopy over the Lingam with cobweb to prevent dry leaves from falling over it. The elephant did not like the cobweb and used to destroy it. The spider became angry and one day went inside the trunk of the elephant and bit it severely. The elephant out of great pain dashed its trunk on the ground. Both of them died in this fight. Lord Shiva was pleased with their devotion and gave them darshan. The elephant got liberation. The spider was born as the son of Chola king Subhadeva and was named Kosenkannan. He remembered his previous birth and constructed a Shiva temple near the Jambu tree where he in his former birth worshipped the Shiva Lingam as a spider. Since an elephant worshipped Lord Shiva in this place (and got liberation), the place came to be known as Thiruvanaikka which means "grove of the holy elephant".

    Thiruvanaikaval is located in the Tiruchirapalli district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Kalabhairava Ashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Kara Carana Kritam
    - Karpura Gauram Karunavataram
    - Lingashtakam
    - Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra (Rig Veda 7.59.12)
    - Rudrashtakam (Goswami Tulsidas)
    - Shambhu Stuti
    - Shiva Manasa Puja (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Panchakshara Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Pratah Smaran Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Shadakshara Stotram (Rudra Yamala)
    - Shiva Tandava Stotram (Ravana)
    - Shivashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Vishwanathashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Neelivaneswarar - Tiruppaineeli:

  • Neelivaneswarar (Tiruppaineeli): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Neelivaneswarar and Neelakantar, and Ambal is called Visalakshi.

    - Paadal Petra Sthalam: This is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalam of Lord Shiva.

    - Lord Shiva served Appar a sumptuous meal: Lord Shiva is said to have served Appar with a sumptuous meal on a banana leaf in this place (Painneeli - Vaazhai) when he came here tired. Hence the name Tiruppaineeli.

    - Lord Shiva showed His cosmic dance to sage Vashistha: According to a legend, Lord Shiva showed His cosmic dance to sage Vashistha here. The dance hall here is known as Ratna Sabha.

    - Yamraj regained his power by worshipping Lord Shiva: Yamraj is said to have regained his power by worshipping Lord Shiva here after his power was vanquished by Lord Shiva at Tirukkadavur.

    Tiruppaineeli is located in the Tiruchirapalli district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Kalabhairava Ashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Kara Carana Kritam
    - Karpura Gauram Karunavataram
    - Lingashtakam
    - Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra (Rig Veda 7.59.12)
    - Rudrashtakam (Goswami Tulsidas)
    - Shambhu Stuti
    - Shiva Manasa Puja (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Panchakshara Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Pratah Smaran Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Shadakshara Stotram (Rudra Yamala)
    - Shiva Tandava Stotram (Ravana)
    - Shivashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Vishwanathashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Mattruraivaradeswarar - Tiruppaachilasramam:

  • Mattruraivaradeswarar (Tiruppaachilasramam): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Mattruraivaradeswarar and Sameevaneswarar, and Ambal is called Angilamangai and Balasundari.

    - Paadal Petra Sthalam: This is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalam of Lord Shiva.

    - Sundarar obtained a bag of gold coins: Sundarar is said to have obtained a bag of gold coins from Lord Shiva here after singing a pathigam.

    - Sambandar cured the disease of a king's daughter: Sambandar is said to have cured the disease of a king's daughter by singing a pathigam here.

    Tiruppaachilasramam is located in the Tiruchirapalli district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Kalabhairava Ashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Kara Carana Kritam
    - Karpura Gauram Karunavataram
    - Lingashtakam
    - Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra (Rig Veda 7.59.12)
    - Rudrashtakam (Goswami Tulsidas)
    - Shambhu Stuti
    - Shiva Manasa Puja (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Panchakshara Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Pratah Smaran Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Shadakshara Stotram (Rudra Yamala)
    - Shiva Tandava Stotram (Ravana)
    - Shivashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Vishwanathashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Maragadachaleswarar - Tiruveengoimalai:

  • Maragadachaleswarar (Tiruveengoimalai): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Maragadachaleswarar and Ambal is called Maragathavalli.

    - Paadal Petra Sthalam: This is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalam of Lord Shiva.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by Agastya rishi: Agastya rishi is said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here by assuming the form of a fly and flying past thousands of waiting devotees. Hence the name Engoimalai.

    - Sun's rays fall on the Shiva Lingam on Mahashivaratri day: The sun's rays fall on the Shiva Lingam here on the day of Mahashivaratri every year.

    Tiruveengoimalai is located in the Tiruchirapalli district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Kalabhairava Ashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Kara Carana Kritam
    - Karpura Gauram Karunavataram
    - Lingashtakam
    - Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra (Rig Veda 7.59.12)
    - Rudrashtakam (Goswami Tulsidas)
    - Shambhu Stuti
    - Shiva Manasa Puja (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Panchakshara Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Pratah Smaran Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Shiva Shadakshara Stotram (Rudra Yamala)
    - Shiva Tandava Stotram (Ravana)
    - Shivashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Vishwanathashtakam (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Tridevis: Saraswati - (Lakshmi - Tulasi - Bhoomi) - Parvati
    Others: Murugan - Surya - Ganga - Yamuna - Narmada - Others
    Final: Vedas - Brahman

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    Tridevas: Brahma - (Vishnu - Narasimha - Rama - Krishna) - Shiva
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