Lord Shiva

In the Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva is the Destroyer and the most important one in the Holy Trinity, the other two being Brahma the Creator and Vishnu the Protector. Lord Shiva has always fascinated his followers by his unique appearance: he has not two but three eyes, has ash smeared all over his body, has snakes coiled up around his head and arms, wears tiger and elephant skin, leads a wild life in the cremation grounds far removed from social pretenses, and is known for his proverbial anger.

Lord Vishnu

He has four arms and is male: The four arms indicate his all-powerful and all-pervasive nature. His physical existence is represented by the two arms in the front, while the two arms at the back represent his presence in the spiritual world. The Upanishad Gopal Uttartapani describes the four arms. Title has been given since some of these facts may be shocking for someone, soothing for devotees and interesting for others. Some of these facts may be known to someone but unknown to other.

Lord Brahma

In Hinduism, Lord Brahma is the first god of the Trinity (Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh). He is the creator of the universe. But, he is not worshipped as Lord Vishnu and Shiva. There is only one temple dedicated to him, which is the Pushkar temple of Rajasthan. And many temples are dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva. There is no corner of India where there are no temples of Vishnu and Shiva.

Sarvanga Sundari – Sarguneshvarar Temple – Karuvili

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About Temple:

Shiva: Sarguna Natheswarar
Ambal:Sarvanga Sundari
Patikam : Appar
Travel Base: Kumbakonam

Description: This Shivastalam located in the vicinity of Tirunallam (Konerirajapuram) and Tiruvanniyur, near Tiruveezhimizhalai, 10 km east of Naachiyaar Koyil and located at a distance of 25 Kms by road from Kumbakonam. Karuvili Kottittai is considered to be the 63rd in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located south of the river Kaveri.

Legend has it that Indra, the Devas, and a king by name Sargunan worshipped here. The Tirunallam Shivastalam houses a temple to Uma Maheswarar, which dates back to the period of the Chola queen Sembiyan Mahadevi.

This is an east facing temple with a separate enclosure for the Ambal shrine. The images of Nartana Ganapati, Dakshinamurthy, Ardhanareeswara and Bhairavar adorning the niches are of great workmanship.

Travel by Kumbakonam – Natchiar Kovil – Eravancheri – Karuvili road and reach a village called Koonthalur. Another sivasthalam Tiruvanniyur is situated at a distance of 4 Kms from here in the north-east direction.


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