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Tirukkurukkai (திருக்குருக்கி)

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Tirukkurukkai (திருக்குருக்கி)
Primary Deity: Veeratteswara (விரட்டெஸ்வர, யொகெஸ்வர, , கம அன்க னஸக)
also known as Yogeswara, Kama Anga Nasaka
Consorts: Gnana Ambika (க்னன அம்பிக)

Travel base, Address references
Located at: Tirukkurukkai
Near: Mayiladuturai
Travelbase: Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, India

– 8 KMs North East (Approx.) from Mayiladuturai

Shrines in & around

Related temples
– Tiru Anniyur, Agneeswara

Legends and Notes
– Tirukkurukkai is associated here with the destruction of Manmathan by Shiva. Various towns around here bear names of incidents connected with Manmathan’s tryst with Shiva. Eg. Kaalvalaimedu, Kanganamputhur, Vedanallur, Villiyanallur

– The Pazhavaaru river to the north of this town is known as Gnaana Theertham, as it is believed that the tears of joy that flowed out of Shiva in a state of meditation merged with this river

– Shiva is said to have been in a state of meditation under the Kadukkai tree after the destruction of the vain Daksha’s yaagam, hence the name Yogeeswara

– After the slaying of Kaama, he is said to have brought him back to life – in flesh and blood for thesake of Rathi, and in a formless state for others, hence the name Kama Anga Naasan

– A rishi by name Deergavahu performed the ritual of visiting several Saivite shrines, invoking the Ganges through Yogic powers & offering the waters to Shiva; It is said that his arms shrunk as he did the same here, hence Tirukkurukkai

– This is one of the 8 Veeratta Stalams Tiruvatikai, Tirukkurukkai, Tirukkadavur, Tiruvazhuvur, Tirukkovalur, Tiruppariyalur, Tirukkandiyur and Tiruvirkudi of Shiva

Other Information
This temple is considered to be Siva Sthalam, Veeratta Stalams

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