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Paadal Petra Sthalams - Part 3 - Chola Naadu - Tamil Nadu - South of river Kaveri (1 - 30 temples)

  1. Ratnagireeswarar - Tiruvaatpokki (Karur district)
  2. Kadambavaneswarar - Kadambar Kovil (Karur district)
  3. Paraithurainathar - Tirupparaithurai (Tiruchirapalli district)
  4. Uchinathar - Tirukkarkudi (Tiruchirapalli district)
  5. Panchavarneswarar - Tirumukeeswaram (Tiruchirapalli district)
  6. Thayumanavar - Tiruchirapalli (Tiruchirapalli district)
  7. Erumbeeswarar - Tiruverumbur (Tiruchirapalli district)
  8. Nedukalanathar - Tirunedunkulam (Tiruchirapalli district)
  9. Theeyadiappar - Melaittirukkattuppalli (Thanjavur district)
  10. Atmanathar - Tiruvalampozhil (Thanjavur district)
  11. Pushpavaneswarar - Tiruppoonturutti (Thanjavur district)
  12. Brahmasirakandeeswarar - Tirukkandiyur (Thanjavur district)
  13. Odanavaneswarar - Tiruchotrutturai (Thanjavur district)
  14. Vedapureeswarar - Tiruvedikkudi (Thanjavur district)
  15. Vasishteswarar - Tenkudithittai (Thanjavur district)
  16. Alanthurainathar - Tiruppullamangai (Thanjavur district)
  17. Chakravageswarar - Tiruchakkrappalli (Thanjavur district)
  18. Mullaivananathar - Tirukkarukavoor (Thanjavur district)
  19. Palaivananathar - Tiruppalaithurai (Thanjavur district)
  20. Kalyana Sundareswarar - Tirunallur (Thanjavur district)
  21. Pasupatheeswarar - Avoor Pasupatheeswaram (Thanjavur district)
  22. Sivakozhundeeswarar - Satthi Mutram (Thanjavur district)
  23. Dhenupureeswarar - Patteeswaram (Thanjavur district)
  24. Dharmapureeswarar - Pazhayaarai Vadathali (Thanjavur district)
  25. Karpaganathar - Tiruvalanchuzi (Thanjavur district)
  26. Kumbeswarar - Tirukkudamookku (Thanjavur district)
  27. Nageswaraswamy - Tirukkudanthai (Thanjavur district)
  28. Kasi Viswanathar - Tirukkundanthai Kaaronam (Thanjavur district)
  29. Nageswarar - Tirunageswaram (Thanjavur district)
  30. Mahalingeswarar - Tiruvidaimarudur (Thanjavur district)



Ratnagireeswarar - Tiruvaatpokki:

Lord Shiva
  • Ratnagireeswarar (Tiruvaatpokki): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Ratnagireeswarar and Vaatpokkinathar and Ambal is called Haravatkeswari.

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

    The Ratnagireeswarar temple is situated on a hillock reached by a flight of 1000 steps. In this temple the images of Shiva and Devi face each other in the posture of upadesha. It is considered auspicious to visit Kadambar Kovil in the morning, Tiruvaatpokki at noon and Tiruveengoimalai in the evening.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by Devi Parvati and Adisesha: Devi Parvati and Adisesha are said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here.

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

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

    It is also said that lightning worships Lord Shiva here every 12 years.

    Tiruvaatpokki is located in the Karur district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - 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)
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Kadambavaneswarar - Kadambar Kovil:

    Lord Shiva
  • Kadambavaneswarar (Kadambar Kovil): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Kadambavaneswarar and Anantheswarar and Ambal is called Mutrilamulaiammai and Abhirami.

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

    - Lord Brahma conducted a chariot festival: According to legend, Lord Brahma conducted a chariot festival here. Hence the name Brahmapuram.

    - Sri Vishnu prayed to Lord Shiva before recovering the Vedas: Sri Vishnu is said to have prayed to Lord Shiva before recovering the Vedas from Somasura. Hence the name Chaturvedapuri.

    Kadambar Kovil is located in the Karur district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - 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)
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Paraithurainathar - Tirupparaithurai:

    Lord Shiva
  • Paraithurainathar (Tirupparaithurai): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Paraithurainathar and Dharukavananathar and Ambal is called Pasum Pon Nayaki and Hemavarnambika.

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

    The temple is located on the bank of river Kaveri.

    - A Chola king recovered the Shiva Lingam from an ant-hill: According to legend, a devout Chola king saw a golden bird flying frequently over an ant-hill. He dug the ant-hill and recovered the Shiva Lingam.

    Tirupparaithurai is located in the Tiruchirapalli district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - 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)
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Uchinathar - Tirukkarkudi:

    Lord Shiva
  • Uchinathar (Tirukkarkudi): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Uchinathar and Ujjeevaneswarar and Ambal is called Anjanakshi.

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

    The temple is situated on the top of a small hillock.

    - Sage Markandeya got boon of chiranjeevi here: According to legend, sage Markandeya got the boon of chiranjeevi from Lord Shiva in this sthalam (after he was destined to die at the age of 16).

    Tirukkarkudi is located in the Tiruchirapalli district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - 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)
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Panchavarneswarar - Tirumukeeswaram (Uraiyur):

    Lord Shiva
  • Panchavarneswarar (Tirumukeeswaram (Uraiyur)): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Panchavarneswarar and Ambal is called Kantimathi.

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

    - Lord Shiva manifested in five different colours: According to legend, Lord Shiva manifested Himself in five different colours to Uttanga muni in five different parts of the day - as Ratna Lingam in morning, as Sphatika Lingam at noon, as Kanaka Lingam in the afternoon, as Diamond Lingam at night and as Chitra Lingam at midnight.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by Garuda and Kashyapa muni: Garuda and Kashyapa muni are said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here.

    Tirumukeeswaram (Uraiyur) is located in the Tiruchirapalli district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - 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)
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Thayumanavar - Tiruchirapalli:

    Lord Shiva
  • Thayumanavar (Tiruchirapalli): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Thayumanavar and Matrubhuteswarar, and Ambal is called Mattuvaarkuzhali and Sugandha Kundalambika.

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

    The temple is situated in the Rockfort complex of Tiruchirapalli.

    - Lord Shiva acted as a mother during delivery of a child: According to legend, Lord Shiva acted as a mother during the delivery of a pregnant woman named Rathnavathi who was His ardent devotee. Hence the name Thayumanaswamy and Matrubhuteswarar, meaning the one who acted as a mother.

    Tiruchirapalli is located in the Tiruchirapalli district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - 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)
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Erumbeeswarar - Tiruverumbur:

    Lord Shiva
  • Erumbeeswarar (Tiruverumbur): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Erumbeeswarar and Ambal is called Saurabhya Kudalaambal and Narunkuzhal Nayaki.

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

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by devas: According to legend, when the devas were defeated by demon Tarakasuran, they worshipped Lord Shiva here taking the form of ants (to deceive the demons). Hence the name Erumbeeswarar (Erumbu meaning ants). Since the surface of the Lingam was slippery for the ants to climb, Lord Shiva transformed the Lingam into an anthill and bent forward.

    Tiruverumbur is located in the Tiruchirapalli district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - 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)
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Nedukalanathar - Tirunedunkulam:

    Lord Shiva
  • Nedukalanathar (Tirunedunkulam): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Nedukalanathar and Nityasundareswarar, and Ambal is called Oppila Nayaki.

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

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by Devi Parvati: Devi Parvati is said to have worshipped Lord Shiva in this place. Lord Shiva in disguise grasped her hand and she ran away and hid in a grove. Hence this is also known as Olimadicholai.

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

    Tirunedunkulam is located in the Tiruchirapalli district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - 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)
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Theeyadiappar - Melaittirukkattuppalli:

    Lord Shiva
  • Theeyadiappar (Melaittirukkattuppalli): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Theeyadiappar and Agneeswarar, and Ambal is called Vaarkonda Mulaiyammai and Soundara Nayaki.

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

    - Lord Shiva relieved Chola queen from scorching heat: According to legend, Uraiyur once got submerged in a sandstorm. The queen of the Chola king who was a staunch devotee of Shiva came here. Lord Shiva relieved her of the scorching heat and blessed her.

    Melaittirukkattuppalli is located in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - 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)
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Atmanathar - Tiruvalampozhil:

    Lord Shiva
  • Atmanathar (Tiruvalampozhil): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Atmanathar and Ambal is called Gnanambika.

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

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by Astha Vasus: The Ashtha Vasus are said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here.

    Tiruvalampozhil is located in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - 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)
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Pushpavaneswarar - Tiruppoonturutti:

    Lord Shiva
  • Pushpavaneswarar (Tiruppoonturutti): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Pushpavaneswarar and Poonturuttinathar, and Ambal is called Uruvudaiyambikai.

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

    - Sapta Sthana Temple: This is one of the Sapta Sthana Temples of Tiruvaiyaru.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by Lord Vishnu and Devi Lakshmi: Lord Vishnu and Devi Lakshmi are said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here.

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

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

    - Appar and Sambandar visited this shrine together: Appar and Sambandar visited this shrine together.

    Tiruppoonturutti is located in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - 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)
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Brahmasirakandeeswarar - Tirukkandiyur:

    Lord Shiva
  • Brahmasirakandeeswarar (Tirukkandiyur): One of the Ashta Veeratta Sthalam as well as Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Brahmasirakandeeswarar and Veeratteswarar, and Ambal is called Mangalanayaki.

    - Ashta Veeratta Sthalam: This is one of the Ashta Veeratta Sthalam of Lord Shiva.

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

    - Sapta Sthana Temple: This is one of the Sapta Sthana Temples of Tiruvaiyaru.

    - Lord Shiva cut off the head of Brahma: According to legend, Lord Shiva curbed the ego of Brahma here by cutting off his fifth head.

    Tirukkandiyur is located in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - 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)
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Odanavaneswarar - Tiruchotrutturai:

    Lord Shiva
  • Odanavaneswarar (Tiruchotrutturai): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Odanavaneswarar and Oppillachelvar, and Ambal is called Oppilla Ammai and Annapurani.

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

    - Sapta Sthana Temple: This is one of the Sapta Sthana Temples of Tiruvaiyaru.

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

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

    - Lord Shiva and Ambal provided food to devotees: According to legend, Lord Shiva and Ambal provided food to a number of devotees in this place.

    Tiruchotrutturai is located in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - 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)
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Vedapureeswarar - Tiruvedikkudi:

    Lord Shiva
  • Vedapureeswarar (Tiruvedikkudi): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Vedapureeswarar and Ambal is called Mangayarkarasi.

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

    - Sapta Sthana Temple: This is one of the Sapta Sthana Temples of Tiruvaiyaru.

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

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by the Vedas: The Vedas are said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here, hence the name Vedikkudi. Sri Ganesha is in a reclining posture here listening to the Vedas and is called Vedappillayar.

    Tiruvedikkudi is located in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - 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)
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Vasishteswarar - Tenkudithittai:

    Lord Shiva
  • Vasishteswarar (Tenkudithittai): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Vasishteswarar and Pasupateeswarar, and Ambal is called Ulaka Nayaki and Sugandhamundalambika.

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

    - This sthalam stood as a mound during pralaya: According to legend, during the great deluge (pralaya) when the entire earth was submerged in water, this place stood aloft as a mound (Thittai means mound) and Lord Shiva appeared as a Swayambhu Lingam. Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu then worshipped Lord Shiva here.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by the Vedas, sage Vasishta and Gautama: The Vedas, sage Vasishta and sage Gautama are also said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here.

    A unique feature of this temple is that a drop of water falls on the Lingam every twenty four minutes (1 Nazhigai) from the roof.

    Tenkudithittai is located in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - 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)
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Alanthurainathar - Tiruppullamangai:

    Lord Shiva
  • Alanthurainathar (Tiruppullamangai): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Alanthurainathar and Vadatheerthanathar, and Ambal is called Alliyankothai.

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

    - Saptamatrika Sthalam: This is one of the Saptamatrika Sthalam. this is associated with Devi Chamundi.

    - Lord Shiva consumed the poison here: According to legend, Lord Shiva consumed the poison which emanated during samudra manthana (churning of the ocean) in this place, hence the name Alanthurai.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by Devi Parvati: Devi Parvati is said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here in the form of a Chakravaha bird, hence the name Pullamangai.

    Tiruppullamangai is located in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - 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)
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Chakravageswarar - Tiruchakkrappalli:

    Lord Shiva
  • Chakravageswarar (Tiruchakkrappalli): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Chakravageswarar and Alanturaiyeesar, and Ambal is called Alliyamkothai and Devanayaki.

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

    - Saptamatrika Sthalam: This is one of the Saptamatrika Sthalam. This is associated with Devi Abhirami.

    - Lord Shiva gave Sudarshan Chakra to Lord Vishnu: According to legend, Lord Shiva gave the Sudarshan Chakra to Lord Vishnu, after Vishnu prayed to Lord Shiva here. Hence the name Chakrapalli.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by Indradeva and Jayanta: Indradeva and his son Jayanta are said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here.

    Tiruchakkrappalli is located in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - 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)
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Mullaivananathar - Tirukkarukavoor:

    Lord Shiva
  • Mullaivananathar (Tirukkarukavoor): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Mullaivananathar and Madhavivaneswar, and Ambal is called Karumpanaiyaalammai and Garbharakshakamba.

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

    - Pancha Aranya Sthalam: This is one of the Pancha Aranya Sthalam.

    - Devi Parvati helped in the delivery of a child: According to legend, Devi Parvati helped in the safe delivery of the child of Vedikai, wife of Niruthuva Munivar in this place, when she was alone and helpless. Hence the Devi is known as Garbharakshambikai.

    Tirukkarukavoor is located in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - 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)
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Palaivananathar - Tiruppalaithurai (Papanasam):

    Lord Shiva
  • Palaivananathar (Tiruppalaithurai): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Palaivananathar and Ambal is called Dhavala Vennakaimangai.

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

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by Sri Rama, Devi Sita and Sri Lakshmana: Sri Rama, Devi Sita and Sri Lakshmana are said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by sage Vashishta and Arjuna: Sage Vashishta and Arjuna are said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here.

    - Lord Shiva destroyed the tiger sent by rishis of Darukavana: According to a legend, Lord Shiva destroyed the tiger sent by the arrogant rishis of Darukavana in this place.

    - Lord Rama installed 108 Shiva Lingams: According to a legend, Lord Rama installed 108 Shiva Lingams here to expiate the sin of killing demons Khara and Dushana.

    Tiruppalaithurai is located in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - 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)
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Kalyana Sundareswarar - Tirunallur:

    Lord Shiva
  • Kalyana Sundareswarar (Tirunallur): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Kalyana Sundareswarar and Periyandeswarar, and Ambal is called Kalyanasundari.

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

    - Lord Shiva sent sage Agastya to balance the weight of the earth: According to legend, Lord Shiva sent sage Agastya to this place to balance the excessive weight in the north due to gods attending His marriage in Kailasha. In return, Lord Shiva endowed sage Agastya with the divine vision of His marriage in this place.

    - Legend of Amaraneethi Nayanar: This place is associated with the legend of Amaraneethi Nayanar who offered himself and his wife in a scale pan to make up for the loss of a garment which Lord Shiva hid to test his devotion.

    Tirunallur is located in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - 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)
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Pasupatheeswarar - Avoor Pasupatheeswaram:

    Lord Shiva
  • Pasupatheeswarar (Avoor Pasupatheeswaram): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Pasupatheeswarar and Aavoorudaiyar, and Ambal is called Mangalambika.

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

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by Kamadhenu: The divine cow Kamadhenu is said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here to get relieved from the curse of sage Vashishtha.

    Avoor Pasupatheeswaram is located in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - 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)
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Sivakozhundeeswarar - Satthi Mutram:

    Lord Shiva
  • Sivakozhundeeswarar (Satthi Mutram): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Sivakozhundeeswarar and Ambal is called Periya Nayaki.

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

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by Devi Parvati: Devi Parvati meditated on Lord Shiva here. Shiva appeared before Her as a column of fire and Devi embraced the fire as Her Lord. Thereafter Shiva transformed Himself into a Lingam.

    Sivakozhundeeswarar is located in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - 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)
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Dhenupureeswarar - Patteeswaram:

    Lord Shiva
  • Dhenupureeswarar (Patteeswaram): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Dhenupureeswarar and Patteeswarar, and Ambal is called Palvalai Nayaki.

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

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by Patti: Patti, the calf of the divine cow Kamadhenu is said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here, hence the name Patteeswaram.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by Sri Rama: Sri Rama is said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here to absolve himself of the sin of killing Vali.

    - Sage Vishwamitra obtained the title of Brahmashri: Sage Vishwamitra is said to have obtained the title of Brahmashri in this place.

    - Lord Shiva presented umbrella to Sambandar: Lord Shiva is said to have presented Sambandar an umbrella studded with pearls in this place to protect him from the scorching summer heat. The Lord also asked Nandi to move aside so that He can see the arrival of Sambandar.

    - Famous shrine of Patteeswaram Durga: The shrine of Patteeswaram Durga in this temple is very famous. The Devi here is Shanta Swarupa and full of grace.

    Patteeswaram is located in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - 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)
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Dharmapureeswarar - Pazhayaarai Vadathali:

    Lord Shiva
  • Dharmapureeswarar (Pazhayaarai Vadathali): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Dharmapureeswarar and Ambal is called Vimala Nayaki.

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

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

    Pazhayaarai Vadathali is located in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - 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)
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Karpaganathar - Tiruvalanchuzi:

    Lord Shiva
  • Karpaganathar (Tiruvalanchuzi): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Karpaganathar and Khabartheesar, and Ambal is called Periya Nayaki and Brihannayaki.

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

    - Several Shiva Lingams installed by rishis: According to a legend, Durvasa muni once performed a yagna here where several rishis who attended installed separate Shiva Lingams. Thus the temple has many Shiva Lingams.

    - Heranda muni brought back river Kaveri: According to a legend, once river Kaveri disappeared inside the earth. Heranda muni brought the river back. The river after re-appearing flowed in a semi-circle around the temple curving right. Hence the name Tiruvalanchuzi (twisting right).

    - Worship of Sweta Vinayagar: According to a legend, during samudra manthana (churning of the ocean), when the poison came out, the devas realised that the mishap happened because Sri Ganesha was not worshipped in the beginning. The devas created a Ganesha from sea-foam and worshipped it. This is known as Sweta Vinayagar.

    Tiruvalanchuzi is located in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - 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)
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Kumbeswarar - Tirukkudamookku (Kumbakonam):

    Lord Shiva
  • Kumbeswarar (Tirukkudamookku): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Kumbeswarar and Ambal is called Mangala Nayaki.

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

    - Nectar from kumbha fell in this place: According to a legend, during the great deluge, nectar from the kumbha of Lord Brahma (pot which contained the seeds of all living beings) fell in this place by an arrow of Lord Shiva. Hence the name Kumbakonam. The nectar is believed to have fallen in two places - the Mahamaham tank and the Potramarai tank. This event is commemorated in the Mahamaham festival every 12 years.

    Tirukkudamookku is located in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - 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)
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Nageswaraswamy - Tirukkudanthai:

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

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

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

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

    During the Tamil month of Chithirai, the Sun's rays fall on the Shiva Lingam. It is believed that the Sun God himself performs puja during this time. Since the Sun God worships Lord Shiva, this place is also called Bhaskara kshetram.

    Tirukkudanthai is located in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - 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)
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Kasi Viswanathar - Tirukkundanthai Kaaronam:

    Lord Shiva
  • Kasi Viswanathar (Tirukkundanthai Kaaronam): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Kasi Viswanathar and Ambal is called Tenaar Mozhi.

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

    - Shrine for Nava Kannigais: According to legend, the Nava Kannigais (Nine river deities) - Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati, Kaveri, Godavari, Narmada, Krishna, Tungabhadra and Sarayu arrive to bathe in the Mahamaham tank every 12 years. The temple has shrine for each river deity.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by Sri Rama: Sri Rama is said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here during his search for Devi Sita.

    Tirukkundanthai Kaaronam is located in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - 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)
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Nageswarar - Tirunageswaram:

    Lord Shiva
  • Nageswarar (Tirunageswaram): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Nageswarar and Ambal is called Kunramulai Nayaki and Girikuchambal.

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

    - Navagraha Sthalam: This is a Navagraha Sthalam dedicated to Rahu.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by serpents: Many serpents including Adisesha, Takshaka and Karkotaka are said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here. Hence the name Tirunageswaram.

    - Worship of Goddess Girikuchambal by Indradeva: According to legend, Indradeva worshipped Devi Girikuchambal with Punuga (a fragrant substance) for 45 days to get deliverance from the curse of Gautama rishi.

    Tirunageswaram is located in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - 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)
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Mahalingeswarar - Tiruvidaimarudur:

    Lord Shiva
  • Mahalingeswarar (Tiruvidaimarudur): One of the Paadal Petra Sthalas of Shiva. Here Shiva is known as Mahalingeswarar or Marudavaanar, and Ambal is called Perunalamaamulaiyaal and Brihadsundarakuchambika.

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

    - King Varaguna Pandian relieved of the sin of brahmahatya: According to a legend, king Varaguna Pandian while hunting unwittingly killed a brahmin. The sin of killing the brahmin fell upon the king and the spirit of the brahmin possessed him. The king who was an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva had a dream where Lord Shiva advised him to visit Tiruvidaimarudur. When the king entered the sanctum of Shiva in the temple, the spirit of the brahmin stayed behind hoping to possess him again while returning. Lord Shiva directed the king to exit from the west gate. The king was relieved of his sins.

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by Lord Vishnu, Devi Lakshmi and Devi Kali: Lord Vishnu, Devi Lakshmi and Devi Kali are said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here.

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

    - Worship of Lord Shiva by the Vedas: The Vedas are said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here.

    Tiruvidaimarudur is located in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.
    - Dakshinamurthy Stotram (Adi Shankara)
    - Dwadasa Jyotirlingani
    - 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)
    - Om Namah Shivaya Japa
    - Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Japa
    - Shiva Gayatri Mantra


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    Bharatavarsha - The Land of Gods and Sages:

    1. Stotras by Deity:
    Initial: Ganesha - Hanuman - Gurudeva - Gayatri
    Tridevas: Brahma - (Vishnu - Narasimha - Rama - Krishna) - Shiva
    Tridevis: Saraswati - (Lakshmi - Tulasi - Bhoomi) - Parvati
    Others: Murugan - Surya - Ganga - Yamuna - Narmada - Others
    Final: Vedas - Brahman

    2. Pilgrimages by Deity:
    Initial: Ganesha
    Tridevas: Brahma - (Vishnu - Narasimha - Rama - Krishna) - Shiva
    Tridevis: Saraswati - Lakshmi - (Parvati - Shakambari)
    Others: Murugan - Ganga

    3. Sadhana: Sadhana - Hermitages - Penances

    4. Saints: Ramakrishna - Vivekananda - Ramana - Saints

    5. Sacred Geography: Forests - Mountains - Rivers - Lakes

    6. Puranas: Scriptures

    7. Religious Life: Stotras - Puja - Pilgrimages - Festivals - Varnashramas - Samskaras - Traditions

    8. Other Aspects: Sanskrit - Arts - Music - Dance - Medicine - Architecture - Astronomy

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    Om, May there be Peace in Heaven,
    May there be Peace in the Sky,
    May there be Peace in the Earth,
    May there be Peace in the Water,
    May there be Peace in the Plants,
    May there be Peace in the Trees,
    May there be Peace in the Gods in the various Worlds,
    May there be Peace in Brahman,
    May there be Peace in All,
    May there be Peace Indeed within Peace,
    Giving Me the Peace which Grows within Me,
    Om, Peace, Peace, Peace.

    (Shanti Mantra of Upanishad)

    Preserve Nature,
    And Nature will preserve Us,
    Simplify Life,
    And make the Nature thrive,
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