Temples in the Thanjvaur region

Last updated: 2nd Sep 2017

Routes and Places Covered:

  • In and Around Thanjavur town
  • Thanjavur – Thiruvaiyaru
  • Thiruvaiyaru
  • Thiruvaiyaru – Kabistalam (Kumbakonam)
  • Kandiyur – Ayyampet
  • Thanjavur – Papanasam (Kumbakonam)
  • Thanjavur – Melattur
  • Thiruvaiyaru – Thirukkattupalli (Kallanai)
  • Thirukkandiyur – Thirukkattuppalli
  • Around Thirukkattupalli
  • Thanjavur – Needamangalam (Thiruvarur)
  • Ammapet – Avoor
  • Needamangalam – Mannargudi
  • Thanjavur – Mannargudi
  • Thanjavur – Orathanadu – Pattukottai
  • Pattukottai – Gandharvakottai
  • Thanjavur – Trichy
  • Mannargudi – Pattukottai

All the temples in this directory have been marked out in this map:

Within Thanjavur town

Thanjavur is synonymous with Thanjavur painting and the Brahadeeswarar temple

Sri Brahadeeswara Temple or The Big Temple

Main deities: Lord Bragadeeswarar as a huge linga with Periya Nayaki amman

Note: Whatever one writes about this temple, it will fall short and so only a few highlights are given.

The temple and its Significances:

  • Simply, THE icon of the Chola dynasty and their architecture
  • The temple was built by the the order of great Chola emperor Raja Raja I in 11 th Century AD
  • Everything in this temple is huge, the Linga, the Vimanam, the crown of the vimanam, the Nandhi – all are the biggest and tallest of South India.
  • The outer wall measures 240 mts x 120 mts.
  • The main deity Brahadeeswarar in linga form, made of single stone, is huge, measuring a hieght of 4 meters and a diameter of 4.5 meters. The Lingam was brought from the shores of Narmadha River
  • The Nandhi, made of single stone, is also huge measuring 3.66 meters tall and measures about 25 tons. This is the second biggest Nandhi in India. On the ceiling of the Nandhi Mandapam, are colorful frescoes of many centuries old and still maintain their magnificence.
  • This temple is unique to have the tallest tower of its kind over the sanctum sanctorum with a height of 60.96m. The fact that just the crown of the vimanam, the bulbous structure on the top alone, weighs 81.284 tonnes and is of single stone can reveal the grandeur nature of the temple. Rajaraja-I a great devotee of Lord Shiva called the Sri Vimana as Maha Meru or South Kailash. The scene of Lord Shiva in Kailash has been sculpted in a grand scale in the vimanam when you face the temple.
  • The entire temple structure is made of hard granite stones, hardly available in Thanjavur area, where the temple is located.
  • No mortar was used in the complete construction and only granite stones perfectly aligned one over the other.
  • The names of every single individual who participated in this divine work, right from lower most to the top most level have been inscribed in various stones.
  • The diagonals of the sanctum sanctorum and the corners of the outer wall are perfectly aligned.
  • Temple is surrounded by moat.
  • The walls of the sanctum are covered, with the wall paintings of Chola and Nayak periods.
  • There are later additions of various sub shrines like Ganapathi and Subramanya shrines, mandapams like Nandhi mandapa and paintings from Nayak and Maratta Kings.

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Sri Rajagopalaswami \ Bagalamukhi Kali \ Shivendra Temple  at North Street

The temple is known in different names for different deities at various times as Kali Temple, Chakrathazhwar temple, Rajagopla Swamy temple, Shivendra temple etc., This was built by Nayaka kings, patronized by Marathas and recently renovated.

Bagalamukhi Kali shrine:
It is believed that a Maratha queen wanted to conduct a yagna to drive off the British; hence a lot of idols got installed in this temple in a hurry. Baglamukhi Kali is the main deity in the shrine. She is in ferocious form with eight arms. This particular shrine is full of idols and most of them are 6 feet to 9 feet high. This is possibly the only shrine to find such gigantic images together in a single shrine.

Sudharshana shrine:
This shrine has a big idol of Sudarshana (Chakrathalwar) who is found along with His two consorts on either side. It is rare to find a temple having Sudarshana as the main deity and that too with two consorts. It is considered to be the first of the five Sudharsana Alwar temples of Tamilnadu. The others being Thirumogur near Madurai; Srirangam, Trichy; Thirukkandiyur, Tanjore and Chakrathazhwar, Kumbakonam. The Nayakas who constructed this shrine named it as Rajagopala Swamy temple but there is no records on whereabouts of the original deity Madana Gopala.

Shivendra shrine:
Shivendra is a Maratha deity. He is a form of Lord Shiva; however like Maha Vishnu he carries conch and discus possessing Vishnu’s amsha. He is in the sitting posture and has four arms. On His either sides Parvati and Ganga are found in the sitting posture. There are totally eight sets of Shivendra idols in different sizes found in this shrine. Two sets of idols are very large in size. One Shivendra idol is found only with Parvati; all the remaining seven idols are found along with two consorts. One Shivendra has third eye on his forehead.

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Sri Moolai Anjaneyar / Sri Pratapa Veera Anjaneyar Temple
The temple is located at the junction of North and West Raja Streets
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Sri Bangaru Kamashi Amman temple at West Raja Street

Bangaru means pure gold. She was in Kanchi as uthsava Vighraha and taken to Thanjavur due to political problems during the Muslim rule in the year 1786. The temple is being managed by the the Kanchi Kaamakoti mutt Peetathibathis as the Dharma Kartha, though it comes under the endowment board of Tamil nadu.
The great Carnatic musician Shyama Sasthrigal is the first son of the Archakar of the Bangaru Kamakshi and he himself became the archakar afterwards.  Is it a little wonder then that Shyama sastrigal composed such devotional hymns on this beautiful Goddess? He used to coverse mutually with the Goddess regularly. On such occassions, Shyama sastrigal would start composing songs extempore! One such composing addressed the deity thus “Kamakshi Bangaru Kamakshi nanu brovave” meaning “O Kamakshi Bangaru Kamakshi! please protect me!”
The Temple:
The speciality of this temple is the priests conduct six kala puja daily without fail.
The temple uses Sadaari like the Vaishnava temples.
The garlands which are received from the devotees are taken out in the morning and evenings only and during the day She wears all the garlands offered by the devotees and on no account they are removed in the intervening period – A great gesture of the divine towards the devotees heard of only in this temple!
Maha Periyavaal used to start the Vyasa puja at Kaanchi only after receiving the prasad of Her from Thanjavur.

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Sri Navaneetha Krishna temple

This is located adjacent to the Bangaru Kamakshi amman temple. Sri Navaneetha Krishnan is present Rukmini Sathyabhama and Kodhai. It is also a peaceful temple

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Sri Ramar Temple at West Raja Street

This is also close to Bangaru Kamakshi amman temple

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Sri Konganeswarar temple at West Raja Street
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Sri Sankara Narayana Swamy Temple at West Raja Street
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Thanneer panthal alias Sri KrishnaMutt (Uttaradhi mutt)

The mutt is located on the Northern bank of Ayyan kulam, a big and beautiful tank in the middle of the town
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Sri Venkatesa Perumal Temple
The temple is located right at the centre of the town within the four Raja streets.
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Sri Anjaneya Swamy Temple at Naalu Kal Mandapam
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Sri Mangala Nayahi sametha Sri Manikarneswarar Temple at East Raja Street
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Sri Vallaba Vinayagar Temple and Vellai Pillaiyar Temple at Keezha vassal
Both are adjacent to each other
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Sri Nishumbasudini Temple

Vijayalaya Chola captured Thanjavur from the Mutharayars and moved his capital to the new city. He lived at a time when military prowess was most important for the king and consequently Kali became an important Goddess. On the North entrance of the fort, he installed an image of Nishumbasudini, Kali killing the demon Nishumbhan. The temple can easily be mistaken for one of the many roadside temples that dot any city in India. Looking at the six feet image however, there is no doubt of the Chola vintage.
The clue for this temple comes from the Thiruvalangadu copper plates of his installing a temple for Nishumbasudini.
Scholars debate on the location of the temple — some believe it is this one in the Potters’ Lane; others believe it is the Kali temple at Poomal Rowther’s lane. Though this temple is simple, the image is a striking one. Layers of oil cannot obscure the frightening visage of eight hands holding various weapons, one which is goring the asura to death. If the image was meant to inspire warriors to fight for their king, it certainly would have.

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Other places:

Thanjavur Palace Complex

Thanjavur Palace

The Palace, on the East main street is a series of large and rambling buildings of fine masonry, built partly by the Nayaks (1532-1675 AD) and partly by the Marathas (1676-1855 AD).

Saraswathi Mahal Library

This library, established around 1700 AD, has one of the most important oriental manuscripts collections, in India. The library contains a collection of over 44,000 manuscripts in palm leaves and paper, mostly in Sanskrit; and more than 4,500 foreign books which bear the scholarking’s autographs. The Tamil works includes treatises on medicine, and commentaries on works from the Sangam period.
A Museum is located in the Library building to reveal the importance of the Library to the Public. This Museum is small but organised into sections highlighting ancient Manuscripts, Illustrated Manuscripts, Printed copies of the Original Drawings, Atlases, Thanjavur- style Paper Paintings, Canvass Paintings, Wooden Paintings, Glass paintings, Portraits of the Thanjavur Maratha kings, and the Physiognomy charts of Charles Le-Brun. These materials give an idea of the total variety in the vast collection within the Library.

Bunk Anjaneya Swamy Temple is located inside the Fort Complex


The eight-storey victory tower here was built by the Maratha King Serfoji in the year 1814 to commemorate the victory of the British over Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo. The name
“Manora” is derived from the word minaret (small minar).

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Sivaganga Garden

A nice garden with a mini zoo located near the Brahadeeswarar temple and a good place to spend with the kids

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Thanjavur Paintings

Thanjavur is famous for a special style of decorating the paintings which were done both on glass and board. In both types, the figures and the background are richly embellished with gold leaf and gems as ornaments. The relief work on board is achieved by applying gesso, a mixture of gypsum or plaster of Paris and glue. Krishna in various poses has been the main theme, but there are also paintings of all the other Gods and Saints.

Around Thanjavur town

DD020 – A trio of Divya desa temples at Maamani kovil

Location: 4 kms from Thanjavur on the shore of Vennaaru river.

This Divya desam is a cluster of 3 temples together within close proximity.
Since all the three Lords are done mangalaasaanam as single temple by aazhwaars, the three temples together are taken as single Divya desam.
Markendya had the dharshan of all the three places.
Rama teertham is common for all the three temples.

DD020a – Sri Neelamega Perumal / Veera Narasimhar Temple

Main Deities: Neelamega Perumal in sitting posture with Senkamalavalli thayar

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DD020b – Sri Manikkundra Perumal Temple at Manikundram

Main Deities: Manikundra perumal in sitting posture with Ambujavalli thayar

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DD020c – Sri Narasimha Perumal temple at Tanjayali nagar

Main Deities: Narasihmar with Tanjay nayaki.
Legend: Tanjaga elephant was killed by Narashima and to fulfill the wish of Tangajan the Lord stayed here to bless the devotees. Hence the name of the town also as Tanjai.

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Sri Thanja pureeswarar / Gubera pureeswarar Temple

The temple is present on the bank of Vennar river just opposite the Maamani koil Divya desam. Alahai, Alahapuri are the historical names.
A Thevara Vaippu Sthalam
Main deities: Thanjapureeswarar as a Swayambu lingam facing West with Anandhavalli amman.
It is said that Guberan took birth as a trader and maintained many Shiva temples around. Guberan’s sculptor is present in a pillar just opposite the main shrine.
Sri Mahalakshmi occupies Her place near Gubera as Dhanalakshmi and Dairya Lakshmi.

Sthala Vruksham: Vilvam
Theertham: Vennar river, Sivaganagai theetham

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Sri Kodiamman Temple
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Sri Krishnan Temple
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Sri Vasishteswarar Temple at Karunthattankudi

A Thevara Vaippu Sthalam

Main deities: Sri Vasishteswarar with Periya nayahi amman
Two Gopurams adorn the front and the rear entrances to the temple, which has 2 prakarams and a wealth of sculptural work.
The Adhrnareeswarar image in the niche of the sanctum shows Parvathi devi constituting the right half of Shiva, in contrast to the norm, where She occupies His left.
Karikal Cholan is believed to have been associated with this temple.
The temple has inscriptions from the period of Uttama Cholan and his mother Sembiyan Mahadevi.
The niche images here include that of Sambandar, Natarajar, Appar, Bhikshatanar, Vinayakar, Dakshinamurthy, Agastyar, Ardhanareeswarar, Lingodbhavar, Kankalamurthy, Kalyanasundarar, Veenadhara Dakshinamurthy, Kalarimurthy, Bhikshatanar, Durga and Subramaniyar.
Six worship services are carried out each day.

Vasishtar’s marriage with Arundhathi is celebrated in the month of Vaikasi in the Rohini asterism. The annual Bhrammotsavam is celebrated in the month of Vaikasi (Taurus), where the chariot procession happens on the 9th day, and the glass palanquin Saptastana festival occurs on the 12th day. The Saptastanams here are Tenkudittittai, Vennaaru, Tanjaipureeswarar, Kudalur, Kadapadappai, Punnainallur and Poomalai Naaganathar.

Sthala Vruksham: Vanni

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Sri Ragavendra Swami Brindavanam at Vadavaru bank

Location: Around 2 kms from the Old Bus stand.

Though Sri Raghavendhra Swamigal is a Madhwa saint, his important life events were in Tamilnadu:
He was born in Bhuvanagiri near Chidambaram
He spent his Gurukula and married life at Kumbakonam Solaiyappan street mutt
He took Sanyasa Ashrama (without the knowledge of his wfe) right here at this place!

It is said that the Brindavanam is being protected by a five headed serpent below His Peeta.
A must visit place for Sri Raghavendhra devotees.

Note: Pls check the dharshan timing since it was not open when I went on a Thursday evening.

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Sri Ugra Kaliamman temple
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Sri Veerabhadra temple
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Sri Subramaniyar temple at Pookara street
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Sri Vinayagar temple at Yagappa nagar
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Sri Aadhi Mariamman temple

Location: The temple is located near Vadavaru railway gate on the way to Thanjavur-Nagapattinam bypass.

The Rajagopuram is 60 feet high.
Aadhi Mariammand and Lord Shiva are present here and this is one of the rare places where Mariamman worshipped Lord Shiva.

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Location: Around 4 Kms from the town

1) Mariamman Koil

Apart from the Brahadeeswarar temple, this is the second most popular temple of Thanjavur.
The deity was installed by the Saint/ Composer Nerur Sadhasiva Brahmmendhrar.
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2) Sri Kothanda Ramar Temple
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3) Shiva temple
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Shri Thaanthondri Amman temple at Vaagaiyur
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Thanjavur – Thiruvaiyaru


Location: 10 kms NorthWest of Thanjavur.
Name: Lord Siva removed the 5th head of Brahmma and so the place is called as Kandiyurr veerattam.
The place has both Vaishnava Divya desam and Shaiva Thevara Paadal opetra sthalam

1) DD007 – Sri Harasabha Vimosana Perumal Temple (Divya Desam)

One of the 108 Divya desams
One of the rare temples where separate Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva shrines are present

Main Deities: Harasapa vimochana perumal in standing posture facing East with Kamalavalli thayar; Utsavar is Kamalanadhan.
Agamam: Vaihasanam
Once both Shiva and Brahmma had 5 heads. One day Parvati (Shiva’s wife) coming out of her pooja mistook Brahmma (because of his 5 heads) for her husband and began serving him by washing his legs. Brahmma became arrogant because he too had 5 heads as Shiva. A furious Shiva his 5 heads was the reason for this confusion and arrogance and so took off the middle head of Brahmma with his hand. Unfortunately, the 5th head of Brahmma stuck to his hand.Shiva went around all the places to find salvation from the curse by begging for food, with Brahmma’s skull as the begging vessel. Every time someone filled the vessel with food, it vanished immediately, to Shiva’s horror.
Finally on reaching Uttamar Koil, Goddess Lakshmi filled the vessel with food ending Shiva’s hunger. However, to Shiva’s dismay, Brahmma’s skull still lay fixed on his hand.Vishnu answered Shiva’s prayer for salvation, and asked him to bathe at Kandiyur. It is believed that Shiva prayed to Goddess Kamalavalli and Vishnu at Kandiyur and attained salvation from Lord Kamalanathan here.
Legend has it that because Shiva got cleansed of his curse, the deity here is called ‘Hara Saabha Vimosana Perumal’ (Hara is another name of Shiva). Being the place where Shiva himself got salvation from his curse, it is believed that all our curses will go away if one visits this temple.
Thirumangai Azhvaar has done the Mangala Sasanam.
The temple is considered to be constructed by Mahabali Chakravarthi.
This is also known as the Pancha Kamala Kshetram because of Lord Kamalanathan, Goddess Kamalavalli, Kamala Pushkarani, Kamala Vimaanam and Kamala Kshetram.

Theertham: Kapalamoksha pushkarani, Kamala theertham, Kapala theertham & Kudamurutti river
Temple Timing: 8 am to 12 noon and 4:30 pm to 8 pm
Contact: Sriram Bhattachar @ 98653 02750

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SCN012 – Sri Brahmasira Kandeeswarar Temple

One of the 276 Thevara Paadal petra sthalams
One of the Sapthasthana sthalams
One of the eight Veeratta sthalams

Main Deities: Veerattaneswarar with Mangalambigai facing South.
The temple facing west is considered similar to Kalahasthi as The Lord gave dharshan to a saint who used to visit Sri Kalahasthi regularly on Pradosham days.
Upon the request of the Devas, Lord Shiva removed the fifth head of Brahma, because of which Brahma was causing great misery to others.
Sambandar and Appar have sung Thevaram Hymns on the main deity.
Arunagirinathar has sung about Lord Murugan.
Lord Muruga is present with the japamalai in the right hand vajra sakthi in the left hand.
A big idol of Brahma seated along with Saraswathi is present in the praharam.

Theertham: Kapala daksha brahama pathala ganga.
Sthala vruksham: Vilvam

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1) Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple
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2) Sri Kasi Viswanathar temple
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Thiruvaiyaru, located 10 kms North of Thanjavur, got the name because five (Ainthu in tamil) rivers (aaru) join here.
Thiruvaiyaru is highly popular for Saint Thyagaraja and the annual Aradhanai festival for him, the Spatha sthana festival, the Ayyarappar temple and the Thingalore Navagraha Chandra Parihara sthalam but there are so many equally important Thevara paadal petra stalams and Vishnu temples which have not yet been brought under limelight. For example there is one temple at Veerasingampettai where there are 276 Bana lingams in one place and the one at Thiruvedhikkudi has 108 lingams. Huge crowd come to see Thingalur, the Chandra Parihara sthalam under “Navagraha Tour” are not aware of the great significance of the Thirupazhanam temple though they need to pass through it. Poojas at most of these places, once done for four times in a day have been reduced to only once because of poor patronage. The patronage of these temples is needed so that even the one “kala” puja is not stopped at any cost. Of course, this is the least we can do and it is our duty too.

Saptha sthana festival

When Lord Panchanatheeswara of Thiruvaiyaru decided to conduct the marriage between Nandhi devar and Swayasambihai at Thirumanappadi nearby on the Punarpoosa day of the tamil month Panguni, He selected many places around to prepare things for the marriage. He selected

  • Thiruvedhikkudi to get the Vedic Brahmins
  • Thiruppazhanam to get fruits
  • Thiruchotruthurai to arrange food
  • Thirukkandiyur for Kandi (ornaments)
  • Thiruppoonthuruthi for fruits and garlands
  • and Thiruneithanam (Thillai sthanam) to get ghee for homams

As a thanks giving gesture, Lord Panchanatheeswara along with His ambal Dharmasamvardhani, decorated in a Palanquin, visits all these places along with His newly wedded couple, Nandhikeswara and Suyasambika. The deities of the six places welcome them and join them in the procession and go upto Thillai sthanam and return to their respective places on the next day. It’s a marvelous festival that should be witnessed atleast once in a lifetime and only the blessed people will get a chance for that.

Thyagabrahmam Samadhi

Thiruvaiyaru is the birth place of Saint Sri Thyagaraja, one of the Sangeetha trimoorthies, born on 4-5-1767 and samadhi on 6-1-1847. With intense devotion of Lord Rama, his compositions are mainly on Him only. On his Samadhi day, Thyagaraja aradhana takes place in a grand manner at his Samadhi on the bank of Cauvery. On that day, all musicians, from learners to highly popular ones, pay their tribute to him by singing together his pancha rathna krities and thereafter his compositions individually.

Note: The house where he lived is nearby and visited by the devotees.

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NCN 051 – Sri Ayyarappan Temple at Thiruvaiyaru

One of the 276 Thevara Paadal petra sthalams
First of the Saptha sthana sthalams
Known as Dakshina Kailasam, the equivalent of Kailasam
Considered equal to Kasi.

Main Deities: Ayyarappar, Panchanadeeswarar as swyambhu linga with Aram valartha nayaki, Dharma Samvardhini Ambal.


  • When a Sivacharyar was late to perform pooja after his Kasi yathra, Lord Shiva in the disguise of a Sivacharyar performed pooja for Himself over here.
  • Lord Shiva rewarded a box with Nandi devar inside as a child to Silaatha muni for his penance in the place where he performed the yagna. Swayamprahasai, Vyahapadhar’s daughter, got married to Nandi at this place.
  • Nandhi devar chanted seven crores rudhra japam in the Jappesa mandapam and got bathed by Lord Shiva. It became 5 theerthams and thus became Thiruvaiyaru.
  • Agasthyar is said to have obtained his dwarfed physical stature here.
  • Ambal is said to have worshipped Shiva with two measures of grains.
  • Shiva, in the form of a column of light, redeemed a devotee by name Sucharitan from untimely death.
  • When Appar peruman was on his trek to Kailasam a divine intervention is said to have miraculously transported him to Thiruvaiyaru, the equivalent of Kailasam and blessed with the Kailaya dharshan.
  • When Sundarar and Seraman nayanar came here to worship Lord, there was a heavy flood in the Cauvery. When Sundarar sang the hymn, flood gave way for them.
  • Sundarar, Appar and Sambandar have sung hyms in praise of Lord over here.
  • Arunagiri nathar sung on Lord Muruga of this place.

There are 3 temples inside – Ayyarappar temple, South Kailaya temple, and Olohamadevichuram.
Circumambulation of the main shrine is allowed only for half round since it is considered that Lord Shiva’s is holy hair is spread over the back of the main shrine.
The Subramanya murthi along with His consorts is carved out in a single stone.
Nandhi devar marriage festival is highly popular
The annual Brahmotsavam is celebrated in the Tamil month of Chittirai
The float festival is celebrated on Aavani Moolam
The Appar festival is celebrated in the month of Aadi.

Theertham: Surya teertham 7 pancha theertham, Cauvery.
Sthala vruksham: vilvam

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Around Thiruvaiyaru

Thiru Perumbuliyur

1) NCN053 – Sri Vyagrapureeswarar Temple

Location: 3 kms NorthWest of Thiruvaiyaru

One of the 276 thevara Paadal petra sthalams

Main Deity: Vyagya pureeswarar as Swayambu lingam with Sowndra nayaki amman.
Worshiped by the tiger legged Sage Vygrapathar
The main deity is sung by Thirugnanasambandar and Lord Muruga by Arungirinathar.
Theertham: Kollidam

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2) Sri Sundararaja Perumal Temple
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Thiruvaiyaru – Ganapathi Agraharam (Kumbakonam)

The path once Lord Shiva walked through:

According to Kumudam Jyothidam Sri A.M.Rajagopalan, when Lord Shiva landed in Thiruvaiyaru, the South Kailasam, with all His parivaras, He left everyone at different places and went alone to Swamimalai to hear the Pranava manthra from His son Lord Murugan. He left

to proceed alone to Swamimalai. To worship all these temples along the path from Thiruvaiyaru to Swamimalai that Lord Shiva once walked through is considered highly sacred.

Sri Kailasanathar temple at Thingalore (Navagraha Chandran Parihara sthalam)

Location: 12 km from Thanjavur or 2 kms from Thiruvaiyaru.

Navagraha Chandran Parihara sthalam

Main deities: Kailasa nathar as swayambu lingam with Periya nayahi amman.
Moon worshipped the Lord in this place and hence the name Thingalore (Thingal in tamil means moon).
This is the birth place of Apputhi adigal.
When Saint Appar visited the nearby Thiruppazhanam temple, he was curious to see that the devotees were supplied with drinking water in a place named after him as “Thirunaavukkarasar Thanneer Pandhal”, He wondered who was doing this service in his name as he knew nobody there. He was told that it was the work of Appoodhi Adigal, a staunch Shiva bhaktha who held Appar in high esteem after he came to know all that happened in Thiruvadhigai. On hearing more about Appoodhi Adigal, Appar visited this place at Thingalur. Appoothi adigal’s Thanneer panthal is still present in a small mandapam near the Muniandavar temple in the main road.
Later Appar saved Appoodhi Adigal’s son from snake bite by invoking the Lord’s blessings through his Thevara hymns.
On Panguni uthiram day sun light falls on the main diety in the morning, and on the next fullmoon, moon light falls on deity.
As this is a Chandran parihara sthalams, people with Chandra dosham come here, take bath in the Chandra theertham in front of the temple and do the pariharam to the moon God.
Inside the temple there are sculptures of Appoothi adigal, his wife and sons are present.
Appar and Sundarar have sung hymns of this Lord.

Theertham: Chandra pushkarani.
Contact: 04362 – 262499.

Note: People who come here during their Navagraha Tour miss the closeby Thirupazhanam, another important sacred Thevara Paadal petra Shiva temple. So don’t miss it.

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Location: 4 kms from Thiruvyaru; 2 kms from the Thingalur Chandran temple on the Thiruvaiyaru-Kumbakonam main road itself.

1) NCN050 – Sri Aabath Sahayeswarar temple

One of the 276 thevara Paadal petra sthalams
One of the seven Saptha sthana sthalams

Main Deities: Aabath sahayar as Swayambu Lingam with Perai Nayaki amman.
This was called Prayanapuri in Sanskrit.
When Yama was chasing a brahmin boy, he surrendered to Lord Shiva and got rescued by the Lord; hence the name Aabath sahayeswarar.
Moon is said to have worshipped Shiva here.
Sambandar and Appar have sung Thevara hymns on this murthi.
Ambal shrine is in the outer prakaram.
Swami vimanam, constructed of granite is a delight to watch. Even the sculptures in this vimanam are made of granite.

Sthala Vruksham: Kadhali (one variety of banana) & Vilvam.
Theertham: Cauveri river.

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2) Sri Karaimel Azhagar Temple
Very close to the main temple in the midst of green fields in a beautiful location
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Sri Bairavar Temple at Vairavanpatti
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Sri Kalyana Sastha temple at Eachangudi

Since Lord Shiva showed dharshan to Pandavas during the 12 years of exile, the place is called Easan kudi,

This is the native place of the maternal grandfather of Kanchi Maha Periyavar and so he lived with his mother here till the age of 5 and had dharshan in this temple many times. There is also a Vedhapadasala functioning now in the name of Sri Mahalakshmi ammal, the mother of Kanchi Maha Periyavar.
The temple is more than 1000 years old and per legend, the Ayyanar of this temple saved the villagers from the Cauvery floods once and hence is called Sri Udaippu Katha Ayyanar (ஸ்ரீ உடைப்பு  காத்த ஐயனார்). Since the Ayyanar gives wedding blesses, Kanchi Mahaperiayavr named Him appropriately as Kalyana Sastha and hence is being called as Kalyana Sastha nowadays.
The Dharma sastha is giving dharshan with His consorts Poorna and Pushkala and along with His Parivara deities, Karuppa Swamy and Selliamman,

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Sri Murugan Temple at Someswarapuram
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Sri Vajrakandeeswarar Temple at Veeramangudi

All the Navagrahas are present with their consorts
Mangalambihai is the Ambal’s name
Varadharaja Perumal is present in a separate shrine

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Sri Muthumariamman temple at Manalur
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Further temples on the Ganapthi Agraharam – Swamimalai – Kumbakonam route are covered under Around Kumbakonam – 1 directory

Kandiyur – Ayyampet


Location: 3 kms East of Thirukkandiyur

1) Sri Aadhi Vaithyanathaswami Temple

As a rare feature, there are 276 Bana Lingams at one place in the prakaram each representing a Shiva sthalam. By visiting this, we get the benefit of visiting all the 276 sthalams. There is a mahavilva tree with 16 leaves in each branch. The temple is in a good shape but has not yet come to limelight. Another special feature being that Goddess and the main Shiva lingam are in single panipattam.

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2) Sri Mariamman temple
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SCN014 – Sri Vedhapureeswarar Temple at Thiruvedhikkudi

Location: 1 km South of Veerasingampettai

One of the 276 Thevara Paadal petra sthalams
One of the Saptha sthana sthalams
The prakaram houses 108 Shivalingas.

Main deities: Sri Vedapureeswarar, Sri Vaazhaimadunaathar with Sri Mangayarkarasi ambal.
Brahma and the Vedas are said to have worshipped Shiva here, hence the name Vedikkudi.
Ganapathi in the name of Vedappillayar at the entrance of the Sanctum is in a unique posture as He is keenly watching the Mantras pronounced by the Vedas. His head is slightly tilted, indicating He is listening to the Vedas.
This is considered as a good parihara sthalam to be a good family since Thirugnanasambandar has mentioned about girls getting married with good boys in his Hymn. Many people who want their wards to get married and the couples with misunderstandings and separation visit the Shrine to submit their prayers before the Lord.
Sambandar and Appar composed the Pathigam.
It is observed that the rays of the sun illuminate the sanctum for 3 days from the 13th day of the Tamil month of Panguni.
The annual Brahmotsavam falls in the Tamil month of Chittirai.

Note: The temple is under renovation and requires contribution from the devotees.

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SCN013 – Sri Odhanavaneswarar Temple at Thiruchotrututhurai

Location: Around 5 kms North East of ThirukAndiyoor 1 km from Veerasingampettai.

One of the 276 Thevara Paadal petra sthalams
One of the Saptha sthana sthalams

Main deities: Sri Odhanavaneswarar, Oppillachelvar, Chottru Thurai Nather, Tholaya Selva nathar with Sri Annapoorani ambal, Oppilla Ammai
Gowthama, Indhra and Surya worshiped Shiva.
Shiva and Ambal are said to have provided a number of devotees with food, with rice that grew in the paddy fields closeby and gained the name Annam Padaitta Vayal. Shiva is also referred to as “Sorudaiyan”, and this shrine Annavatarastalam.
Sambandar, Appar and Sundarar composed the Pathigam.
Arunagirinathar has sung Thirupugazh on Lord Muruga of this place.
The temple is a big one and maintained well.
During “Sapthasthana festival, Lord Panchanatheeswara visits this place around noon. The devotees who follow the palanquin are fed here.

Theertham: Surya Theertham

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Sri Oushathapureeswarar Temple at Mathur
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Thanjavur – Papanasam (Kumbakonam)

Temples for Saptha mathas

There are 7 shrines associated with the Saptha matrikas around Ayyampettai / Pasupathi koil area in the Thanjavur – Papanasam (Kumbakonam) route and the temples are:

  • Thiruchchakkarappalli (Abhirami),
  • Arimangai (Maheswari),
  • Soolamangai (Kaumari),
  • Nandimangai (Vaishnavi),
  • Pasupatimangai (Varahi).
  • Thazhaimangai (Mahendri) and
  • Pullamangai (Chamundi)

1) SCN017 – Sri Chakravagaeswarar Temple at Thiruchchakkarappalli (Ayyampet) (Chakra mangai)

Location:  15 kms from Thanjavur on the Thanjavur – Kumbakonam route near Ayyampettai. This can also be reached from Thirukkandiyur and is about 10 kms from there.

One of the 276 Thevara Paadal petra sthalams
One of the seven Saptha matrika temples associated with Abhirami

Main deities: Alanturaiyeesar, Chakravageswarar and the Ambal Alliyamkothai, Devanayaki
Vishnu obtained his discus (Chakram) after worshipping Shiva here, hence the name Chakrapalli.
Indhra and his son Jayanta prayed to Shiva here
Appar composed the Pathigam.
The Temple:
The temple is under the control of Swamimalai Murugan Temple

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2) Sri Hari Muktheeswarar Temple at Ariyamangai (Harimangai)

Location: The Harimangai temple is located at 2 km from the Koyiladi bus stand near Ayyampettai.

One of the seven Saptha matrika temples associated with Maheswari

Main deities: Sri Hari Muktheeswarar with Sri Gnanambika ambal

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3) Sri Keerthivaageeswarar Temple at Soolmangalam (Soola mangai)

Location: The Soolamangai temple is located in Soolamangalam, around 1 k.m. from Ayyampettai.

One of the seven Saptha matrika temples associated with Kaumari

Main deities: Sri Keerthivaageeswarar with Sri Alankaravalli ambal
This temple is also home to a very special deity – Lord Sri Astra Deva – who makes divine weapons for all deities. Lord Astra Deva removes feelings of enmity from us. Worship at this very rare and very special shrine.

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4) Sri Jambukeswarar Temple at Nallicheri (Nandi mangai)

Location: The temple is located at Nallicheri on the road which branches left from the Aiyampettai – Thanjavur road past the Pasupathi Temple. It is near both Soolamangalam and Ayyampettai.

One of the seven Saptha matrika temples associated with Vaishnavi

Main deities: Sri Jambukeswarar with Sri Akhilandeswari Ambal
Waves of spiritual ecstasy roll over Lord Nandiswara, the divine vehicle of Lord Shiva, as Siva’s kazhal, the leg ornament brush Nandi’s sides. But Lord Nandishwar also longed for the touch of Shiva’s lotus feet on his body. So Nandeeswara conducted 1008 Pradosham poojas with utmost sincerity and devotion. As a result of this sincere puja, Lord Siva satisfied devoted Nandi’s longing at this Nandhimangai temple.

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5) SCN016 – Sri Pullamangai Alanthurainathar Temple at Vellala Pasupathi Koil (Thirpullamangai)

Location: The temple is located at Vellala Pasupathi Koil 1 k.m. West of from Pasupathi Koil bus stand.
(Not to be confused with other Pasupatheeswarar temple at Kallar Pasupathi koil at 0.5 km south of Pasupathi Koil bus stand)

One of the 276 Thevara Paadal petra sthalams
One of the seven Saptha matrika temples associated with Chamundi

Main deities: Sri Brahmapureeswarar, Alanturai Naathar, Pasupatheeswarar, Vadatheertha Nathar and the Ambal Alliyankothai, Soundara Nayaki

The place is historically known as Aalanthurai
Shiva is said to have consumed the poison that emanated from the churning of the milky ocean here – hence the name Aalanthurai.
It is also believed that Parvathi devi is said to have taken the form of a Chakravaha bird and worshipped Shiva here, hence the name Pullamangai.
This temple is so special that the eight Ashta Naga Devas offered 300 million Nagalinga flowers in worship here on a Sivaratri night. So it is at this Naga Shakti shrine that the Mother Goddess got the darshan of Shiva with the divine snakes sporting on His neck.
Sambandar composed the Pathigam

The Temple:
The Durgai idols of Patteeswararm, Thirunageswaram and this temple are said to have been created by the same sculptor and all of them are highly powerful.
The Saptastanam festival is celebrated in the Tamil month of Pankuni.

Sthala Vriksham: Banyan tree
Theertham: Shiva Theertham

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6) Sri Pasupatheeswarar Temple at Kallar Pasupathi Koil (Pasumangai)

Location: The temple is located at 05. km South of Pasupathi Koil bus stand at Kallar Pasupathi koil.
(Not to be confused with the other more popular Alanthurai Pullamangai Pasupatheeswarar temple, a thevara Padal Petra Sthalam at Vellala Pasupathi Koil, 1 km West of Pasupathi koil bus stand)

One of the seven Saptha matrika temples associated with Varahi

Main deities: Sri Pasupatheeswarar with Sri Paal Vala Nayaki

When Lord Shiva plays His udukkai drum, He grants Beeja Veda Shakti blessings through theBeejakshara sound waves that He generates through the drum. Siva’s hand drum (udukku or damaru) has two faces, one the Pasu side and the other the Pathi side. Pasu refers to the jivatma, the bound, individual soul. Pati refers to God as the lord of the bound souls who redeems them from their bonds (paasam). This Pasupathi Temple in Pasumangai is one of those sacred spots where the bound (Pasu) souls can reach the (Pati) Divine. Pray to Lord Pasupati here for that divine Bija Veda Gnana wisdom that can unite you (the Pasu) with Him (the Pathi).

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7) Sri Chandramouleeswarar Temple at Thazhamangai

Location: The Thazhamangai temple is located close to Pasupathi Koil

One of the seven Saptha matrika temples associated with Mahendri

Main deities: Sri Chandramouleeswarar with Sri Raja Rajeswari ambal

There are not that many temples where the Mother Goddess manifests Herself in Her Rajarajeswari form. So this temple is quite special. Those who are burdened with lack of peace in the family should resolve to do regular worship at this temple on Tuesdays, Fridays and on the night of the darshan of the third phase of the crescent moon. This steadfast worship will help bestow peace and tranquility in one’s family.

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Navarathri worship

According to, the Universal Mother Parasakthi visits these temples to have the dharshan of various parts of Lord Shiva during the nine Navarathiri days:

  • On Day 1 of the Navaratri, the Universal Mother along with Sri Brahmi Devi offered worship at the Chakramangai and got the darshan of Lord Shiva’s Third Eye – Siva Netra Chakra Darshan.
  • On Day 2, She, along with Sri Maheswari Devi offered worship at Arimangai and got the darshan of the divine Ganga on Lord Shiva’s head – Siva Ganga Darshan.
  • On Day 3, She, along with Sri Koumari Devi offered worship at Soolamangai and got the darshan of Lord Shiva’s Trident – Siva Trisoola Darshan.
  • On Day 4, She, along with Sri Vaishnavi Devioffered worship at Nandhimangai and got the darshan of Lord Shiva’s Leg Ornament – Siva Kazhal Darshan.
  • On Day 5, the Universal Mother along with Sri Varahi Devi and Mother Kamadhenu, offered worship at Pasumangai and got the darshan of Lord Shiva’s Hand Drum – Siva Udukkai Darshan (Damaruka Darshan).
  • On Day 6, She, along with Sri Indrani Devi also known as Mahendri offered worship at Thaazhamangai and got thedarshan of the Crescent Moon on Lord Shiva’s Head Drum – Siva Pirai Chandra Darshan.
  • On Day 7, She, along with Sri Chamundi Devi offered worship at Thirupullamangai and got the darshan of the Divine Serpents on Lord Shiva’s Neck – Siva Naga Bhooshana Darshan.
  • On Day 8, She, along with Sri Vajreswari Devi (one of the Aadhi Moola Dwara Palaki gate keepers of the Mother) offered worship at theThiruchelur Machapureeswara temple.
  • On Day 9, She, along with Sri Makuteswari Devi (one of the Aadhi Moola Dwara Palaki – gate keepers of the Mother) offered worship at the Melattur Unnathapureeswara temple.

See also

Other temples


Location: Around 10 kms from Thanjavur

1) Sri Ardhanareeswarar Temple
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2) Perumal Temple
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3) Sri Ooradachchi Amman Temple
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Sri Rajagopala Swamy Perumal Temple at Nallichery
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Sri Varadharaja Perumal Temple at Pasupathi Koil

A special temple for Kettai star people.
Here, the Lord appeared physically to Periya nambi and restored his eye sight and Periya nambi attained moksham.

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Location: Around 17 kms from Thanjavur

1) Sri Govindaraja Perumal Temple
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2) Sri Ramar Temple

A fairly big and popular Sri Ramar temple
Also, the Sri Krishna bajanai madam is located next to the temple.

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3) Sri Krishnan Temple
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Sri Soundararaja Perumal Temple at Soolamangalam

Location: Around 2 kms South of Ayyampettai
Once, Narasimha Jayanthi Celebrations were very famous. For almost six decades now, sadly, the celebrations are not held.

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Location: Around 2.5 kms from Ayyampettai on the Kumbakonam main road

1) Sri Ambarisha Varadharaja Perumal Temple
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2) Sri Kailasanathar Temple
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Sri Prassana Rajakopala Swami Temple at Neduntheru
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Sri Matsyapureeswarar Temple at Thiruchelur (Pandaravadai / Kovil Devarayan pettai)

Location: The temple is located next to Devarayanpettai near Papanasam – Pandaravaadai at around 4.5 kms from ayyampettai and 4 kms from Papanasam.

Main Deities: Sri Machapureeswara (Matsyapureeswara) with Sri Sugandha Kundhalambika Ambal

This temple gives relief to parents and children who are estranged, parents and children that argue with each other. It helps those who are distressed by such troubled relationships.
Offer sambrani dhoopam throughout this temple and worship amidst these fragrant vapors. Such worship will get you out of the grip of any bad habits and vices.

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Note: Temples from Papanasam to Kumbakonam are covered in ‘Around Kumbakonam-1′ directory

Thanjavur – Melattur

Thenkudi thittai

Location: 8 kms from Thanjavur en route Melattur. The temple is located six km from the main road on the way to Melattur from Thanjavur.

1) SCN015 – Sri Vasishteswarar Temple (Guru parikaara sthalam)

One of the 276 Thevara Paadal petra sthalams
Navagraga Guru parihara sthalam

Main Deities: Vasishteswarar / Pasupatheeswarar as swayumbu lingam with Ulaganayaki/ Sugandhamundalambika


  • The name of the place originates from the word “thittu” in Tamil which means a sand dune or  an elevated place and this place is located between two rivers Vennaru and Vettaru and so is the name Thittai’. During pralaya period when the whole world was submerged, the Gods of creation, protection and destruction took shelter in the “thittu” here.
  • The name of the place is also Therur or Rathapuram which arises from the legend of the chariot of a king by name Sumali getting stuck in the sand dunes here. The place is also known as Vilvaranyam, Vasishtasramam, Dhenupuri in the ancient scripts.
  • Lord Shiva here is called Vasishteswarar since Sage Vasishtar worshipped Him.
  • The Vedas, Renukadevi, Vasishtar, Gowtama, Aadhi Seshan, Kamadhenu and Vishnu are said to have worshipped here.
  • It is said that a Vaisya girl got back her dead husband after worshipping the Goddess Ulaganayagi.
  • Sambanthar has sung hymns about the Lord.

The Temple:

  • The actual Navagraha kshetra for Guru Bhagawan is at Alankudi near Kumbakonam but this temple at Thittai, having a separate shrine for Guru Bhagawan, as Gnana guru, is also popularly known as Guru Parihara sthalam.
  • A unique feature of the temple is that drops of water from the ceiling fall on the Lingam in the sanctum sanctorum. It is said that the presence of “Surya Kantha Kal” and “Chandra Kantha Kal”, precious stones in the vimana, absorb moisture from atmosphere and release it as water drops.
  • This east facing temple enshrines Shiva in the form of a Shivalingam with horizontal markings.
  • Ulaganayaki’s shrine faces the south. Across from the Ambal shrine is a mandapam with carvings of the 12 zodiac signs.
  • The Adhrnareeswarar image in the niche of the sanctum shows Parvathi Devi constituting the right half of Shiva, in contrast to the norm, where She occupies His left.
  • The annual Brahmotsavam as well Vasishtar’s marriage with Arundhati is celebrated in the Tamil month of Vaikasi.

Theertham: The temple tank Chakra teertham is just in front of the temple.
Sthala Vriksham: Karuvela tree

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2) Sri Navaneetha Krishnan / Sri Kariya Sidhi Anjaneyar temple

The temple is located very close to the Guru temple.
The presiding deity is Sri Navaneetha Krishnan and there is a Kariya Sidhi Anjaneyar shrine also which is a later addition.

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1) Sri Unnadhapureeswarar Temple

Main deities: Sri Unnathapureeswarar with Sri Sivakami, Sri Sivapriyambika Ambal

This is one of the great Shiva Shakti temples where the Universal Mother Parasakthi, the seven Saptha Matrikas and the two Adi Moola Dwara Palaki gate keepers offer worship every day.

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2) Sri Varadharaja Perumal Temple,

The idol at this temple is believed to be brought from Kancheepuram during the Muslim invasion.
The mask of Narasimha, the one used in the famous Bhagavatha Mela, is kept in this temple.

Bhagavatha Mela:

The annual Bhagavatha Mela is highly popular here:

2014 May will be the 73th Year of Bhagavata Mela Nataka Mahotsav, which is a unique blend of Bhakti, music, dance and drama. The centuries old Utsav is held annually with religious fervour at this temple as a part of the Sri Nrusimha Jayanti celebrations.
The Bhagavata Mela Nataka Mahotsav features not only Bhagavata Mela natakams but many fitting events akin to Bhagavata Mela also. The Mahotsav attracts every year large number of celebrities and aspirants in the field of classical dance, music, Sanskrit theatre, research scholars and tourists from many parts of India and abroad.
The splendour, exuberance and the purity of purpose of this tradition are to be witnessed at Melattur to believe. Preserved in pristine purity as a true temple-art with no commercial interests, this great theatre-art, considered as the only surviving link in Tamil Nadu today that connects us to the ancient Sanskrit theatre, struggles for survival not to mention the pernicious odds and hardship that are in the way, and the lack of the deserving support and encouragement to it from the art-world, public and mass media.

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Thiruvaiyaru – Thirukkattupalli (Kallanai)

Thillai Sthanam

Location: 2 kms West of Thiruvaiyaru

1) NCN052 – Sri Neyyadiyappar Temple

One of the 276 Thevara paadal petra sthalams
One of the Saptha sthana temples

Main deities: Sri Gruthapureeswarar, Neyyadiyappar with Ilamangai ammai, Vaalambikai, Balambika Ambal

The place was called Thiruneithanam per inscriptions,
Saraswathi Devi, Kamadhenu and Gowtama muni worshipped Siva here.
Per inscription, this deity was the family deity for a Lanka King by name Kayavahu and he arranged for many festivals here.
Sambandar and Appar composed the Pathigam.

Abhishegam to Lord with Cow ghee is considered very sacred here
As a mark of renovation by Pallava kings, there are Lion pillars
Dakshinamurthy is portrayed in a standing posture in this kshetram.
During the Sapthasthana festival, Palanquins of all the other six places come together and arrive at Thillaisthanam to be joined by Neiyaadiappar. They all go straight to River Cauvery which flows right opposite to the temple.

Theertham: Cauveri

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2) Srinivasa Perumal Temple
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1) Sri Kaduveli Siddhar Temple – Shri Agasapuriswarar Temple (“Pooradam” Star Temple)

Location: 4 kms West of Thiruvaiyaru

Birth place of Kaduveli Siddhar
“Pooradam” star temple

Main deities: Lord Shiva as Akasapuriswarar with Mangalambikai ambal.

Kaduveli Siddhar did penance towards Lord Shiva of this place and got His dharshan.
The Shiva of the temple represents space, one of the five elements and so is called Akasapureeswarar.
The Lord here is the prime deity of Pooradam star
When Lord Shiva gave dharshan to the Siddhar, Nandhi devar stood outside the temple and so Nandhi is now present outside the Nandhi mandapam.

The Temple:
Ambal Magalambihai blesses devotees with all auspicious / welfare events
All devathas and Vasthu bhagawan in the space are believed to worship the Lord here on a Poorada star day. So if people born in this star worship Lord Shiva on this day with Punuhu and Javvathu and offering Kesari, they will get all the blessings from the Lord.
People having marriage obstacles worship the Lord here by lighting ‘Sambrani’.
There was no Kaduveli Siddhar idol in the temple but during the recent renovation, his idol had been installed in the front mandapam.

Temple Timings: 9-10 AM and 5-6 PM; On Poorada star days: 8 AM to 1 noon
Phone: 94434 47826 / 96267 65472.

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2) Vinayagar temple
Vinatagar here is considered very powerful  and is very close to the Siddhar temple.


1) Sri Pasupatheeswarar Temple
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2) Sri Pappathiamman sametha Sri Samban Temple (Hariharaputhirar koil)
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Sri Viswanathar Shiva Temple at Sathanur
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Sri Naganathar Temple at Maharajapuram
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Sri Sastha Temple at Koothur
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Vittalapuram Temple
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NCN056 – Sri Karumbeswarar Temple at Thirukkanur (Manalmedu)

Location: 6 kms North of Thirukkattupalli in the Kollidam – Kallanai route via Vishnampettai

One of the 276 Thevara Paadal petra sthalams

Main deities: Sri Semmeninatheswarar, Sri Karumbeswarar (due to the sugarcane fields around) with Sri Sivayoganayagi as Ambal.

Shiva is said to have appeared as a column of fire before Parvathi as an answer to Her prayers, hence the name Semmeninaathar. Shiva is also known as Arumbeswarar and Kaanoor Mulai.
Parasuramar is also believed to have worshipped at this shrine.
Sambandar and Appar composed the Pathigam.

The temple is located on the banks of the Kollidam river between Cauvery and kollidam.
The temple was buried completed underground and during the 1924 floods the top portion of a kalasam just became visible, Sri N.Subramanya Iyer had taken effort to excavate the place and revealed the temple to the outside world.
The sun’s rays illuminate the sanctum during the Tamil month of Chittirai for a period of 3 days.
It is also one of the parihara temple for the diabetes!

Theertham: Veda Theertham

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Sri Kailasanathar Temple at Vishnampettai
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1) Sri Venugopala swamy temple
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2) Sri Viswanathar Temple
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SCN009 – Sri Agneeswarar Temple at (Melai) Thirukkaattupalli

Location: This place is called Melai Thirukkattupalli or simply Thirukkattupalli and the other one, north of Cauvery called Keezhai Thirukkattupallis is near Thiruvenkadu
This can be reached from Trichy, Thanjavur, Thirukkandiyur, Thiruvaiyaru and Kallanai and buses are available from all these places. The temple is near Koviladi (Thiruper nagar divya desam) and Boodhalur in the Thanjavur-Trichy rail route is the nearest railway station. The place is located on the Southern bank of the river Kudamurutti.

One of the 276 Thevara Paadal petra sthalams

Main deities: Agneeswarar / Theeyaadiyappar as Swayambu lingam and the Ambal Vaarkonda Mulaiyammai, Soundara Nayaki

Agni worshipped Lord Shiva here and created “Agni Theertham” and so the place is called Agneeswaram.
A king who ruled Woriyur gave two Sevvanthi flowers that flowered in his garden to his two wives. The younger wife at Woriyur took it for herself whereas the elder wife at Thirukkattupalli offered it to Lord Shiva. So it is said that Woriyur was destroyed due to rain whereas Thirukkattupalli didn’t face any such destruction.
Sambandar and Appar have sung Thevaram Hymns on Sri Agneeswarar.

The Temple:
In the Navagraha shrine, all planets are facing the Sun.
The main deity is at a lower floor level and we have to step down 4 steps to worship and circumambulate the Lord.
Adhithya Chola I renovated the temple.
The annual Brahmotsavam festival of the temple is conducted on “Panguni Uthiram” around March / April.

Sthala vriksham: Vanni
Theertham: Surya Theertham / Agni Theertham. Taking bath here on Karthigai Sunday, Masi magam, Panguni Uthram, Vaigasi Visakam days is considered very sacred.

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Thirukkandiyur – Thirukkattuppalli

SCN011 – Sri Pushpavana naathar temple at Thiruppoonthuruthi

Location: The temple is located at around 3.5 kms West of Kandiyur between the rivers Cauveri and Kudamurutti.

One of the 276 Thevara Paadal petra sthalams
One of the Spatha sthana sthalams

Main Deities: Pushpavana nathar, Poonthurutti Nathar as Swayambu lingam with Azhagalamarntha nayaki, Sundara nayahi, Uruvudaiyambikai Ambal

Vishnu and Lakshmi, Indra and Kasyapar, are said to have worshipped Shiva here.
Saint Appar spent a good part of his life here and during this period Sambandar joined him after successfully reestablishing Saivism in Pandya Kingdom. This temple represents the first point of interaction between the two saints who together visited many shrines afterwards.
This is the place where Apper Peruman carried Sambandar without his knowledge
It is believed that to allow Shiva to have a clear sight of Appar and Sambandar arriving together at the shrine Nandi is said to have moved aside.
Thiru Angamalai pathigam by Appar was composed from here
Arunagirinathar has sung Thiruppugazh on this Lord Muruga.
The place is historically known as Pushpavanam.

A huge temple with the beautiful sculptures of Nandhi, Ardhanaareeswarar and Dhakshinamurthi with Veena called as ‘Veena dhara Dakshinamurthy’.

Theertham: Kasyapa teertham.

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Sri Narayana Theerthar Jeeva Samadhi Temple at Thirupoonthuruthy

The brindavanam or jeeva samadhi of the saint composer Narayana Theerthar along with his 7 disciples,located at the quiet village of Thirupoonthuruthy comes alive twice a year.

On the aradhana day and on the Krishna Janmashtami day, musicians pay tribute at this place by singing verses from the Sri Krishna Leela Tarangini, composed by the saint in Sanskrit.

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SCN010 – Sri Athmanatheswarar Temple at Thiru Alampozhil

Location: 2 kms West of Thiuppoonthuruthi and the temple is located very close to the road.

One of the 276 Thevara Padal petras sthalams

Main deities: Athmanatheswarar, Vadamoolanathar with Gnanambikai ambal

Ashta Vasus worshipped Shiva here.
Appar has sung in praise of the moolavar.

Sthala vriksham: Banyan tree
Theertham: Kudamurutti River

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Location: Around 7 kms from Kandiyur and 3 kms West of Thirualampozhil

1) Sri Haribrahmeswarar temple
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2) Sri Kalakandeswarar temple
Both temples are usually kept locked and one must be fortunate to have dharshan only when the priest arrives.
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3) Sri Lakshmi Narayana Perumal temple
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Sri Ekambareswarar temple at Vellamperambur

Location: Around 2.5 kms southward diversion from Naducauveri
Built by Rajaraja Chola

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Sri Venkatesa Perumal Temple at Varagur

Location: Southward diversion near Konerirajapuram for about 1.5 kms in the Kandiyur – Thirukkattuppalli road at about 5 kms from Thirukkattupalli and 12 kms from Kandiyur

The temple is world famous for the Uriyadi Urchavam during Gokulashtami (Krishna’s birthday).

The Grate Saint Sri Sri Sri Narayana Theertha Swamigal had sung the famous Poems “Tharangini” and had the Viswaroopa Darshanam of Lord Venkatesa Perumal of Varagur.  He attained Mukthi in this village.  Today the village inhabitants observe the same practice what the Narayana Theertha Swamigal did in those days.

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Sri Kailasanathar temple at Konerirajapuram (Varagur)

Location: Around 5 kms East of Thirukkattupalli and 12 kms West of Kandiyur
Main deities: Kailasanathar with Ananthavalli Ambal

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1) Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy temple
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2) Sri Meenakshi Sundareswara Temple

This rarely visited Temple is quite old and Poojas are carried out only once in a day. The entrance is adorned by a Raja Gopuram in which we find many sculptures made of lime. Saptha mathas are worshipped here on the prakaram who grant wishes of the devotees.

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1) Sri Venugopala swamy temple
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2) Sri Kailasanathar temple
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Around Thirukkattupalli

Sri Sadayareeswar temple at Thiruchennampoondi

The temple, renovated by Archaeology Dept. is situated half a km west of Tiuchennampoondi and one km north east of Koviladi.

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Sri Alankara Valli sametha Sri Airavadheswara Temple at Nemam

The Temple at Nemam, around 3 km from Thirukkattupalli, is adjacent to the main road. The Temple, though small, is a must for devotees. This is considered as a “Vaipu sthalam” as it is mentioned in the hymns of other place. The life size murthi of the Goddess is fascinating.

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Sri Gnanambika sametha Sri Vijaya Vidangeswara swami Temple at Ilankadu

This temple near Nemam has witnessed renovation and Kumbabishekam recently and the huge vimanam and the well carved Nandhi are real treasures to be watched and cherished.

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Location: Around 4 kms South West of Thirukkattupalli

1) Sri Gajaraneshwar Temple (Poorattathi Star temple)

Significance: Poorattathi Star temple

Main deities: Sri Gajaraneshwar, Thirukkaneeswarar, Thiruvaneshwar as Swayambu lingam with Sri Kamakshi ambal
The Temple:
One of the 78 “Madakkoils”, built on an elevation, by Ko Chengat Chola Nayanar so that elephants can not enter the sanctum.
Kanchi Maha Periyavar stayed here for a week and meditated

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2) Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple

A beautiful Kalinganardhana Krishna’s idol is present in the temple.

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Sri Uma Parvathi sametha Sri Uyyakondeeswarar temple at Unjini

According to,

  • This is a “Hastha” birth star temple
  • For those troubled by sensitive matters and problems that cannot be revealed to others, worship in this sacred space will help show them a way out of such troubles.
  • For couples without male children or those without female children, worship in this sacred space of Ujjini will show the way of grace.
  • Ujjini = Ujjeevani = Spiritual Rejuvenatation
  • The left hand of the Divine Mother in this Ujjini sacred space is held in the very special “Ujjeeva Balaa Dhara Mudra” which is symbolic of a shower of Divine Grace, blessings and boons.
  • “Kulisa Vara(dha)” refers to the divine hand that is eternally overflowing with blessings.
  • Divine Mother Sita Devi, who was mother to two sons (Lava and Kusa), performed tapasya (spiritual austerities) as Bhoomija and got Santhana Lakshmi avatar shaktis to bless devotees in other yugas. Mother Sita received these avatar shaktis in sacred spaces such as Paandi and Ujjini.

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Sri Sundareswarar temple at Pazhamaneri
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Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple at Mullaikaadu
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Note: Also, Arkadu, Karuppur are the nearby places where Shiva Temples are located.

Thanjavur – Needamangalam (Thiruvarur)

Sri Soundara nayagi sametha Sri Brahmma Gananapureeswarar temple at Kovilur
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Shiva Temple at Poondi
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Sri Kalahastheeswarar Temple at Saliyamangalam
Equivalent to Kalahasthi temple, this is a parihara sthalam for Ragu & Kethu.
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Sri Ranganathar Temple at Thirubhuvanam
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Udayar koil

1) Sri Karavanatheeswarar Temple

The presiding deity is Sri Karavanatheeswarar as swayambu lingam with Dharmavalli ambal. The temple has a 51 feet high 5 tier Rajagopuram. Rajaraja Cholan done services to the temple

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2) Sri Arunjunai Katha Ayyanar Koil

The deity residing here is the Kuladeivam of some Nadar community. The main temple is near Thiruchendur in Tuticorin district.

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3) Perumal Temple
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1) Perumal Temple
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2) Sri Venugopalaswamy Temple
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3) Sri Putridam kondeeswarar Shiva temple

A Thevara Vaippu Sthalam
The presiding deity is Sri Putridam kondeeswarar as Swayambu lingam with Sri Soundara nayahi ambal
Bala murugan is present
The temple has a 3 tier Rajagopuram with one praharam
Thirunavukkarasar composed the pathigam
4 times worship services take place

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4) Sri Kothanda Ramar Temple
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5) Sri Rakumayi sametha Sri Pandurangan Temple
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Sri Vanmiha nathar (or Sri Arunachaleswarar??) temple at Deepambalpuram
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Sri Kalikanda Sozheswarar Temple at Kommancheri
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1) SCN102 – Sri Vennikkarumbar Temple at Thiruvenniyoor

One of the 276 Thevara paadal petra stalams
Diabetes patients worship here to get relief

Main deities: Venneeswarar, Vennikkarumbar and the Ambl Azhagiya Nayaki.
Shiva is believed to have blessed Indra.
Sambandar and Appar composed the pathigam.
The Lord (lingam) Himself looks like a bunch of sugarcanes

Sthala vriksham: Sugarcane

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2) Sri Ranganatha Perumal Temple
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3) Sri Yamunambal temple
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Sri Karpagavalli sametha Sri Karpageswarar Temple at Karumbur
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1) Sri Santhana Ramaswamy Temple

Needamangalam, Vaduvur, Thillai vilagam and Maduranthagam are some of the world famous Ramar temples.

Main deities: Sri Seetha sametha Santhana Ramar
Marattya King Prathapasimman, grand father of King Saraboji of Thanjavur, was childless for sometime. His wife Yamunambal worshipped Sri Ramar here and got a child and so this place was called Yamunambalpuram.
Sri Muthuswamy Dikshidhar sand a song “Santhana Ramaswamy sathguna swaroopam” on this Ramar.
Srimath Udayavar, Srimath Nihamantha Mahadesigan, Sri Nammazhvar and Sri Thirumangai Azhwar worshipped here

Prayer: Childless couples can worship with a “Puthra Santhana gopala homan” to be blessed with child.
Pooja procedure: Vadakalai Panchathram
Festivals: Sri Ramanavami, Garudaseva on Akshaya thrithiyai, Navarathri, Hanumath Jayanthi
Pushkarani: Saketha Pushkarani – The historical name of Ayodhya is Sakethapuri and this pushkarani has the sannithyams of Sakethapuri, i.e., Ayodhya and hence the name. Yamunambal took bathe in this pushkarani and worshipped Sri Ramar here for several days to be blessed with a child and so the name of the place was called “Neeradum mangalam” and then became Needamangalam

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2) Sri Kasi Viswanathar Temple
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3) Sri Komuktheeswarar Temple
Indhran got blessed with the dharshan of Lord Shiva here as Sakravaha pakshi
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Ammapet – Avoor

Sri Kothanda Ramar Temple at Irukarai
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Pancha Aranya Sthalams:

Aranyam means forest and the following five temples at different forests Thanjavur / Kumbakonam / Thiruvarur region are revered as “Pancha Aranya Sthalams”.

1. Sri Mullaivananathar Temple at Tirukkarugavur – Mullai vanam
2. Sri Satchi Nathar Temple at Avalivanallur – Paadhiri vanam
3. Sri Paathaaleswarar Temple at Thiru Aradaipperumpazhi (Haridwara mangalam) – Vanni vanam
4. Sri Aapathsahayeswarar Temple at Thiru Erumpoolai (Alangudi) – Poolai vanam
5. Sri Vilvavaneswarar Temple at Tirukkollampudur – Vilva vanam

Sthalapuranam suggests undertaking the pilgrimage to all the five temples by starting in the morning at Thirukarugavur and completing it at Thiru Kollambudur on the same day. All the temples are located in a straight path from Thirukarugavur to Thiru Kollambudur in a span of around 35 kms.

SCN100 – Sri Saakshi Nayakaeswarar Temple at Thiru Avalivanallur

Location: The temple is located in the vicinity of Haridwaramangalam. Saliyamangalam on the Tiruvarur-Thanjavur BG line is the nearest railhead.

One of the 276 Thevara Paadal petra sthalams
One of the Pancha Aranya Sthalams representing Padhiri vanam

Main deities: Saakshi Nayakeswarar and the Ambal SoundaraNayaki

Both this temple and the one at Haridwaramangalam are associated with the Varaha Avataram of Vishnu. Vishnu in His Varaha avataram worshipped Shiva here after losing His horn.
Shiva is said to have played the role of a witness in settling a marital dispute among his devotees hence the name Avalivalnallur.
Sambandar and Appar composed the Pathigam.
The Temple:
Thai Amavasai (New moon day in the month of Capricorn) is celebrated here.

Theertham: Chandra Pushkarini

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Haridhwara mangalam

1) SCN099 – Sri Baadhaalaeshwarar Temple at Aradhai Perumpazhi

One of the 276 Thevara Paadal petra sthalams
One of the Pancha Aranya Sthalams representing Vanni vanam

Main deities: Paataleswarar and the Ambal Alankara Nayaki

A covered pit in front of the shrine is said to have been dug by Vishnu in his Varaaha Avataram and enraged by this Shiva broke the horns of Varaha Moorthy and wore it as an ornament.
The nearby Avalivanallur Sivastalam is also connected with Vishnu’s Varaaha Avataram legend
Sambandar composed the Pathigam.

Sthala vriksham: Vanni
Theertham: Brahma Theertham

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2) Sri Varadharaja Perumal Temple
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Sri Agastheeswarar Temple at Muniyur
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Sri Varadharaja Perumal Temple at Vilathur
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Needamangalam – Mannargudi


Location: Thirupovanur, also known as Punnagavankshetram, is on the banks of the river Pamini at about 3.5 kms South of Needamangalam.

1) SCN103 – Sri Chamundeeswari amman temple

One of the 276 Thevara Paadal petra sthalams
Next to Mysore, this is the powerful temple for Sri Chamundeswari

Main deities: Sri Pushpavaneswarar and the Ambal Sri Pushpavana Nayaki

Parvathi Devi who was born as Raja Rajeswari to a king in Thirunelveli and Chamundeswari, one of the Sapta Maatas, is said to have raised Raja Rajeswari.
Shiva came in the guise of a Sidhhar, defeated Parvathi Devi in a game of Saturangam and married her; hence the name Chaturanga Vallabheswarar.
Appar composed the Pathigam.
The Temple:
A ten day festival is celebrated in the month of Chittirai.

Sthala vriksham: Jackfruit tree
Theertham: Karunkuzhi Theertham, which cures the diseases like leprosy, named as “Krishna Kushta Hara Theertham”

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2) Sri Kothandaramar Temple

This temple was the place where Ram halted while searching for Sita, on the way to Lanka
Here lies an ancient shrine, dedicated to Lord Varadaraja, with an unknown origin. This place is hallowed by the worship of Jatayu, sage Markandeya and other sages.
About 500 years ago the saint-composer Bodendra Swamigal had a divine vision of Lord Rama and on His instructions unearthed a beautiful idol of the God, His consort Sri Sita and Sri Lakshmana and installed them here. After consectration of Lord Rama by sage Bodendra, the temple came to be known as Poovanur Sri Ramar Temple.
It also houses Lord Muneeswara and proves the oneness of Shiva and Vishnu.
The temple was patronized by Thanjavur Maratha kings. The utsava idols were donated by the queen and the original idols can be found at the Sri Rama Temple.

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3) Sri Anjaneyar Temple
Located close to the Kothanda Ramar temple


1) Sri Subramanya Swamy temple

A Thevara Vaippu Sthalam sung by Appar

The Temple:
This is a Shiva temple with Sri Jambunathar as the prime deity but primarily known as a Subramanya temple.
Dhakshinamurthi is in the form of Guha Dhakshinamurthi. A peacock is seen at His feet instead of the usual “Muyalagan”.

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2) Sri Varatharaja Perumal Temple
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3) Sri Venkatachalapathy Temple
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1) Sri Mullaivaneshwarar Temple

Ambal is Sri Karpagavalli and four time worship services take place

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2) Perumal Temple
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Thanjavur – Mannargudi

Sri Sundraeswarar Temple at Valamar Kottai (Vazhamiran Kottai)
The presiding deity is a Swayambu lingam
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Saptha Kanniamman Temple at Thalaiyamangalam
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Shri Kothandaramaswamy Temple at Vaduvur

Location: 14 Kms from Mannargudi and 24 Kms from Thanjavur.

Needamangalam, Vaduvur, Thillai vilagam and Maduranthagam are some of the world famous Ramar temples.

The main deity of this highly popular temple is a beautiful Idol of Lord Rama with Seetha, Lakshmana and Hanuman.

The Brahmmothsavam of Lord Rama performed for 10 days every year commencing from Srirama navami.
Kalyana utsavam of Lord Rama preformed every year on Panguni Uthram or Chithra pournami day

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Sri Govindaraja Perumal Temple at Pullavarayan kudi kadu
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Sri Rajagopla Swamy Temple

A highly popular and a grand temple. This temple requires several pages of writing in a separate post and so the details may please be taken from the links.

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Shiva Temples

There are 7 Shiva temples in Mannargudi on the banks of Pambani river

1) Sri Meenakshi amman sametha Sri Sokkanathar Temple
This East facing temple is located on the western bank of Pambani river
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2) Sri Jayamkonda nathar Temple at Rampuram

The temple is located on the Northern bank of Pambani river, very close to the Railway station. Rajarajeswaram and Vysapuram are the other names of this place.
It was built by Jayamkonda Cholan, as a mark of war victory by Rajathiraja Chola, son of Rajendra Chola and Grandson of Rajaraja Chola.
It has a 3 stage Rajagopuram
The sanctum vimanam is huge and the main mandapam is about 5 feet high from the floor level. Vinayagar in good alankaram welcomes the devotees at the entrance.
Sri Brahannayagi / Periya nayahi amman is the Ambal.
Sage Vyasar did penance here to know the inner meaning of four vedas and he installed the lingam.
When Kannan as Rajagopalan became tired after his playful acts, Lord Shiva gave the Thrattupal (திரட்டுப்பால்) to Kannan here. The Thirattupal Urchavam takes place on every Vaikasi Rohini day.
A south facing Anandhavalli shrine is also present.
Four time pooja services take place

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3) Sri Annamalainthar Temple
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4) Sri Eakambareswarar Temple
A fairly big temple
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5) Sri Kailasanathar Temple
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6) Sri Kasi Viswanathar Temple
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7) Sri Neelakandeswarar Temple
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7) Shiva Temple
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Other Temples / sacred locations:

Haridranadhi Theppakulam

A beautiful temple with a big temple tank. For Aani brahmostavam and Aani Full moon Float festival, Lord Rajagopala swami comes here every year.

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Sri Anandha Vinayagar Temple
A highly popular Vinayagar temple at Othai street
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Sri Soottukol Ramalingaswami Samadhi at Ivarsamathu
A Siddhar Samadhi
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Sri Visha nivirthi Vinayagar temple
The temple is located at East second st
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SCN104 – Sri Naganatha Swami Temple at Paambani (Paadhaleswaram)

Location: 3 kms from Mannargudi

One of the 276 Thevara Paadal petra sthalams
A Sarpa dhosha parihara sthalam

Main deities: Sri Naganathar, Sarpapureeswarar and the Ambal Amrita Nayaki

Aadhi Seshan is said to have worshipped Lord Shvia here; hence the names
Paambani for the shrine and Sarpapureeswarar for Lord Shiva.
The river in the vicinity is also known as Paambani.
Dhananjaya munivar whose form resembled that of Patanjali is also believed to have worshipped here.
Sambandar composed the Pathigam.

The Temple:
The annual Brahmotsavam is held in the Tamil month of Vaikasi

Shala vriksham: Mango
Theetham: Naga Theertham is facing the Temple.

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Thanjavur – Orathanadu – Pattukottai

Sri Paramanatha Ayyanar temple at Soorakottai
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Shiva temple at Kasavalanadu Kovil
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Ayyanar Temple at Keezha Ulur
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Shiva Temple at Azhiya Vaikkal
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SCN101 – Sri Paruththiyappar temple at Parithi niyamam

Location: The temple is located between Thanjavur and Orathanadu and can be reached with a 2 kms diversion from Mela ulur (Uzhoor) in the Thanjavur-Pattukottai road or a 6 kms diversion from Sadayar koil in the Thanjavur-Mannargudi route.

One of the 276 thevara Paadal petra sthalams

Main deities: Sri Paridhiyappar, Bhaskareswarar and the Ambal Mangala Nayaki

Parithi means Sun and since the Sun God worshipped the Lord Shiva here, the place got its name.
Markandeyar is said to have been blessed here on the day of Margazhi Thiruvadirai.
King Sibi discovered this shrine by accident.
Sambandar composed the Pathigam.

Theertham: Surya Theertham

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This can also be reached from the Thanjavur – Mannargudi road

1) Shiva Temple
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2) Sri Kanda Perumal Ayyanar Temple
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A cluster of Shiva Temple, Perumal temple and a Mariamman temple with a big and beautiful temple tanks is present here
There is also an Ayyanar temple with a temple tank nearby.

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Sri Malai yeri amman Temple at Kannanthangudi
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1) Sri Kasi Viswanathar Temple

A big temple built by King Saraboji with a beautiful temple tank
Kasi Visalakshi is the Ambal
East facing temple with a 35 feet Rajagopuram

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2) Ayyanar Temple
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Shiva Temple at Pinnaiyur
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Sri Valmikinathar/ Vanmeeganathar Temple at Vali kandapuram (Kovilur)
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Shiva Temple at Pappanadu
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Sri Singaperumal Temple at Therkukottai
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Sri Unnamulai Amman udanurai Annamalaiyar Temple at Ambalapattu
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1) Sri Kailsanathar Temple
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2) Mariamman temple
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1) Sri Kasi Viswananthat Temple
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2) Kottai Temple
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3) Sri Kottai Hanumar Temple
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4) Perumal Temple
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Pattukottai – Gandharvakottai

Sri Thirumeni Nathar – Sri Muthumariamman temple at Thiruvonam
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Shiva Temple at Mangkala Kovil
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Shiva Temple at Gandharvakottai
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Sri Gothanda Ramar Temple at Gandharvakottai
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Thanjavur – Trichy


1) Sri Madhava Perumal temple
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2) Sri Vajreswarar Temple
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3) Sri Egowri Amman temple
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Shiva Temple at KallaPerambur
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1) Sri Abath Sagayeswarar Temple
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2) Sri Vijaya Kothanda Ramaswamy Temple
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Perumal Temple at Valambakudi
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Cave temples at Malayadipatti

A cluster of many cave temples / shrines are present here
Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple

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Mannargudi – Pattukottai

Sri Visham Theertha Maha Mariamman Temple at Melanemmeli
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Sri Thiruppalanathar temple at Melathirupplagudi
Ambal is Sri Kamakshi amman
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Sri Sambo Mahadevar Temple at Mahadevapattinam
The presiding deity is a Swayambu lingam
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1) Sri Varadharaja Perumal temple
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2) Shiva Temple
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Sri Punya koteeswarar Temple at Vadaseri
Ambal is Kamakshi amman
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Shiva Temple at Nemmeli
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Sri Subramaniya Swami Temple at Mullur
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Sri Kailasanathar Temple at Musiri
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Sri Aramvalarthanayagi sametha Sri Azhyanathaswamy Temple at Alathur
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  1. It’s nice to see so much information about these many temples. I would like to know the contact no of Sri Mari Amman temple located on veerasingampettai. Can you let me know the temple timings?

  2. The name thittai is a distorted form of Vathittai–Vashistar .The deity is named Vashisteswarar. In a similar place called Thittagudi near Vruddhachalam, the deity is named Vashisteswarar. It is highly possible these places were associated with ardent devotees of Vashistar or persons with that name.

  3. Excellent information for those who wish to go on a pilgrimage ! May the Almighty bless you with long life with health and wealth to post more such divine articles.Regards.

  4. Dear Raju Sir, really a superb handiwork with complete information on each and every temple. Before going to places, I used to refer your website. Please continue your service. May God bless you and your family.

  5. I am from Koviladi and during my high schooling (Sivaswamy Iuer), 1946-52 we stayed in Puduchatram Agraharam. Easwsr doss was my seniorK Marudaiyan was my class mate. D Raghu was my junior. Used to attend Bajan and kuravan-kurathiveshm in th Venugopal swamy temple on EkAdasi nights. Uriyadi uthsavam was another festival I enjoyed well.

    • Thanks for the message. My grandfather Muthuswami, grew up there in the 1930s-1940s with his siblings (Nilakantan, Saraswati ). Maybe you know them/ the family. They lived in the bungalow across the highway on the river bank.

  6. I have seen wonderful collection of temples details and feel satisfied.
    I have an appeal to be made from me to you reg the following

    *In Avoor we are having one more 600 plus year old temple which is known as “Shri Lakshmi Narayana Perumal temple ” and you can visit the temple even now.It is in Saluvampet Agraharam in Avoor.
    The message I want share with the admn team is that we have taken up the renovation of the temple now which is in bad shape now.
    For this we wanted to know more about the temple .
    It will be of great service and help to us if you can get the sthalapuranam and other details of the temple.
    The speciality of the temple is 4 1/2 feet height Shri Jeya veera Anjaneyar facing south and with bell in the tail installed and sanctified by Saint Vyasaraja Swamigal (guru of manthralayam shrine RAGHAVENDRA Swamigal).
    Request someone from your team to visit the temple in person for more details.
    My name is K.Sethumadhava rao.
    My no 9841623014.

  7. Hi,
    I know that each birth star has temple seperately but recently i came to know there ther is one temple called Sri Sambo Mahadevar temple at Mahadevapattinam which is common for both Makham & Pooradam;i would like to have more details of the temple history/legend/koil timings and other useful details; can u kindly provide the same as I intend to visit that temple shortly

  8. Raju sir,

    Our kula dheivam is said to be karaimmale alaghar near trichy, i don,’t have any clue about it location. can you please help me?

  9. Dear friend,
    1) The temple marked as Sadayar temple is only a Sivan temple, in the east end of Puduchatram village agraharam. The Sadayareeswar temple, renovated byArcheology Dept. is situated half a km west of Tiuchennampoondi,and one km north east of Koviladi. Pl correct this. I come from this Koviladi born and brought up for 15 years !
    2) The village marked as vishbnampet is only Puduchatram village. Vishnampettai is situated north est of Puduchatram, very near Tirukkanur.
    3) You have not included the famous SrI Kamalavalli sametha appAla Ranganatha swamy temple at Koviladi (Tiruppernagar).
    vAzhga vaLamudan, Naagarazan R S

    • Thanks very much Sir. I have corrected the information.
      The Koviladi temple has been covered under Trichy directory and I am yet to give the route breakups and links that come under different directories properly. I will do soon.

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