Tirukkarambanur

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Location : Uttamar Koyil, Near Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu
Presiding Deity: Sri Purushottaman
Also Known As: Nepakshetram Or Adimapuram
Festivals Celebrated: Annual Brahmotsavam During April-May And May-June Respectively

Tirukkarambanur is located in Uttamar Koyil, which is also known as "Bhikshaandaar Koyil". Uttamar Koyil is a village located on the railroad between Tiruchirappalli and Villuppuram. Tirukkarambanur is also known as "Nepakshetram" or "Adimapuram".

THE LEGEND
It is believed that the fifth head of Brahma, which was pulled out by Shiva, stuck to his palms; and it was only after his receiving alms from Mahalakshmi that it was released.

It is also said that Tirumangaialwar lived here, supervising the renovation of the Srirangam temple. Sanakar, Sanandanar and Sanatkumarar, as well as Kadamba Muni are believed to have worshipped the Trinity Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva here.

About The Temple
The temple complex has shrines here dedicated to all the three of the trinity of deities revered in the Hindu system of beliefs, namely Shiva and his consort, Brahma and his consort, Vishnu and his consort (Purushottaman and Poornavalli). The Bhikshatanar form of Shiva here is considered to be of great significance. Lord Shiva's shrine is situated south of Vishnu's shrine, facing west.

Other shrines found here are those of Dasaratha Lingam (also splet as linga) and Soundara Parvati, Andal, Varadarajaperumaal, Venugopalan, Rama, Vinayaka (also spelt as Vinayak), Nataraja, Subramanya, Saneeswaran and Anjaneya. Few inscriptions dating back to the period of the Cholas and Pandyas are seen here.

Festivities
The annual Brahmotsavam of Perumaal and Lord Shiva are conducted during the months of Chithirai (April-May) and Vaikasi (May-June) respectively.

HOW TO GET THERE

Air: The nearest airport is at Trichy. Various airlines services connect Trichy with Chennai, Sharjah, Kuwait and Colombo.
Rail: The nearest railway station is Trichy, which is an important junction on the Southern Railway. It connects Chennai, Thanjavur, Chidambaram, Madurai, Tirupati, Tuticorin, Tenkasi, Quilon and Rameswaram on the metre gauge and Bangalore, Coimbatore, Mysore, Kochi, Kanyakumari and Mangalore on the broad gauge.
Road: Tirukkarambanur can be accessed by road either from Trichy or Srirangam. Regular bus services are available to Tirukkarambanur from Central Bus Stand and from Chinthamani Guard Gate Bus Stand in Trichy.

WHERE TO STAY

Accommodation is available at the star and economy class hotels, lodges, Youth hostels and choultries in Trichy.



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