Tamilnadu is located on the southern part of India. It is bounded by the Bay of Bengal on the east, and by Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh states on the other three sides.
|Location of the temple||Lord Shiva known as|
|1.||Tirunelvayil Arathurai||Arathurai Nathar|
|2.||Pennagadam (Thoongaanai Maadam)||Sudarkozhundeesar|
The present day Villupuram, Cuddalore, Tiruvannamalai districts of Tamilnadu were part of the region referred to as Nadu Naadu during the days when the Teveram Hymns were sung by the Nayanmars.
|Districtwise location of the temples|
|Cuddalore District||Tirumudukundram (Viruddhachalam), Tirunelvayil Arathurai, Pennagadam (Thoongaanai Maadam), Tirukkoodalaiyatrur, Erukkattampuliyur, TiruthinaiNagar, Tiruchopuram, Tiruvathigai, Tirumaanikuzhi, Tiruppadiripuliyur,|
|Villupuram District||Tirunaavalur, Tirunelvennai, Tirukkovilur, TiruAraiyaninallur, Tiruvidaiyaru, Tiruvennainallur, Tiruthuraiyur, Tirumundeeswaram, Puravar Panankattur, Tiru Aamaathur|
According to legend, a Chola king named Musukuntha obtained a boon from Indra (a celestial deity) and wished to receive the image of Thyagaraja Swamy worshipped by Indra. Indra, not willing to give the image being worshipped by him, tried to misguide the king and had six other images made and asked Musukuntha to choose what he wanted. But the king chose the right image and Lord Indira gave the original and 6 other Thyagarajar images to the king. The kind installed the original image at Tiruvarur and the other six images were installed in ThiruNallaaru, Nagapattinam, Tirukarayil, Tirukolili, Thiruvaaimur and Tirumaraikadu. These 7 temples are collectively referred as Saptha Vidanga Sthalangal.