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KURUKKAI - 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. At the behest of Indra, the Lord of heavens, Manmatha accompanied by his charming spouse Rati descended at this place, when Siva was lost in meditation after Sati's immolation. And Parvathi was serving Him as advised by her father Himavan. The wedding of Siva with Parvathi for the birth of a valorous son to rid of danavas occasioned the acceptance of Manmatha this formidable act. Manmatha, by releasing his Panchabanas kindled love in Siva. Realising the transgression, Siva opened his third eye and burnt the intruder. Siva thus got the attribute of Kamadahana murti. At the tearful appeal of Rati, Manmatha was given life. That scene of action is called Panchabana Nallur. True to the belief as it were, the soil at the exact spot of action is white in colour, and this place by the name of Vallianallur. This renowned kshetra is surrounded by ever green gardens and there . is a tank of crystal clear water just opposite the temple. It is called soola thirtham, said to be as sacred as the Ganges water. Once, according to legend, Dirgababu muni, who lived here stretched his long hands sky wards to receive Akasa ganga. Ironical it seemed, his hands became short. He prayed to Vinayaka, but could not as his hands too are short. In despair, he knocked his head against a stone. Then happened the miracle of the Lord's hand coming from it to stop bleeding and to blessing. Thereafter he was aptly called the Kurukkai muni and the place Kurukkai. Thus this place has more than one name.

It is 8 km off Nidur and is accessible by bus from Mailaduthurai in Tanjore district.

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