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SHIVA TEMPLES IN TAMILNADU 

Tenkasi - Viswanathar Tirukkovil

Kurtalam - Kurtalanathar Tirukkovil

This renowned shrine was materialised by Lord Viswanatha Himself by directing to a pious Pandyan King, in a dream Parakrama by name to build a temple here in this holy spot.

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In the holy picnic town of Kurtalam, there is a little, yet charming Sivan kovil, enshrining a big Sivalinga, going by the name of Kutralanathar.

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Sankaran Kovil - Sankaranarayanar Tirukkovil

Tirupparakunram - Kasi Viswanathar Tirukkovil

Divine sports defy analysis and description. One such sport was played here by Lord Siva.

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The well-known hill temple at Tirupparakunram, one of the Arupadividus dedicated to Lord Subrahmanya, where his wedding was celebrated with Devayani, enshrines Kasi Viswanathar....

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Tiruchi - Tayumanavar Tirukkovil

Tribhuvanam - Kampahreswarar Tirukkovil

This world famous historic city contains many spiritual treasures in and around it, that are luring a steady stream of devotees and tourists throughout the year.

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This tirukkovil was built by the redoubtable Tribhuvana Chakravarti as a standing memorial to his digvijaya yatra to the North; and it is standing as a tower of victory heralding his military prowess.

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Tiruvarur - Sri Tyagarajar Tirukkovil 

Tirunallur - Kalyana Sundareswarar Tirukkovil

This holy temple town is doubly famous for both visible and invisible worshipful personages belonging to the celestial and terrestrial world.

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The temple's sthalapurana embodies many exciting episodes occurred here.

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Tiruvottiyur - Adipureeswarar Tirukkovil

Mylapore - Kapaleeswarar Tirukkovil

This much venerated tirukkovil claims many awe-inspiring episodes that occurred in the lives of devotees of this powerful Adipureeswarar.

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This sacred shrine carved out a covetable niche in the temple that Bharata Khand.

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Tirukkaikunram - Vedagiriswarar Tirukkovil

Erode - Lord Siva Tirukkovil

This famous ancient Tirukkovil town more popularly known as Pakshitheertham has an awe-some legend that is drawing thousands of yatris and paryatakas.

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This is an ancient Tirukkovil that possess exquisite sculptural beauties and valuable inscriptions.

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Tirunelveli - Kantimati Nelliappar Tirukkovil 

Kudumaimalai - Sikharagireeswarar Tirukkovil

The ancient twin temples dedicated to Kantimati and Nelliyappar have adorned many pages of legends and history due to demonstration of many Sivalayas here.

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This ancient temple town situated in the district of Puddukottai, the erstwhile capital of the Princely state of the same name has many sculptural marvels.

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Kodumaballur - Moovar Tirukkovil Group

Perur - Patteswarar Tirukkovil

This is a Tirukkovil built for three divinities, but only two are existing now immortalizing the royal patronage and the glory of the adorable gods.

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The districts of Coimbatore and Periar, the ever flourishing parts of erstwhile Kongunadu empire boasts of many spiritual treasures in the form of holy shrines built, endowed and patronized by imperial Cholas of the bygone days.

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Bhavani - Sangameswarar Tirukkovil

Udumalpet - Ramalingeswarar Tirukkovil 

This famous temple town Bhavani lying at the confluence of three rivers - Cauvery, Bhavani and Amuda has a glorious past.

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It was built on the bank of the rivulet near the Thirumurti Hills and is attracting devout bhaktas regularly.

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Avinasi - Avinasalingeswarar Tirukkovil

Kodumudi - Muchukundeswarar Tirukkovil 

This ancient Tirukkovil is an excellent specimen of Dravidian architecture, and is the biggest of its kind in Coimbatore district, built by Cholas in 12th century A.D.

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This holy place houses three Tirukkovils for the august Trio - Brahma, Vishnu and Siva in its huge campus.

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Tirumayan - Sivan Tirukkovil

Narthamalai - Vijayalaya Tirukkovil

This is an invaluable gift of the Tondaiman ruler of Pudukkotai to the nation, and was built by Vinaya Raghunatha Tevar, the Sethupathi of Ramanathapuram.

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This ancient Tirukkovil of Siva built in a circular shape by Vijayalaya Chola is a unique gift to Tamil Nadu. Narthamalai was the chief town of the Mutharai rulers and enjoyed the status of capital.

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Mayuvaram- Mayuranathaswamy Tirukkovil

Vriddhachalam - Vriddhagiriswarar Tirukkovil

This ancient Mayuranathaswamy Tirukkovil is associated with Mother Parvathi's worshipping of Siva in the form of Pea - hen....

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On the sacred bank of Manimuthar, there is an ancient Tirukkovil dedicated to Lord Siva.

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Tirunageswaram - Nageswarar Tirukkovil

Pattisam- Dhenupureeswarar Tirukkovil

This sacred region was called Jambukaranyam, and the Lord was worshipped in the dim past by serpents.

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Although it is connected with Patti, the descendant of the divine cow Kamadhenu, it is here according to one legend that Mother Parvathi did penance to share the body of Lord Siva.

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Darasuram - Rajarajeswara Udayar Tirukkovil

Tirupurambiyam- Saksheswarar Tirukkovil

This famous ancient Saiva kshetra has etched its memorable name on the pages of history.

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This ancient temple has a long legend and is associated with many Saiva saints and their miraculous powers.

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Tiruvidaimarudur - Mahalingeswarar Tirukkovil

Vellore- Jalakanteswarar Tirukkovil

This ancient temple has a long legend and is associated with many Saiva saints and their miraculous powers.

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Vellore, the head quarters town of North Arcot district has a beautiful fort enshrining among other things a sacred shrine dedicated to Lord Siva, called here Jalakanteswarar.

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Dharmapuri- Mallikharjuneswara Tirukkovil

Chinnamanur- Poolanandeswarar Tirukkovil

The town is housing an ancient and largely visited temple, called Mallikarjuneswaraswamy Tirukkovil, popularly known as Kottai Eswaran koil. This sacred shrine is the gift of Rajasimha of Pandyan dynasty and has many legends....

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Achcharapakkam - Sivan Tirukkovil

Tiruanjaikalam - Anjaikalthappan Tirukkovil

The Sthalapurana of this little village housing a mighty ancient Siva temple is quite fascinating.....

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This Saiva kshetra is blessed with twin gifts i.e. its sanctity emerged from two sources.

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Karuvur - Pasupatheeswara Tirukkovil

Indranila - Pasupahar Tirukkovil

This holy Saiva kshetra is also the birth place of a renowned Nayanamar called Eripatha.

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It is one of the five famous saiva kshetras recorded in many legends, the others being, Kedaram, Srisailam, Srikailasam and Arekathangavalam.

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Tiruvalangadu - Urdhva Tandavamurti Tirukkovil

Tiruppasur - Pasurnathar Tirukkovil

This is one of the largely visited and devoutly worshipped Sivan kovils of Tondainadu.

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This holy temple etched its name on the pages of history.

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Tiruvenppakam - Venppakanathar Tirukkovil 

Tiruvirkkolam - Tripuranthakar Tirukkovil

Minnal Oli Amman, the goddess and the consort of Lord Siva, the archamurti of the temple here seems out stepped Her Lord in bestowing grace on the devotees.

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Here is a saiva temple with a difference.

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Takkolam - Tiruvural Tirukkovil

Tirumarperur - Manikanteswarar Tirukkovil

This holy kshetra besides housing a big Sivalinga, possesses an odd image of huge Nandi, the divine mount of Lord Siva which issues a steady flow of water from its mouth.

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It is associated with Lord Vishnu's adoration to the archamurti Siva Peruman, who bestowed on Him boons, besides the potent Sudarsana chakra.

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Triunetrali - Tirunetralinathar Tirukkovil

Tiruonakanthanathar - Sivan Tirukkovil

The fascinating legend of this holy temple is associated with the celebrated saiva saint Tirugnanasambhandar.

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This spiritual treasure house contains three separate shrines built in memory of three demon bhaktas at it.

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Tirumakaral - Agastheeswarar Tirukkovil

Triuvottur - Vedanadeeswarar Tirukkovil

There is a widespread belief that the barren women who worship the Lord Agastheeswarar here with Angapradakshanam beget children invariably.

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This ancient temple springs many. surprises and enshrines in its campus many adorable objects, such as panchabhuta lingas and....

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Tiruverkadu - Vedapureeswarar Tirukkovil

Vada Tirumallaivayil - Masalamani Eswarar Tirukkovil

This kshetra is deemed very ancient and holy. It was called in the past Vada Vedaranyam also.

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The legendary account of this kshetra is elaborately recounted, and it is said that Lord Muruga worshipped Siva here before going to war.

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Tirukkachur - Viruditta Eswarar Tirukkovil

Tiruvakkari - Chandraswkhara Swami tirukkovil

This holy temple's Moolavar had the unique honour of feeding His hungry, pious worshipper by begging food from house to house.

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Here lies a Sivaalaya in ruins, yet it surprises the visitors with a uniqueness of its own.

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Tiruthuraiyur- Pasupatheeswarar Tirukkovil

Tiruathigai - Athigal Virateswarar Tirukkovil

This holy koil has the special distinction of being visited by several celestials, like Narada, Surya and celebrated epic personages like Bhima etc.

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It is one of the eight Virasthalas and is also considered as the very spot where Tripurasura was burnt to ashes.

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Tiruvenninallur - Tirutatkonda Nathar Tirukkovil

Tirupennagadam- Sundarkolumbeeswarar Tirukkovil

This famous temple was called in the past as Tiruvarthurai. The venerable Saiva pravakta santanachar lived and dedicated 'his life to the service of Lord.

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It is a holy kshetra made more sacrosanct by the visitation of celestials like Kamadhenu, Iravatham and apsaras.

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Tiruchipuram- Tiruchirpura Nathar Tirukkovil

Kizha Tirumananjeri - Arulvallanathar Tirukkovil 

The glory of this temple is recorded both in history and legends. Being very ancient, it was lying buried unadorned till about a century and more back much loss unrecognized.

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This famous temple has a fantastic legend that brings out the Omni compassion of Lord Siva.

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Sikkal - Vennailingeswarar Tirukkovil

Sitraimur - Ponvaitha Nadeeswarar Tirukkovil

It is a hill temple famous as the holy seat for two august gods - father and son - Siva and Muruga.

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This ancient temple has many fascinating legends.

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Tirukkaichinnam - Kaichina Nathar Tirukkovil

Tirukandrapur- Nadutheri Nathar Tirukkovil

This ancient saiva kshetra houses a Prithvi linga made by Devendra.

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This temple has a strange legend and ends with admitting of a Vaishnavite bhakta into the fold of Saivism.

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Vedaranyam - Vedaranyeswarar Tirukkovil 

Tiruvadaanai- Adaanainathar Tirukkovil

It is one of the Saptalingeswara kshetras, glorified elaborately both in history and legends.

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The Moolavar of this ancient temple was made of blue diamond and it blessed many heavenly personages like Vaaruni, the son of Rain-God and Surya in the dim past.

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Kaalayar Koil - Kaalai Eswarar Tirukkovil

Tiruavanivanallur - Sakshinayakeswarar Tirukkovil

It is an ancient yatrasthala, combining in itself both legendary and historic associations of high eminence.

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This ancient saiva kshetra has a fascinating tale redolent with Siva mahima.

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Tiruvanjiyam- Vanjilingeswarar Tirukkovil

Tirukodeeswaram- Pasupateeswarar Tirukkovil

This saiva kshetra claims- the honour of restoring Mahalakshmi to Vishnu, who left Vaikunta, after Brighu Maharshi's humiliation of kicking on the chest of Her Lord.

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Once Mother Parvathi, due to some tussle over a trifle could not find her Lord in Kailas, who displeased with Her actions disappeared for some time.

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Tiruchattamangai- Aivandeeswarar Tirukkovil

Tirumaignanam - Brahmapureeswarar Tirukkovil

This is a holy kshetra associated with the life of Nayanar NilaNakka - a saiva Bhakta of great fame.

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The sthalapurana of this kshetra embodies an exotic account.

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Tiruvizhanagar - Turaikattu Vallalar Tirukkovil

Tirutturutti - Uttara Vedeeswarar Tirukkovil

This old Siva temple is adorned with many sculptural beauties and so detains the visiting bhaktas with its architectural and sculptural splendours.

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This ancient temple throws a flood of light on Lord Siva's boundless mercy, besides revealing the power of bhakti.

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Tirunallur - Kalyana Sundareswarar Tirukkovil

Tirumukheswaram - Panchavarna Nathar Tirukkovil

The temple's sthalapurana embodies many exciting episodes occurred here.

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This kshetra has a long legend and is connected with many celestials, like Brahma, Vishnu etc.

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Kazhugumalai - Vettuvar Tirukkovil

Tiruchengodu - Ardhanareeswarar Tirukkovil

Among the many rock-cut temples of Jains at Kazhugumalai, this Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Siva...

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This hill temple considered as one of the famous seven Sivasthalas in Kongunadu is enshrining the icon of Ardhanaresewarar...

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Taramangalam - Kailasanathar Tirukkovil

Aragalur - Srikameswarar Tirukkovil

The ancient Sivan Tirukkovil enshrines several sculptural marvels.

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This ancient temple enshrining a big size Sivalinga goes by the name of Sri Kameswarar and is built on the bank of Vasishta river.

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Salem - Sukavaneswarar Tirukkovil

Kanyakumari - Sivan Tirukkovil

This district head quarters town etched its glory on the pages of history for reasons more than one.

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Kanyakumari, lying at the southern tip of India is gifted with many spiritual treasures and natural marvels...

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Triumanjeri - Sivan Tirukkovil

Dindigul - Abhirameswarar Tirukkovil

This Saiva kshetra is one of the reputed holy places, where Lord Siva married Parvathi, according to Sthalagna.

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This historic town boasts of many connections with Kings of great fame, who built temples and a big fort on the little hillock lying at the west end of the town.

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Mahabalipuram - Shore Temple

Tiruvengadu - Aghora Veerabhadraswamy Tirukkovil

This is a typical Pallava temple built in the Dravidian architectural style, and it belongs to eighth century.

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It is largely visited and passionately adored.

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Uttamar - Bhikshanathar Tirukkovil

Tirucadavoor - Kalasamhara Murti Tirukkovil

This hallowed, ancient Saiva kshetra houses the grand icons of the Triad - Brahma, Vishnu and Siva in separate independent Tirukkovils.

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The well known legend of Markandeya becoming Chiranjeevi with the timely and abundant grace of Lord Siva took its origin here in Tirucadavoor.

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Tiruvathigai - Tripuranthakar Tirukkovil

Matangiri - Samharamurti Tirukkovil

The Sthalapurana of this holy Tirukkovil is quite exciting, as it is this place that presented to Lord Siva two Dwarapalakas and a drum.

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This sacred Saiva kshetra has a fantastic sthalapurana testifying to the belief that Lord Siva killed Gayasuran here and....

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Kurukkai - Sivan Tirukkovil

Virkudi - Jalandharari Sivan Tirukkovil 

This legendary Saiva kshetra, where Manmatha was burnt to ashes with the phalanetra of Lord Siva is elaborately eulogized in several puranas and local histories.

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The ancient Tirukkovil enshrining the Jalandharari Sivalinga has a fascinating background.

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Tiruvalanjuli - Sivan Tirukkovil

Vaideeswaran Koil - Vaideeswaran Tirukkovil

This is an ancient Tirukkovil patronised by devout Chola and Vijayanagara kings.

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This holy place sanctified by that humanitarian doctor Vaideeswaran - the greatest among the Vaidyas is enshrining a big size Swyambhu Sivalinga of unprecedented fame....

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Tiruppangur - Sivan Tirukkovil

Sirkali - Brahmapureeswarar Tirukkovil 

It is a Saiva kshetra of great importance.

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This ancient shrine is an integral part of the popular big Sivan Tirukkovil built to perpetuate great events, visualising the glory of Lord Siva.

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Tanjore - Brihadeeswarar Tirukkovil

Madurai - Sundareswarar Tirukkovil

It is one of the most holiest and largely visited temples of Tamil Nadu. It is dedicated to Lord Siva, the most compassionate among the Trio of the Hindu gods.

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Though the origin of the temple dates back to the Kritayuga, only, a, temple of modest size existed till seventh century.

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Dharmapuram - Sri Dharmapureeswarar Tirukkovil

Thiruvaiyur - Thiagarajaswamy Tirukkovil

This holy place is blessed with several unique features, deserving to be regarded as the principal shrine of the Adhinam....

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The holy Cauvery basin abounds in temples of all kinds, and for all gods too.

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Suchindram - Sthanamalaya Perumal Tirukkovil

Kumbhakonam - Adikumbheswarar Tirukkovil

This is one of the ancient Tirukkovils with a difference.

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It is indeed a marvelous city renowned for commendable catholicity, breathing in diversity and breathing out unity.

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