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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.

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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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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.


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

 

 

Financial abundance is of great importance to every human being. Good Health & Happiness (peace of mind) are the other two of the three foremost things that man prays to his Creator to bestow him with. Padikkasunathar temple at Alagaputhur near Kumbakonam is one such temple where the presiding deity blesses His devotees with financial prosperity. The main deity here is also known as Swarnapureeswarar. His consort at this temple is Alagammai or Azhagammai. The deity taken out in processions (Utsavar) during festivals is Somaskandar. The sthala vruksham is vilva. The Shiva Linga is a swayam bhu or self manifested. Alagaputhur is on the banks of the river Arasalar. The old name for this place is Arisilkaraipudur. This three tiered temple is believed to be about 2000 years old.

Padikkasunathar Kovil, Alagaputhur

Padikkasunathar Kovil, Alagaputhur

The priest at this temple was a staunch Shiva devotee who performed the daily pooja with great devotion along with all the customary offerings. Famine and poverty struck the whole region that was once prosperous. In spite of his poverty and the difficulty he had in making the ends meet, he never shirked from his “responsibility” of performing the daily poojas to the Lord. Please with his devotion, one night the Lord appeared in his dreams and granted a boon.  The priest wished that the village must become prosperous once again and that he himself should have enough to continue performing the daily poojas without any hurdle. As per his wish Lord Shiva left him one gold coin at the steps of the temple everyday. The priest used this to take care of the villagers and also to perform the daily pooja. Soon the famine was gone and the village became prosperous once again.

The descendents of that noble priest are still the priests at this temple.  The priest performed the padikasu pooja for us. We handed to him an even number of ten rupee notes for the pooja. After performing the pooja the priest gave us back half of them (that is the reason for taking even number of currency notes). The money retained by the priest is utilized for temple maintenance etc. The priest asked us to preserve the currency notes he gave us and also issued detailed instructions on performing poojas at home using these. Devotees believe that performing this ritual will bring prosperity.

Lord Muruga here is very unique. He is seen with the Conch and Discus that one normally associates with Mahavishnu. The story goes that it is the Conch and Discus given by Lord Vishnu to Muruga when He set out to wage a war on the demons. He is seen sitting on a peacock with His consorts Valli and Deivayanai. Since Muruga appears with both His consorts He is known as Kalyanasundara Shanmuga Subramanyar. The decoration in the background is in the form of Om.

Talking of Om, there is a story linking this temple to the Swaminatha Swamy temple at Swamimalai. Once Lord Brahma, the Creator was asked how he created life in the Universe. Lord Brahma replied that he used the Pranava Mantra. When Lord Muruga further asked Lord Brahma the meaning of the Pranava Mantra, Lord Brahma was stumped for an answer. An angry Muruga imprisoned Him and stripped Him of the responsibility of creation. He took upon the responsibility Himself. Lord Shiva approached Muruga and requested Him to free Brahma and reinstate Him as the creator. He also wanted to know the meaning of the Pranava Mantra. Lord Muruga taught Lord Shiva the meaning of this mantra at Swami Malai. Later, when Lord Shiva appealed to Lord Muruga again, He relented. He was also remorseful for having punished and insulted an elder for his ignorance. Lord Muruga performed penance on Lord Shiva at this temple and sought forgiveness. Lord Shiva pardoned Him and said that while pointing out of mistakes committed by the elders can be accepted, you should take sufficient care to ensure that it does not offend the elders.

This is one of the 275 Padal Petra Sthalams and all the four Great Saints have sung hymns in praise of the Lord at this temple.

Location:

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This village is just about 2.5 Kames from Nachiyar Kovil on the Kumbakonam-Nachiyar Kovil-Tiruvarur route. It is about 7 Kms from Kumbakonam. This temple is almost on the State Highway. It is just a two-minute walk from the highway. The bus services are frequent and is well connected with the important places around here.

Other Nearby Temples

Nachiyar Kovil

Karuvalarkum Nayaki Temple, Karuvalarcheri

Uppiliappan Kovil

Thirunageswaram

Saranatha Perumal Kovil, Thirucherai

Kadan Nivartheeswarar Kovil, Thirucherai

Amirthakaleswarar Temple, Sakkottai

Siddhanathar Temple, Tirunaaraiyur

Ramanatha swamy Temple, Thirunaraiyur (This temple houses Saneeswaran, who is present with His wives and sons)

Travel Base: Kumbakonam

Temple Timings:

7 AM to 12 Noon & 4 PM to 8 PM

Temple Address:

Arulmigu Padikkasunathar Kovil

Alagaputhur – 612 401

Thanjavur District

Phone: +91-435-2466939  Mobile: +91-99431-78294

The Shiva Lingam at Kalyanasundareswarar Temple in Thirunallur is one of the 64 sayambhu lingams. This is one of the Mada Koil or temples built at an elevation by Kochengat Cholan. This is one of the 275 Padal petra sthalams of Lord Shiva. The main deity here is Panchavarneswarar and His consort is Parvathasundari. He is also known as Kalyanasundareswarar. The sthala cruksham is Vilvam. The holy water here is the Saptha sagara theertham. A dip in this water is supposed to absolve one of all sins.

Saptha Sagara Theertham, Thirunallur

Saptha Sagara Theertham, Thirunallur

Panchavarneswarar Temple Gopuram

Panchavarneswarar Temple Gopuram

Kunti, the wife of Pandu and the mother of the Pandavas had a bath here to attain absolution. Kunti had committed a sin by having a child before her marriage. She then put this infant in a basket and set him afloat in a river. This child grew up to be known as Karna. A repentant Kunti after this act sought the advice of Sage Uromasa. The sage said that she would be absolved of the sin if she takes bath in the waters of all the seven oceans. A flabbergasted Kunti wondered how this could be possible. The Sage then told her that there was a place in the South of Vindhyas which had a pond with water from all the oceans. She then reached this place near Tanjore and prayed to Lord Shiva and also had a bath in the tank. She was then absolved of her sin and also attained mental peace. There is a niche in the temple which depicts Kunti performing the Siva pooja.

Kunti Devi Performing the Shiva Pooja

Kunti Devi Performing the Shiva Pooja

When the marriage of Shiva and Parvati took place, everybody went to Kailash to attend the marriage. This created an imbalance and the Earth tilted. To set right the imbalance, Sage Agasthya came to the South of Vindhyas. Sage Agastya was however disappointed that he could not witness the wedding. At this temple, Sage Agastya consecrated another Lingam beside the already existing one and performed puja. Hence there are two Shiva lingams in one single base (avudaiyar). This is a very unique feature of this temple. Lord Shiva was pleased with Sage Agastya’s devotion and appeared before the Sage with His Consort as groom and bride (Kalyana Kolam), thereby fulfilling the Sage’s wish of attending the wedding. Behind the Lingam in the garbagraham, Shiva and Parvathi are in seated posture. An interesting feature is that Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma are present in the same garbagraham. Brahma is seen standing to Shiva’s right and performing the marriage rites. Vishnu is seen standing to Shiva’s left. I am not sure if this can be seen at any other temple. Like in a Vaishnava temple, Shadari and holy water are offered to the devotees. One of the Vimaanas also has the idol of Narasimha.

Image of Narasimha in one of the Vimaanas

Image of Narasimha in one of the Vimaanas

A very interesting feature of this temple is that the Shiva Lingam here changes colour every six nazhigai (a nazhigai is 24 minutes) or 2 hours and 24 minutes. From 6am to 8.24am the Lingam is Copper coloured, between 8.25am to 10.48am the Lingam is red in colour, changes to golden colour between 10.49am and 1.12pm, between 1.13pm and 3.36pm the colour changes to emerald green. Awe struck!!! Wait till you read this, the Lingam will appear in a colour that the devotee wishes to see, between 3.37pm and 6pm. The last time that I visited this temple, I was on a tight schedule and could not spend enough time to actually appreciate these aspects. I plan to spend enough time, during my next visit, to be able to witness the phenomenon.

Kalyanasundareswarar Temple, Details of the time when the lingam changes colour

Kalyanasundareswarar Temple Sthala Perumai in Tamil

 

Kalyanasundareswarar Temple Sthala Perumai in Tamil

Kalyanasundareswarar Temple Sthala Perumai in Tamil

Colour Changing Lingam at Kalyanasundareswarar Temple, Thirunallur

Colour Changing Lingam at Kalyanasundareswarar Temple, Thirunallur

Thirunallur is also known as Dakshina Kailasam. Once there was a contest between Adisesha the serpent God and Vayu the wind God, to decide who was more powerful. Vayu tried to blow out the thousand peaks of Meru Mountain and Adisesha protected them with his thousand hoods. During a moment of lapse of concentration on the part of Adisesha, Vayu blew the peaks away one of which is supposed to have fallen here at Thirunallur. The Shiva Linga here is said to have been manifested from this peak. There is a belief that the mane of Lord Shiva is at the back of the temple.

Location:

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Thirunallur is located at a distance of 13.5 Kms from Kumbakonam. It is about 2 Kms from Papanasam which is on the Kumbakonam-Tanjore route.

Other Temples Nearby:

Dhenupureeswarar or Durga Temple at Patteeeswaram

Sakthivaneswarar Temple – Thiru Sakthi Mutram

Swamimalai Murugan Temple

Thiruvalanchuzhi – Vellai Pillayar Temple

Avur Pasupatheswarar Temple – Avur

Nathan Koivl, Nandhipura Vinnagaram

Temple Timings:  7 am to 12.30 am & 4 pm to 7 pm

Temple Address:

Arulmigu Pancha Varnasewarar Alayam
Thirunallur Post
Via Sundraperumal Kovil
Valangaiman Taluk
Tiruvarur District
Tamil Nadu – 614208.

Phone: 04374-312857

Mobile: +919442988445

Jagannatha Perumal Temple at Nandhipura Vinnagaram is one of the 108 Divya Desams. This temple is more commonly known as Nathan Koil. As this temple resembles the Puri Jagannatha temple, it is also known as “Dakshina Jagannatham”. This place was once a forest of Shenbagam flowers and hence is known as Shenbagaranyam, meaning forest of Shenbagam. The moolavar or main deity of this temple is Srinivasan or Nathanathan.The utsavar (the deity taken out in processions) is known as Vinnagara Perumal or Jagannatha Perumal. His consort is Shenbagavalli Thayar. The Lord is present in a sitting posture, with sword, bow, chakram (discus), sangu (conch) and Dandam (stick) in his hand, under the Mandara Vimanam facing west. The holy water is Nandhi Theertham. This village was established by Chola King Nandhivarman. He also built this temple here.

Jagannatha Perumal Koil, Nandipura Vinnagaram

Jagannatha Perumal Koil, Nandipura Vinnagaram

Nandi – Lord Shiva’s vehicle – is associated with the legend connected to this temple. Nandi once wanted to have the darshan of Lord Vishnu and proceeded to Vaikuntam. At the entrance, he was stopped by the dwarapalakas (sentries) of Vishnu. An arrogant Nandhi tried to force his way in, because of which the dwarapalakas cursed him. As advised by Lord Shiva, Nandi went to Shenbagaranyam near Kudamuku (Kumbakonam) and performed penance to Lord Vishnu. The Lord appeared before him and absolved him of the sin. This is the reason for the place being called Nandhipura Vinnagaram. A niche of Nandi is seen on the outer wall of this temple.

The Lord here was originally facing east. Sibi Chakravarthy’s story is attributed to the reason for the Lord facing west. Sibi Chakravarthy was a righteous King who was known for his truthful and just ways. Once, Dharmaraja decided to test him. A pigeon that was being chased by an Eagle came to the King seeking asylum. The King promised to protect the pigeon. The Eagle that soon came there wanted the pigeon to satisfy his hunger. The King was faced with a dilemma because he had to save the life of the pigeon that had sought protection. At the same time, he could not deny the eagle of its right and let it stave. He offered his own flesh equivalent to the weight of the pigeon in lieu of the pigeon’s life. The eagle agreed. Any amount of flesh from his body would not suffice to equal the weight of the pigeon. The King finally offered his whole body to the eagle. Dharmaraja who was in the form of the eagle and Indran who was in the form of the pigeon were pleased with the King’s commitment to protect the weak. The Lord at Nathan Koil is supposed to have turned towards West to witness this event.

There is also yet another reason attributed to the Lord facing west. There was a misunderstanding between Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi because of which they were separated. Lakshmi wanted to win back a place in the Lord’s heart and was performing penance at Shenbaranyam facing east. Pleased with Her devotion the Lord gave her darshan. Since He was already facing East, He had to turn towards west for gicing Her the darshan. This happened on Ashtami (8th day from New moon or full moon) of Shuklapaksham (waxing period of the moon, period from new moon to full moon), which was a friday in the tamil month of Aipasi. Since the Lord and His consort were reunited at this place, praying at this temple can ease tensions in marital life. Praying here will reunite one with his/her separated spouse.

Sri Sooktha Homam is performed here on the shuklapaksha ashtami days. Performing this homam on eight consecutive shuklapaksha ashtamis will result in the devotee being blessed with prosperity, fulfillment of desires and overall happiness.

Nathan Koil is one of the Vaishnava Navagraha sthalams around Kumbakonam. It is associated with Chandran. Chandra dosha parihara pujas are performed at this temple on Mondays.

Location:

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Nandhipura Vinnagaram is about 9 kms from Kumbakonam. It is in the Keezha Pazhayarai area, which was the ancient capital of the Cholas. Patteswaram famous for it Durga temple is just about 3 Kms from here. This is a remote village. The buses to this place are not very frequent. Take a bus from Kumbakonam that goes towards Udalayur. Alight at Keezha Pazhayarai and the temple is about a kilometre from there.

Other temples nearby:

Patteeswaram Durga Temple or Dhenupureeswarar Temple.

Sakthivaneswarar Temple – Thiru Sakthi Mutram

Sargunalingeswarar Temple – Marudhanallur

Karuvalarkum Nayaki Temple, Karuvalarcheri

Airavatheeswara Temple, Darasuram.

Somanathar Temple, Pazhayarai.

Temple Timings:

6.30 am- 12noon and 4pm-8pm

Temple Address:

Arulmigu Jagannatha Perumal Koil,

Nathankoil,.

Pambai Padayur P.O.  – 612 703.

Tanjore District,

Tamil Nadu.

Phone : 91-435-2417575

Temple Priest: Sri Prabhakara Bhattacharya

Mobile : 91-98430-95904 / 91-94437-71400


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Thiru Adhanur near Kumbakonam is one of the 108 Divya Desams.dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Andalakkun ayyan temple here is one of the Vaishnava navagraha parihara sthalams around Kumbakonam. It is a Guru parihara sthalam. The main deity in this temple is Andalakkumayyan. He is present here facing East in Kidantha Kolam and Bujanga sayanam. He has been worshipped here by Brighu Maharishi, Kamadhenu, thirumangai Azhwar and Agni. His consort here is Ranganayaki Thayar also known as Kamalasini.The utsavar is Ranganathar. Adi pooram, Brahmotsavam in Vaikasi and Pavitrotsavam in Avani are some of the important festivals in this temple.

Andalakkum Ayyan Temple,  Thiru Adhanur

Andalakkum Ayyan Temple, Thiru Adhanur

The devas due to a curse lost all their strength, wealth & power. Soon, Asuras defeated the Devas and took control of the world. Indran then appealed to Brahma and Brahma said that he can regain all that he has lost by churning the celestial ocean to obtain Amrutham or the holy nectar.  Since this was an arduous task and could not be accomplished by the Devas, Vishnu suggested them to take the Asuras into confidence and enlist their participation also in this task.  Asuras agreed to the same on the condition that they would be also be given a portion of the Amrutham.

The Ocean was churned by using Mount Mandara as the pole and Vasuki – the king of serpents – as the rope.  The Devas held the tail end and the Asuras held the other end and started the churning.  However the Mount mandara started to sink and Vishnu in the avatar (incarnation) of Koorma or tortoise balanced the Mount Mandara on his back and prevented it from sinking.  As the Ocean was being churned, Vasuki started spitting deadly poison known as Ala kala Visham.  This poison was so deadly that it could destroy the whole world.  Shiva came to the rescue by consuming the poison.  Paarvati then held His throat and stopped the poison there.  Shiva’s throat became blue due to the poison and since then He has also been known as Neelakantan; Neela, meaning blue and kanta, meaning throat.

These hurdles they were facing, was worrying the Devas. Sage Narada told them that they were facing these obstacles because they had not prayed to Lord Vinayaka before they started the churning.  Lord Vinayaka must always be invoked before starting a new venture.  Hurriedly, the Devas and the Asuras made a small vigraham or idol of Vinayakar using the froth from the ocean.  They prayed to Vinayakar and resumed the churning.  Now they did not face any hurdle. This is the Vinayakar that is installed at Thiruvalanchuzhi.

Dhanvanthari then appeared from the Ocean with the Armrutham. With the help of Vishnu, the Devas consumed the same.  The Asuras were denied their share as they were tricked by Vishnu, who in His avatar as Mohini, undertook the task of distributing the Amrutham amongst the Devas and the Asuras.  Thus Indran got back his power and wealth.

Kamadhenu was one of the several precious treasures that surfaced during the churning of the Celestial Ocean. Kamadhenu is a cow that has powers to fulfill the desires of her owner. Kamadhenu was an ardent devotee of Vishnu and wanted to have darshan of the Lord. After visiting several temples, her wish was finally fulfilled here at Thiru Adhanur. Aa in Tamil means cow and hence the name Adhanur. An idol of Kamadhenu is in the Garbagraham. There are also idols of Brighu maharishi and Agni. Agni, who had tried to help Lord Shiva get rid of his brahmahathi dosham had himself contracted the dosham and did penance here at Thiru Adhanur to get absolved of the brahmahathi dosham. Read my posts on Thirupattur Brahmapureeswarar, Bithchandar Koil and Thirukandiyur to know how Lord Shiva contracted Brahmathi Dosham.

Another version is that Indran was absolved of his sin when Mahalakshmi, who had incarnated as Brighu Maharishi’s daughter married Lord Vishnu and gave darshan to Indran at Thiru Adhanur.

Another interesting story is about Thirumangai Azhwar’s experience at this place. Thiumangai Azhwar had undertaken the task of constructing the wall of the Srirangam temple and was on a trip to mobilize funds. At Thriu Adhanur, he met a person who claimed to be a messenger of the Lord. This stranger had a measuring bowl (marakkal) in his hand. He said that by reciting the name of the Lord and holding the empty measuring bowl he could get whatever he desired. Thirumangai Azhwar requested for payment of the wages for the labourers at Thiru Adhanur. The stranger laid a condition that he would measure sand with the empty measuring bowl and pay as wages. The sand would turn into gold for the sincere workers and for the others it would remain as sand. When the sand was measured and given to the labourers many of them found that it did not turn into gold and remained as sand. Thirumangai Azhwar was intrigued and started going after the stranger who had by now left the place. He soon found this man in the temple and was pleasantly surprised that it was the Lord himself who had come in guise of the stranger. The Lord gave him darshan with the marakkal (measuring bowl) in His right hand and an ezhuthani and olai (pen and palm leaf used as writing pad) in His left hand.

Location:

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Thiru Adhanur is just about a kilometer from another Divya Desam, Thirupullaboothangudi. It is 11 kms from Kumbakonam and 5.5 Kms from Swami Malai. There are buses that ply every half an hour from Swami Malai and Kumbakonam to Thiru Adhanur.

Other Temples nearby:

Thirupullamboothankudi

Swami Malai

Thiruvalanchuzhi

Kapisthalam Gajendra Varadhar Temple

Travel Base:

Kumbakonam

Temple timings: 7.30 AM to 12.30 PM & 5.30 PM to 8.30 PM

Temple Address:

Thiru Adhanur Divya Desam

Via Pullam Boothankudi, Papanasam taluk

612 301

Phone: 0435-2441025

Temple Priest:
Sri. Seshadri Bhattachariar