Thirunallar – Sri Dharbaranyeswara Temple

Name of the Temple 

Sri Dharbaranyeswara Temple

Period of Origin

Before 7th Century

Name of Deity

Moolavar: Dharbaranyeswara

Ambal: Pranambika

SthalaTheertham: Nala Theertham

Sthalavriksham: Kusa Grass (Dharbai)

Dhevaram: Gnanasambandhar, Appar, Sundarar.


Though Saneeswaran here is very famous, the presiding deity is Dharbaranyeswarar. His Consort is Bogamartha Poon Mulayal or Praanaambikai. The lingam here is a self manifested Lingam or Swayambhu. The Sthala vruksham is Dharba or grass. This place was a forest of Dharba.  Dharba is a type of grass and aranyam means forest and hence the name Dharbaranyeswaraswamy or Dharbaranyeswarar for the Lord. Even today you can see the impression of grass on the lingam here. Thirunallar is one of the “Saptha Vidanga Sthalam”. The idols in these temples depict Lord Shiva performing one of His seven dance forms. It is believed that Lord Shiva imparted the knowledge of the Vedas & Shastras to Brahma here.  People pray to Swarna Ganapathy here to overcome financial problems.

Lord Surya was married to Usha or Light. Usha Devi was unable to bear the heat radiated from Surya and left her shadow or Chaya with Suryan while she herself stayed away. Saneeswaran is the son of Chaya Devi and Suryan. The very sigh tof Saneeswaran is dreaded and believed to be destructive. Suryan’s chariot is believed to have been destroyed when Saneeswaran as a baby first opened his eyes and looked at Suryan. Saneeswaran after intense penance on Lord Shiva attained the status of a celestial planet.

It is believed that Saneeswaran became lame when he was kicked by Lord Yama (Sani’s step brother – son of Surya & Usha) in a fit of anger. It is because of this that he is a slow moving planet, taking approximately two and a half years to move from one Zodiac Sign to another. Such a transit known as Sani peyarchi is very important and devotees from all over throng the temple to offer their prayers. Saneeswaran is believed to have a major influence on the course of ones life and also the most feared planet. The unique aspect here is that Saneeswaran is in standing posture with abhayahastha ie hand bestowing blessing.

Everyone experiences sade sati or ezharai sani in their life time. It occurs 2 to 3 three times in a life span as it recurs after approximately 30 years. Even the Lord himself is not exempt from the effect of ezharai sani. Once, Shiva hid himself in a remote cave to meditate and escape the effect of Sani. On his return he was informed by Sani that the Lord had went into hiding in the first place because of the influence of ezharai Sani. An astonished but pleased Shiva, declared to him to be Saneeswaran.  No other planet has the tag eswaran to the name.

There is a saying in Tamil “Saniyaipol Koduppavanum illai, saniyaipol keduppavanum illai” which translates to “There is none like Saneeswaran who can give a good life or ruin a life”. Actually, even at the worst of times Saneeswaran only delays but never denies.  The experience of going through the ezharai sani makes one mentally very strong.   He does not test us more than we can handle.  He affects a person based on his past deeds.  He is supposed to be Just. Interestingly, the two sons of Suryan, judge us and give us the palan or results based on our karma or deeds.  Saneeswaran does this during our lifetime and Yama does that after ones death.

According to a Legend, King Nala had not washed his feet properly while doing puja. Saneeswaran who was waiting for such an opportunity for about 12 years, immediately caught hold of him. This has probably prompted the tradition to wash our feet before entering the house. Getting back to the story of King Nala, under the influence of ezharai sani, he lost his kingdom, separated from his wife and children, had health problems and wandered around like a beggar. As per the advice of Bharadwaja muni he worshipped Dharbaranyeswarar at Thirunallar, after a dip in the holy tank here. It was then he was relieved of the effects of Sani. After this, Shiva asked Saneeswaran to be here and bless all his devotees.

Musukunda chakravarthi brought Emarald Linga from Indra and kept in this place as a Last linga among the Seven called as NAGAVIDANGAR.

Temple Timings:

6 am and 1 pm and 4 pm to 8 pm.

Temple telephone Number:

04368-236530 or 236504

Temple Address:
Sri Dharbaranyeswara Temple

(1) 39 kms from Myladuthurai via Peralam
(2) 6 kms from Karaikal

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Kilperumpallam (Kethu) – Sri Naganathaswami Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Naganathar temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Naganathar

Ambal: Soundaryanayaki

Sthala Theertham: Naga theertham

Sthala Virksham: Bamboo


This is an ancient Saivite shrine where legend has it that Kethu, one of the 9 celestial bodies central to astrological beliefs worshipped Shiva. Keezhperumpallam, is an ancient Shaivite temple and legend has it that Kethu, the other planetary node of the nine celestial bodies worshipped Shiva here. Rahu and Kethu are associated with legend of the serpent that helped Lord Shiva churn the milky ocean. There is a Shrine dedicated to Kethu in this temple. Ketu brings prosperity to the devotee’s family. He grants good health, wealth, cattle and all round prosperity. He is ruled by Lord Ganesha and Indra. . Those who are affected by Kethu dosha come here for rectification.

This place is also called Vanagiri. Kethu prayed to Naaganaadhaswami and was blessed and rid of his sins by Lord Siva. It is rare to find Kethu with his head. At this sthala, he can be seen worshipping Naaganaadhaswami with his folded hands held high. The devas and asuras churned the Paarkadal to obtain amirtham that would free them from death, keeping them alive for ever. When the amirtham emerged, Lord Vishnu in the guise of Mohini was distributing the amirtham only to the devas. He was worried that the evil deeds of the asuras will increase multifold if they consumed amirtham. Realising this, one of the asuras with the help of the asura guru Sukrachariyar, took the form of a deva and consumed the nectar. Suryan and Chandran who noticed this, complained to Lord Narayana. In anger, Lord Narayana hit the asura on the head with the spoon in his hand. The head was cut off and fell on the ground, because the asura had consumed amirtham, his head and body continued to live. The head portion of the asura attached itself to a snake body to become Rahu Bhagavan. The body portion that was thrown away fell in Pothigai mountain region. This was found and preserved by a Brahmin. The head of a snake got attached to the asura body to become Kethu.

Pujas are performed to planet Kethu at Rahukalas and Yemakanda Kala times.  90 minutes each day is covered by these times.  There will be 16 types of abishek and homas with a nivedhana made of gram powder, salt and pepper in rice.  Vastras are offered in different colours.  They light lamps with gingely oil.  The nivedhana should be distributed in the temple to visitors and should not be taken home.  This Prasad is prepared in the temple itself for a fee of Rs. 75/=.  Kethu worship is followed on Mondays and birth star days.  The fee for abishek is Rs. 350 and for Homas Rs. 3,500 for individual pujas.  People pray to planet Kethu for general family welfare and prosperity, success in litigations, progress in trade, avoidance of accidents, freedom from fear of death etc. Vasuki (the serpent used as rope to churn the milk ocean) festival is celebrated in Panguni (March-April).  On the 3rd day of the festival, the event of Lord Shiva granting Darshan to Kethu is celebrated.  Planet Kethu comes in procession on this day and on the Rahu-Kethu transition days.

On the Rahu-Kethu transition day, a special Homa is organized by the Archakas-priests-of the temple.  There is no fee for participating in the puja.  According to numerology, No. 7 belongs to Kethu.  !6 types (1+6=7) of pujas are performed chanting 7 lakh mantras.  Preparations made of Kollu and sweet balls made of this grain, porridge, vada, choornam, rice, pudding-pongal – all made with kollu are offered in the Homa Fire.  Devotees offer 16 types of Dhans (alms) to Brahmins. Feeding also is organized to 7000 devotees this day.  Devotees offer all the things needed for this occasion to the temple in advance.

There is no Navagraha shrine in the temple as Kethu has all the prominence. However, there are two Sun idols and a Saturn idol in the temple.  Pujas are performed to one Sun during the Utharayayana Punyakala covering January-February to June-July and to the other Sun during the Dakshinayana Punyakala covering July-August to December-January.

Lord Anugraha Vinayaka graces in the temple from His separate shrine.  Planet Kethu with his serpent head and human body is facing west on his Simha (lion) seat with folded hands worshipping Lord Shiva.  He is the authority for wisdom.  He is a fearless planet doing all good for the devotees belonging to his Rasi.  People pray to planet Kethu for excellence in education and family prosperity.  Those facing some adverse aspects of this planet, pray first to Lord Naganatha and Kethu with red flowers, offering horsegram rice – Kollu sadham – as nivedhana and light seven deepas.

Shivrathri in February-March; Aipasi Annabishekam in October-November and Panguni Vasuki Utsav in March-April are the festivals celebrated in the temple.


The place is 22 km both from Sirkali and Mayiladuthurai. Transport facilities are available only during Rahu-Kethu transition days. It is not conveniently available during other days. Cabs can be hired from Mayiladuthurai.

Temple Timings:

6.00 a.m. to 12.30 a.m. and from 3.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

Temple Telephone Number:

+91- 4364 275 222, 260 088, 260 424,94435 64642, 95004 16171

Temple Address:

Sri Naganathaswami Temple


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Tirunageswaram (Rahu) – Sri Nageswarar temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Nageswarar temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Nageswarar, Naganathar

Ambal: Piraiani Vanudhalal , Girija Gujambikai

Sthala Theertham: Surya theertham

Sthala Virksham: Shenbagam

Devaram: Tirugnanasambandar


The devas and asuras churned the Paarkadal to obtain amirtham that would free them from death, keeping them alive for ever. When the amirtham emerged, Lord Vishnu in the guise of Mohini was distributing the amirtham only to the devas. He was worried that the evil deeds of the asuras will increase multifold if they consumed amirtham. Realising this, one of the asuras with the help of the asura guru Sukrachariyar, took the form of a deva and consumed the nectar. Suryan and Chandran who noticed this, complained to Lord Narayana. In anger, Lord Narayana hit the asura on the head with the spoon in his hand. The head was cut off and fell on the ground. But because the asura had consumed amirtham, his head and body continued to live. The body of a snake got attached to the head to become Rahu Bhagavan. Rahu prayed to Lord Vishnu (Narayana) and got the position of a Sayagraham. Rahu takes his revenge on Suryan and Chandran, whenever he gets a chance by devouring them. This is commonly called as eclipse.

Legend has it that the mythological serpents Aadi Seshan, Dakshan and Kaarkotakan worshipped Shiva here. Legend also has it that Nala worshipped Shiva here as in Gowtama muni, Paraasarar and Bhageerata are also associated with legends related to this temple.The king of the nagas, Rahu prayed to Lord Siva and hence this place got the name Thirunageswaram. Here Rahu Bhagavan has manifested with both his consorts. At this sthala, the colour of milk changes from white to blue during Abhishekam.  Sri Naganathaswamy Temple or Rahu Sthalam is one of the 9 Navagraha Temples around Kumbakonam [Thirunageswaram] and is dedicated to Rahu . The Presiding Deity is Lord Naganathaswamy. There are two Shrines for the Goddess; Piraiyanivanudalumai’s Shrine is adjacent to Naganathaswamy’s shrine and GiriGujambika with Lakshmi and Saraswathy by Her side has a separate temple. Rahu Bhagavan is seen with his two consorts Nagavalli and Nagakanni. Sri Naganathaswamy Temple is one where Lord Shiva was worshipped by Rahu and got relieved of a curse.

A unique feature of Naganatha Swamy temple is that Rahu Bhagavan is seen with human face. Usually in other places, Rahu Bhagavan is seen with a serpent face. Here Rahu Bhagavan is present with his two consorts Nagavalli and Nagakanni. This was originally a forest of Senbaka trees. A Shivalingam was found under one of these trees here and hence He came to be known as Shenbagarane Eswara. Nandi after worshipping Shiva attained the status as Nandeeswaran here. Vinayakar attained the status of Head of Ganas or Ganapathi. Indira, the King of Devas was relieved of bad smell emanating from his body by worshiping Goddess Girigujambal with Punugu.

On entering the Eastern gate way, one can find the Vinayaga temple, Balipeedam, Nandeeswarar Mandapam and Dhwaja Sthambam (Flag post). On the southern side there is the temple tank. On entering the main gopuram, the Deity of Rahu Bhagavan is in the south West corner of the praharam. Astrologers suggest that doing Milk abisekam (especially on Sundays) here for Rahu during Rahu kalam (period of 1and 1/2 hours occurring every day ) the malefic effects of Rahu like marriage obstacles, lack of progeny, troubled marital life, Kalasarpa Dhosham, Kalasthra Dhosha , Sarpa Dhosha are all neutralized. During this milk abhishegam, the milk turns blue. Offering of blue cloth and ulutham paruppu (urad dal) is made here. Mantharai flower is considered special to him.

Tirunageswaram Rahu Temple is on the Kumbakonam – Karaikal bus route and is just 7 km from Kumbakonam.Route:

Temple Timings:

6:00 AM to 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Temple Telephone Number:

0435 2463354,+91- 435-246 3354, 94434 – 89839

Temple Address:

Sri Naganatha Swamy Temple,

Thirunageswaram – 612 204,

Kumbakonam Taluk,

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Thiruvenkadu (Budhan) – Sri Swedaranyeswarar Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Swedaranyeswarar Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Venkadar, Swetaranyeswarar

Ambal:  Pann Moitta Inmozhiyaal, Bhrama Vidya Nayaki

 Sthala Theertham: Surya Theertham

Sthala Virksham: Vilvam, Vadaval and Konrai.

Devaram: GnanaSambandar


The name Thiruvenkadu means ‘sacred white forest’ (‘Ven’ means white and ‘Kadu’ means forest). It is said that this place was surrounded by thick forests on all sides and when seen from a distance, it looked white, and hence the name. In Sanskrit it is known as Swetaranyam (‘Swetam’ means white and ‘Aranyam’ means forest). The place also bears various names such as Jnana-aranya, (forest of wisdom), Patala Kailas and Aadi Chidambaram.

Thiruvenkadu temple is surrounded by five prakarams known as pancha prakarams. Here the Lord is consecrated in His forms as Aghoramurthi (manifestation of His wild and angry form) and Nataraja (a manifestation of Shiva, assumed as the Lord of Dance). Within the darkness of the night, walks this form of Lord Shiva, Shiva Aghoramurthy. He rules the night, kala and these hours are for the other world spirits to worship him. Aghora Shiva is worshiped by all, the night is alive with divinity as it wakes the other world, of ghosts and ghouls and aghoris to follow this form – the left hand path of worship.

Its not scary as much as it is eye opening, that we prefer to see a beautifully clad aghora rudra within the temple wall in stone and not the real fiery self that walks the night. Aghora Shiva, raw energy, raw power, raw beauty of anger and fury rising from the being, from his eyes, forming a halo of flaming light around his head, this multi handed deity adorns the temple precinct around the main shrine of Lord Shiva in his iconic form. In the early hours of the morning at the temple of Thiruvenkadu, Veerabhadra, resides within his chamber, surrounded by flickering lights that turn this earthly chamber into divine heaven with his presence. Adorned in the glint of gold, decorated in royalty this ash clad Lord is dressed like a King. Decked in jewellery and covered in flowers, one can sing the Rudram and bathe themselves in his presence. Such beauty can be found nowhere else, which is just brought to light by the glowing lamps.

Aghora Shiva is powerful, fierce, graceful, and yet terrifying. He kills all evil, he protects us, he brings us our peace and yet we fear this form! And as we mindlessly move on, little do we notice a painter furiously at work. Seeped in silence, a passionate painter catches the glimpse of this fiery Lord into his canvas.  40 days of passion, with hours spent during Brahmamuhurta, the painter sits before Him and absorbs his form. And in a lightening flash he awakens the very Lord Veerabhadra to come alive in his brush and begins to render this unthinkable form!. The glint of gold, the sheen of silver, the blackness of mahakala just bathes the dimly lit interior…such a beauty that the mind just rests, there is no room for thought, there is just music in the heart to see the Lord display his presence through the eyes of the painter who prays to him, requesting him to make his appearance divine in his canvas.

The mind is a powerful tool and it performs many unthinkable miracles. One such miracle is the way this painter religiously renders the beauty and form and divinity of every God as he imbibes them into himself. Truely miraculous. There was never another of his kind, Artist Silpi was the chosen one, one who would paint, one who could capture even Lord Aghora Rudra into his brush and request this fiery Lord to descend into his canvas to stay there and bless all those who worshiped him.

The Nataraja image holds seven instruments and weapons, namely, Vetalam, Khadgam, Udukku, Mani, Kedayam, Kapalam and Trisulam. Lord Shiva performs seven forms of dance or Tandavas, viz Ananda tandavam, Sandhya tandavam, Samhara tandavam, Tripuranta tandavam, Urdhva tandavam, Bhujanga tandavam and Lalita tandavam here.

Lord Shiva is present here with five faces viz Easanam, Tatpurusham, Aghoram, Vamadevam and Sadyojatam, representing five directions and aspects of Lord Shiva. Easanam is facing the sky and represents purity, Vamdevam faces north and represents sustenance, Tatpurisha faces east and represents spirituality that has destroyed the ego, Aghoram faces south and represents the destructive and regenerative aspect of Shiva, Sadyojatam faces west and represents creation.

Devi in Her divine form of Bhadrakali has a separate shrine. Besides, there are separate shrines for Ashta Lakhsmis and the Navagrahas. Swetharanyeswarar temple has three theerthams (holy tanks) called as Agni Theertham, Surya Theertham and Chandra Theertham which are said to have been created out of the three drops which fell from Lord Shiva’s eyes when he was dancing. The sthala vrikshams are also three in number – Vilvam, Vadaval and Konrai. The stone inscriptions on the walls of the temples depict important historical information on the Chola Dynasty and about several kings of Vijayanagar.

The posture of Nandi at the entrance is another unique feature here. It bears nine scars on its body and is seated at the entrance of Devi’s shrine. Marutwasura, an asura, was troubling the Rishis and the people of Thiruvenkadu. The people prayed to Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva sent Nandi to fight the demon. Marutwasura was defeated by Nandi and thrown into the sea. Marutwasura through his penance obtained sula from Lord Shiva. The demon then returned with greater intensity to attack the innocent people. Once again, at the request of the devotees, Shiva sent Nandi. However, on this occasion, Nandi could not fight the demon as the demon had the Sula of Shiva. The demon caused wounds on Nandi’s back with the Sula.

Parihara Sthalam:

Child Birth


Swetharanyeswarar Temple is situated 23 kilometers away from Mayiladuthurai, on the Sirkali – Poompuhar linking road. The temple is 10 km from Sirkazhi and 59 km from Kumbakonam.

Temple Timings:

6 am to 12pm  and 5 .30 pm to  8 pm

Temple Telephone Number:

04364-256 424

Temple Address:

Sri Swetharanyeswarar Temple
Tiruvenkadu Post
Sirkazhi Taluk
Nagapattinam District

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Vaidheeswaran koil (Angarahan) – Sri Vaidyanatha Swami temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Vaidyanatha Swami temple

Period of origin

 Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Vaidyanathar

Ambal: Thaiyal Nayaki

Sthala Theertham: Siddhamirtham

Sthala Virksham: Vembu

Devaram: Tirugnana Sambandar, Tirunavukkarasar

Parihara Sthalam:



 Many Siddhas in days of yore performed abishek to Lord of this place with nectar and gained many boons.  The nectar used for the abishek mixed with the holy spring.  18 theerthas are mixed in this tank which cures all diseases people suffer from.  When Sage Sadananda was performing penance here, he saw a snake trying to devour a frog.  As the incident disturbed his penance, he cursed them. Since then, no snake or frog comes near this tank.

The place is also known as Pullirukkuvelur. Pul means Bird-here the eagle king Jatayu the noblest character in Ramayana in the service of Lord Sri Rama, Irukku the Rig Veda, Vel-Lord Muruga and Oor the place make the name Pul Irukku Vel Oor = Puulirukkuvelur.

The place is the headquarters of medical science that offers cure for 4448 diseases, it is said.  A medicine ball is made of the anthill sand, abishek water, veppilai the neem leaves and abishek sandal and abishek sacred ash.  Consuming this brings total relief for any disease.  Those suffering from skin problems get the punugu oil, apply it on their body for relief.  Lord Vaidyanatha cures not only the physical pains of the people but also cures them from the recurring disease of births and deaths.  He grants every wish of the people, jobs, wedding, children, mental peace, relief from planetary problems etc.  According to scriptures, worshipping Lord facing west brings the devotee the benefit of worshipping in 1000 Shiva temples.  Both Lord Aadhi Vaidyanatha in the entrance of the temple and the presiding deity Vaidyanatha are facing west.  Lord Muruga got His Vel weapon from this place only.  Lord Sri Rama worshipped here.

The place of Mars-Sevvai in the horoscope of a person decides his/her wedding prospectus and other living conditions.  Mars covers 7 years in one’s life.  For those facing adverse effects, special pujas are performed for solution of their problems.  People pray to Angaraka-Sevvai-Mars for success in land deals, freedom from debt burdens and joint pains in the body.  People do the prayers on Kruthika star days and Tuesdays undertaking fasting and performing abisheks offering clothing in red.

Jatayu Kundam-pit:  Jatayu the eagle engaged in the service of Lord Rama was killed when he prevented Ravana from abducting Mother Sita.  As requested by him, Sri Rama performed the last rites for the bird in the Vibuthi Gundam here.  A king, Veerasenan by name came here with his son suffering from tuberclosis , bathed in the theertha and offered sweet nivedhanas.  He consumed the nivedhana with his son.  His son was cured completely.

As a beloved son of Lord Vaidyanatha and Mother Thaiyal Nayaki, Lord Muruga in the temple is praised as Chella Muthukumaraswami – Chella-beloved.   The Prasad containing items used in the Arthajama Puja as described above is an effective medicine for various diseases devotees suffer from.  Lord Muruga enjoys all prominence in the temple. Hence all festivals are dedicated to Him.

Pujas to Lord and Mother are offered only after pujas to Lord Muruga.  A 10 day festival is celebrated in January-February beginning from Tuesday.  28 day Panguni Brahmmotsavam is celebrated in March-April.  Of the Navagrahas (9 planets) importance temples in the state, this belongs to Mars-Angaraka.  Lord Muruga is facing west.  A medicine prepared with sacred ash, anthill sand and oil is an effective medicine for leprosy.

Lord Muruga is always worshipping His divine Father and Mother in the temple. While the Navagrahas are generally seen in the front side of the sanctum sanctorum, they are behind the presiding deity here.  Lord Rama had worshipped in this temple.  Mother Thaiyal Nayaki ensures the welfare of the children.  Planet Angaraka-Mars blesses the devotees on his Goat Vahan on Tuesdays.  Medical students pray here to pass their exams with distinction.

Chevvai(Manglik Dosh, Mangala, Kuja dosh) related dosham are rectified by performing parihara(remedies) poojas to this deity. It is traditional to perform angaraha pooja to get rid of financial crisis, property dealing, productivity of agriculture and milk, if any problem between brothers and sisters that also will be solved. Chevvai also heels cut wounds. So devotees performing pooja to chevvai are benefited to victory.

There is also a widespread believe that the visit here would remove obstacles the delayed marriage(Chevvai dosham). In chevvai temple the Prasatham (Food) offered by the name of tiruchaandu urundai and its considered to be a panaca capable of many elements it is made of ashes taken out from the homa kundam in front of Subramaniya strain. Rituals are performed were in mixer of earth and ashes from the homa kundam are shaped into the pills the same distributed as a Prasatham (Food) to the person(medicine).

The devotees as soon as entering the temple, they first go to Sithamirtha tank(Sithamirtha tank consist of 18 wells) filled with holy water and mix with medicines in form of leaves. The water is said to have curative properties for various skin elements. The persons diseases even that could not get cured by mani, mandra, aushatha, after coming to this temple they got cured at this place. That why here Shiva is called as a Vaithiyanathan (doctor). There is also a shrine dedicated to Dhanvanthri here. Dhanvanthri is also a medicine god. Even doctors do their operation after they pray to Dhanvanthri for success and devotees also those who are suffering illness it can be cured after pray to Dhanvanthri.


Vaitheeswaran koil is 15 km far from Mayiladuthurai on the Chidambaram road. The place is 60 km from Nagapattinam and 25 km from Chidambaram. Bus facility is available from Sirkali and Mayiladuthurai.

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- 279 423

Temple Address:

Sri Vaidyanatha Swami Temple,

Vaidheeswaran koil–609 117,

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Alangudi (Guru)- Sri Abathshayeswarar Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Abathshayeswarar Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Abathsahayeswarar

Ambal: Elavarkuzhali , Umai Ammai

Sthala Theertham: Amirtha Theertham.

Stalavriksham: Erumulai

Dhevaran: Appar, Thirugnanasampanthar and Sundarar


The temple is in the heart of the place Aalangudi. The main tower (Rajagopuram) is of five tiers constructed very aesthetically. Lord Dakshinamurthy has a significant importance in the temple. There are shrines for Kalangamal Katha Vinayaka, Muruga, Lakshmi, Nalvar (Gnanasambandar, Tirunavukkarasar, Sundarar and Manickavasagar), the authors of Thevaram and Tiruvasagam hymns) Suriyeasar, Somesar, Gurumaswarar, Somanathar, Sabtharishinathar, Vishnunathar, Brahmmesar, collectively known as Sapthalingas, Kasi Viswanathar, Visalakshi, Sage Agasthya in the inner corridor (Prakara) of the temple.

There are procession deities – Big sized Vinayaka, Subramanya, Chandeswara, and Kalyanasastha. The Tirumurai temple is in the Sabanathar shrine. Procession deity Dakshinamurthy graces with four Sanakathi rishis. The Balipeeta (a stage or platform) for Nandhi the bull vehicle of Lord Shiva is covered by copper plates. Dwarapalakas (securitiy) Special abishek and pujas are conducted in the Abathsahayeswarar temple for Guru Dakshinamurthy of Thursday in the month of Masi –February-March. Married women change their Mangalsutra thread. Women with auspicious Guru-Jupiter aspects are lucky ones with long married life. Masi Thursday is considered very important for Guru worship. This day has greater significance in Jupiter-Guru related issues than his transit days from one zodiac sign to the next each year.

As there is no direct Jupiter shrine here, Lord Dakshminamurthy, the authority for the planet is worshipped very devotionally here. Dakshinamurthy graces here with four Sanakathi rishis. Sage Viswamitra worshipped here. Alangudian:Aalam in Tamil and Sanskrit means poison of highest intensity which would burn the whole world which sprang up first while churning the milk ocean. When the whole world – earth, pathala the world below and the one above the earth – was trembling with fear of total destruction, Lord Shiva came forward and consumed it to protect the universe. Lord Shiva drank the Aalam, hence the name Aalangudian. Tamil Poet Kalamega known for his witty expressions says, “Who said that Aalangudian would not drink (Kudi) the Aalam. If he did not, all in the world would have perished.” .The reputation of the place is also due to the fact that none is affected by any poison problem in this place. As the holy tree is the black poolai plant, the place is named Tiruirumpoolai and also as Alangudi as the Lord protected the world by consuming the Alam poison while churning the milk ocean.

Alangudi is regarded as one of the Pancha Aranya Sthalas – Pancha-five, Aranya-forest covered). Of the various subsidiary temples attributed to Tiruvidaimarudur Lord Mahalainga Peruman, Alangudi is one. Those worshipping in this temple on Thursdays are blessed with all welfare in life. Those afflicted by snake planet aspects get relief here. This is the only temple where Lord Dakshinamurthy is taken in car procession. There is also a statue of Daksha, father of Mother Parvathi, with a goat head.

Sundarar: The idol is small and appears a little damaged. This was taken to Tiruvarur once by a king. However, the idol has been brought back to Alangudi by a priest. To escape the constables on the way, the priest told them that he was taking his child suffering from measles. Surprisingly, when the priest unfolded the idol after reaching the Alangudi temple, he found small-pox scars on the statue too which are visible even now.

Sukravara Ambica: Firday (Sukravar) is attributed to the worship of Mother-Goddess. Bearing the same name, Sukravara Ambica graces from a separate shrine. The other significance of the temple is that the structure reminds one the Matha (Mother) Pitha (Father) and Guru (Teacher) philosophy. Entering the temple, we meet Mother-Ambica Shrine first, followed by the presiding deity and the Guru-Dakshinamurthy.

Presiding deity Aabathsahayeswarar is a Swayambulinga Murthy in the temple. Lord Dakshinamurthy adored as Guru Baghwan (teacher of Dharma and Yoga sastras) has special importance in the temple and therefore, the place is regarded as Dakshinamurthy Sthala – the holy place. Sage Viswamitra, emperor Mushukunda and Veerabadra had woshipped in this place. Mother Parvathi performed penance here to have Shiva as Her Lord. Scars of measles are found in the idol of Saint Sudarar.

Transit day of planet Jupiter from one zodiac sign to the next with special pujas, Poornima day (Full moon day) in the month of Chithirai (April-May), Thai poosam in January-February, Panguni Uthiram in March-April and Car festival for Lord Dakshinamurthy are the festivals celebrated in the temple.


(1) 17 kms from Kumbakonam
(2) 39 kms from Thanjavur via Needamangalam on Tiruvarur road

Temple Timing:

6 am to 1 pm and 4 pm to 8.30 pm

Temple Phone Number:

04374 269407

Temple Address:

Sri Abathshayeswarar Temple
Valangaiman Taluk
Thiruvarur District
Tamil Nadu

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Kanjanur (Sukaran) – Sri AgneeswararTemple

Name of the Temple 

Sri AgneeswararTemple

Period of Origin

Before 6th Century

Name of Deity

Moolavar: Agneeswarar

Ambal: Karpagambal

Sthalatheertham: Agni Theertham

Sthalavriksham: Poovarasu

Dhevaram:  Appar


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Kanchanur,the Shiva Sthalam is associated with Sukran or Venus and is maintained by the Madurai Adinam. It is Located in a quite hamlet of Thiruvaaduturai.This Shrine is also referred to as Palaasavanam, Brahmapurai and Agnisthalam. Brahma is said to have had a vision here of Shiva’s wedding with Parvati.Men visit to pray for the well being of their wives. Sukra or Venus is the bestower of long life, wealth, happiness, children, property and good education. He is ruled by Goddess Mahalakshmi. The presiding deity Agneeswarar is the embodiment of Sukran. Sukrachariar was the Guru of asuras. He had got the blessings from Lord Siva after severe penances. In the Vamana Avataram of Lord Vishnu, Vamana sought three foot steps of land from Mahabali, an asura king. Realising Vamana to be no mere mortal, Sukrachariyar assumed the form of a bee and tried to block the flow of water from the kamandalam. Vamana picking up a pavithram blinds Sukracharya in one eye while trying to unclog the hole in the kamandalam.

Sukracharyar has the prowess to bring the dead to living by virtue of his knowledge of Amirtha Sanjeevini Mantra. Using this mantra, in the asura war against the devas, he revived the slain asuras. This helped the asura army swell. The devas prayed to Lord Siva for help, who swallowed up Sukracharya in a fit of rage. After residing in Lord SIva’s stomach in a siddha state, he emerged from Lord Siva’s stomach.
Sukra endows those who pray to him with wealth, pleasure, wife, prosperity, vehicles. He is the next most beneficial planet after Guru. If in a person’s horoscope, Sukra is well placed, then the person will enjoy pleasure, beautiful wife, wealth, house, vehicle, good food, fame, love, affection, marraige, siblings, governmental help, chance to govern the country/state and hold influential status.

If in a bad position, the ward will experience a family devoid of love and ties, bad life, enimity amongst family and friends, Kalathira dosham. By praying to Sukra these problems could be mitigated. Wife, arts, sculpture, love, vehicles are the beneficial aspects of Sukra. The sthalam of Sukra Bhagavan is Kanjanur, which is located Agneeswarar, enroute to Mayavaram. His wives are Subakirthi, Sundari and Sringini. The presiding deity are Agneeswarar and his consort Iswari. He is the Lord of Rishaba and Thula Rasi and faces East direction. The Adi Devatha is Indra’s physician. His colour is white; his vahana is the crocodile; the grain associated with him is mochai; the flower – white lotus; fabric – white cloth; gem – diamond; food – rice mixed with mochai powder.

Festivals: Six worship services are offered each day here. A festival commemorating Haradatta Sivacharyar is celebrated in the Tamil month of Thai each year. Mahasivaratri, Arudra Darisanam, Navaratri and Aadi Pooram are celebrated here.

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Kanjanur Post
Tiruvidaimarudhur Taluk
Thanjavur District

0435 247 3737


[tab](1) 18 kms from Kumbakonam via Suriyanar koil

(2) 20 kms from Myladuthurai via Kuthalam & Thirumanancheri
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Thingalur(Chandran)-Sri Kailasanathar Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri  Kailasanathar Temple

Period of Origin

6th Century. There is a dispute about this temple, as it was sung by APPAR in Dhevaram and some says no.

Name of Deity



Sthalavriksham: VellaiArrali

Sthala Theertham: Chandra Theertham

Chandra Moola Mantram: om sram srim sraum sah chandraya namah.

Day Special : Monday

Planet: Moon


Lord Chandran married the 27 daughters[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][STARS ie.aswathi, barani, etc..]of king Daksha Prajapathi.As Chandran was very close to only the two wives Karthika and Rohini,the others complained about him to thier father.On hearing this,Dakshan argued with him,But chandran neglected his word.Hence Dakshan cursed him. To come out from the curse Chandran prayed. Lord Shiva saved him and asked him to offer poojas to Lord Kailasanathar and ambal Brihannayaki at Thingalur and he was given the power of blessing who are affected by Chandra Dosham.

Here Chandran is Positioned just opposite to Kailasanathar.Mondays are special days for Chandran.During the full moon day Chandran is more powerful. Raw Rice pudding mixed with jaggery,White flower and white cloth Offering made to Lord chandran here.

Tamil month of Panguni (March – April) on the full moon day (Pournami),the day before and on the succeeding day (3 days), the rays of the rising moon will fall on Lord Siva .This rare phenomenon occurs only in Thingalur and not anywhere else.

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Thiruvaiyaru (post),

Thanjavur Dist,



Phone: +91-4362-262499


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Suriyanarkoil (Suriyan) – Sri Suriyanar temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Suriyanar temple

Period of origin

Before 1500 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Siva Suriyan

Ambal: Ushadevi, Chayadevi

Sthala Theertham: Suriya theertham

Sthala Virksham: Vellerukku


Sage Kalava Muni was suffering from severe leprosy.  He worshipped all the planets begging total cure.  All the planets graced the Rishi with what he wanted – the cure from leprosy.  Lord Brahmma strongly objected to the response of the planets to Rishis penance on the ground that in accordance with the orders of Lord Shiva, the planets were to give the effects of good and evil deeds of the individuals and that that the planets had violated this rule by directly giving boons to a devotee and cursed them to suffer from leprosy themselves.   The planets came down to a white wild flower jungle (Vellerukku vanam) and performed penance on Lord Shiva for relief.  Lord appeaed before them and said that the place belonged to them and allowed them to grace the devotees worshipping them enduring a variety of hardships.

It is noteworthy that there are only two temples in India dedicated to Sun God, one at Konark in North and this in South.  There is no idol worship in Konark while this temple follows idol worship.  Lord Sun graces from the sanctum sanctorum facing west with Mother Ushadevi on the left and Pradyushadevi (also known as Chayadevi) on the right in wedding form.  He is holding lotus in both hands with a smiling face. As Sun is noted for His scorching heat, to cool down the effect, planet Guru (Jupiter) is just opposite the shrine, facilitating His worship under a bearable temperature. Sun’s Horse vehicle is also before Him, as Nandhi is before Lord Shiva.

This is a temple dedicated for the nine planets – Navagrahas.  The devotee can worship all the planets as presiding deities.  In other temples, the planets are but sub-deities only.  The speciality is Sun God graces with His consorts in wedding form.  He is not furious but calm and gracing.   Every planet has its own shrine and is only graceful in nature offering solace to the devotee.  There is no vehicle for any planet.

Devotees perform a ritual called Nadi Pariharam, Navagraha Homas and Surya Archana. They also perform with sugar pudding (Sarkarai pongal) which is considered very important here. They do abishek and archana to the planets as prescribed. They also offer wheat, jaggery and their farm yields equal to their weight – a ritual called Tulabaram. Those seeking child boon offer cradles. The Prasad is distributed among the visitors. Feeding also is followed besides usual abishek etc.

Sun occupies the first place among the nine planets, so His temple.  Devotees throng the temple to submit their prayers to the planets to protect them from their adverse aspects in their lives.  Those undergoing the seven and half years Saturn period, his position in the 8th and birth Rasi houses according to their hoscopes and those facing such aspects by other planets come to the temple seeking relief.  They stay in the temple for 12 Sundays called Thala Vasam covering about two and half months from the morning of first Sunday. The period covers about 78 days.   They bathe in the sacred springs known as Nava theerthas, observe fasting and worship Lord Tirumangalakudi Prananatha and Mother Mangala Nayaki and other deities in the place.  They do remedial pujas according to their problems for removal of the doshas-adverse aspects.  Those undergoing Sun main and sub-periods worship on Sundays.  They also succeed in their efforts.

It may be recalled that the Sun Temple in Uchikizhan Kottam in Poompuhar during the Sangam Age was destroyed by a massive tsunami.  Yet the Sun Temple in Suriyanarkoil in Thanjavur district had survived the test of times and stands majestically with the reputation of its antiquity and scriptural glory.  This is a temple for the Navagrahas the nine planets.  Huge numbers of devotees visit to worship the deities for relief from the adverse aspects of planets concerning their lives.

10 day Ratha Sapthami in Thain month (January-February) is a very important festival in the temple. This marks the ‘U’ turn of Lord Sun’s Rath-Car from South to North beginning the six months called Utharayanam from Thai to Aani month – June-July. Seasons are calculated by the movements of Sun God. On the first day of each Tamil month special pujas and abisheks are performed to Lord Suriya-Sun who heads the Zodiac family. This is called Maha Abhishek drawing huge number of devotees. Also Saturn (Sani) and Jupiter (Guru) transition days are celebrated with special pujas.


Two kilometers north of Aaduthurai lies Suryanayanar Koil. It is situated on the road between Kumbakonam and Kadhiramangalam and 15 km to the east of Kumbakonam.

Temple Timings:

6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. 8.00 p.m.

Temple Telephone Number:

+91- 435- 2472349

Temple Address:

Sri Suriyanar Temple,


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