Monday, September 24, 2018

Thanthondreeswarar Temple, Indhalur, Pallavarayanpettai, Nagapattinam

Thanthondreeswarar Temple, Indhalur, Pallavarayanpettai, Nagapattinam
Thanthondreeswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Indhalur Village in Pallavarayanpettai near Mayiladuthurai in Nagapattinam District of Tamilnadu. Presiding Deity is called as Thanthondreeswarar / Thanthondri Appar. The Temple is one of the 70 Maada Kovils built by 2nd century Chola king, Kochengata Chola. 
Kochengat Chola was a Chola king and one of the 63 Nayanmars (Saivite saints) of Saivism. He is believed to have attained spiritual rebirth of a spider that fought with an elephant in its previous birth over the worship of the Hindu god Shiva. He had red eyes during birth as he remained in his mother’s womb a little longer. His mother, looking into the babies red eyes said Kochengkannano (in Tamil Ko=king, Cheng=red, Kan=eyes), which literally means king with red eyes and hence he was named Kochengat Cholan. After becoming a king, he followed Saivism and built 70 Maadakovils, temples with elevated structure where elephants cannot reach the sanctum, in the Chola empire. It is believed that this is one of the temple built by him.
The Temple is located at about 100 meters from Pallavarayan Pettai Bus Stop, 1.5 Kms from Parimala Ranganathar Temple Divyadesam, 1.5 Kms from Needur Railway Station, 2.5 Kms from Mayiladuthurai, 4 Kms from Mayiladuthurai Railway Junction, 122 Kms from Trichy and Trichy Airport. Nearest Railway Station is located at Needur and Mayiladuthurai. Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.

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