Kozhikuthi – Vanamutti perumal

Name of the Temple

Sri Vanamutti perumal temple

Period of origin

Before 1400 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Vanamutti perumal

Thayar: Mahalakshmi

Pushkarani: Viswa Pushkarani

Sthalapuranam:

Many years ago, a king got afflicted with a chronic skin disease. When all his efforts for recovery failed, he prayed Lord Vishnu. The Lord appeared before him and told to travel along the banks of River Cauvery and Lord Margasayeswarar (Lord Shiva) will help him through the way and at one place where he will be cured would be touched by divine grace and have the privilege of witnessing the Vishwaroopa Dharshanam of the Lord. The Lord also added that only because of Hathi Dosham he got the skin disease and he will be cured when he takes bath in Vishwaroopa Pushkarni for 48 days. The disease was cured and the place was so called as Kodihathi Vimochana Puram now known as Kozhikuthi. At a later date, that king became sage Pippalar.  Later King Saraboji approached the sage Pippalar to give solution for coming out of the sin done by him during war times. Pippalar advised him to worship Lord Sri Srinivasa Perumal and take bath in the Pushkarni for 48 days. King Saraboji was astonished by the beauty of Lord Sri Srinivasa and constructed a beautiful temple having 7 Praharams before 8 centuries

Perumal is seen here with Thulasi mala and Sri Lakshmidevi to his chest.
We see Sridevi and Bhoodevi Thayar also. Sree Sreenivasa perumal is seen with Shanku, Chakkra, Gadha and Abhya hastham.

Viswa Pushkarini. There are seven wells which indicate the seven holy rivers. It is said that the Pushkarini was created by the Lord Himself. There is also a cave path. The temple tank is located at the right side of the temple, which is considered very significant. A holy dip in this temple tank is considered a greatest cure for all diseases since the temple history itself reveals that the Lord has cured Pippalar Maharishi of his severe disease by asking him to start on a pilgrimage visiting all temples en route the river Cauvery till finally the Lord would give His darshan to him at this Kshetra. Since the presiding deity of the temple is carved out of Athimaram, He has only Sambirani Kappu. The history says the temple had seven prakarams but currently it has only one.

The Lord Sri Anjaneya of this kshetra is known as ‘Sapthaswara Sri Anjaneya’. While it is known in archeology that many temples in Bharath have pillers which can produce musical tones. In all these cases there will be different pillers to produce each note. But as a peculiar case this Lord Anjaneya produces all the seven notes of ‘sa ri ga ma pa tha ni ‘when tapped at different places of the deity. This is a unique feature of this deity and probably only one in Bharat.

The garbhagraha vimanam is is the shape of an umbrella. There is no separate shrine for Sri Mahalakshmi, since she is seen residing in the right chest of the Lord. The Lord is hence known as Sri Srinivasan. Sri Booma Devi is seen close to the Lord in the Garbhagraham. Close to the Garbhagraham is Yoga Narasimhar, who is seen to be blessing Bhaktha Prahalada and is in the state of Yoga.

Route:

This temple is in a village known as Kodikuthi about 3 kms north of Moovaloore,and 8 kms from Mailaduthurai to Kumabakonam route.

Temple Timings:

6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

Temple Telephone Number:

04364-223 395

Temple Address:

Sri Van Mutti Perumal Temple,

Kozhikuthi,

Mayiladuthurai-609 001,

Nagapattinam district

 

Mannargudi-Rajagopalswamy Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Rajagopalaswami temple

Period of origin

Before 1000 Years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Vasudevaperumal

Thayar: Sengamala Thayar

Puskarani: Haridranadhi, Durvasa, Thirupparkadal, Gopika, Rukmini,Sanghu, Chakkra  Agnikunda, Krishna, Pambani River.

Sthala Virksham: Punnai

Sthalapuranam

Sage Gopila and Gopralaya underwent severe penance praying to Lord Sriman Narayana.  Lord was pleased at the devotion of his devotees and instructed them to visit Dwaraka to attain the blessings of Lord Krishna.  Sages resumed their journey to Dwaraka and when they arrived at Dwaraka, the Krishnavathar of Lord Vishnu was over.  Sages were deeply disheartened, Maharishi Narada instructed the sages to visit this temple located in Mannargudi also known as ‘South Dwaraka’.  Sages arrived in this sacred land and continued to follow severe austerities, they prayed to Lord Sriman Naryana to divulge the Krishnavathar of Lord and his pastimes.  Lord Sriman Narayana was pleased at their devotion and once again revealed Krishnavathar and his pastimes in this sacred land.

The speciality of this sthalam is that it is said that if we stay for a night in this sthalam, we will get the credit. Which is equivalent to donating 1000 cows to someone.

Sri Rajagopala Swamy Temple is one of the Abhimana Kshetram of Lord Vishnu also known as Dakshina Dwaraka/Chambakaranya Kshetram situated 27km south west of Tiruvarur in Thanjavaur, Tamil Nadu.

The main deity in the sanctum is a 7 foot tall idol that resembles Balaji of Tirupati and here He is flanked by his consorts Boodevi and Sreedevi.The Utsavar Rajagopalaswamy’s idol is of exquisite beauty and is adorned with precious and colurful jewellery and flowers. Along with Him are  His consorts Rukmani and Satyabhama. There  are small statues of cows and calves  around him.There is also a small idol of Bala Krishna ( baby Krishna) known here as Santhana Gopala, in a small cradle .There is a belief that offering prayers by holding this idol in hand blesses barren couples with progeny.

 Route

The temple is in the heart of Mannargudi town.

Temple Timings:

6.30 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.

Temple Telephone Number:

04367 – 222 276, +91- 94433 43363.

Temple Address:

Sri Rajagopalaswami Temple,

Mannargudi-614 001,

Tiruvarur Dist.

Kothandaramar Temple

Name of the Temple

Arulmigu Kothandaramar Temple

Period of origin

18th Century

Name of deity

Moolavar: Kothandaramar,

Thayar: Sita

Sthalapuranam:

It is said that the only Rama temple in Tamil Nadu, the moolavar deities are been made of the sacred Salagramam stones. Usually we can find the black Salagramam stone in the shape of a small stone formed in nature at Nepal. Here at the Kothandaramar temple, each of the big sized moolavar idols Rama, Sita, Lakshmana and Sugreeva in standing position are made of Salagramam stones. The Nepal king who was the son in law of Thanjavur Maratha King had presented these deities for his daughter’s marriage.

Here we can see thousand four hundred year old bronze Utsavar idols of Rama, Sita and Lakshmana. It is believed that it was found at Puvanur village near Needamangalam in Thiruvarur district.

In this temple’s sanctum we can see an idol for Sugreeva. Which is believed that Rama, in recognition of Sugreeva’s help in finding Sita, wanted him by his side, is the specialty of this place.

The temple was built by the Maratha king Pratap Singh, who lived in the 18th century. There are references that the Maratha queen Yamunambal Bai gifted a lot of fertile land for this temple. She has also contributed in various other ways for the progress of this temple. Maratha King Shivaji and Kamatchiamba Bai also contributed in a big way to this temple.

Inside the premises Lord Hanuman shrine is seen in a standing posture facing South with a lifted right hand and lotus in his left hand.On the ceiling of the Hanuman mandap, we can see stone carvings of the 12 astro signs. The belief is that devotees who stand under their respective astro sign and offer sincere prayers to the Lord will be relieved from all the difficulties relating to their sign.

We can see a separate shrine for Lord Hayagriva outside of this temple for good education.

Nine days Rama Navami Utsavam in Panguni, Brahomotsavam, Garuda Sevai on Chaturthi day are the major festivals celebrated here.

Temple Timings:

7am to 12.30pm and 5pm to 8.30pm

Temple Telephone Number:

Bhattar: 97897 42778

Temple Address:

Arulmigu Kothandaramar Alayam
4/32 Ramar Sannathi Street
Mariyammankovil (PO)
Thanjavur 613501

Varagur – Venkatesa perumal

Name of the Temple

Sri Venkatesa perumal Temple

Period of origin

Before 1000 Years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Lakshmi Narayana

Ambal: Alamelumanga

Sthala Theertham: Kudamuruti

Sthalapuranam:

Lord Lakshminarayana, sitting under the Padma Vimana graces with Sri Mahalakshmi on His lap.  Tirumanjanam is performed every day.  As the procession deity Sri Venkatesa Perumal accompanied by Sridevi and Bhoodevi, is very popular among the devotees, for a difference, this is known as Sri Lakshmi NarayanaPerumal Temple.  A powder made of herbals as Tulsi, cardamom, borneal (pachai karpooram), clove etc. is offered as Prasad to devotees.

As Lord Vishnu graced His darshan to Sri Narayana Theertha as Krishna, Gokhulastami-Krishna Jayanthi is devotionally celebrated in the temple.  There is no special Child Krishna idol as such.  Lord Lalkshmi Narayana Himself is considered as the Child and worshipped.

They dress the Lord as Yasodha the mother of Krishna.  This is followed by a discourse on Krishnavatara.  Famous Tamilnadu preparations as Murukku, Cheedai, Thattai – all salted preparations – are offered as nivedhana.  Next morning, Lord graces from the hall called Kadungal Mandap.  He returns to the temple as crawlingKrishna with a butter bowl.  Devotees follow the Lord in the streets doing the angaparakshinam – lying and rolling.  The little boys kept in a house will shout ‘Uriyadio – Govinda’ as if the cows kept in the shed cry for Govinda their Lord.T

The Uriyadi takes place then.  A basket of preparations would be tied at the top of a post.  People have to cover their eyes, move with a stick carefully targeting the basket with a calculated move, then strike the basket at the top of the post to win the basket with the preparations.  This is called Uriyadi Utsav.

Then the Lord would move to the Slippery Post – a post planted dipped in oil. The participant should climb on the oily post.  He has to reach the top facing slips due to oil.  This is called Vazhukku Maram – slippery post.

Next day shall be Lord’s wedding festival with Rukmini.  There are no sub-deities in the temple as all importance is to Lord Lakshmi Narayana alone.  He comes on the Horse Vahan on Mattu Pongal – the day next to Shankranti or Pongal falling almost on January 15.  There will also be processions on Balarama Jayanti (Balarama is the elder brother of the Lord), Koorma, Varaha and Narasimha Jayanti days with special Tirumanjanam.  Other celebrations in the temple include Sri Rama Navami (birthday of Lord Rama) and Radha Kalyanam – wedding with Radha.  Those seeking child boon place an anklet at the feet of the lord, wear it themselves till getting he child and finally returns it Lord. Sacred places where Lord Vishnu appeared Himself (as swayambu in Shiva temples) are called Swayamviyakta Kshetras.  Lord Vishnu appeared here this way.

A devotee from Andhra Pradesh, Narayana Theerthar was suffering from acute stomach pain.  He undertook a pilgrimage to all Vishnu temples for a cure.  He relaxed in a Vinayaka temple in this place.  An old man appeared in his dream that night and asked him to follow any live being he would see on opening the eyes in the morning.  Therthar saw a white swine while opening his eyes and followed it as directed.  The animal entered the temple and disappeared.  Narayana Theerthar understood that the swine was none other than Varaha form of His avatar and began raining Keerthanas (songs set to Ragas and Talas according to musicology rules) in praise of the Lord.  Lord graced him His darshan with Bama and Rukmini. He sang in praise of the Lord which later had been edited as “Krishna Leela Tharangini”.  As the Lord appeared in the form of the swine, the place is known as Varahur.

 

Route

1. 25 kms from Thanjavur via Kandiyur towards Thirukattupalli.

2. From Thiruchirapalli via Srirangam – Kallanai – Koviladi – Thirukattupalli

Temple Timings:

7 am to 12 pm and 5 pm to 8 pm

Temple Telephone Number:

04362 287510, 94879 92680, 94428 52145

Temple Address:

Sri Varagur Venkatesa perumal Kovil
Varagur
Varagur(P.O)
Thirukattupalli (Taluk)
Thanjavur (Dist)
Tamil Nadu
India.

Oothukadu – Sri Veda Narayanar Perumal Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Veda Narayanar Perumal Temple

Name of deity

Moolavar: Veda Narayanar

Thayar: Sridevi and Bhoodevi

Utsavar : Kalinga Nardhana Krishna flanked by Rukmini and Satyabhama

Sthalapuranam:

Nandini and Patti, the children of Kamadhenu, were providing milk to the Lord Shiva at patteeswaram. Every morning, the two would also graze across to the nearby Oothukadu Village which is two kilometers away and collect flowers for the Lord from the Pushpa Vanam.

On one such occasion, the two little ones listened to Narada’s narration of story about Lord Krishna and his Kalinga Nardhana. Hearing the story of five year old Krishna fought with poisonous asura snake (Kalinga) and performing the Kalinga Narthana. Nandini and Patti are said to have broken out into tears for the hardship and the onerous task imposed on the little boy Krishna. After this incident the nandhini and patti were wished to see the narthana of the Lord Krishna and were not concentrating in their work. Worried about her children, Kamadhenu approached Krishna at Vaikuntam seeking a solution to her children’s shocked state of mind. Responding to her request, Krishna appeared here at the Pushpa Vanam at Oothukadu and performed yet again, with ease, the Kalinga Narthana in front of a delighted Nandini and Patti thus convincing them that this was a child’s play for him.

The bronze idol of Kalinga Narthana Krishnan which was found in temple tank is about two and half feet high. We can see lord dancing with his left foot on the serpent’s head and his right leg in the air. Krishna is depicted holding the tail of the serpent with his left hand and showing Abhaya Mudra with his right hand. It is so intricately sculpted that one can insert and taken out a thin string between the Lord’s left leg and the head of the serpent. The beauty is that the weight of the Lord’s body rests on the left hand that holds the serpent’s tail. On a close look, one can find the scars on his leg below the knee, the result of his fight with Kalinga.

The temple is also visited by devotees who pray for quick settlement of marriage alliances and birth of offspring. People also visited for their children’s good start of education and Musical performance.

Mahakavi Venkatasa Subbhayyar, who lived in the 17th CE, used to visit this temple was attracted by the beauty of Krishna, decided to spend his whole life in composing songs on the Lord. Alai Payudhe Kanna, Thaye Yasodha, Paal Vadiyum Mugam, Asaindadum mayil, Enna Thavam are some of his great work which has been written at this temple near the tulasimadam. We can also see his statue near to it.

Uriyadi Utsavam on Gokulashtami is the major festival here.

Temple Timings:

10 am to 12 pm and 5 pm to 8.30 pm

Temple Telephone Number:

Bhattar : 9442699355, 04374-268549

Temple Address:

Arulmigu Veda Narayanar Alayam
Oothukadu
Aavoor (P.O)
Kumbakonam (Taluk)
Thanjavur (dist)
Tamil Nadu
India

Dharasuram – Airavatheeswara

Name of the Temple

Arulmigu Airavateshwarar Temple

Period of origin.

12th century A.D.

Name of deity

Moolavar: Airavateshwarar

Ambal: Deva Nayaki

Sthala Theertham: Yamatheertham

Stalavriksham: Vanni

Sthalapuranam:

Airavatham is an elephant (white in colour) and is a vehicle of Indra.  It was cursed by sage Durvasa to lose its shining white.  Airavatha came to his temple and got its original colour  after worshiping the Lord.  Hence the deity came to known as Airavatheeswara (the protector or the elephant)..

It is believed that once Yama was suffering from burning sensation all over the body due to the curse of a saint. He worshiped lord shiva here and took a bath in this temple’s theertham and performed pooja. Hence this theertham is called as Yamatheertham.

Palaiyarai is ancient temple city and the Capital of the Cholas.  King Raja Kambeera Mamannan, Raja Raja Chola II (1146 A.D. to 1172 A.D) changed his capital from Gangaikonda Cholapuram toPalaiyarai and renamed it as Raja Raja Puram (at present it is Darasuram).  There were 1000Thaligal (temples) in palaiyarai .There were 4 padai veedus (Military Camps) on al the four directions of the Capital.  Thalicherippendirgal were appointed by the king to develop fine arts especially music and dance in the temple during festival occasions.  King Raja Raja II constructed in his name a beautiful temple called Raja Rajechuram (at present Airavatheeswara)  in1160 A.D. to 1162 A.D.  This Raja Rajechuram (Raja Rajeschuram – Tharechuram – Darachuram -Darasurm) became Darasuramat present.

This temple is said to have been built with nitya-vinoda, (perpetual entertainment), in mind. This temple is not only for a superb architectural monument, but also filled with exquisite deities, sculptures and ornamentation. Here Lord Brahma is found to have a subsidiary deity, beautifully sculpted on the outer wall of sanctum.

The main mandap is known as Raja Gambira, designed as an elephant-drawn chariot. Outside the Sanctum Lord Brahma resides along with Naga Raja, and Dhakshinamurti who faces south, Saraswati Devi is seen without her veena, Ravana carrying Kailasa, Buddha, Bhikshatana and Surya. At the main mandap ceiling there is a beautiful carving of Shiva and Parvati inside an open lotus.

There is also a special shrine here for Lord Sarabeshwara, the incarnation of Shiva is half bird, half lion. Sarabeshwara manifested during the pastime of Lord Narsimha’s slaying of Hiranyakasipu.

At the front of the temple there is a small mandap which can be entered by going up three steps carved in the form of a stone ladder. Each of the steps gives a different musical sound when tapped. All the seven swaras can be heard at different points.

In the southwest a part of the prakara, a girl’s acrobatics are chiseled out to symbolize four in one. The statue of Annapoorani in the ardha Mandapam is a wonderful piece of sculpture, the face glowing in smile, the left hand carrying a brass vessel and the precise holding a lotus. The japanese and western sides of the Maha Mandapam contain Ratha-like side projections which can be attribute of 12 different Chola temples at Chidambaram, Tiruvarur and Melakadambur.

 

Temple Timings:

6 pm to 12 pm and 4 pm to 8 pm

Temple Telephone Number:

0435 2417157

Temple Address:

Arulmigu Airavateshwarar Temple
Dharasuram
Dharasuram(P.O)
Kumbakonam (via)
Thanjavur (Dist)
Tamil Nadu
India.

Swamimalai

Swamimalai

Name of the Temple

Arulmigu Swaminathaswami Alayam

Period of origin

Before 13 th Century. Period of Tamil Sangam.

Name of deity

Moolavar: Bala Murugan, Swaminathaswami

Ambal: Valli and Devasena

Sthala Theertham: Vajra theertham, Saravana Theerhtam, Netra Pushkarini andKumaratturai

Stalavriksham:Nellimaram

Sthalapuranam:

When Brahma, the lord of all creations visited Kailasa, He Neglected Lord Muruga seeing him has small boy, hence Muruga got anger and asked Brhama how do he create the live, Brhama told him that he use Vedha, at once Murugan asked Brhma to tell the Vedha’s, Brhama started to say with “OM” immediately Lord Muruga stopped him and asked him for the meaning of the Pranava OM. Brahma admitted his ignorance, the Lord imprisoned him. With Brahma imprisoned, all creations came to a standstill and hence deva’s prayed to Lord Siva to get Brahma released. When Muruga insisted that the imprisonment was a just punishment for the ignorance of Brahma, Lord Siva asked him whether he himself knew the meaning of the Pranava OM. Lord Muruga told Lord Shiva that he was ready to tell but levied one condition that even though Lord Shiva was his father, he should hear the meaning by giving full respect like respect given by a student to his master at the time of learning. Lord Shiva accepted the same and heard the meaning of the Pranav Mantra like a student, from his beloved son. This important and interesting incident happened in Swamimalai and hence Lord Muruga is known as “Swaminatha Swami“. The meaning of this name is, “The Teacher of Lord Shiva“.

In Swamimalai, Lord Muruga is known as “Balamurugan” and “Swaminatha Swami”. The speciality of the temple is that it has been built on an artificial hill. Hence called as “Kattu Malai” (in Tamil). The next important feature is the steps of this small artificial hill. There are 60 steps and each is named in one Tamil year. There are a total number of 60 Tamil years and hence the 60 steps.Another name for this place is “Thiruveragam“.

It is also believed Bhrugu Muni before commencing an arduous penance got the boon that anybody disturbing his mediation will forget all his knowledge. Such was the power of the penance that the sacred fire emanating from the head of the saint reached up to the heavens, and the frightened deva’s prayed to Lord Siva for his grace. The Lord extinguished the sacred fire by covering the saint’s head by hand. With the saint’s penance thus disturbed the Lord became oblivious of all his knowledge and is said to have regained them by learning the Pranava mantra from Lord Muruga at this shrine.

Swamimalai is fourth among the six Padai Veedu or sacred shrines dedicated to Lord Muruga.

Hymns in praise of the Lord Muruga have been sung by saint Nakkeerar inTirumurukatrupadai and by Arunagirnathar in Tiruppukazh.

Kirutikai festival; Temple Car festival in April, Visakam, Navaratri, Skanda Shashti, Tiru Karthikai, Taippusam, and Pankuni Uttiram are the major festivals celebrated here.

The Netra Vinayakar shrine is located adjacent to the flagstaff. The southern entrance of the temple has a five staged Rajagopuram
Subramaniar is enshrined with Valli alone in the shrine in the inner prakar and he is known as Senapati. Also in the southern precincts of the inner prakar is Subramanyar enshrined as Sabapathi again with Devasena, A Separate shrine for Shammukhar with his consorts Valli and Devasena.

There are also shrines to Mahalakshmi, Saraswathi, Veerabaagu, Arunagirinathar, Surya, Chandra, Idumban, and Dhandayutapani here.

Temple Timings:

6.30 am to 12 pm and 4.30 pm to 8 pm

Temple Telephone Number:

Ph: (0435) 254421

Temple Address:

Arulmigu Swaminatha Swami Alayam
Swamimalai(P.O)
Kumbakonam (Taluk)
Thanjavur (Dist)
Tamil Nadu
India

108 Shivalayam

Name of the Temple

Arulmigu Ramalinga swamy Alayam

Period of origin

Before 8 th century.

Name of deity

Moolavar: Ramalinga Swamy

Ambal:Parvathavarthini

Sthala Theertham: Suriyapuskarani

Stalavriksham: Vilvam

Sthalapuranam:

While Lord Rama with his wife Sita returning to Ayothiya, they felt that some dosham was still following them. They realised that the sin of having killed Haran and Dushan, the two demons was following them and hence decided to do poojas to Lord Shiva here.

They instructed Hanuman to bring one Shivalinga from Kasi. He made some delay in bringing that. Hence Rama and Sita decided to make linga’s by themselves and they collected sand from nearby river Kudamurutty, made Shiva lingam and placed under a vilva tree. Meanwhile, Hanuman brought one Shivalinga from kasi and placed outside the southern side of the temple. Hence Rama Blissfully granted that all the devotees who worship the 106 Shivalingas situated in one hall and the presiding deity Sri Ramalingaswany in the sanctum, they have to worship the Hanumanthalingam (the108 th Lingam)and then only to worship Parvadavarthini to accomplish their prayers.

The greatest Surya statue of south India with his son lord Sani bahavan is found in the eastern prahar of this temple and in the map published by ” Sree Ram Sanskritik Shodh Sansthan Nyas” Delhi, this place has been marked worth of the holy places visited by Sri Ram, during his exile. This very well established the legendary connection this temple is having with Ramayana.

Adipooram, Navarathiri, Karthikey Deepam, Thiruvadhiri urchavam, MahaShivarathiri, Sanipeyarchi, Guru Peyarchi, monthly Prathoshams, Annabishekam are the Major Festivals celebrated in the temple.

No Rajakopuram, in the entrance we can see Suriya Pushkarani, At first prahar to the right Ambal shrine, and to the left Subramaniyar shrine, engraved idol of Rama, Sita, Lakshmanan and Hanuman, 106 Shivalingams in one place, inside the premises separate shrines for Vishnu Durgai, Chandikeswarar, Annapoorani, Suriyan, Sani, Bhairavar, Navagraham and Vinayagar. At the extreme right the way to outside is seen where we can see Hanumanthalinga in a separate shrine.

Temple Timings:

6 am to 12 pm and 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm

Temple Telephone Number:

PH: 04374 221095

Temple Address:

Arulmigu RamalingaSwami Alayam
108 Sivalayam
Papanasam (P.O)
Kumbakonam (Taluk)
Thanjavur (Dist)
Tamil Nadu
India.
(R)

Route:

15 kms from Kumbakonam
25 kms from Thanjavur

Unnathapuriswarar Temple

Name of the Temple

Arulmigu Unnathapuriswarar Alayam

Period of origin

Before 3 rd century. This temple was constructed by Achuthappa Naicker

Name of deity

Moolavar: Unnathapuriswarar

Ambal: Shivapriyambikai

Sthala Theertham:Shivagangai , Amuthakubam

Stalavriksham: Vanni

Sthalapuranam:

It is believed that this Shiva lingam originated during Pralaya kalam. During Pralayam the stone were rolled to long distance and changed in the form of Lingam, at last the lingam stood straight and struck in this place, Hence this place called as Melatur (Mela means high plain). Once in the Naicker period a king named Achuthappa Naicker got a curse of having beetle leaves with left hand, he asked many intellectual people but none can give solution. At one night he got a dream, Lord shiva appeared and told him to search for lingam in Melatur and construct a temple as a remedy, the next morning he acted quickly, and found this linga surrounded by dense forest, and ordered to built a temple, he also constructed a planned village with Kattumana agraharam (well arranged street) and named as unnathapuri for five hundred Brahmins and donated this village to them to do shiva pooja for six time in a day regularly.

It is also believed that this place could have been sung in Dhevaram but it has no proof. We can see a very old Appar statue in the prahar, which mean it.

Chola queen Kunthavai has done lot of contributions to this temple. We can see stone scripts here, as a proof.
King Tharmavaran worshiped the Lord for relieve of Brhamhathi. Markandndair has worshiped here, which has been noted in Markandeyapuranam.

The Stalavriksham is believed to be here for more than three hundred years.

Melatur Baghavathamela is world famous celebration.

Visaka urchavam, Visaka theerthavari, Adipuram, dolotsavam, Skanthasashti, Navarathri, Maha Shivarathri are the major festivals celebrated here.

Temple Timings:

7.30 am to 11.30 pm and 4.30 pm to 8 pm

Temple Telephone Number:

04374 273456

Temple Address:

Arulmigu Unnathapuriswarar Alayam
Melatur
Melatur (P.O)
Thanjavur (Dist)
Tamil Nadu
India
(E)

Punnainallur Mariamman

Name of the Temple

Arulmigu Punnainallur Mariamman Kovil

Period of origin

During the period of Maratha king Venkoji Maharaja Chatrapathi (1676 – 1688),the temple was built.

Name of deity

Ambal : MuthumariAmman

Sthala Theertham: Amirtha Pushkarani

Stalavriksham: Neem

Sthalapuranam:

It is said to be that before waging war with Tanjan asuran Lord Shiva Placed the Ashta Sakthi one at each of eight direction, and the one situated at the eastern direction is now called as Punnainallur Mariamman.

The Maratha King Venkoji maharaja chatrapathi is a devotee of Mariamman. He decided to go for a pilgrimage to Tiruchirapalli to visit Samayapuram Mariamman. On his midway of traveling towards Tiruchirapalli, he took rest under a tree shade. Suddenly in his dream Mariamman showed up and told, that she is in a forest of Punnai trees at a distance of about 3 miles from Thanjavur. The King rushed to the spot indicated to him and he saw a white-ant hill (Putru) and started building a temple around it and thus the temple originated.

The Maratha rulers Thulaja, Serfoji also worshiped and renovated the temple in their ruling period. It is said that the daughter of Tulaja Raja (1729-35) of Thanjavur, who lost her eyesight in an illness, regained it on offering worship at this temple

Saint Sathasiva Brahmendral visited this place, installed Srichakram and shaped a face of Mariamman over the Putru. Hence there is no anointing to the deity, instead all anointing are done to Vishnu Durgai and Proceeding deity near the sanctum. Once in five yearsThailabishekam (Punugu sattam) is placed for a period of forty eight days over the putru, during that time a curtain is placed drawn with image of Amman.

Even now during summer we can see a water pellet (sweat) in Goddess face and forehead. Hence to reduce the heat in the sanctum water is filled around it.

The goddess cures her devotees of all physical ailments. A charismatic yet considerate form is seen here. Mud replicas of the different parts of the human body are placed in the temple as an offering and pleading the mother for cure.

In the month of ‘Purattasi’ (September-October) the Floating Festival(Theppam) takes place in the holy tank located at the temple. Brahmotsavam takes place in the months of ‘Adi-Avani’ (August). Navarathri , Mahasivarathiri are the famous festivals celebrated here.

In general all Fridays are special. In particular the Fridays of the Tamil month Aadi will be more special. Sundays are considered to be the most auspicious days for worshipping the Mariamman.

The main entrance with five stages Rajagopuram, shrines for vinayaga and subramaniar, Kodi sthampam, palipeedam, Saint Sathasiva brahmendral’s statue on top left, Salt vessel, left side shrine for Paechiamman, Naga prathistai in first prahar, vasanthamandap are seen.

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Mariamman koil (P.O)
Punnainallur
Thanjavur
TamilNadu
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PH: 04362-267740.

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Manees Residences, Srinivasampillai road, Thanjavur
PH: 04362 271574

Karthik Hotel, Old Bus Stand, Thanjavur
PH: 04362-278662

Hotel Lion city, 130, Gandhiji Road, Thanjavur
H: 04362-237565

Hotel Sangam, Trichy Road,
PH: +91 4362 234151/ 234026

Hotel Parisutham 86, G.A. Canal Road, Thanjavur
PH: +91 4362 231801/ 231844 (10 Lines)

Hotel Oriental Towers, Srinivasa Pillai Road, Thanjavur
PH:231467/ 230724

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