TALAICHCHANGA NAANMADIYAM, Mayiladuturai, TN,
One of the 108 Temples and Celestial Abodes of Vishnu revered by Tamil Hymns of the Alwars of the 1st millennium CE
LOCATION: Talaichangadu (Aakkoor) near Mayiladuturai (Chola Naadu)
THAYAAR: Talaichchanga Naachiyaar
THEERTHAM: Chandra Pushkarini
VIMAANAM: Chandra Vimanam
TRAVEL BASE: Mayiladuturai
DESCRIPTION: This Divya Desam is located in the village of Talaichchangaadu, near Aakkur, near Sirkazhi. Sirkazhi is located on the route between Chidambaram and Mayiladuturai. The Tiruttalaichankaadu Shivastalam glorified by the Tevaram hymns is also located here.
DEITIES: The Moolavar is Naanmadiyapperumaal (Venchudarpperumaal) in a standing posture facing east; Taayaar here is Talaichchanga Naachiyaar.
The Utsavars are Vyomajyotipiraan and Senkamalavalli. A priceless conch adorns the image of Naanmadiyapperumal; the image of Andal here is of great beauty.
LEGENDS: The legend in the Shivastalam enshrining Shankharunaatheswarar in this village holds that Vishnu was blessed with a conch (the foremost of all conches – Talai Changu) upon worshipping Shiva. Tiruttalaichankaadu is also known as Shankharanyam or Shankhuvanam.
Legend also has it that Vishnu worshipped Parvati at Tiruvalampuram. Tirumangaialwar's paasuram refers to the Shivastalam as a maadakkoyil built at an elevation.
Legend has it that Chandra, the moon God was absolved of a curse upon worshipping Vishnu here, hence the temple tank is referred to as Chandra Pushkarini.
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