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108 Dhivya Desam - Thiruvazhundur

Location : Thiruvazhundur (Therezhudhur)
Perumaal : Devadirajan, Aamaruviappan
Thaayaar : Senkamalavalli
Theertham : Darshana Pushkarini

Paasuram : Thirumangai
Vimaanam : Garuda Vimanam
Travel Base : Thanjavur

Description: This Dhivya Desam, known as the Aamaruviyappan temple, is located near Mayiladuturai and is one of the five shrines sacred to Krishna. Also located in this village is the Thiruvazhundur Shivastalam, connected with the legend of Shivas marriage with Parvati, the daughter of Bharata Muni. Thiruvazhundur is the birthplace of Kambar, the author of Ramayanam in Tamizh.

Deities: The Moolavar here is Devadirajan in a standing posture facing east. To his right is Prahladan and to his left, Garudan. Kaveri is portrayed worshipping Perumaal in the sanctum. The Utsavar is Aamaruviyappan portrayed as one grazing cattle. Thaayaar here is Senkamalavalli.

The Temple: Images of Lakshmi on the vimanam crowning this shrine, are of great beauty. The temple tank is located across the entrance. Images of Kamban and his wife are seen in the temple. Other shrines here include those to Rama, Hanumar, Vasudevar, the Azhwars and the Acharyas.

Legend has it that Bhrama caused the herds of cattle being grazed by Krishna to disappear and that Krishna caused another herd to be created, upon which Bhrama apologized to Krishna, and requested him to take abode at Thiruvazhundur. The charriot of a King by name Oordvaradan is said to have gotten stuck in this town and hence the name Terazhundur.

Festivals: The annual festival is celebrated in the month of Vaikasi. The Kamban festival is celebrated for 3 days in the month of Pankuni.