Tiruvaalkoliputrur

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Location : 16-Km From Mayiladuturai, Tamil Nadu
Deity Worshipped: Manikka Vannar (Lord Shiva)
Main Festivals: The Annual Festival During May-June, Kartikai Deepam, Arudra Darisanam, Pankuni Uthram, Aavani Moolam, Aadi Pooram, Navaratri, Vinayaka Chaturti And Skanda Sashti

Tiruvaalkoliputrur is located 16-km from Mayiladuturai. It is also known as 'Vaalkoliputrur', 'Durgapuram', 'Vaaloliputrur' or 'Tiruvaalapputrur'.

The Legend
According to The Legend prevailing it is believed that Pandavas and Draupadi worshipped Shiva here. Thirsty Arjuna hid his sword in an Anthill ("Vaal Oli Putrur" ) and started worshipping Lord Shiva here, who then was blessed by Shiva, who revealed his Self. The serpent Vasuki is said to have resided in a snake hill - Putru and then worshipped Shiva here.

The temple occupies an area of about 1.25 acres and has 3 Prakarams. A Rajagopuram adorns the entrance to the inner Prakaram. The festival idol of Vasuki is of great beauty. The Navagrahams are notably absent in this shrine.

Goddess Durga Shrine
There is a shrine dedicated to Goddess Durga here, which is of much significance. Vaaloliputtur is also known as "Durgapuram", and it is believed that Durga is to be worshipped first in this temple. Durga is said to have killed Mahishasuran at Kadaattalaimedu nearby.

Services and Festivities
Four worship services are offered each day and the annual festival is observed in the month of Vaikasi (May-June). Other festivals celebrated here include Kartikai Deepam, Arudra Darisanam, Pankuni Uthram, Aavani Moolam, Aadi Pooram, Navaratri, Vinayaka Chaturti and Skanda Sashti.

HOW TO GET THERE

Air: The nearest airport is at Trichy.
Rail: The nearest railway station is in Mayiladuturai.
Road: Tiruvaalkoliputrur is well connected by road. Regular bus services are available from Poompuhar and Mayiladuturai.

WHERE TO STAY

Accommodation is available at the small budgeted hotels and choultries in Mayiladuturai.



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