Tirupparaitturai Sri Paraitturai Nathar Temple
This Siva Temple is located at a distance of about 15 km from Rock Fort. The temple is on the banks of the Akhanda Cauvery, this being the widest point in the course of the river. It is considered to be the 3rd in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola Kingdom. Here the Lord is called as Paraitturai Nathar, Dharukavananathar, and Ambal is Pasum Pon Nayaki, Hemavarnambika. The sun’s rays illuminate the sanctum on the 18th day of the month of Purattasi (Sep to Nov). The Shivalingam is said to have been dug out of an ant hill by a devout Chola King, upon his seeing a golden bird frequently flying by it. Much of the current structure is the result of renovations made earlier this century.
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