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Sivagurunathar temple at Sivapuram is one temples I had been wanting to visit for a long time. Finally, I made my first visit to Sivapuram during my latest trip in February/March 2014. The Lord is a Swayanbhu or self manifested here. The Lord is also known as Sivagurunathaswamy, Sivapureeswarar, Brahmapureeswarar and Sivapuranathar. His consort here is Singaravalli. She is also known as Aryambal or Periyanayaki. Shenbagam is the sthal vruksham and Chandra Pushkarni opposite to the temple is the theertham.

Sivagurunathar, Sivapuram

Sivagurunathar, Sivapuram

Sivagurunathar temple at Sivapuram

Sivagurunathar temple at Sivapuram

Sivagurunathar temple at Sivapuram

Sivagurunathar temple at Sivapuram

Sivagurunathar temple at Sivapuram

Sivagurunathar temple at Sivapuram

Sivagurunathar temple at Sivapuram

Sivagurunathar temple at Sivapuram

Specialty of Sivagurunathar temple at Sivapuram in Tamil

Specialty of Sivagurunathar temple at Sivapuram in Tamil

This ancient temple is said to be around 200 years old and was built by the Cholas. The five tiered Gopuram is facing East. As you enter the temple there is a Shrine for Kalabhairavar facing North and to your right. Suryan and Chandran have also worshipped at this temple. One can see the koshta murthys of Narthana Vinayakar, Lingothbhavar, Brahma, Lingothbavar and Durga. The shrine for Goddess Singaravalli is facing south. There are also the idols of the four Saivite saints or Nalvar, signifying that the temple is a Padal Petra Sthalam and that all four of them have sung in praise of the Lord here.

Legend has it that Ravana once went to Kailash and sought Lord Shiva’s audience. He was however stopped by Nandi as Ravana was neither mentally nor physically pure. Kubera who had also come there seeking the Lord’s audience supported Ravana and thus incurred the wrath of Nandi. Nandi cursed Kubera to be born as a greedy King. He was born as King Thanapathy who was extremely greedy for wealth. King Thanapathy who ruled from his capital situated near Sivapuram once came to this village to worship Lord Shiva. He chanced upon a copper plate which stated that by sacrificing a male child without any scar on the body had to be sacrificed on Mahashivaratri which falls on a Pradosham day, one can get a lot of wealth. It also said that the parents of the child should be holding the child at the feet and the head while the body should be cut and abishegam to be performed to the Shivalingam withe the blood.

Painting depicting the Temple Legend. Sivagurunathar temple at Sivapuram in Tamil

Painting depicting the Temple Legend. Sivagurunathar temple at Sivapuram in Tamil

King Thanapathy was greedy and would do anything to get wealthier. He identified a poor Brahmin couple’s child that matched the requirement. On the Mahashivaratri day falling on Pradosham the child was cut while the helpless parents held on to the feet and head of their child. The child prayed to Goddess Singaravalli, who requested Lord Shiva to stop the macabre act. Lord Shiva then told that this was being done only to absolve Kubera of the curse. The child was Agni Deva and Indra and his wife Indrani were the parents of the child. It is said that blood stain is still present on the Shiva Lingam here. It is said that the child is present as the parrot in the hand of Durga.

Another legend associated with this temples is connected to the Varaha Avataram. Again Nandi was the once who cursed, this time Vishnu was at the receiving end of the curse. Lord Vishnu had once come to the temple here to pray to Lord Shiva. Nandi came in the way and Lord Vishnu asked him to move aside which angered Nandi who cursed Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu took a dip in the Varaha tank (I understand that this is adjacent to the Mahavishnu temple at Malayppanallur which is enroute Kumbakonam) and prayed to Lord Sivagurunathar here to be absolved of the curse. Lord Shiva asked Lord Vishnu to worship Him in a place where the Lord was present along with Rahu and Guru. Accordingly, Lord Vishnu worshipped Lord Dakshinamurthy present in the southern corridor of the temple along with Rahu, and was absolved of the curse. The serpant that is usually seen on Lord’s neck is seen near the feet of Dakshinamurthy. This rare combination of Rahu and Guru is probably unique to this temple.

Painting depicting the Temple Legend. Sivagurunathar temple at Sivapuram in Tamil

Painting depicting the Temple Legend. Sivagurunathar temple at Sivapuram in Tamil

Varaha performing puja to Shiva. Sivagurunathar temple at Sivapuram in Tamil

Varaha performing puja to Shiva. Sivagurunathar temple at Sivapuram in Tamil

Rahu and Guru together. Sivagurunathar temple at Sivapuram in Tamil

Rahu and Guru together. Sivagurunathar temple at Sivapuram in Tamil

The Kala Bhairavar here that I mentioned earlier is facing east and His mount, the dog is to His left and seems to be sniffing at the skull in Bhairavar’s left hand. It is believed that all the prayers of the devotees are carried by the dog to Lord Bhairavar. There is no seperate shrine for the Navagrahas and this is an indication of the age of the temple.

Kala Bhairqavar. Sivagurunathar temple at Sivapuram

Kala Bhairqavar. Sivagurunathar temple at Sivapuram

The twelve Zodiac signs on the ceiling. Sivagurunathar temple at Sivapuram

The twelve Zodiac signs on the ceiling. Sivagurunathar temple at Sivapuram

It is believed that this village is very holy and there are Shivalingams under the ground here. The Saivite saints of Lore were aware of this and did not place their feet on the ground here, as that would be great disrespect to the Lord. They therefore did angapradakshinam (rolling over) to reach the temple.

The childless are blessed with progeny by doing abishegam to the Goddess and observing fast for eleven consecutive fridays. The other worship benefit includes removal of all doshas including the navagraha doshas and good health of children.

The sun’s rays fall on the Shivalingam on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of the tamil month of Chithirai. On the eighth day of Krishnapaksham homam and special pujas are performed to Kala Bhairavar.

The Bronze Nataraja idol at this temple was stolen in the early 1950s and was restored in 1980s. There are a few other idols which were stolen but unfortunately could not be traced. Here is a nice blog for more details.

Temple Location:

Sivapuram is located about 6 kms from Kumbakonam. As you proceed on the Kumbakonam Thirunageswaram road, there is a new road under construction, take a right turn into this road. Just after a small bridge take a left turn that will lead you to Sivapuram.

Other temples nearby:

Thirunageswaram Rahu Sthalam

Uppiliappan Kovil

Prathyangara Devi temple, Ayyavadi

Amrithakaleswarar Koil , Sakkottai

Padikkasunathar Kovil, Alagaputhur

Karu kakkum Nayaki, Karuvalarcheri

Sargunalingeswarar Temple, Maruthanallur

Temple Address:

Arulmigu Singaravalli Sametha Sivagurunathaswamy temple

Sivapuram

Sakkottai Post – 612401

Tanjore District

Phone: 91-9865306940

Temple Timings: 

6 AM to 11 AM & 4.30 PM to 8.00 PM. However, please do check with the temple priest before going as this temple is not visited by many. If you are planning to do puja or archanai here please carry all puja materials with you.

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Haridwaramangalam is one of the Pancha Aranya Kshethrams and is just about 3 Kms from Avalivanallur, which is also one of the Pancha Aranya kshetrams. Aranyam means forest. The five temples which collectively make the Pancha Aranya Sthalams are
Thirukkarugavur
Alangudi
Avalivanallur
Haridwaramangalam
Thirukollambudhur

Paathaaleswarar Koil, Haridwaramangalam

Paathaaleswarar Koil, Haridwaramangalam

Paathaaleswarar Koil, Haridwaramangalam

Paathaaleswarar Koil, Haridwaramangalam

Haridwaramangalam was once a dense forest of Vanni trees. Vanni is the sthala vriksham at this temple. The theertham is Brahma theertham. This temple is also one of the Padal petra sthalams. The Shiva Lingam here is a swayambhu.

The worship benefits at this temple include relief from debts. There is no shrine for Durga as Goddess Alankara Valli is also seen as Durga here. She protects Her devotees from all evil. She is facing east which is considered very auspicious and She clears the hurdles in getting married and blesses the childless with progeny.

The name of the diety is Paathaaleswarar (Paathala meaning the netherworld) and Alankara Valli is His consort. There is supposedly a pit in the sanctum sanctorum, now covered with a stone, which is believed to have been made by Vishnu and hence the name – Hari (Vishnu) dwara (pit) mangalam (holy place).

Sthala Vruksham. Paathaaleswarar Koil, Haridwaramangalam

Sthala Vruksham. Paathaaleswarar Koil, Haridwaramangalam

The legend goes thus. Once upon a time Brahma and Vishnu were having an intense fight as to which one of them was superior. Alarmed at this, the other gods pleaded with Lord Shiva to bring peace. Lord Shiva wanted both of them to realise their folly. He assumed the form of a flaming Lingam in between Brahma and Vishnu and challenged both of them to find the beginning or the end of the Lingam.

The Lingam was very huge, so Brahma and Vishnu set out to find one end each. Whoever returned first after reaching the end would be declared superior to the other. Lord Brahma embarked on his swan and set out to find the top of the Lingam while Lord Vishnu assumed the form of Varaha or a boar and started digging into the earth to find the bottom of the Lingam. Both continued their search for a long time but neither could find the end. Vishnu became too tired to continue and decided that it was a futile exercise and returned. He admitted to Lord Shiva that he could not find the end. Brahma meanwhile, came across a Ketaki flower (thazhampu) which was falling down from the top of the Lingam. He enlisted Ketaki’s support as a witness and made the flower lie that Brahma had reached the top of the Lingam. Brahma thus told Vishnu that he was superior to Vishnu. Shiva who was witnessing this became very angry. He cursed Brahma for make a false claim and Ketaki (thazhampu) for the false testimony. He cursed Brahma that there would be no temple for Him. He cursed Ketaki flower (thazhampu) that it would not be henceforth used as an offering during worship or any religious activity. Both realised their folly. Shiva then told them that both Brahma and Vishnu are part of Him.

Lingothbavar. Paathaaleswarar Koil, Haridwaramangalam

Lingothbavar. Paathaaleswarar Koil, Haridwaramangalam

This happened on the 14th day of the waning moon period or Chaturdasi of Krishnapaksham in the tamil month of Panguni or Phalgun month. This day is celebrated as Mahashivaratri.

Temple Location:

Bus services are available from Kumbakonam and Tanjore to Haridwaramangalam.

Temple Timings:
8 am to 12.30 pm and 4 pm to 8 pm

Temple Address
Arulmigu Paathaaleswarar Alayam
Haridwaramangalam
Valangiman Taluk
Thanjavur District 612 802

Temple Phone No: + 91-4374-264 586, 91-4374-275 441, 94421 75441.

கோனேரிராஜபுரத்தில் உள்ள் உமா மஹேஷ்வரர் கோவிலை பற்றி முதல் முதலாக உஷா சூர்யமணி அவர்களின் ப்லாக்கை கண்டு அறிந்துகொண்டேன். கொன்னேரிராஜபுரம் திருவிடைமருதூரிலிருந்து தெற்க்கு திசையில் சுமார் 10 கி.மீ தொலைவில் உள்ளது. இந்த கோவில் வளாகம் திருனல்லம் என்று அழைக்கபடுகிறது. காவிரி நதியின் தெற்கில் உள்ள சோழ நாட்டின் தேவார ஸ்தலங்களில் முப்பத்தினாங்காவதாக கருதப்படுகிறது. செவ்வாய் மற்றும் வெள்ளி கிழமைகளில் இங்கு ஈசனை தரிசித்தால் சகல நன்மைகளும் கிட்டும் என கருதப்படுகிறது. இங்குள்ள மூலவரரின் பெயர் உமா மஹேஷ்வரர், அம்மன்னின் பெயர் மங்களநாயகி. இங்குள்ள ஸ்தல வ்ருக்ஷம் பத்ராக்ஷம். இந்த கோவிலின் தீர்த்தத்தின் பெயர் ப்ரம்ஹ தீர்த்தம்.

கோவில் குருக்கள் புகைபடம் எதுவும் எடுக்க வேண்டாம் என்று கேட்டுக்கொண்டதால் ஃப்லிக்காரில் உள்ள சில புகைபடங்களை எம்பெட் செய்துள்ளேன்.

இந்த திருக்கோவில் கன்டராத்தித்த சோழனின் மனைவி செம்பியன் மஹாதேவியால் புதுப்பிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது. இதனை குறித்து இக்கோவிலில் ஏராளமான கல்வெட்டுக்கள் காணபடுகின்றன. கன்டராத்தித்த சோழன் மற்றும் செம்பியன் மஹாதேவியின் சிலைகளும் இங்கு காணபடுகின்றன. இக்கோவிலின் அன்றாட செலவுகளுக்காக ஏராளமான சொத்தை கோவிலுக்கு நன்கொடையாக செம்பியன் மஹாதேவி தந்துள்ளார்.

பஞ்சலோகத்தால் செய்யப்பட்ட, இங்குள்ள் மிக உயரமான நடராஜரின் சிலை, உலக ப்ரசித்தி பெற்றது. இந்த சிலை உருவாகியதற்கு பின்னால் ஒரு ஸுவாரஸ்யமான கதை உண்டு. இந்த கோவிலில் ஒரு அழகான நடராஜர் சிலையை ஸ்தாபிக்கவேண்டும் என்று செம்பியன் மஹாதேவியின் விருப்பம். தன் விருப்பத்தின்படி ஸ்தபதியிடம் ஒரு பஞ்சலோக சிலையை செய்ய ஆணையிட்டார். ராணியின் ஆணையின்படி ஸ்தபதியும் ஒரிரு சிலைகளை செய்ய அதை ராணி நிராகரித்தார். அவர்களுக்கு சிலை உயரமாகவும் உயிருள்ளதுபோல் தோற்றம் அளிக்கவேண்டும் என்று கூறிவிட்டார்கள். இத்தகையான சிலையை குறிப்பிட்டுள்ள நாட்களுக்குள் செய்து முடிக்கவேண்டும், அப்படி செய்யவிட்டால் ஸ்தபதியின் தலை துண்டிக்கபடும் என்றும் கூறிவிட்டார்கள். கால அவகாஸம் நெருங்க ஸ்தபதிக்கு கவலையும் ஆதங்கமும் ஏற்பட்டது. ராணியின் ஆசையின்படி ஒரு சிலையை செய்ய தனக்கு உதவுமாறு கடவுளை வேண்டிக்கொண்டார்.

அவர் கொதித்துகொண்டிருக்கும் பஞ்சலோகத்தை, தான் செய்துள்ள அச்சில் ஊற்றுவதற்காக தயாராக இருந்தார்இந்த சமயத்தில் அங்கு ஒரு வயதான தம்பதிகள் வந்தார்கள். அவர்கள் ஸ்தபதியிடம் குடிப்பதற்கு ஏதவது வேண்டும் என்று கேட்டுக்கொண்டார்கள். சிலையை சரியாக செய்ய முடியவில்லை என்று மன விரக்தியும் கோபமும் கொண்ட ஸ்தபதி இந்த தம்பதிகளை சரியாக கவனிக்கவில்லை.  “வேண்டும் என்றால் இந்த பஞ்சலோகத்தை பருகுங்கள்” என்று கூற, சற்றும் யோஸிக்காமல் அவர்கள் அதை பருகிவிட்டார்கள். இதை கண்ட ஸ்தபதி ஆச்சரியம் அடைந்தார். கண் மூடி கண் திறப்பதற்க்குள் அந்த முதிய தம்பதி  நின்றுகொண்டிருந்த இடத்திலேயே நடராஜரின் சிலையாகவும் பார்வதியின் சிலையாகவும் தோன்றினர். அப்பொழுது வேலை சரியாக நடக்கிறதா என்று காண ராஜாவும் ராணியும் அங்கு வந்தார்கள். சிலையை கண்டதுடன் அவர்களுக்கு ஆச்சிர்யமும் சந்தோஷமும் ஏற்பட்டது. சிலைகளில் நகங்களும் உடம்பில் உள்ள ரோமத்தையும் கண்டு அவர்கள் வியந்தன. இப்படி ஒரு அற்புதமான  சிலையை எப்படி செய்ய முடிந்தது என்று ஸ்தபதியிடம் கேட்டார்கள். ஸதபதியும் நடந்ததை கூறினார். கதையை கேட்ட ராஜா அது அவரது கற்பனை என்று கோபம் அடைந்து தன் வாளை ஓங்கினார். சிலையின் வலது காலில் வாள் பட, வெட்டுப்பட்ட சிலையிலிருந்து ரத்தம் பீச்சியடித்தது. ராஜாவிற்கு குஷ்டரோகம் ஏர்பட்டது. தன் குற்றத்தை உணற்ந்த ராஜா ஈசனிடம் மன்னிப்பு கேட்டார். ஈசனும் ராஜாவிடம் இந்த நோயிலிருந்து குணமடைய இங்குள்ள வைத்யனாதஸ்வாமிக்கு 42 நாட்கள் அபிஷேகமும் ப்ரார்தனையும் செய்யுமாரு கூறினார். அதன்படி செய்த ராஜாவும் குணம் அடைந்தார். இங்குள்ள வைத்யனாதஸ்வாமி சகல நோய்களையும் தீர்த்துவைப்பார் என்று பக்தர்களின் அசைக்கமுடியாத நம்பிக்கை. தன் குடும்பதில் ஒருவர் இங்குள்ள வைத்யனாதஸ்வாமியை வழிபட்டதால் கேன்சர் போன்ற கொடிய நோயிலிருந்து பூரண குணம் அடைந்ததாக உஷா சூர்யமணி தன் பிலாக்கிள் கூறியுள்ளார்.

பக்தர்கள் இந்த அற்புதமான சிலையை வெகு அருகிலிருந்து காணலாம். நடராஜரின் வலது பாதத்தில் சோழ மன்னனின் வாளால் ஏற்பட்ட காயத்தின் வடுவை காணலாம். இடது கையின் கீழ் பகுதியில் ஒரு மச்சத்தையும் காணலாம். குருக்கள், கையால் நடராஜர் சிலையை தடவினால் ரோமங்களையும் உணர முடியும் என்றார். நான் சிலையை தொட்டு பார்கலாமா என்று கேட்டபொழுது அனுமதிக்கவில்லை.

வைத்யனாதஸ்வாமியின் சன்னதி வெளி ப்ரஹாரத்தில் உள்ளது. வைதீஸ்வரன் கோவிலில் உள்ளதுபோல் இங்கும் முத்துகுமாரஸ்வாமியின் சன்னதி வைத்யனாதஸ்வாமியின் சன்னதிக்கு நேர் எதிரே உள்ளது.

தினம்தோறும் ஆறுகால பூஜை நடைபெருகிறது. வைகாசி மாதத்தில் ப்ரஹ்மோத்சவம், கார்திகை தீபம், ஆருத்ரா தரிசனம், சிவராத்திரீ, ஆடி பூரம், நவராத்திரீ மற்றும் கந்த ஷஷ்டி வெகு சிறப்பாக கொண்டாடபடுகிறது.

இந்த கோவிலில் நந்தி இல்லை. இத்தலத்தில் பூஜை செய்தால ஒன்றுக்கு பல மடங்காக பூஜா பலன் பெறுவர் என கூறபடுகின்றது. படிப்பில் மந்தமானவர்கள் மற்றும் ஞாபக சக்தி குறைவாக உள்ளவர்கள் இக்கொவிலில் உள்ள ஞான கூபம் என்ற கிணற்றுலிருந்து நீரை பருகினால் சிறந்த பலன் ஏற்படுவதாக ஒரு நம்பிக்கை உண்டு.

இருப்பிடம்:

மேப்பில் காண இங்கு க்லிக் செய்யவும்

கும்பகோணம் திருனாகேஸ்வரம் கொள்ளுமாங்குடி பேரளம் திருனள்ளார் பாதையில் உள்ள எஸ். புதூர் என்ற இடத்திலிருந்து சுமார் 3.5 கி.மீ தொலைவில் உள்ளது கோனேரிராஜபுரம். திருனாகேஸ்வரத்திலிருந்து 16 கி.மீ மற்றும் கும்பகோணத்திலிருந்து 23 கி.மீ தூரத்தில் உள்ளது. கும்பகோணத்திலிருந்து ஏராளமான பேருந்துக்கள் எஸ். புதூர் வழியாக செல்கின்றன. எஸ். புதூரில்லிருந்து ஆட்டோக்கள் மூலம் கோனேரிராஜபுரம் வந்தடையலாம். ஆடுதுறை ரயில் நிலையத்தில் இருந்து 8 கி.மீ தொலைவில் இத்தலம் உள்ளது.

ஆருகாமையில் உள்ள மற்ற ஆலயங்கள்

திருவீழினாதர் கோவில், திருவீழிமிழலை

மங்கலேஸ்வரர் கோவில், சிருகுடி

ஸேஷபுரீஸ்வரர் கோவில், திருபாம்புரம்

ஸ்ரீ ஸர்குனேஸ்வரஸ்வாமி கோவில், கருவேலி

ஸ்ரீ நீலகண்டேஸ்வரர் கோவில், திருனீலகுடி

ஆலய முகவரி

அருள்மிகு உமா மஹேஷ்வரர் கோவில்

கோனேரிராஜபுரம்

கோனேரிராஜபுரம் அஞ்சல்

தஞ்சாவூர் மாவட்டம்

பின் கோட் 612201

ஆலய தரிசன நேரம்: 

காலை 6 மணி முதல் பகல் 12 மணி வரையிலும், மாலை 4 மணி முதல் இரவு 8-30 மணி வரையிலும் திறந்திருக்கும்.

Nachiayar Kovil is on Kumbakonam Tiruvarur road about 10 kms from Kumbakonam. This temple built by Kochengat Cholan is one of the many Mada temples (built at an elevation to prevent elephants from entering them, read my post on Thiruvanaikaval to know more) that he built. As per the wishes of the Lord he built this temple after he had built 70 Sivan temples. The presiding deity Srinivasa is present with His Consort Vanjulavalli Thayaar. The Lord and His Consort are both present in the same sannadhi and are seen in Kalyana Kolam. Vanjulavalli Thayar or Nachiyar Thayar is given prominence in this temple. Even inside the sannadhi one can notice that Thayar is accorded importance. She is so placed that one can have Her darshan right from the entrance. This is one of the 108 Divya Desams. This is one of the Vaishnava Navagraha Parihara Sthalams and corresponds to Chevvai.

Kal Garudar. Nachiyar Kovil

Kal Garudar. Nachiyar Kovil

The legend goes that Sage Medhavi who lived in Nachiyar Kovil prayed to Lord Vishnu to have Mahalakshmi as his daughter. True to this prayer, the sage found a beautiful girl child under Vanjula tree and named her Vanjulavalli. The girl grew up and was of marriageable age. Lord Vishnu, one day manifested himself into five forms and arrived at the sage’s ashram as guests. They were accorded a warm welcome by the Sage’s disciples. Vanjulavalli also served them a delicious meal. After the meal as Vanjulavalli helped them by pouring water to wash their hands, Vasudeva suddenly held her hand and she cried for help. Sage Medhavi came there on hearing his daughter’s cries and saw that all the five forms of Vishnu became one and gave him the darshan as Mahavishnu. Mahavishnu asked the Sage for his daughter’s hand in marriage. Sage Medhavi agreed to this. He also sought the boon of eternal salvation from the Lord. All living beings at this place that gave the Lord his wife and food should also attain eternal salvation. Last but not the least, he asked for the boon that his daughter should always be given prominence. From then on, this temple has been known as Nachiyar Kovil and as per the wish of the Sage, the Goddess is given prominence over the Lord.

Nachiyar Kovil

Nachiyar Kovil

Sthala Perumai in Tamil, Nachiyar Kovil

Sthala Perumai in Tamil, Nachiyar Kovil

Vishnu’s Pancha Vyuha forms of Sankarshana, Pradyumna, Anirudha, Purushottama and Vasudeva are found in the sanctum sanctorum.

It is said that Garuda was the one to trace Mahalakshmi to this place and led Mahavishnu here. As a mark of gratitude, Lord Vishnu has blessed Garudan to receive equal status at this temple.

Kal Garudan is the vahanam of the Presiding Deity at this temple. The Garudan made of stone is seen just outside Perumal’s sannadhi. The Kal Garudan is very famous for a strange phenomenon. During the annual festivals in the Tamil months of Margazhi & Panguni, Kal Garudan is taken out in procession through the four mada streets. It is observed that as He is taken away from the temple, His weight increases exponentially with more number of people required to carry Him, increasing from 4 people to 8, 16, 32 and 64. As the procession approaches the temple again, the weight of Kal Garudan reduces and the number of people required to carry Him also reduces from 64 to 4. During these processions, the Lord is carried by Garudan and Thayar is on Her vehicle which is Swan. It is quite well known that Swan is a slow moving bird while Garudan or Eagle is a fast moving one. However, during these processions, Thayar on Annam or Swan moves faster than Lord on Kal Garudan. This is because people carrying the Kal Garudan are hampered by the weight and are not able to move fast. This seems to fulfill the Lord’s promise to Sage Medhavi that the Thayar will always be given prominence here.

It is said that as the sculptor was creating the Kal Garudan, the idol started flying just after he had sculpted the wings. The astonished sculptor is believed to have thrown a stone to bring the idol down again. Kal Garudan has since then made this His abode and bless all devotees.

Kal Garudan is the Vara Prasadhi at this temple and answers all the wishes of the devotees are fulfilled by praying to Him on nine consecutive Thursdays. He removes the naga doshams, blesses childless couples with progeny, removes obstacle in marriage etc.

Some interesting facts about this temple are

  • The Presiding Deity holds the Chakra and Conch in front of His face.

  • Idols of the Presiding Deities of all the 108 Divya Desams are presnt in this temple.

  • Brahma is believed to have worshipped Lord Vishnu here and can be seen in a standing posture inside the sanctum sanctorum

  • South facing Paramapada Vasal or Sorga Vasal

There is a tank by the side of the temple. It is called Mani Mutharu. There is an interesting story behind the name. Garuda was bringing a diamond ornament for the Lord from Thiruparkadal or the Celestial Ocean. A diamond or mani in tamil fell into the water of this tank causing a degradation in its value to that of a pearl or muthu. Hence the name Manimutharu.

Nachiyar Kovil is also famous for Brass Sculpting. Finely crafted Kuthivilakku or oil lamps are made here and in neighbouring villages. These artisans are heriditary sculptors who have been making utsava idols (idols taken out in procession during festivals) for many temples.

Temple timings: 6.30am –12.30pm and 4.30pm-8.30pm

Temple Location: This temple is 10 Kms from Kumbakonam on Kumbakonam Tiruvarur Road. All buses on this route stop at Nachiyar Kovil.

Other Temples Nearby:

Ramanathaswamy Temple, Thirunaraiyur

Padikkasunathar Temple, Alagaputhur

Thirucherai Saranatha Perumal Temple

Tirucherai Kadan Nivartheeswarar Temple

Uppiliappan Koil

Thirunageswaram Rahu Temple

Karukkakkum Nayaki Temple, Karuvalarcheri

Prathyangara Devi Temple – Ayyavadi

Temple Address:

The Executive Officer,

Arulmigu Srinivasa Perumal Kovil,

Nachiyar Kovil – 612602,

Tanjavur District.

Telephone Number 0435-2467167


Ramanathaswamy Koil at Thirunaraiyur or Nachiar Koil is popular for Saneeswaran who is present here with his two wives and two sons. Ramanathaswamy temple lies between the Thirunaraiyur Nambi temple or Kal Garudan temple and Siddhanathar temple. Thus it is situated between a Divya Desam and a Padal Petra Sthalam.

Ramanathaswamy Temple, Thirunaraiyur

Ramanathaswamy Temple, Thirunaraiyur

Ramanathaswamy Temple, Thirunaraiyur

Ramanathaswamy Temple, Thirunaraiyur

The legend goes that King Dasaratha was once ruling the entire world. Saturn was to make its transit to Rohini star after Krithigai. King Dasaratha was informed by sage Vasishta that this transit by Saturn to Rohini would be devastating for the whole world as it would be punctuated with famine and drought causing immense hardship to all the living beings. He asked Dasaratha to prevent it.

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Dasaratha instantaneously set out on his chariot and arrived at the star, Rohini. He saw Saturn moving in his golden chariot in the direction of Rohini and tried to stop Saneeswaran by force. Saneeswaran, though impressed with the King’s valour said that just His looks can destroy anybody. However, king Dasaratha could not be harmed because of the powers that he had accumulated through severe penance. Dasaratha requested Saneeswaran to spare Bhoomadevi and all the creatures living on it. Saneeswaran was pleased by the King’s concern for his people. He asked Dasaratha to go to Thirunaraiyur and have a bath at the temple tank to have his wish fulfilled. King Dasaratha did accordingly and Saneeswaran gave a darshan to Dasaratha and agreed to his prayer. Consequently, Thirunaraiyur is an important place to worship Saneeswaran. This is a Sani dosha nivarthi sthalam. King Dasaratha also sang the following hymn to please Saneeswaran and chanting of this stotra is believed to relieve anybody of Sani Dosham.

Dasaratha Shani Stotram (Click here to view the Sanskrit version of the Stotram)
Om. asya shree shanaishchara stotrasya
dashratha rishi
shanaish-charo-devata
trishtup chandahah
shanaish-chara preety-arthe jape viniyogah

Om. Sri Shani Stotra, Dasharatha is the Rishi (seer of the mantra). Shanaishchara is god (related to this hymn). Trishtup is metre. Enjoined is repetition (of this hymn) for the appeasement of Shanaishchara (Saturn).

kono-antaka roudra-yama-tha babhruh
krishnah shanih pingala manda sourih
nityam smrito yo harate cha peedam
tasmai namah shree ravi-nandanaya

Prostrations to Sri Ravinandana (Saturn), who when regularly remembered as (the ten names listed in the first and second line of this verse) steals away the suffering (misfortune of the devotee).

sura asurah kim purusha ragendra
gandharva vidyadhara panna-gash cha
peedyanti sarve vishama-stitena
tasmai namah shree ravi-nandanaya

Prostrations to Sri Ravinandana, by whose unfavourable position, gods, demons, celestial beings, celestial musicians, celestial masters of various wisdom-teachings and even celestial snakes succumb to sufferings.

nara narendra pashavo mrigendra
vanyas-cha ye keeta-patanga-bringah
peedyanti sarve vishama-stitena
tasmai namah shree ravi-nandanaya

Prostrations to Sri Ravinandana, whose unfavourable position brings agony to laymen, emperors, common animals, huge animals, forest creatures, insects, flies and humming bees (irrespective of their status).

desah-cha durgani vanani Yatra
sena-nivesah pura-pattnani
peedyanti sarve visham-stitena
tasmai namah shree ravi-nandanaya

Prostrations to Sri Ravinandana, whose unfavourable position brings about suffering to countries, citadels, forests, war-camps, houses and cities.

tilairya-vair-masha gudanna danaih
iohena neelambara danato va
preenati mantrair-nijavasare cha
tasmai namah shree ravi-nandanaya

Prostrations to Sri Ravinandana, who is appeased by giving in charity things like sesame, paddy, black-gram, molasses, rice pudding, iron, blue cloth etc., and by chanting mantras on his own day (Saturday).

prayaga-koole Yamuna tate cha
sarasvati punya-jale guhayam
yo yoginam dhyana-gatopi sookshmas
tasmai namah shree ravi-nandanaya

Prostrations to Sri Ravinandana, who manifests in subtle form before the yogis who meditate on him at any holy bank of prayag (confluence) of two rivers; Yamuna and Saraswati, or in a cave.

anya-pradeshat swagriham pravishtas
tadeeya-vare sa narah sukhe syat
grihad gato yo na punah prayati
tasmai namah sri ravi-nandanaya

Prostrations to Sri Ravinandana, who bestows happiness to a person when He enters His own house (constellation); (though) when He leaves the house, does not return for a long time.

srashta swayam-bhoor bhuvana trayasya
trata hareesho harate pinakee
ekas tridhah rig yajuh sama murtis
tasmai namah sri ravi-nandanaya

Prostrations to Sri Ravinandana, who is the creator of three worlds, who is the self-manifested being, who is Hari the protector and Pinakin (Siva, bearer of the three pointed spear or pinaka), the destroyer, all in one, as well as the embodiment of the three-fold Vedas; Rig, Yajus and Saman.

konasthah pingala babruh
krishno roudroantako yamah
sourih shanaish-charo manday
pippalandena sam stutah

Thus, Pippalada praises Thee (by chanting your ten names as contained in lines 1-3).

etani dasha-namani
pratar-uthaya yah pathet
shanaishchara-krita peeda
na kadachid bhavishyati
Harih Om

He who chants these ten names, getting-up early in the morning, will never suffer from the pain caused by Saturn. Harih Om.

SHANAISHCHARA STOTRAM

Ramanathaswamy Temple, Thirunaraiyur

Ramanathaswamy Temple, Thirunaraiyur

About Ramanathaswamy Temple, Thirunaraiyur in Tamil

About Ramanathaswamy Temple, Thirunaraiyur in Tamil

This is the only place where He is present with His wives Mandhi Devi and Jyeshta Devi and two sons Maandhi and Kuligan. Lord Rama and Anjaneya are believed to have prayed at this temple on their way back to Ayodhya after defeating Ravana.

The main deity of this temple is Ramanathaswamy and His consort is Parvathavardhini, just as in Rmeswaram. Many consider this temple equivalent to Rameswaram and those unable to visit Rameswaram visit this temple.

In the navagraha shrine, the Sun is at the centre and is seen with his two wives Usha Devi and Prathyushadevi. The rays of the Sun and the Moon fall directly on the Shivalingam sometime in the month of April.

Ramanathaswamy Temple, Thirunaraiyur

Ramanathaswamy Temple, Thirunaraiyur

This temple is maintained by the HR and CE department.

Temple Location:

Thirunaraiyur is about 8 kms from Kumbakonam on the Kumbakonam Tiruvarur route. All buses on this route stop at Thirunaraiyur or Nachiyar Koil.

Other Temples Nearby: 

Other Temples Nearby:

Nachiyar Kovil

Padikkasunathar Temple, Alagaputhur

Thirucherai Saranatha Perumal Temple

Tirucherai Kadan Nivartheeswarar Temple

Uppiliappan Koil

Thirunageswaram Rahu Temple

Karukkakkum Nayaki Temple, Karuvalarcheri

Prathyangara Devi Temple – Ayyavadi

Travel Base: Kumbakonam

Temple Address:

Ramanathaswami Temple,

Nachiar Koil-612602

Phone number 0435-2476411/2476157.

I found a very useful post in one of the blogs on temples giving the Bus routes for all important temples around Kumbakonam. I sought the permission of Mr. Ganesh Raman who has kindly let me publish here on this site. The original blog can be found here. Thank You, Mr. Ganesh Raman.

TEMPLE PLACE BUS NUMBERS TO VISIT
AIRAWATHESWARAR KOIL DARASURAM 8, 11, 12, 14, 25, 29, 35.
DURGA TEMPLE PATTEESWARAM 8, 11, 25
ABATHSAGESWARAR KOIL ADUTHURAI 1, 17, 27, 33, 46, 54, 64
SAPTHARISHEESWARAR KOIL AMMACHATRAM 1, 17, 27, 33, 46, 54, 64
KAMBAGARESWARAR KOIL THIRUBUVANAM 1, 17, 27, 33, 46, 54, 64
MAHALINGASWAMY KOIL THIRUVIDAIMARUDUR 1, 17, 27, 33, 46, 54, 64
NAGANATHASWAMY KOIL THIRUNAGESWARAM 13, 15, 22, 23, 58, 60
SURIYA BAGHAVAN KOIL SURIYANAR KOIL 2A, 54
KABARDEESAR KOIL THIRUVALANCHULI 12, 14, 29, 43, 48
SWAMINATHA SWAMI KOIL SWAMIMALAI 1, 16, 30
UPPILIPPAN KOIL THIRUNAGESWARAM 13, 15, 22, 23, 58, 60
SENJADAIAPPAR KOIL THIRUPANADAL 2, 9, 34.
DURGA TEMPLE AMMANKUDI 15, 49
MAHAMARIAMMAN KOIL VALANGAIMAN 5, 20, 21, 32, 36, 50
SRINIVASA PERUMAL KOIL NACHIARKOIL 3, 4, 13, 28, 39, 41, 45
SARANATHA PERUMAL KOIL THIRUCHERAI 3, 13, 45, 60
VANADURGA KOIL KATHIRAMANGALAM 2A.
VENKATACHALAPATHY KOIL VAPPATTUR 2, 9, 34
THIRUPADALVANAM KARUPPUR 2, 2A, 9, 19, 34, 34A.
ABATHSAGESWARAR KOIL ALANGUDI Mannargudi route Buses
SATCHINATHA SWAMI KOIL THIRUPURAMBIAM 6, 18
VINYAGAR KOIL GANAPATHI AGRAHARAM 25, 42.
KARPARAKSHAMBIGAI KOIL THIRUKARUKKAVUR 11, 29
PASUPATHEESWARAR KOIL PANDANALLUR 44, 54
Place Location PRINCIPAL DEITY
AADANOOR 9 Kms. from Kumbakonam on the Thiruvaiyaru Road ANDALUKKUMAYYAN
AMMANKUDI 20 Kms from Kumbakonam KAILASANADAR
AVOOR 10 Kms from Kumbakonam to Thanjavur via Melatur PASUPATHEESWARAR
AZHAGA PUTHUR 5 Kms from Kumbakonam on the Thiruvarur Road SORNAPUREESWARAR
(ARISIRKARAI PPUTHUR)
DARASURAM 4 Kms from Kumbakonam on the Thanjavur Road AIRAVADESWARAR
ENKAN 32 Kms from Kumbakonam on the road to Thiruvarur (Near Kudavasal) LORD SUBRAMANYA
GANAPATHIAGRAHARAM 25 Kms from Kumbakonam on the road to Thiruvaiyyaru. LORD VINAYAKA
HARIDWARAMANGALAM 28 Kms from Kumbakonam PADALESWARAN
INNAMBOOR 3 Kms from north from Puliyanchery which is on the Kumbakonam – Swamimalai road EZHUTHARINATHAR
KAPISTHALAM Near Swamimalai on the Kumbakonam-Thiruvayyaru Road GAJENDRA VARADAN
KONERI RAJAPURAM (THIRUNALLAM) 4 Kms from pudur, a stop on the Kumbakonam-karaikkal road UMA MAHESWARAR
(BOOMI NATHAR)
KOTTAIYOOR (KOTEESWARAM) 6 Kms on the Kumbakonam-Swamimalai Road KOTEESWARAR
KUDAVASAL (KUDAVAYIL) 20 Kms from Kumbakonam on the road to Tiruvarur KONESWARAR
ADHI KUMBESWARA SWAMI IN Kumbakonam Town ADHI KUMBESWARAR
TEMPLE
NAGESWARASWAMI TEMPLE IN Kumbakonam Town NAGESWARA
SOMESWARAR TEMPLE IN Kumbakonam Town SOMESWARA
KASI VISWANATHAR TEMPLE IN Kumbakonam Town KASI VISWANATHA
BANA PUREESWARA TEMPLE IN Kumbakonam Town BANA PUREESWARA
SARANGAPANI TEMPLE IN Kumbakonam Town SARANGAPANI
CHAKRAPANI TEMPLE IN Kumbakonam Town CHAKRAPANI
RAMASWAMY TEMPLE IN Kumbakonam Town LORD RAMA
KUTTALAM 26 Kms from Kumbakonam on Mayiladuthurai Road UKTHA VEETHEESWARAR
MANNARGUDI 36 Kms from Kumbakonam Via Needamangalam SRI RAJA GOPALA
MAYILADUTHURAI 35 Kms from Kumbakonam MAYURANATHAR
NANNILAM(MADHUVANAM) 30 Kms from Kumbakonam on the road to Nagore MADUVANESWARAR
NALLOOR 2 kms from Vazhapazhasalai, which is on Kumbakonam- Thanjavur Road KALYANA
SUNDARESWARAR
NATCHIAR KOIL 12 Kms from Kumbakonam on the SRINIVASA
Tiruvarur Road
OOTHUKADU 20 Kms from Kumbakonam on the Thanjavur Road via Melatur VEDA NARAYANAR
PASUPATHI KOIL Around 30 Kms from Kumbakonam on the Thanjavur Road BRAHMA PUREESWARAR
PATTEESWARAM DHENUPUREESWARAR
PAZHAYARAI Near Patteswaram SOMESWARAR
POOVANOOR It is in between Needamangalam and Mannargudi on Kumbakonam-Mannargudi road PUSHPAVANESWARAR
SENGANOOR Near Thirupanandal on Kumbakonam-Madras Road SATHYAGIRINATHAR
SIRUGUDI (SOOTCHUMAPURI) 3 Kms from Katakambadi on the Kumbakonam – Natchiar Koil Road SOOTCHUMA
PUREESWARAR
SWAMIMALAI 8 Kms from Kumbakonam on Thiruvayyaru Road SWAMINATHA SWAMI
THERAZHUNDOOR 10 Kms from Mayiladuthurai on Kumbakonam-Mayiladuthutrai Road KOSAGAR
THIRUCHERAI 15 Kms from Kumbakonam on Kumbakonam – Tiruvarur Road SARANATHATPERUMAL
THIRUKKANNAMANGAI 36 Kms from Kumbakonam on Kumbakonam-Tiruvarur Road Via Kudavasal BAKTHAVATSALAR
THIRUKKARUGAVOOR 7 Kms from Papanasam, which is on the Kumbakonam- Thanjavur Road GARBAPUREESWARAR
THIRUKKODIKKAVAL Situated in the Kumbakonam-Kadiramangalam Road KOTEESWARAR
THIRUMANANCHERI 8 Kms from Kuttalam, which is 10 kms from Mayiladuthurai on Kumbakonam-Mayiladuthurai road KALYANA SUNDARAR
THIRUMANGALAKKUDI 2 Kms from Aduthurai, which is 15 kms from Kumbakonam on Kumbakonam- Mayiladuthurai Road PRANAVARADESWARAR
THIRUMARUGAL About 9 Kms from Nannilam on the Road to Nagore MANIKKAVANNAR
THIRUNARAIYOOR On the Kumbakonam- Tiruvarur Road SIDDHANADESWARAR
THIRUNEELAKKUDI On the Kumbakonam-karaikkal Road near Thirunageswaram NEELAKANDESWARAR
THIRUPPAMPURAM 2 kms from Karkathi which is on the Kumbakonam- Karaikkal Road SESHAPUREESWARAR
THIRUPANANDAL 19 Kms from Kumbakonam on Madras Road SADAIYAPPAR
THIRUPURAMBIYAM 4.5 Kms from Innambar, which is 3 Kms from north from Puliyanchery which is on the Kumbakonam Swamimalai road. SATCHINATHAR
THIRUBUVANAM 5 Kms from Kumbakonam on Kumbakonam- Mayiladuthurai Road KAMBAHARESWARAR
THIRUVAIGAVOOR 4.5 Kms from Thirupurambiyam VILVAVANESWARAR
THIRUVALANCHUZHI 6 Kms from Kumbakonam on Kumbakonam – Swami malai Road via Dharasuram KARPAGA
NATHESWARAR
THIRUVANCHIYAM On the Kumbakonam – Nagoor Road, near Nannilam VANCHIHINGESWARAR
(SRIVANCHIYAM)
THIRUVAVADUTHURAI 2 Kms from Narasingampettai, which is at 16 kms from Kumbakonam-Mayiladuthurai Road MASILAMANEESWARAR
THIRUVEEZHIMAZHAI Near Eravancheri on the Kumbakonam-Peralam Road NETHARAR
PARESWARAR
THIRUVIDAI MARUDOOR 6 Kms from Kumbakonam on Kumbakonam-Mayiladuthurai Road MAHALINGESWARAR
THIRUVISANALOOR 8 kms from Kumbakonam YAGANANDESWARAR
UPPILIPPAN KOIL 10 Kms from Kumbakonam-Karaikkal Road OPPILIYAPAN
VALANGAIMAN 12 Kms from Kumbakonam on Manargudi Road MARIAMMAN

I visited the Adhi Vaithyanatha Swamy, Mannipallam in December 2012 and the construction is progressing at a slow pace. The compound walls were being constructed. Work is also on in repairing the Rajagopuram. Mr. Paramanathan, who has been the champion behind reconstruction of the temple, is confident of performing the Kumbabishekam very soon. He may be running short of funds but his confidence and faith is not lacking. Anybody wanting to make a contribution towards this cause can contact Mr. Paramanathan  on +91-9444526253. He himself performed an elaborate pooja and had made all the arrangements when I had informed him about my arrival.

Meanwhile, there was an interesting phenomenon that brought Mannipallam to limelight. An Yellow Pumpkin (Pangikkai in Tamil) Vine in a house adjoining the temple had a growth resembling five hoods of a snake. This news spread like wildfire and there has been a constant stream of curious people coming on bullock carts, tractor trailors and share autos wanting to have a look at the rare phenomena. In fact, there were a few Tamil magazines carrying articles about this. Here are some photographs from that trip.

Yellow Pumpkin (Parangikai) Vine Just outside the temple, attracted many visitors from far and near because it has five "hoods" similar to Adhiseshan (snake god). In fact a few articles appeared in tamil magazines about this phenomenon.

Yellow Pumpkin (Parangikai) Vine Just outside the temple, attracted many visitors from far and near because it has five “hoods” similar to Adhiseshan (snake god). In fact a few articles appeared in tamil magazines about this phenomenon.

Yellow Pumpkin (Parangikai) Vine Just outside the temple, attracted many visitors from far and near because it has five "hoods" similar to Adhiseshan (snake god). In fact a few articles appeared in tamil magazines about this phenomenon.

Yellow Pumpkin (Parangikai) Vine Just outside the temple, attracted many visitors from far and near because it has five “hoods” similar to Adhiseshan (snake god). In fact a few articles appeared in tamil magazines about this phenomenon.

Yellow Pumpkin (Parangikai) Vine Just outside the temple, attracted many visitors from far and near because it has five "hoods" similar to Adhiseshan (snake god). In fact a few articles appeared in tamil magazines about this phenomenon.

Yellow Pumpkin (Parangikai) Vine Just outside the temple, attracted many visitors from far and near because it has five “hoods” similar to Adhiseshan (snake god). In fact a few articles appeared in tamil magazines about this phenomenon.

Compound wall under construction. Adhi Vaithyanatha Swamy, Mannipallam

Compound wall under construction. Adhi Vaithyanatha Swamy, Mannipallam

Paddy field abutting the temple. Adhi Vaithyanatha Swamy, Mannipallam

Paddy field abutting the temple. Adhi Vaithyanatha Swamy, Mannipallam

Thayyal Nayaki.

Thayyal Nayaki.

Compond wall under construction. Adhi Vaithyanatha Swamy, Mannipallam

Compond wall under construction. Adhi Vaithyanatha Swamy, Mannipallam

Adhi Vaithyanatha Swamy, Mannipallam

The Presiding Deity at the Airavateshwara Temple Darasuram – Lord Airavatheshwarar is present with His Consort Periya Nayaki Amman.

From Kumbakonam Visit, Dec 2012
From Kumbakonam Visit, Dec 2012

 

From Kumbakonam Visit, Dec 2012

 

From Kumbakonam Visit, Dec 2012

 

From Kumbakonam Visit, Dec 2012

 

From Kumbakonam Visit, Dec 2012

 

From Kumbakonam Visit, Dec 2012

 

From Kumbakonam Visit, Dec 2012

 

Darasuram is at a distance of 4.5 Kms from Kumbakonam Railway Station and Kumbakonam Bus Stand. Frequent Bus services are available from Kumbakonam. The Legend of this temple is connected to that at Thiruvalanchuzhi. Sage Dhurvasa honoured Indran by presenting him a special garland. Sage Dhurvasa had obtained this garland from Lakshmi.  Indran, after receiving the garland placed it on the head of Airavatam, his elephant.  Airavatam, threw it on the ground and trampled it.  Sage Dhurvasa was very angry with the brash behaviour of Indran and cursed him.  He cursed Indran that he and his followers would be deprived of all their strength, wealth & power. He also cursed Airavatham, Indiran’s elephant. He had cursed Airavatham to lose his sheen and the pure white complexion. Lord Shiva restored Airavatham’s original complexion and sheen after the latter worshiped Him here. This is perhaps one temple where the legend can take a back seat. The pooja performed are very minimum to avoid any damage whatsoever. Even during festival days pooja is performed only to specific Deity.

From Kumbakonam Visit, Dec 2012

 

From Kumbakonam Visit, Dec 2012

 

From Kumbakonam Visit, Dec 2012

 

From Kumbakonam Visit, Dec 2012

 

From Kumbakonam Visit, Dec 2012

 

From Kumbakonam Visit, Dec 2012

 

From Kumbakonam Visit, Dec 2012

 

From Kumbakonam Visit, Dec 2012

 

From Kumbakonam Visit, Dec 2012

 

From Kumbakonam Visit, Dec 2012

 

From Kumbakonam Visit, Dec 2012
From Kumbakonam Visit, Dec 2012
From Kumbakonam Visit, Dec 2012
From Kumbakonam Visit, Dec 2012
From Kumbakonam Visit, Dec 2012
From Kumbakonam Visit, Dec 2012
From Kumbakonam Visit, Dec 2012
From Kumbakonam Visit, Dec 2012
From Kumbakonam Visit, Dec 2012
From Kumbakonam Visit, Dec 2012
From Kumbakonam Visit, Dec 2012
From Kumbakonam Visit, Dec 2012
From Kumbakonam Visit, Dec 2012
From Kumbakonam Visit, Dec 2012
From Kumbakonam Visit, Dec 2012
From Kumbakonam Visit, Dec 2012
From Kumbakonam Visit, Dec 2012
From Kumbakonam Visit, Dec 2012
From Kumbakonam Visit, Dec 2012

The magnificent Airavateshwara Temple Darasuram was built by Rajaja Cholan II. This is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is maintained by the ASI. This temple is one of the three Great Living Chola Temples; the other two are Brahdeeshwara Temple at Thanjavur and Gangaikondacholeeswaram at Gangai Konda Cholapuram. Airavateshwara Temple Darasuram is literally a repertory of finely carved architecture of the highest caliber. The workmanship here is probably more detailed than the ones at Brahadeeshwara Temple or Gangaikonda Cholapuram. Absolutely Wowed by the beauty and splendour of Airavateshwara Temple Darasuram!!!

Location of Airavateshwara Temple Darasuram

Travel base: Kumbakonam

 

 

Veezhinatheswarar temple at Thiruveezhimizhalai in Tiruvarur district of Tamilnadu is close to Tiruvarur, Mayavaram and Kumbakonam. The Presiding Deity is Kalyanasundareswarar and His consort is Sundarakushanmbigai. She is also known as Kathyayani. The sthala vruksham is Veezhi maram and the theertham is Vishnu Theertham. The Shivalingam here is a Swayambhu (self-manifisted). This is a Mada Kovil (built a few feet above ground level). There is a Paathala nandhi under the steps leading to the main sannadhi.

Padhala Nandi

Padhala Nandi

Temple Tank, THIRUVEEZHINATHAR KOVIL, THIRUVEEZHIMIZHALAI

Temple Tank, THIRUVEEZHINATHAR KOVIL, THIRUVEEZHIMIZHALAI

This is a huge temple and the surrounding walls are really massive; about thirty to thirty five feet high. There is also a huge temple tank right in front of the temple. This East facing temple is one of the 275 Padal petra sthalams of Lord Shiva. This temple is owned and maintained by Thiruvavaduthurai Adheenam.

THIRUVEEZHINATHAR KOVIL, THIRUVEEZHIMIZHALAI

THIRUVEEZHINATHAR KOVIL, THIRUVEEZHIMIZHALAI

THIRUVEEZHINATHAR KOVIL, THIRUVEEZHIMIZHALAI

In the Southern side of the outer praharam a shrine for Padikkasu Vinayakar is present. Somaskandar, Murugan, Mahalakshmi are present in the Western side. Adhi Dakshinamurthy is present in the Northern side of the praharam. The vimanam of the main shrine was supposed to have been brought from heaven by Vishnu, and is hence known as Vinnizhi Vimanam.

THIRUVEEZHINATHAR KOVIL, THIRUVEEZHIMIZHALAI

THIRUVEEZHINATHAR KOVIL, THIRUVEEZHIMIZHALAI

THIRUVEEZHINATHAR KOVIL, THIRUVEEZHIMIZHALAI

There is also a separate shrine where Shiva is present in his human form with his Consort. He appears in kalyana kolam. The legend has it that Sage Kathyayana did not have children and wanted one. He and his wife Sumangalai prayed to Goddess Parvathi. When the Goddess appeared, the Sage asked for a boon that the Goddess herself be born as his daughter. Parvathi was pleased with his devotion and granted the boon. Accordingly She was born to the couple and grew up in the hermitage as Kathyayani. When Kathyayani attained marriageable age, the Sage requested Lord Shiva to marry her. The Lord consented and married her here. Sage Kathyayana aslo requested the Lord to be present here permanently and make this His abode. He also wanted The Divine Couple to appear in Kalyana Kolam at this place. People facing hurdles in getting married pray to the Lord here for early marriage. There is a mandapam facing the Sannadhi. This mandapam which is called Vavval Nethi mandapam has no supporting pillar in the centre. There is a pandalkal in the north east corner of the mandapam. Devotees pray to Mappillaiswamy and then circumambulate the pandalkal in the faith that the marriage will happen soon.

Mappilaiswamy at THIRUVEEZHINATHAR KOVIL, THIRUVEEZHIMIZHALAI

Mappilaiswamy at THIRUVEEZHINATHAR KOVIL, THIRUVEEZHIMIZHALAI

To commemorate this Divine marriage, Kalyana Utsavam is conducted every year at this temple on Maham star day in the tamil month of Chithirai. It is said that Lord Shiva borrowed money to meet His marriage expenses and then again immediately after marriage to meet further expenses related to marriage. He is known as Manakkadan Petra Shivan. During the annual festival He is taken out in procession as Bitchandavar a day before the Kalyana Utsavam and four days after the Kalyana Utsavam.

THIRUVEEZHINATHAR KOVIL, THIRUVEEZHIMIZHALAI

Lord Vishnu did penance on Lord Shiva here to get his chakrayudham. He had lost the same in his fight with Jalandhara. Vishnu, during his daily prayers offered a thousand and eight lotuses to Lord Shiva everyday. Lord Shiva one day wanted to test Lord Vishnu. He hid one of those flowers. At the end of the pooja, when Lord Vishnu noticed that He was short by one flower, He just plcuked out His left eye and placed it in front of Lord Shiva. Shiva was overwhelmed and presented Him with the Sudarshana Chakram. There is no Navagraha Sannadhi in this temple. This is an indication that this temple is very old.

Thirugnanasambandar and Sundarar visited this temple and stayed at this village for sometime. They were taken aback by the poverty and decided to do their bit for the local people. They prayed to God and God obliged. Everyday they would find a Gold coin in the temple and sold it off. They used the money generated to feed all the people of the village. Devotees pray to God by keeping a coin at the Padikkasu peedam and take it back home and keep them in their pooja. It is with utmost faith that people do this and pray for prosperity.

Place where Thirugnanasambandar got the Padikkasu, THIRUVEEZHINATHAR KOVIL, THIRUVEEZHIMIZHALAI

Place where Thirugnanasambandar got the Padikkasu, THIRUVEEZHINATHAR KOVIL, THIRUVEEZHIMIZHALAI

 

Peedam where Thirunavukkarasu nayanmar got his Padikkasu. THIRUVEEZHINATHAR KOVIL, THIRUVEEZHIMIZHALAI

Peedam where Thirunavukkarasu nayanmar got his Padikkasu. THIRUVEEZHINATHAR KOVIL, THIRUVEEZHIMIZHALAI

 

Peedam where Sundaramurthy Swamy got his Padikkasu. THIRUVEEZHINATHAR KOVIL, THIRUVEEZHIMIZHALAI

Peedam where Sundaramurthy Swamy got his Padikkasu. THIRUVEEZHINATHAR KOVIL, THIRUVEEZHIMIZHALAI

 

Location:

Temple Timings: 6 AM to 12 Noon & 4 PM to 9 PM

Other Temples Nearby:

Mangaleswarar Temple, Sirukudi

Tirupampuram – Seshapureeswarar Temple

Saraswathy Temple at Koothanur

Thilatharpanapuri or Adhi Vinayakar Temple

Sri Sarguneswaraswamy temple, Karuveli

Uma Maheshwarar Temple, Konerirajapuram

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Temple Address:

Sri Veezhinatheswarar temple,

Thiruveezhimizhalai,

Tiruvarur Dist.

Tamilnadu

Phone no. 04366-273050 Mobile: +91-94439-24825

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கோனேரிராஜபுரத்தில் உள்ள் உமா மஹேஷ்வரர் கோவிலை பற்றி முதல் முதலாக உஷா சூர்யமணி அவர்களின் ப்லாக்கை கண்டு அறிந்துகொண்டேன். கொன்னேரிராஜபுரம் திருவிடைமருதூரிலிருந்து தெற்க்கு திசையில் சுமார் 10 கி.மீ தொலைவில் உள்ளது. இந்த கோவில் வளாகம் திருனல்லம் என்று அழைக்கபடுகிறது. காவிரி நதியின் தெற்கில் உள்ள சோழ நாட்டின் தேவார ஸ்தலங்களில் முப்பத்தினாங்காவதாக கருதப்படுகிறது. செவ்வாய் மற்றும் வெள்ளி கிழமைகளில் இங்கு ஈசனை தரிசித்தால் சகல நன்மைகளும் கிட்டும் என கருதப்படுகிறது. இங்குள்ள மூலவரரின் பெயர் உமா மஹேஷ்வரர், அம்மன்னின் பெயர் மங்களநாயகி. இங்குள்ள ஸ்தல வ்ருக்ஷம் பத்ராக்ஷம். இந்த கோவிலின் தீர்த்தத்தின் பெயர் ப்ரம்ஹ தீர்த்தம்.

கோவில் குருக்கள் புகைபடம் எதுவும் எடுக்க வேண்டாம் என்று கேட்டுக்கொண்டதால் ஃப்லிக்காரில் உள்ள சில புகைபடங்களை எம்பெட் செய்துள்ளேன்.

இந்த திருக்கோவில் கன்டராத்தித்த சோழனின் மனைவி செம்பியன் மஹாதேவியால் புதுப்பிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது. இதனை குறித்து இக்கோவிலில் ஏராளமான கல்வெட்டுக்கள் காணபடுகின்றன. கன்டராத்தித்த சோழன் மற்றும் செம்பியன் மஹாதேவியின் சிலைகளும் இங்கு காணபடுகின்றன. இக்கோவிலின் அன்றாட செலவுகளுக்காக ஏராளமான சொத்தை கோவிலுக்கு நன்கொடையாக செம்பியன் மஹாதேவி தந்துள்ளார்.

பஞ்சலோகத்தால் செய்யப்பட்ட, இங்குள்ள் மிக உயரமான நடராஜரின் சிலை, உலக ப்ரசித்தி பெற்றது. இந்த சிலை உருவாகியதற்கு பின்னால் ஒரு ஸுவாரஸ்யமான கதை உண்டு. இந்த கோவிலில் ஒரு அழகான நடராஜர் சிலையை ஸ்தாபிக்கவேண்டும் என்று செம்பியன் மஹாதேவியின் விருப்பம். தன் விருப்பத்தின்படி ஸ்தபதியிடம் ஒரு பஞ்சலோக சிலையை செய்ய ஆணையிட்டார். ராணியின் ஆணையின்படி ஸ்தபதியும் ஒரிரு சிலைகளை செய்ய அதை ராணி நிராகரித்தார். அவர்களுக்கு சிலை உயரமாகவும் உயிருள்ளதுபோல் தோற்றம் அளிக்கவேண்டும் என்று கூறிவிட்டார்கள். இத்தகையான சிலையை குறிப்பிட்டுள்ள நாட்களுக்குள் செய்து முடிக்கவேண்டும், அப்படி செய்யவிட்டால் ஸ்தபதியின் தலை துண்டிக்கபடும் என்றும் கூறிவிட்டார்கள். கால அவகாஸம் நெருங்க ஸ்தபதிக்கு கவலையும் ஆதங்கமும் ஏற்பட்டது. ராணியின் ஆசையின்படி ஒரு சிலையை செய்ய தனக்கு உதவுமாறு கடவுளை வேண்டிக்கொண்டார்.

அவர் கொதித்துகொண்டிருக்கும் பஞ்சலோகத்தை, தான் செய்துள்ள அச்சில்

ஊற்றுவதற்காக  தயாராக இருந்தார். இந்த சமயத்தில் அங்கு ஒரு வயதான தம்பதிகள் வந்தார்கள். அவர்கள் ஸ்தபதியிடம் குடிப்பதற்கு ஏதவது வேண்டும் என்று கேட்டுக்கொண்டார்கள். சிலையை சரியாக செய்ய முடியவில்லை என்று மன விரக்தியும் கோபமும் கொண்ட ஸ்தபதி இந்த தம்பதிகளை சரியாக கவனிக்கவில்லை.  “வேண்டும் என்றால் இந்த பஞ்சலோகத்தை பருகுங்கள்” என்று கூற, சற்றும் யோஸிக்காமல் அவர்கள் அதை பருகிவிட்டார்கள். இதை கண்ட ஸ்தபதி ஆச்சரியம் அடைந்தார். கண் மூடி கண் திறப்பதற்க்குள் அந்த முதிய தம்பதி  நின்றுகொண்டிருந்த இடத்திலேயே நடராஜரின் சிலையாகவும் பார்வதியின் சிலையாகவும் தோன்றினர். அப்பொழுது வேலை சரியாக நடக்கிறதா என்று காண ராஜாவும் ராணியும் அங்கு வந்தார்கள். சிலையை கண்டதுடன் அவர்களுக்கு ஆச்சிர்யமும் சந்தோஷமும் ஏற்பட்டது. சிலைகளில் நகங்களும் உடம்பில் உள்ள ரோமத்தையும் கண்டு அவர்கள் வியந்தன. இப்படி ஒரு அற்புதமான  சிலையை எப்படி செய்ய முடிந்தது என்று ஸ்தபதியிடம் கேட்டார்கள். ஸதபதியும் நடந்ததை கூறினார். கதையை கேட்ட ராஜா அது அவரது கற்பனை என்று கோபம் அடைந்து தன் வாளை ஓங்கினார். சிலையின் வலது காலில் வாள் பட, வெட்டுப்பட்ட சிலையிலிருந்து ரத்தம் பீச்சியடித்தது. ராஜாவிற்கு குஷ்டரோகம் ஏர்பட்டது. தன் குற்றத்தை உணற்ந்த ராஜா ஈசனிடம் மன்னிப்பு கேட்டார். ஈசனும் ராஜாவிடம் இந்த நோயிலிருந்து குணமடைய இங்குள்ள வைத்யனாதஸ்வாமிக்கு 42 நாட்கள் அபிஷேகமும் ப்ரார்தனையும் செய்யுமாரு கூறினார். அதன்படி செய்த ராஜாவும் குணம் அடைந்தார். இங்குள்ள வைத்யனாதஸ்வாமி சகல நோய்களையும் தீர்த்துவைப்பார் என்று பக்தர்களின் அசைக்கமுடியாத நம்பிக்கை. தன் குடும்பதில் ஒருவர் இங்குள்ள வைத்யனாதஸ்வாமியை வழிபட்டதால் கேன்சர் போன்ற கொடிய நோயிலிருந்து பூரண குணம் அடைந்ததாக உஷா சூர்யமணி தன் பிலாக்கிள் கூறியுள்ளார்.

பக்தர்கள் இந்த அற்புதமான சிலையை வெகு அருகிலிருந்து காணலாம். நடராஜரின் வலது பாதத்தில் சோழ மன்னனின் வாளால் ஏற்பட்ட காயத்தின் வடுவை காணலாம். இடது கையின் கீழ் பகுதியில் ஒரு மச்சத்தையும் காணலாம். குருக்கள், கையால் நடராஜர் சிலையை தடவினால் ரோமங்களையும் உணர முடியும் என்றார். நான் சிலையை தொட்டு பார்கலாமா என்று கேட்டபொழுது அனுமதிக்கவில்லை.

வைத்யனாதஸ்வாமியின் சன்னதி வெளி ப்ரஹாரத்தில் உள்ளது. வைதீஸ்வரன் கோவிலில் உள்ளதுபோல் இங்கும் முத்துகுமாரஸ்வாமியின் சன்னதி வைத்யனாதஸ்வாமியின் சன்னதிக்கு நேர் எதிரே உள்ளது.

தினம்தோறும் ஆறுகால பூஜை நடைபெருகிறது. வைகாசி மாதத்தில் ப்ரஹ்மோத்சவம், கார்திகை தீபம், ஆருத்ரா தரிசனம், சிவராத்திரீ, ஆடி பூரம், நவராத்திரீ மற்றும் கந்த ஷஷ்டி வெகு சிறப்பாக கொண்டாடபடுகிறது.

இந்த கோவிலில் நந்தி இல்லை. இத்தலத்தில் பூஜை செய்தால ஒன்றுக்கு பல மடங்காக பூஜா பலன் பெறுவர் என கூறபடுகின்றது. படிப்பில் மந்தமானவர்கள் மற்றும் ஞாபக சக்தி குறைவாக உள்ளவர்கள் இக்கொவிலில் உள்ள ஞான கூபம் என்ற கிணற்றுலிருந்து நீரை பருகினால் சிறந்த பலன் ஏற்படுவதாக ஒரு நம்பிக்கை உண்டு.

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மேப்பில் காண இங்கு க்லிக் செய்யவும்

கும்பகோணம் திருனாகேஸ்வரம் கொள்ளுமாங்குடி பேரளம் திருனள்ளார் பாதையில் உள்ள எஸ். புதூர் என்ற இடத்திலிருந்து சுமார் 3.5 கி.மீ தொலைவில் உள்ளது கோனேரிராஜபுரம். திருனாகேஸ்வரத்திலிருந்து 16 கி.மீ மற்றும் கும்பகோணத்திலிருந்து 23 கி.மீ தூரத்தில் உள்ளது. கும்பகோணத்திலிருந்து ஏராளமான பேருந்துக்கள் எஸ். புதூர் வழியாக செல்கின்றன. எஸ். புதூரில்லிருந்து ஆட்டோக்கள் மூலம் கோனேரிராஜபுரம் வந்தடையலாம். ஆடுதுறை ரயில் நிலையத்தில் இருந்து 8 கி.மீ தொலைவில் இத்தலம் உள்ளது.

 


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