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Nagercoil Nagaraja Temple

Nagercoil Nagaraja Temple

Nagercoil Nagaraja Temple

Nagercoil Nagaraja Temple is one among the prime attractions situated nearby Kanyakumari. Nagercoil, the headquarters of Kanyakumari District, is situated 22 km from Kanyakumari town and 7 km from Suchindram. This Hindu temple is famous for its worshipping of the King of Serpents or Nagaraja- Vasuki. Nagercoil town derives its name from this very temple only. This temple has a huge number of naga statues that are famous all over India.

Nagercoil Nagaraja temople

History of Nagercoil Nagaraja Temple

Nagas are children of Kashyapa and Kadru.  Among the prominent nagas of Hinduism are Manasa, Sesha, and Vasuki Ananda Krishna and Nagaraja. It is believed that Nagaraja Temple was earlier a Jain temple which is evident from the images of Jain Tirthankaras, Mahavira and Parswanatha found on the pillars of the temple. There is no authentic epigraph to help us understand its chronology. The mountain Mahendragiri in the Kanyakumari district is referred to as the abode of Nagas in the Ramayana of Valmiki. From this, it can be presumed that the origin of Naga influence in the area goes back to legendary times.

However there is a local story that goes around. Once there was a girl who was cutting paddy when suddenly she cut her hand and blood began to spurt out. Soon she saw that the sickle had cut into a five headed serpent. Scared the girl went to the village and told the villagers about this miracle. They all came to see this peculiar event and  they cleared the space allotting it to the Lord.

Significance of Nagercoil Nagaraja Temple

  • Nagraja deity, which is considered to be originated itslef , is situated below the ground level in a square plot which is a wet place.
  • The deity has five faces. Only the place where the Nagaraja seats is wet.
  • The soil here underneath the Prathishta has a saffron colour.It is because of the blood that oozed form the head of the idol. The soil is given as Prasada.
  • The temple has a distinct style of their own by the lavish use of wood, stone and metals. The surrounding walls of temple are made of mud. The roof is constructed using coconut leaves and bamboo poles.
  • The soil will not lessen even though lots of quantity is being taken day by day. This soil is considered as a good medicine for skin diseases.

Nagercoil Nagaraja Temple Timings

  • The temple is open from 4.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

Festivals at Nagercoil Nagaraja Temple

  • Thai Brahmmotsavam in January-February; Aavani Sundays and Aavani Aslesha (Aayilyam) star day and Krishna Jayanthi in August-September.
  • Navarathri in September-October and Tirukarthikai in November-December are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

How to reach Nagercoil Nagaraja Temple

  • By air: nearby airport is Madurai, Thiruvanathapuram. Regular flights from major cities are available.
  • By rail: Nagercoil junction is the nearby railway station. One can easily take trains from here.
  • By road: The temple is one kilo metre far from Nagercoil Vadaseri and from Meenakshipuram bus stand. Adequate road facilities are available to reach Nagercoil from all parts of the state.

Hotels nearby Nagercoil Nagaraja Temple

  • Hotel Sahana Castle at Distillery road, vadaseri is reviewed to be a great place with suitable accommodations. It is located opposite to the Omni bus stand.
  • Hotel Udupi International is another grand place to check in. It is located about 20 km from Kanyakumari. It has splendid facilities including its advantageous position making communications available at its doorstep.

Places nearby Nagercoil Nagaraja Temple

  • Padmanabhapuram Palace, is one of the chief attractions of Tamil Nadu located in Padmanabhapuram village of Kanyakumari District about 15 km from Nagercoil. It was built by King Iravi Varma Kulasekhara Perumal around 1601 A.Dwhich is best known for its antique and tricky woodworks.
  • Vivekananda Rock Memorial is a popular tourist attraction in Kanyakumari built in 1970 in honor of Swami Vivekananda and his teachings.
  • Devi Kanya Kumari temple is one among the 108 Shakthi Peethas in the world was built by sage Parshurama around 3000 year ago and dedicated to the goddess Bhagavathy Amman.
Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple

Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple

Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple

Suchindram is an important pilgrimage for Hindus all over India and abroad. It is located at a distance of 13 km from Kanyakumari. Dedicated to Lord Hanuman this temple is also called “Suchindram Lord Anjaneyar Temple “. The word Suchindram comes from Sanskrit meaning ‘purify’. Suchindram Thanumalayan temple is also known as ‘Sthanumalayan’ temple which indicates to the trinity, worship of three Gods – Lord Brahma, Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. “Sthanu” means Siva; “Mal” means Vishnu; and the “Aya” means Brahma.

Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple

History of Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple

Built during the 17th century the temple boasts an interesting history. It was previously controlled by the Namboodiris, one of the main Namboodiri families called the Thekkumon Madam. It’s a belief that Lord Shiva stayed at Suchindram Temple when Devi came for self-punishment at Kanyakumari. Lord Indra, the king of Devas was believed to be got rid of His curse by worshiping the sacred Lingam at this Thanumalayan Temple. And hence it is said that Lord Indra visit this temple everyday to worship Lord Shiva. The temple has a huge appeal to Vaishnavites and Saivites all over India.

Significance of Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple

  • The statue of Lord Hanuman stands majestically at a height of 22 feet, which is carved of a single block of granite, the temple is revered as one of the tallest statues in India.
  • Hanuman was said to be concealed underground at this temple in 1740 to protect it from the attack by Tipu Sultan, a ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore.
  • There are four musical pillars carved out of a single stone, and which stand at 18 feet (5.5 m) in height; these are an architectural and design highlight of the temple grounds.
  • The representation of the three central gods of Hinduism in one linga makes it unique in India.
  • The gopuram has been carved with Ramayana and Mahabharatha stories by using herbal ink.
  • Goddess Aram Valartha Nayaki, Indra Vinayaka, Kala Bhairava and Saakahi Ganapathy are also enshrined here. Inscriptions believed to date from the 9th century are found in this temple making it more ethnic in its core.
  • The dancing hall of this temple contains an additional 1035 pillars filled with wonderful carvings.

Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple Timings

  • The Abhiseka for moola lingam takes place at 4:15 a.m.
  • Abhiseka for Thanumalayan shrine takes place at 4:15 a.m also.
  • The daily pooja takes place at 5:30 a.m.
  • Tharai Abhiseka pooja takes place at 6:30 a,m,
  • Mistanga pooja takes place 7:15 a.m.
  • Ucchikala pooja takes place at 11:00 a.m.
  • At 6:30 p.m takes place the Deepa aradhanai, Ahala and Arthama pooja.

Festivals at Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple

  • The Avani festival takes place at August.
  • The Masi festival takes place at March.
  • Marghazi festival being an important one takes place for two months at December and January.
  • Chiththirai festival takes place at April.

How to reach Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple

  • By air: Thiruvanathapuram International airport is the nearest airport located at a distance of 70 km from the temple. Regular flights ply in.
  • By rail: Nagercoil junction located at a distance of 3 km from the temple is the nearest station where regular trains are available.
  • By road: About 11 km from Kanyakumari and 7 km from Nagarkoil Suchindram lies between these two towns. Busses ply from Thirunelveli, Kanyakumari and Trivandram.

Hotels near Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple

  • Pioneer Grand Palace is roughly 7 km from Parakkai Lake and 1 km from Vadasery Bus Stand. The property in Nagercoil is a budget accommodation offering free buffet breakfast and great atmosphere.
  • Hotel Reech at 57 Court Road, Nagercoil is another suitable place to check in. It is reviwed to be an excellent clean place.

Places nearby Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple

  • The world famous Arulmigu Bhagavathyamman Temple is located nearby.It is an important temple situated near to Nagercoil – colachel State highway in Mandaikadu. During the month of Masi, people from all over India come here to celebrate the famous Kodai vizha festival. Arulmigu Bhagavathyamman Temple is located at the confluence of three seas of India’s South Corner. This temple was constructed before 3000 years by Parasuram and then renovated by one of the kings of Pandya Dynasty. It is believed that Goddess Bhagavathy stood here as a spinster and she killed the demon Banasuran on Vijayadasami, the last day of Navarathiri festival.
Golden Temple Vellore

Golden Temple Vellore

Golden Temple Vellore

The religious center of Sripuram, famous Golden Temple Vellore is located among the small green mountains in an area called Malaikodi at Vellore city in Tamil Nadu state, India. It is located at the south part of Vellore city, at the place of Tirumalaikodi. Located 8km south of the city of Vellore at Thirumalaikodi, the golden temple’s chief deity is ‘Sri Lakshmi Narayani’ where devotees from all religions are welcome to visit the temple and have darshan. The Sri Lakshmi Narayani temple inside Sripuram held its consecration (maha kumbhabhishekam) on 24 August 2007.

It is a sight to behold. Constructed by Sri Narayani Peedam and headed by Sri Sakthi Amma, a spiritual leader, the grand temple boasts of spectacular art work.

History of Golden Temple Vellore

The Sripuram Golden Temple is situated in 100 acres of lush landscape in the middle of the star-shaped path so that it absorbs more energy from nature, which creates an inner peace and relaxation to the devotees. Devotees walking through star-path were blessed to read the  messages of truth and justice, which allows them to develop and turn into powerful  creatures. The ultimate goal is to change in people.

Sripuram Golden Temple was built in a period of 7 years which is very short time. The Golden temple was inaugurated August 24, 2007 consecration ceremony was witnessed by thousands of devotees. The golden temple has attracted thousands of devotees. The entire temple was covered with 9 to 15 layers of gold foil. The temple is decorated with sculptures of the human person, richly decorated with columns and a roof.

Significance of Golden Temple Vellore

  • The significance characteristics of Sripuram are temple of Mahalakshmi or temple of Lakshmi Narayan who is Ardha Mandapam and Vimanam is coated with pure gold including both interior as well as exterior.
  • Renowned temple of Sri Lakshmi, prevalently called Golden temple, is recently constructed.
  • It has been designed by Vellore-based Sri Narayani Peedam, advancing by religious head Sri Sakthi Amma also known as Narayani Amma. The forehead with gold protecting has complex designs and art forms in silver.
  • The illumination is organized in such a way that the forehead papers even during evening. The development of the forehead was finished on Aug 24, 2007. More than 1500 kg of gold was used to build this forehead.
  • Every individual details was personally created, such as transforming the gold sections into gold foils and then increasing on the gold foils on birdwatcher.
  • Sripuram design symbolizes a star-shaped path(Sri chakra), in the center of the lushgreen surroundings, with a duration of over 1.8 km.
  • Sahasra deepam or 1008 lamps is a sacred installation here.
  • Messages by ‘Amma’ have been laid out along the path to the temple with messages from the Gita, Bible and Quran.

Timings of Golden Temple Vellore

  • The temple opens day at 4.00 AM and complete at 8.00 PM.
  • Abishekam starts from 4.00 AM to 8.00 AM.
  • General Dharshan starts from 8.00 AM to 8.00 PM.
  • Aarthi Seva starts from 6.00 PM to 7.00 PM.

How to reach Golden Temple Vellore

  • By air: airports of Bangalore and Chennai are the nearest airports with regular flights.
  • By rail: The nearest railway station is Vellore katpadi Jn railway station, which is only 12 km distance from Sripuram.
  • By road: there are many buses run from Bangalore, Chennai, Tirupati and some other main cities. Having reached at Vellore city new bus terminal , many buses run to Sripuram and some of the town buses run from old bus stand (fort) go to Sripuram (Golden Temple).

Hotels near Golden Temple Vellore

  • Hotel Gold located in the heart of the city on national highway no.1, is a renowned hotel that has a promising atmosphere and well suited accommodations.
  • Hotel Khanna Fiesta at Anna Sallai , Vellore is another place to check in during your visit. It is rather popular for its complementing decor and accommodations.
  • Hotel Surabi at Officer’s Lane also is reviewed to be a great place to tuck in. It has great staff and room service that has received much praise.

Places nearby Golden Temple Vellore

  • Vellore Fort was built during the 16th century AD by the Aravindu Dynasty of the Vijaynagar Empire. Later the fort’s ownership passed through the various dynasties like the Marathas, Bijapur Sultans, the Carnatic Nawabs and the British. The massive ramparts and moats have made the fort a strategic location, it was also known to have Tipu Sultan’s family and the last king of Sri Lanka as prisoners during the time of the British. The fort complex contains a church, a temple and a mosque.
  • Jalakandeswarar Temple is located within the Vellore fort complex and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Temple is one of the amazing specimens of the Dravidian architecture and houses one of the most intricately carved stone pillars. The temple also has a huge 7 tiered gopuram and adorned with various intricate carvings.
  • The Srilakshmi Golden Temple is also known by the name Lakshmi Narayani temple. The amazing feature of the temple is pretty evident as the whole structure is coated in gold leaf.
  • Yelagiri is a small hill station in Vellore. The town is located in the middle of flowery meadows, tea estates and orchards. The various lakes and waterfalls in Yelagiri attract a huge number of tourists.
Jambukeswarar Temple

Jambukeswarar Temple Thiruvanaikaval

Jambukeswarar Temple Thiruvanaikaval

The Jambukeswarar temple is a famous temple where we worship Lord Shiva in Tiruchirapalli or Trichy in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. This temple is also known by the names Thiruvanaikaval and Thiruvanaikal. The temple was built by Kocengannan (Kochenga Chola), one of the Early Cholas, around 1,800 years ago. It is located in the Srirangam Island, which has the famous Ranganathaswamy temple. Hundreds and thousands of devotees gather here every year to watch the Lord and get his blessings.

History of Jambukeswarar Temple

Intriguing stories surround the formation of the temple. It is told that once Devi Parvati mocked Lord Shiva’s penance for the improvement of the world. Shiva wanted to condemn her act and asked her to go to the earth from Kailash (Shiva’s abode) to do penance. Parvati in the form of Akilandeswari as per Shiva’s wish found Jambu forest (Thiruvanaikoil) to conduct her penance. She made a lingam out of water of river Cauvery under the Venn Naaval tree (the Venn Naaval tree on top of the saint Jambu) and commenced her worship. The lingam is known as Appu Lingam (Water Lingam). Siva at last gave darshan to Akilandeswari and taught her Siva Gnana. Akilandeswari took Upadesa (lessons) facing East from Shiva, who stood facing west.

Malyavan and Pushpadanta were two Shiva Ganas or disciples. They always were on conflict over something or other and once Malyavan cursed Pushpadanta to become an elephant on Earth and the latter cursed the other to become a spider. The elephant and the spider came to Jambukeswaram and continued their Siva worship. The elephant collected water from river Cauvery and conducted ablution to the lingam under the Jambu tree every day. Shiva, in the form of Jambukeswara, moved by the deep devotion of the two, relieved them from the curse. As an elephant worshipped Siva here, this place came to be known as Thiru Aanai Kaa (thiru means holy, aanai is elephant, kaa (kaadu) means forest). Later the name ‘Thiruaanaikaa’ becomes ‘Thiruvanaikaval’ and ‘Thiruvanaikoil’.

For committing the sin killing the elephant, the spider was born as the King Kochengot Chola meaning red-eyed king and built 70 temples and this temple is the one among them. Remembering his enmity with the elephant in his previous birth, he built the Shiva Sannathi (sanctorum) such that not even a small elephant can enter.

Significance of Jambukeswarar Temple

  • The sanctum of Jambukeswarar has an underground water stream and in spite of pumping water out, it is always filled with water.
  • It is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams, where all the four most revered Nayanars (Saivite Saints) have sung glories of the deity in this temple.
  • There are five enclosures inside the temple. The massive outer wall covering the fifth precinct, known as the Vibudi Prakara, stretches over a mile and is two feet thick and over 25 feet high. Legend maintains that the wall was built by Shiva working with the laborers. The fourth precinct contains a hall with 796 pillars. It also has a small tank fed by perpetual springs.
  • The main deity of the temple is Jambukeswara, representing the element water. Jambukeswara is depicted sitting under a jambu tree, which grows over a small stream that engulfs the deity during the rainy season.
  • The temple is also considered the abode of goddess Akilandeswari, one of the forms of the goddess Parvati.
  • The sannathy of the goddess Akilandeshwari and the sannathy of Prasanna Vinayaka are in the shape of the pranava manthra called “Om”.
  • The temples idols are installed opposite to each other – Such temples are known as Upadesa Sthalams. As the Devi was like a student and Jambukeswara like a Guru (teacher) in this temple, there is no Thiru Kalyanam (marriage) conducted in this temple for Shiva and Parvathi, unlike the other Shiva temples.

Timings of Rituals and Poojas at Jambukeswarar temple

  • Darshan time is from 6:00 am to 12 pm in the afternoon and 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the night.
  • The Ushakkala pooja takes place from 6:30 am to 7:30 am.
  • The Kaalashandhi pooja takes place from 8 am to 8:45 am.
  • The Uchikkala pooja take place from 11 am to 12 pm.
  • The Saayaraksha pooja takes place from 5 pm to 5:45 pm in the evening.
  • The Ardhajama pooja happens at 9 pm in the night. That is the last pooja of the day.

Festivals celebrated at Jambukeswarar Temple

  • Panguni Brahmmotsavam in March-April and Aadi Pooram in July-August are the festivals elaborately celebrated in the temple.
  • Purattasi is the Navarathiri festival taking place elaborately over 10 days.
  • Thai – Thai Poosam, Thai theppam (Float) festival. Special poojas are performed during Fridays of Thai month.
  • Vaikasi also known as Vasantha Urchavam is another significant festival that is celebrated for 10 days.

How to reach Jambukeswarar Temple

  • By air: the nearest airport is Trichy at a distance of 15km. One can avail flights on a regular basis.
  • By rail: the Trichy junction is at a distance of 8km and frequent trains are available on a daily basis.
  • By road: Thiruvanaikaval is situated in the middle of Trichy and Thiruvarangam is about 320 km on Chennai & Kanyakumari national highway. The temple is located 8 km from central bus stand and 3 km from Chathiram bus stand at Trichy. Government and private bus service is available to reach Thiruvanaikaval.

Hotels nearby Jambukeswarar Temple

  • Sri Maruti Pilgrims House offers accommodation in Tiruchchirappalli. The temple is 2.1 km away. It has a welcoming atmosphere.
  • Mayas Kem Pride at 75-I, Salai Road , Thillai Nagar is a renowned hotel that is liked by many.
  • Hotel Mayas at Hotel Mayas 46, Karur Bye Pass Road, Chatram Bus Stand features resplendent accommodations that are welcomed by many.

Places nearby Jambukeswarar Temple

  • Arulmigu saptharisheeswara Temple – The temple here has won a unique place among the temples of Tamil Nadu. It was here only the seven rishis, atri, brihu, pulsithar, vasistar, gauthamar, angeerasar and marichi, prayed to the presiding deity, saptharisheeswarar, to ward off the bad period they were passing through. The temple was taken up for being extended by the parantaka kings.This is an ancient temple about 500-1000 years old
  • Arulmigu Vekkalaimman Temple- It is dedicated to Lord Mother Vekkali Amman graces majestically sitting on a Yoga Peeta facing north. She is holding trident, Udukkai, the rope-pasam and Akshaya Patra (a vessel from which food would be constantly flowing to feed all beings) in Her four hands.
Ekambareswarar Temple

Ekambareswarar Temple Kanchipuram

Ekambareswarar Temple Kanchipuram

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Ekambareswarar Temple is a famous place located in the town of Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu.  The temple is associated with the five elements, the Pancha Bhoota Stalas, and specifically to the element of earth, or Prithvi.  Lord Shiva is worshiped here as Ekambareswarar or Ekambaranathar, and is represented by the lingam, with his idol referred to as Prithvi lingam. Devi Parvati is depicted as Gowridevi Amman.  The other four temples in this category are Thiruvanaikaval Jambukeswara (water), Chidambaram Natarajar (ether), Thiruvannamalai Arunachaleswara (fire) and Kalahasti Nathar (wind). All of the four revered Saivite Saints have sung the glories of this temple.

History of Ekambareswarar Temple

A part of the main temple was built by the Pallava Kings while the rest of the temple complex was erected in the 17 th century. This temple is one of the most ancient in India existing since at least 600 AD. Second century AD Tamil poetry speaks of Kama kottam, and the Kumara kottam .Initially temple was built by Pallavas. The Vedantist Kachiyapper served as a priest at the temple. The existing structure then was pulled down and rebuilt by the later Chola Kings. Adi Sankara, the 10th-century saint got Kanchipuram remodelled along with expansion of this temple.

The Vijayanagar kings, during the 15th century, also made lot of contributions to the temple and later developed by Vallal Pachiyappa Mudaliar used to go regularly from Chennai to Kanchipuram to worship in this temple, he spent significant money he amazed during British rule on the temple renovation, Pachiyappa Mudaliar seated at horseback can be seen in the temple pillar. At the later stage a similar temple with same name Ekambareswarar was constructed in Chennai by Pachiappa Mudaliar.

There is a legend around the temple. Some say that once while Lord Shiva was meditating Parvati mischievously covered his eyes with her fingers which resulted in complete darkness on earth for many years. Shiva being angered by her act cursed Parvati to go to earth for penance. Parvati went to earth and created the earth linga and worshiped it under a mango tree in Kanchipuram giving birth to the temple.

Significance of Ekambareswarar Temple

  • This is the 1st of the 32 Tevara Stalam built in the Tondai region of Southern India. Reckoned as one of the revered temple, it is the largest temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in Kanchipuram.
  • A towering 60 meter high Gopuram was built by Krishna Deva Raja of the Vijayanagara kingdom in the year 1509.
  • The temple premise has a 540 pillar hall all intricately designed and beautifully carved. The pillared hall was constructed by the Vijayanagara Monarch.
  • A 3500 years old mango tree adores the sanctum having four branches each dedicated to the four Vedas. The Deity derives its name from the Mango tree from the words Eka-Amra-Natha, meaning the Lord of the Mango tree. The path to the tree has a Shiva Lingam made of around 1008 small lingas.
  • A Somaskanda panel featuring Shiva, Parvati and Skanda together adorn the back end of the main shrine, which has been worship for centuries together.
  • The temple is revered by all four Saiva Kuravars.
  • The presiding deity is also revered in the verses of famous folk singer Kanchi Kotayappa Nayak.

Timings of Rituals and Poojas at Ekambareswarar Temple

  • The temple opens at 6 am in the morning then closes at 11 am. Again it reopens at 5 pm in the evening and closes finally at 8 pm.
  • The Ushakkala pooja takes place at sunrise at 6 am.
  • Kaalasandhi pooja takes place at 7 am.
  • Uchikkala pooja takes place at 12 in the afternoon.
  • Saayaraksha pooja happens at 6 pm in the evening.
  • Ardhajama pooja takes place at 8 pm.

Festivals held at Ekambareswarar Temple

  • Ani Tirumanjanam is a significant festival held in the month of July.
  • Adi Kritikai and Avani Moolam are held in the month of August.
  • The Chitra Purnima and Vaisakhi In the months of May and June marks the temples annual calender. The Panguni festival is celebrated for13days and during this period the wedding of the presiding deity is observed.

How to reach Ekambareswarar Temple

  • By Air: Chennai is the nearest airport which is 75km away from Kanchipuram. The airport has public and private transport facilities available on a regular basis.
  • By Rail: connected on the southern part of railways Kanchipuram has few trains running through the town. However suburban trains are available on particular intervals running between Kanchipuram and Chennai beach.
  • By road: the city is only a few kms away from the Quadrilateral National Highway. Frequent bus services are available throughout the day making the journey easier for travellers.

Hotels nearby Ekambareswarar Temple

  • Sri Hari Residency at 99, West Raja Street, Near Sri Kumara Kottam Temple offers grand cosy accomodations. It has been reviewed to be an excellent place to stay.
  • M.Hotel, Kanchipuram of No. 65-66, Nellukara Street, Bus Stand is another great place to check in. It has well suited amenities and a blissful environment.

Places to visit near Ekambareswarar Temple

  • Kailasnatha Temple- Lord Shiva, the supreme ascetic and god of the Hindu pantheon, is worshipped all across India. His temples can be located in every part of the country but nowhere more than Tamil Nadu we can see them in such huge numbers.
  • Kamakshi Amman Temple- This temple is devoted to Goddess Kamakshi Amman. This huge temple is constructed in around 5 acres of land. The temple houses a gallery, which presents the life history of Adisankaracharya.
  • Kanchi Kudil represents the life of the people of the city with a view to attract tourists and let them feel the essence of life as lived here. Kudil means house. The house is over 90 year old and its architecture resembles the olden style.
  • Devarajaswami Temple- The temple is famous for its richness of exquisite sculptures. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and it was constructed by Vijayanagar Kings.
Chidambaram Nataraja Temple

Chidambaram Nataraja Temple

Chidambaram Nataraja Temple

The Chidambaram Nataraja Temple is a sacred Hindu temple where we worship Lord Shiva. It is located in the town of Chidambaram, Cuddalore District, East-Central, Tamil Nadu, South India. This temple is significant to the saivites and is famous for its grand architecture and structural splendor. The Sangam classics refer to Viduvelvidugu Perumtaccan, respected clan of traditional Vishwakarmas, as being the chief architect of the temple complex. There have been several renovations in its history, particularly during the days of Pallava or Chola emperors in ancient and pre-medieval periods.The word “Koyil” or temple in the Tamil Saivite tradition refers to none other than the Thillai Natarajar Temple.

History of Chidambaram Nataraja Temple

A mystical and intriguing story surrounds its history. The formation of this temple is steeped with local stories that are highly significant. It all starts with the legend of Lord Shiva strolling into the Thillai Vanam. Vanam meaning forest and Thillai trees that are a species of mangrove trees – they currently grows in the Pichavaram wetlands near Chidambaram. The temple sculptures depicting the Thillai trees date back to the 2nd century CE.

In the Thillai forests lived a group of sages who believed in the supremacy of magic and that God can be controlled by rituals and mantras. Lord Shiva strolled in the forest with great beauty and brilliance, assuming the form of Bhikshatana, a simple mendicant seeking alms. He was followed by His consort, Vishnu as Mohini. The sages and their wives were enchanted by the brilliance and the beauty of the handsome mendicant and His consort. On seeing their womenfolk enchanted, the rishis got angry and invoked scores of nagas by performing magical rituals. Lord Shiva lifted the serpents and donned them as ornaments on His locks, neck and waist. Further enraged, the sages invoked a fierce tiger, whose skins and dons were used by Lord Shiva as a shawl around His waist and then followed by a fierce elephant, which was devoured and ripped to death by Lord Shiva.

The rishis gathered all their spiritual strength and invoked a powerful demon Muyalakan – a symbol of complete arrogance and ignorance. Lord Shiva wore a gentle smile, stepped on the demon’s back, immobilized him and performed the Ánanda Tandava (the dance of eternal bliss) and disclosed his true form. The sages surrendered, realizing that Lord Shiva is the truth and He is beyond all powerful magical strengths no matter what.

Adhisesha, the serpent who serves as a bed for the Lord, hears about the Ananda Tandava and yearns to see and enjoy it. The Lord blesses him, beckoning him to assume the saintly form of ‘Patanjali’. He then sends him to the Thillai forest, informing him that he will display the dance in due course. Patanjali. The story of sage Patanjali as well as his great student sage Upamanyu is narrated in both Vishnu Puranam as well as Siva Puranam. In the Thillai forest Lord Shiva is worshipped then in the form of Shivalinga. The deity is worshipped today as Thirumoolataneswarar (Thiru – sri, Moolatanam – primordial or in the nature of a foundation, Eswarar- the Lord).

The early structure of the temple was constructed and maintained by Perumtaccan of the respected clan of Vishwakarmas. The golden roof of the Chitambalam was laid by the Chola king, Parantaka I. In those flourishing times, kings Rajaraja Chola I and Kulothunga Chola I made significant donations to the temple.

Significance of Chidambaram Nataraja Temple

  • Lord Shiva is in three forms in Chidambaram, as visible idol form, formless as Akasha or space and form and formless as a Spatika Linga.
  • It is here that the hymns of three great Saivite Saints were discovered.
  • Chidambaram is one of the Panchabootha Sthalas, where the Lord is worshiped in his manifestation as sky or Aagayam.
  • The temple is supposed to be located at the Lotus heart of the Universe”: Virat hridaya padma sthalam.
  • The spot where the Lord displayed his dance of bliss, the Ananada Tandava, today is the Ponnambalam/ Porsabai (Pon meaning gold, Ambalam/Sabai meaning stage) housing the Lord Shiva in his dancing form. The Lord is also hence referred to as the Sabhanayakar, meaning the Lord of the Stage.
  • The sanctum sanctorum is a gold-roofed stage of the temple and houses the Lord in three forms: the “form” – the anthromorphological form as an appearance of Lord Nataraja, called the Sakala thirumeni; the “semi-form” – the semi-anthropo-morphological form as the Crystal linga of Chandramouleswarar;
    the “formless” – as the Space in Chidambara Rahasyam, an empty space within the sanctum sanctorum, the Nishkala thirumeni.
  • The 9 gateways of the temple signify the 9 orifices in the human body.

Timings of Poojas and Rituals at Chidambaram Nataraja Temple

  • The Darshan time is from 6:00 am to 12pm in the morning and 5 pm to 10 pm in the night.
  • At 6:30 am takes place the Pal Nivedhyam where the Lord’s footwear is brought in a palanquin.
  • At 7 am takes place the Maha-arati.
  • At 7:45 am takes place the first pooja of the day that is Kalashandhi pooja. This continues till 9:45 am.
  • From 10.00a.m.to 11.00am takes place the Irandam Kalaam that is the second pooja of the day.
  • From 11:30 to 12 in the afternoon takes place the Uchhikalam that is the third pooja of the day.
  • In the evening from 5 pm to 6 pm takes place the Saayarakhshai.
  • From 7 pm to 8 pm again the Irandam Kalaam takes place.
  • From 9 pm to 10 pm takes place the sixth and the last pooja of the day which is known as Ardhajanam.

Festivals celebrated at Chidambaram Nataraja Temple

  • The 10 day Margazhi festival in December-January is one of the most important festivals that begin on the day prior to Tiruvadhirai star day with flag hoisting. The importance of the festival is that it is dedicated to Saivite Saint Manickavasagar.
  • The Vidayathi festival is celebrated both for the Lord and the saint.
  • The 10 day Aani Tirumanjanam festival begins with flag hoisting. It takes place 10 days earlier of Uthira star day. From day one to the eighth day of the festival, procession of deities like Somaskanda, Shivananda Nayaki, Vinayaka, Subramania and Chandeswararm (panchamurthis) are taken in procession in silver and gold vahans.

How to reach Chidambaram Nataraja Temple

  • By air: The nearest airport is Trichy that is 195km away and Chennai that is 235 km away. The Chidambaram area is well connected by bus and taxis from these places.
  • By rail: Chidambaram is well connected to Trichy and other major cities of Tamil Nadu via local trains.
  • By road: if you are taking the road then you can get frequent buses that travel from Andhra, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu to Chidambaram. Locally auto rickshaw is the best mode of transport.

Hotels nearby Chidambaram Nataraja Temple

  • Hotel Akhshaya at Gandhi Nagar, Chidambaram has comfortable accommodations for tourists visiting Chidambaram. It is 1.8km away from the Chidambaram railway station. It has a wide range of comfort delicacies.
  • Hotel Lakshmi Vilas Heritage at T Neduncheri, Chidambaram is well known for its grand sprawling complex. The hotel is designed to give the tourists a chance to enjoy living in pollution free atmosphere. It is only 12 km away from the Chidambaram railway station.

Places to visit nearby the Chidambaram Nataraja Temple

  • If you are a nature lover then you should definitely visit the Pichavaram Mangrove forest. It offers boat rides in the midst of tranquil forest environment.
  • The Thillai Kali Amman Temple is famous for its presiding deity who is Goddess Parvathi in the form of Kali. The idol is truly lively and magnificent to look at.
  • The Tiruvetkalam temple is situated adjoining the Anamalai university complex. It is a great place to visit for its peaceful and resplendent structure.

Kumari Amman Temple Kanyakumari

Kumari Amman Temple Kanyakumari

Devi Kanyakumari in Kumari Amman Temple is worshipped as Shree Bhagavathy in the form of an adolescent girl child. She is known as “Devi” or as mentioned earlier, “Bhagavathy” that refers to “Durga” or “Parvati”. The Devi is also worshipped as Bhadrakali.  The Goddess is known to be the one who removes the rigidity of our mind. Devotees actually feel the emotions in their mind when they pray to the goddess in devotion and contemplation.

The Kumari Amman temple is 3000 years old and is dedicated to Devi Kanyakumari. She is the virgin goddess who stands strong protecting her devotees. The temple is located on the seashore of Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu. It is a renowned temple that speaks of ardent worship and devotion.

Kumari Amman Temple Kanyakumari

History of Kumari Amman Temple

I am Manifest Divinity, Unmanifest Divinity, and Transcendent Divinity. I am Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, as well as Saraswati, Lakshmi and Parvati. I am the Sun and I am the Stars, and I am also the Moon. I am all animals and birds, and I am the outcaste as well, and the thief. I am the low person of dreadful deeds, and the great person of excellent deeds. I am Female, I am Male”.

The worship of Devi goes back to the Vedic times. And the monotheism worship goes back to Advaita times. Devi Kanyakumari has been mentioned in Ramayana, Mahabharata, and the Sangam works Manimekalai.

Devi Kanyakumari has a mysterious story that once Banusura, the demon king got power over Devas and gave cruel punishment to them. The Devas performed a Yagna seaking to punishand remove the evils.  So Devi Parasakthi came to Kumari in the form of a virgin girl and began her penance. Meanwhile Lord Shiva fell in love with her and arrangements for the marriage were made in the midnight a particular day. Now the Narada realised that their marriage would destroy the chances of castrating Banusura because he could be killed only by a virgin. When Lord Shiva was on his way to Kanyakumari, Sage Narada assumed the form of a cock and crowed falsely heralding the break of dawn. Thinking that the auspicious time for the marriage was past, Lord Shiva returned disappointed. The Goddess too decided to remain virgin after that. Then, when Banusura attempted to win the Goddess by force, she killed him with her Chakragudha, and relieved the sufferings of Devas. Then she resumed her penance and remained virgin.

Significance of Kumari Amman Temple

  • Kumari Amman Temple is one of the 51 Shaktipeethams – or divine abode of Goddess Shakti.
  • One of the hundred and eight “Durga Alayas”, this Temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga.
  • The nose ring of Devi Kanyakumari is designed with rubies. They are so bright that it could be seen even from the far at night.
  • It is said that some ships sailing in the sea, mistook the brightness of the rubies as the light from the Lighthouse and got wrecked, hitting against the rocks nearby. Due to this reason, the eastern side gate of the Kumari Amman Temple is kept closed.
  • The eastern door of the Temple is opened on new moon days in the months of Edavam, Karkkidakam (Capricorn and Cancer), during Navaratri and in the month of Vrischikam.
  • Walking around the outer corridor and crossing the Navaratri Mandapam, the pathway leads to the second corridor encircling the shrine. At the entrance here, is the Kala Bhairava Shrine and the well known as “Patal Ganga Teerth” which provides water for the Devi’s Abhisegham. After this is the Dhwajastambha (flag mast).
  • Swami Vivekananda, the great reformist visited this Temple to get the blessings of Devi on December 1892, as told by his Guru Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.

Timings of Kumari Amman Temple – Rituals and Poojas

  • The rituals are performed here in the Keralite way. The mantra is “Amme Narayanaa! Devi Narayanaa! Lakshmi Narayanaa! Bhadre Narayanaa!”
  • Darshan starts in the early morning from 6:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m in the afternoon.
  • Later again the Darshan starts from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • The devotees offer red sarees and ghee wick lamps.

Festivals celebrated at Kumari Amman Temple

  • The Chaitry Purnima Festival is celebrated on the Full moon day in May.
  • The Navarathri festival is celebrated in the month of September–October. On the 10th day of the Navarathri, called as the Vijaya Dasami, the destruction of Banasura is celebrated.
  • The Vaisakha festival which is a 10 day festival is celebrated in the Tamil Month of Vaikasi (May–June). The image of the Devi is taken around the town in procession, both in the morning and evening.
  • The Kalabham festival is celebrated in the Tamil month of Aadi (Karkkidakam) that is in July – August. The idol is covered with Sandal paste on the last Friday of the Tamil month (Aadi).

How to reach Kumari Amman Temple

  • By road: visitors can reach the temple by taking taxis and auto-rickshaws that are easily available. City buses also are regularly accessible. The temple is 1km away from Kanyakumari bus stop.
  • By rail: the temple is 1km away from the rail station where regular based trains are available.
  • By air: the temple is well connected to major cities like Chennai, Madurai, and Thiruvanathapuram. Domestic flights are regularly available.

Hotels nearby Kumari Amman Temple

  • Hotel Sangam is located at Beach road, provides guests with a peaceful retreat that feels like a home away from home.
  • Hotel Singaar International located at Main road, Kanyakumari is well known for it’s multi cuisine restaurant and well suited rooms.
  • Hotel Shivas Residency located 1 km away from the Kanyakumari Rail station is a good place to relax and enjoy the locale around.

Places nearby Kumari Amman Temple

  • You should definitely visit the Olakaruvi Falls once you have visited the temple. It has magnificent beauty and its surroundings are splendid to look at.
  • The Lord Subhramanya Temple is located 34 km away from Kanyakumari and is dedicated to Lord Murugan who is the God of warfare and victory.
  • The Thanumaayan Temple known for its architectural splendour is a 17th century Hindu shrine in the Suchindrum town of Kanyakumari. It is also known as the Suchindrum Temple and Sthanumalayan Temple by locals.
ranganathaswamy temple

Ranganathaswamy Temple Srirangam

Ranganathaswamy Temple Srirangam

The Ranganathaswamy Temple located in Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, is a Hindu temple dedicated to Ranganatha who is an avatar of Lord Vishnu. It is a common belief that people who get darshan here during the Vaikunta Ekadasi and Dwadasi days signifies the entering in Vaikuntam (Heaven) and attaining Moksha.

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It is one of the most enchanting temples of Vaishnavite essence in South India known for its rich legend and history.  It is said that due to its location, on an island in Cauvery river, it has rendered itself vulnerable to natural disasters as well as the rampaging of invading armies – Muslim and European. And this has repeatedly been the site for military invasions.

History of Ranganathaswamy Temple

Srirangam is known for the eight self-manifested shrines (Swayam Vyakta Kshetras) of Lord Vishnu that it contains. It is also considered the first of the 108 main Vishnu temples (Divyadesams). This temple is also known as Thiruvaranga Tirupati, Periyakoil, Bhoologa Vaikundam, Bhogamandabam.

In the epic of Silapadikaram composed during the Sangam era, this temple has found its place in the pages. The archaeological inscriptions on the temple are available from the 10th century AD. The inscriptions in the temple belong to the Chola, Pandya, Hoysala and Vijayanagar dynasties who had swayed the destinies of the Tiruchirapalli district. They range in date between the 9th and 16th centuries that are registered epigraphically.

The temple of Sri Ranganathaswami bespeaks of a historic past of great kingdom and a civilization thousands of years old. The reign of the Pallavas was known to be a creation of solid religious foundation. The role played by the dynasty appears to have contributed largely to the growth of Aryan institutions in Southern India more particularly in the Carnatic region. Dynasties that ruled the South—Cholas, Pandiyas, Hoysalas, Nayaks, assisted with the renovation and preservation of the traditional customs. Even during times of internal conflicts amongst these dynasties, notable importance was given to the safety and maintenance of these temples.

A Chola king, once chasing a parrot, accidentally found the idol. He then established the Ranganathaswamy temple as one of the largest temple complexes in the world. There is a lot of hisotry involved behind the enshrining of the deity in the temple. It is said that during the invasion of Malik Kafur the idol was taken to Delhi. The devotees of Srirangams sought to take the idol back. They went to Delhi and enchanted him by their histrionics. The emperor now pleased with them gave the presiding deity of Srirangam back to them. Surathani, the emperor’s daughter, fell in love with the deity and followed him to Srirangam. She declared herself to the God in front of the sanctum sanctorum and is believed to have attained the heavenly abode immediately. Even today, a painting of “Surathani” (known as Thulukha Nachiyar in Tamil) can be seen in her shrine near the Arjuna Mandap adjacent to the sanctum sanctorum for whom, chapathis (wheat bread) are made daily.

Assuming that his daughter has died due to the supernatural powers of the deity Mali Kafur led another invasion to take it back but before him a group led by the vaishnavite acharya (Guru), Pillai Lokacharyar, who died en route to Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu reached there and took the idol. The Goddess Ranganayaki was taken in another separate procession. 13,000 Sri Vaishnavas, the people of Srirangam, laid down their lives in the fierce battle to ensure that the institution was protected. In the end, devdasis, seduced the army chief, to save the temple.

Significance of Ranganathaswamy Temple

  • The temple complex is 156 acres in extent. It has seven prakaras or enclosures. There are 21 magnificent towers in all prakaras providing a unique sight to any visitor.
  • The Orlov diamond of 189.62 carats is a large diamond and is a part of the collection of the Diamond Fund of the Moscow Kremlin. This diamond and a similar gem served as the eyes of the deity in the temple. Later it is said to have been stolen during the 2nd Carnatic war fought in Srirangam.
  • The temple complex consists shrines of dozens of forms of Vishnu including Chakkarathazhwar, Narasimha, Rama, and Krishna.
  • Images of Vibhishana, Brahma, Hanuman, Garuda, the symbols of Vishnu – conch  are seen inside the sanctum-sanctorum or the garbbha griha. The Ranganayaki shrine is in the second precinct of the temple. The common reference to the goddess is padi thaanda pathni, meaning lady who doesn’t cross the boundaries of ethics.
  • There are 21 gopurams (tower gateways), among which the towering 236-feet Rajagopuram which is the shrine of the main gateway, was the tallest temple tower in Asia until the Rajagopuram of temple Murudeshwara was built by R. N. Shetty .
  • The temple also has the Hall of 1000 pillars is a great example of a planned theatre-like structure and opposite to it is the “Sesha Mandap”.
  • The Sesha Mandap on the east side of the fourth enclosure of the temple complex is popular. This hall is celebrated for the images of leaping animals carved on to the piers at its northern end.
  • One of the most important vows taken for Lord Ranganathaswamy is to perform “Thulabharam” i.e. donating various items such as turmeric, rice, dhal, coins, sugar, rice, jaggery, sugar candy, etc to the equivalent weight of the devotee.

Srirangam Temple Timings

Open for darshan from 9am to 9pm with breaks in between for poojas.

  • Viswaroopa Seva takes place from 6 a.m to 7:15 a.m.
  • Then comes the pooja time from 7:15 a.m to 9:00 a.m. no darshan is allowed during this time.
  • Darshan timing is from 9:00 to 12:00 in the afternoon.
  • Pooja time again is from 12 to 13:15 p.m.
  • Darshan again is from 13:15 to 6:00 p.m.
  • Pooja again takes place from 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
  • Darshan then again takes place from 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Festivals celebrated at Ranganathaswamy Temple

  • Jestabishekam: this is celebrated in the Tamil month, Aani (June-July) in order to rid the accumulated impurities.
  • Pavithrothsavam: this is celebrated in the Tamil month, Aani (August –September). It is dedicated to the sacred thread worn by the Lord and for removing blemishes in daily rituals.
  • Oonjal: this is Held in Tamil Month Aipasi (October-December) to remove possible blemishes in the Swing. This festival is known as Dolothsavam.
  • Ekadesi: this is the most important festival celebrated for full twenty one days during Tamil month Margazhi (December-January). It is divided to two ten days as pagal pathu and ra pathu, with all pomp and glory. On Ekadesi day, the Lord Ranganatha, adorned in splendid garment, proceeds in a grand procession through Paramapada Vasal and arrives at Thirumamani Mandapam in the 1000 pillared hall to the thrill and joy of the devotees gathered from all over India and abroad.

How to Reach Ranganathaswamy Temple

  • By air: the Temple is located 15 km from Tiruchirappalli Airport. International and domestic flights are available here.
  • By rail: if you are taking the trains then there are trains connecting to the main centers of the area. The temple is about 10 km from the Tiruchirapalli railway junction.
  • By road: “Rent a car” facility is available from all rail, road and airport areas. 24 hours Bus Services are available from Tiruchirapalli Railways Station and the Central Bus Stop and Chatiram Bus Stop.

Hotels to stay near Ranganathaswamy Temple

  • Hotel Deepam located at W.B.Road, Tiruchirapalli is well known for its appropriate accommodation and good services. It has access to restaurants nearby and good transportation.
  • Hotel Mathura located at Rockins Road, Cantonment at Tiruchirapalli is known for its decent services and nice atmosphere.
  • Breezy residency at Mcdonalds Road, Tiruchirapalli, is popular for its good location from the Central Bus stop and railway station. The rooms are reviewed to be spacious and well suited.

Places to visit nearby Ranganathaswamy Temple

  • The Rockfort Temple is an ancient fort and the temple is situated in the fort’s highest reaches. Rockfort played a major part in the Carnatic wars .
  • The Jambukeshwara Temple is one of the 5 major temples in Tamil Nadu which are dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Shiva.
  • The Erumbeeswarar Temple which is dedicated to Shiva, was built by the Chola on an 18 meters tall hill. The temple is built in a Dravidian style.
  • Akilandeshwari Temple is located in Thiruvanaikaval and is believed to have been built by Kochenga Chola who was one of the Early Chola kings. There are inscriptions on the walls of the temple that can be traced back to the time of the Cholas.

Thingaloor

Thingaloor

Kailasanathar Temple is considered as one of the Navagraha temples dedicated to Moon God. Kailasanathar Temple is located at Thingaloor, Thanjavur district of Tamilnadu. It represents the Navagraha Chandra (Moon),and hence known as ‘Thingaloor Chandran Stala.’. The presiding deity is Soma (moon). However, the main idol in the temple is that of “Kailasanathar” or Shiva. Thingal means moon. Monday is special day for worship. The main deities here are Kailasanathar (Lord Shiva) and Periyanayagi (Goddess Parvati). It is here that Chandran prayed to Lord Siva and got his blessings. Chandran is the Lord of Kadaga Rasi and he faces the South-East direction.The Thingaloor Temple is built in the Dravidian architectural style, with a five tiered gopuram over the shrine which is adorned with carvings. The sanctum enshrines main deity, the glorious Lingam of Kailasanathan.

There is an open courtyard and the pond Chandra theertham near the eastern side of the temple. The shrine of Moon or Chandra, one of the Navagrahas has the deity of the Lord. It is usually covered in white. As most of the other Navagraha Temples of Tamilnadu, Kailasanathar Temple is also a Shiva Stalam and the main deities worshipped here are Kailasanathar and Goddess Periyanakiamman. A huge Nandi is seen in the front which is facing the temple. The 16-sided Shiva lingam at the main shrine is made out of black granite.  A unique feature of Thingaloor Temple is that during the months of Puratasi (September – October) and Panguni (March – April), the rays of the moon fall on the Shiva Lingam. The architectural style and the decorations carved on this temple are added features.

Thingaloor

History and Legend of Thingaloor

  • This temple is constructed by Rajasimma Pallavan around 7th century. This is built similar to the Dravidian architecture. “Appothiyadigal” one of the Nayanmar out of 63 Nayanmars is from this town Thingalur. Due to the affection towards the Lord Shiva he kept his sons name as “Mootha Thirunavukarasu” and Ilaya Thirunavukarasu.”
  • He was doing lot of charity work for Shiva devotees in the name of Thirunavukarasu. One day by hearing that Thirunavukarasar has arrived to Thingalur, Appothiyadigal went to meet him. Latest he has asked to Thirunavukarasar to visit his home and have food. Appothiyadigal send his son to cut and bring banana leaves to serve the food for Thirunavukarasar.
  • There was a snake in the backyard of his home and that bite his son. If he tells that his son is dead, Thirunavukarasar won’t eat the food at his home so he wanted to hide that sad news. When Thirunavukarasar came to know the news he carried the body of Appothiyadigal’s son and worshipped to the god. The son also came back alive is the story of this temple.
  • According to another legend the Devas and asuras were churning the Paarkadal using Mandhira Malai and the snake Vasuki. The asuras held the head portion of the snake and the Devas, the tail portion. When Lord Vishnu was distributing the Amrutham amongst the Devas, at the behest of Shukracharya, one of the asuras in the guise of a deva consumed the nectar.
  • Suryan and Chandran noticed this and complained to Lord Vishnu.  An angry Vishnu used his chakrayudham (discus) to cut the Asura into two and threw them away. The head joined with a snake’s body to become Rahu Bhagavan. The body portion kept growing because the Asura had consumed Amrutham.  This later joined with the head of a snake and became Kethu Bhagavan.
  • Now, Rahu and Kethu did not forgive Suryan and Chandran.  Rahu went after Chandran and started consuming him.  It is here that Chandran prayed to Lord Shiva and got his blessings.
  • Shiva blessed Chandran with the power to grow back to full size in 15 days after being consumed by Rahu.  That is why we have the waxing and waning moon.  Shiva also blessed Chandran by adorning Chandran on his forehead so that anyone who prays Shiva will have to pray Chandran.

Significance of the Thingaloor Temple

  • Thingalur Kailasanathar temple is noted for the importance of first rice feeding of the infant child known as Anna Prasanam. Kailasanathar Temple is considered as one of the Navagraha temples dedicated to Moon god.
  • Before feeding the child with rice (Annaprasana) the child is shown the moon and a cow, thus bringing the blessings of Jaladevadha (water God) and Oushadhi Devadha (God of medicines).  It is believed that Jaladevadha would protect the child from cold, fever etc. and even if it so happens it would be cured by the Oushadhi Devatha.
  • Mental retardation, skin and nerve problems, jaundice, and fluid accumulation are the diseases caused because of Chandra dosham. By praying to Lord Chandran, the above afflictions can be overcome. Wealth, mother’s/wife’s happiness, Govt’s help, ownership of vehicle, marriage, offspring’s, prosperity, and foreign travel will be bestowed on his devotees.
  • The special offerings offered to moon god are Oleander flowers, cloths of white color, and raw rice mixed with jiggery and paddy.

Thingaloor Temple Timings

The temple is opened from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the morning and 4:00PM to 8:00 PM in the evening.

Festivals celebrated at the Thingaloor

  • Pournami Festival: A full moon in the Tamil month of Chitra (month of April and May), and an exalted Sun in the sign Aries mark the day of Chitra Poornima. This auspicious day is also dedicated to Lord Indra, the God of Devas. Chithra pournami is famous for Meenakshi amman and Kallazhagar also.  It is mentioned in our religious books that those who observe fast on this day would be relieved of death fear. Special puja is arranged in temples on this day. The essence of worship on this day is the sincere effort to liberate yourself from the clutches of negative energies. Chitragupta was born to Parvathi Devi through painting(Chithira Puthiran)  and later he entered into Gomatha Kamadenu and born on Chitra Pournami and got the name Chitragupta.
  • Mahashivarathri Festival: The festival is celebrated on the new moon day in the month of Maagha according to the Hindu calendar. The day is celebrated to venerate Lord Shiva, an important deity in Hindu culture.  It says that a devotee who performs sincere worship of Lord Shiva on the auspicious day of Shivratri is absolved of sins and attains moksha. The fourteenth day of every lunar month or the day before the new moon is known as Shivratri. Among all the twelve Shivratris that occur in a calendar year, the one that occurs in February-March is of the most spiritual significance. Shivratri is considered especially auspicious for women. Married women pray for the well being of their husbands and sons, while unmarried women pray for an ideal husband like Shiva, who is the spouse of Kali, Parvati and Durga.
  • Margazhi Tiruvadhirai Festival: Tiruvathirai, or Thiruvathirai festival, in Tamil culture is observed on the day when Lord Shiva performed the Tandava. The festival is also a commemoration of Shiva’s Nakshatra (Birthday Star) Ardra. Thus the festival is popularly known as Ardra Darshan or Arudhara Darshanam. This month is dedicated to worship of deities. It starts on December 17 and end on January 13. Our one earth year is considered as one day for Devas. So for the Deva loka this month is considered as morning time and Brahma mugurtha for Devas.
  • Panguni Uthiram Festival: Panguni Uthiram is a day of importance to Hindus especially those who belong to Tamil nadu. It falls on the day the moon transits in the asterism of Uttara-phalguni or Uthiram in the twelfth month of the Tamil solar calendar i.e. Panguni (March-April). It is also the full moon of the month of Panguni and is special because the Uthiram nakshatram coincides with the full moon. Panguni Uthiram is the day that teaches us the significance of relationships in our lives. Without relationships our society would cease to have stable family life which is the breeding ground for our children and our next generation. Devotees of Lord Muruga pierce their bodies with needles and spikes as a sign of their devotion to the Lord. Some of the devotees carry bamboo pole called kavadi, they carry pots of holy water, or milk, even flowers with kavadis as a ritual of praying to God and sending a strong message to Lord Muruga for their prayer to be answered.

Poojas and Rituals at Thingaloor

Puja at this temple is recommended for those in whose horoscope the position of Moon is weak. Chandra graha is known to control the five senses of human life. Moon is the ruler of the mind and all the senses that it controls. Oblations to the Moon God at this temple helps keep all these factors on a balanced note.

How to Reach at Thingaloor

By Air: The nearest domestic airport is Tiruchirapalli Airport or Trichy Airport, 90 km east of Kumbakonam. The nearest international airport is Chennai International Airport which is 315 km from Kumbakonam.

By Train: The nearest railway station to Thingalur Kailasanathar Temple is Ariyalur railway station which is 29 Km from the temple.  Frequent buses are also available. Sethu Express (Rameswaram to Tambaram) and Tirupati Express (Tiruchirapalli – Tirupati) passes through Kumbakonam Railway Station.

By Road: Thingaloor Temple is about 36 km from Kumbakonam, on the way to Tiruvaiyaru. It is about 1 km from Thirupayhanam which is on the Kumbakonam – Thiruvayyaru Road.Thingalur is well connected with road and plenty of buses are available to reach the temple. Thingalur is around 18 km from Kumbakonam of Thiruvayaru, Kumbakonam road.

Where to stay in Thingaloor

Some of the hotels near the temple are

  • Sri Hari Residency Contact: 99, West Raja Street, Near Sri Kumara Kottam Temple, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu
  • M.M.Hotels Contact: No. 65/65, Nellukara Street, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu 631502
  • Hotel Ramco Residency Contact: SH58, Ennaikaran, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu 631501
  • Sree Sakthi Residency Contact: 71, Nellukara St, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu 631502

Where to eat at Thingaloor

Tamilian’s staple diet is steamed rice and most of their food consists of grains, lentils and vegetables. ‘Sadhams’ (rice dishes) with different flavours are their specialty. Spices are added for most dishes to give a distinctive taste. Tamil Nadu Food is very different from the food of other regions like Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. There are many restaurants near the temple that offers delicious food.

  • Cascade Restaurant Salem Contact: Junction Main Road 5/315 Devi Chit Funds Complex
  • Tandooriwala Salem Contact: Junction Main Road
  • Sri Saravana Bhavan Contact: Omalur Main Road State Bank Colony
  • Selvi Mess Contact: Arthanari Nagar Opp New Bus Stand

Nearby Temples

Brihadeeswarar Temple: Thanjavur Brihadeeswara temple is one of the most ancient temple, situated in the city of Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu, India. Thanjavur named after the legendary asura “Tanjan”, is one of the ancient temples in India. In ancient days, Thanjavur known as “The rice bowl of Tamil Nadu,” was an important city to the ancient Cholas. It was remade by the Cholas from a collection of villages into a major temple center 1000 years ago, with the construction of the Brihadisvara Temple in the center of the city. The long prakaram surrounds the great temple (500 feet/250 feet), and the walls surrounding the prakaram again go back to Raja Raja Cholan’s period. The walls house long pillared corridors, which abound in murals, Shiva Lingams and Nandis.

Naganathaswamy Temple: Thirunageshwaram Sri Naganathaswamy Temple is situated 6 kms away from Kumbakonam on the southern banks of Cauvery in Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu. The presiding Deity is Giri Gujambika Sametha Naganathaswamy. The Raaghu Sannathi (Nagaraja Shrine) is on the South-West direction of the second prakara.The main presiding deity of Thirunageswaram Rahu Temple is Lord Naganathaswamy (Lord Shiva) and his consort Giri Gujambika (Goddess Parvathi) who is enshrined with Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Saraswati by her side. Rahu Bhagavan is seen with his two consorts Nagavalli and Nagakanni. Sri Naganathaswamy Temple is one where Lord Shiva was worshipped by Rahu (Raghu) and got relieved of a curse.

Apatsahayesvarar Temple: Apatsahayesvarar Temple, Alangudi is one of the Navagraha (nine planets) temples dedicated to Lord Shiva located in the village of Alangudi in the Valangaiman taluka of Tiruvarur district.. Also it is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams, where Campantar, one of the four most revered Nayanars (Saivite Saints) have sung the glories of this temple. Guru (Jupiter) is a symbol of knowledge. It is also known as Brihaspati, Devguru, Devpriya, Lokguru, etc. One of the most historical temples of Guru is situated in Alankudi near Kumbkonam in Tamil Nadu. The uniqueness of this place is that it has Dakshinabhimukh Avatsak of Lord Shiva. This temple of Guru is believed to have been built in the Pallava era, however, evidences show that it has actually undergone development in the Chola era. The idol of Guru in the Alankudi temple is that of a sage having four hands out of which three of them hold a dand (staff), a kamandal (water pot) and a japmala (rosary) respectively. And the fourth one is in a blessing position.

Vaitheeswaran Kovil

Vaitheeswaran Kovil

Vaitheeswaran Kovil

Vaitheeswaran Kovil is the holy places near Mayiladuthurai in Nagapattinam District. Vaitheeswaran Kovil is located 24 km from Chidambaram. Vaitheeswaran Kovil is famous for the Siva temple dedicated to Vaidyanatheeswarar, the healer of all diseases and his consort Thaiyalnayaki. Among the Navagrahas, Angaraha is worshipped here with great reverence. Hence this shrine is also known as Angaraha Kshetra. Jatayu, Rig Veda, Muruga and Surya worshipped the Lord here. This temple consist of several Mandapam and Gopuram and also navagraha(all nine planets) installed in single line which is no where in India.

Here Ambhal(Goddess) is called Balambiga alice Thaiyalnayagi. Vaitheeswaran Koil temple is also known as “Pullirukkuvelur”, Pul-Irukku – Vel-Ur, the words in Tamil meaning Bird (Jatayu).Sri Angaaragan’s  paadham (foot mark) is found in the temple just outside the shrine under themPalm tree sculpted in stone. There are 3 Chakras installed by Sri Aadhi Shankara in the prakaaram called Sri Chakram, Subramanya Chakram and Shanmuga Chakram. On the northern prakaaram there is a Baana Linga installed facing the entrance. While there is an entrance at the eastern side, the temple has its main entrance and Rajagopuram( king tower) facing north. There are beautiful carvings on either side of the entrance. Lord Shiva appeared as Vaidyanathar one who cures, the divine doctor at this shrine. Even today the shrine is popular for curing various diseases and devotees throng here on ‘Kiruthigai’ (Karthigai, the third star of the 27) . The deity Selva Muthukumaraswamy (Lord Murugan) is well-known.

Vaitheeswaran Koil

History and Legend of Vaitheeswaran Kovil

  • Chevvai is son of lord shiva. Once lord Shiva was in deep meditation perspiration from his third eye fell on earth. From that sweat a child was born and later on known asangaragan (chevvai). Chevvai Bhagavan is worshipped in the town of Vaitheeswarankoil which is also called Pullirukkuvelur. Rig vedam (Irukku), Jatayu (Pull), Sambadi, the Surya (Vel) are said to have worshiped Shiva here.
  • Angarakan (Mars) was one of the Navagraha in 9 planets. One day, he suffered a lot from Skin diseases (Leprosy). He prayed Lord Vaidyanatha Swamy in Vaitheeswaran Koil. Lord Shiva blessed him and cured his diseases. So he stayed in this temple and caleed as “Vaitheewaran” and cure all the diseases by whom praying him.
  • Thirunavukkarasar was suffering from severe stomach pain. At time, his sister told him to pray Lord Vaidyanatha Swamy. He prayed and got cured by Lord Shiva. From that day, he became the great devotee of Lord Shiva and sung many songs for Lord Shiva.
  • Lord Shiva is a swayambumurthi in the temple. The five towers – Gopurams of the temple are on a straight line. The Maragatha Linga (Emerald Linga) is very famous. There are two flag posts-Kodimaram before the presiding deity made of silver and gold. Navagrahas the nine planets are generally in the front side of the sanctum facing different directions in Shiva temples.

Significance of the Vaitheeswaran Kovil

  • There is a widespread believe that when one visits here, it would remove obstacles of the delayed marriage(Chevvai dosham). In chevvai temple the Prasadam (Food) offered by the name of tiruchendur urundai and it is considered to be a panacea capable of many elements it is made of ashes taken out from the homa kundam in front of Subramaniya strain.
  • The Lord Vaidyanatha and Thaiyal Nayagi are the family God (Kula Dheivam) for Kshatriya Community (Vanniyakula Kshatriyas) of South India. This temple is Navagraha Sthalas of Lord Angarakan. This temple is famous tourist spot in Nagapattinam District.
  • The temple is protected by Lord Bhairava in the east, by Lord Veerabadra in the west, Lord Vinayaka in the south and Mother Kali in the north. The temple with its five tier Rajagopuram is facing west. The temple belongs to Darumapuram Aadheenam of Tiru Kayilaya Parambara – descendants of Kailash dynasty.

Vaitheeswaran Kovil Temple Timings

Vaitheeswaran Kovil temple is open from 6.00 AM to 11.00 AM in the morning and from 4.00 PM to 8.30 PM in the evening.

Festivals celebrated at the Vaitheeswaran Kovil

  • Skanda shashti: Skanda Sashti festival is dedicated to Hindu God Muruga (Karikeya or Subrahmanya). Kanda Sashti is observed in the Tamil Month Aippasi. Skanda Shasti celebrates the victory of Lord Skanda over demon Surapadma.In many places the festival commences six days before the Sashti day and concludes on the day of the Sashti. During these days, devotees recite inspiring hymns, read stories of Subramanya, and enact the exploits of the Lord on stage. Thousands of people gather for feasts, and massive amounts of camphor are burnt.Devotees keep fast during Shukla Paksha Sashti day. For Skanda Sashti Vratam the day when Sashti Tithi is combined with Panchami Tithi is preferred. Hence Skanda Sashti Vratam might be observed on Panchami Tithi.
  • Aadipooram: Aadi Pooram, also called as ‘Aandal Jayanti’ is a prime festival of Tamilians. This festival is dedicated to Goddess Andal, an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi. Aadi Pooram is celebrated during the month of ‘Aadi’ in Tamil calendar that corresponds to the months of July-August in the English calendar. The day also holds immense significance in Goddess Shakti temples scattered all over the country. In the Saiva temples, the day of Aadi Pooram is observed as the festival of ‘Valaikappu’. In the event, glass bangles are offered to Goddess Andal and then distributed among all devotees.Pooram or Puram is one among the 27 Nakshatras in Hindu Astrology.
  • Karthigai: Karthigai Deepam is a festival of lights, celebrated in the Tamil month of Karthigai. It is celebrated on the full moon day of the Karthigai month which coincides with Krithikai star. It is also considered as the extension of the Deepavali festival. The month of Karthigai is of special importance as it is believed that Lord Muruga, the divine light of Lord Shiva, took his form during this month. Lord Muruga took the form of six babies in a lake called “Saravana Poigai”. On this day, all his six forms were united by Parvathi(his mother) and this way, he had six faces. Special poojas are performed to Lord Muruga.The ideology of the festival is that “the sisters pray for their brothers’ well being and the brothers in turn, promise to safeguard the sisters in times of trouble.
  • Panguni Uthiram: The Panguni Uthiram festival falls in the month ‘Panguni’ (March-April). This month is special because of the star ‘Uthiram’ and ‘Pournami’ occurring together. The Gods and Goddesses such as Parvati and Shiva, Devasena and Murugan, Andal and Ranganath and Sita and Rama are said to celebrate this day as their wedding day.Devotees of Lord Muruga pierce their bodies with needles and spikes as a sign of their devotion to the Lord. Some of the devotees carry bamboo pole called kavadi, they carry pots of holy water, or milk, even flowers with kavadis as a ritual of praying to God. And sending a strong message to Lord Muruga for their prayer to be answered.Panguni Uthiram is considered as one of the most important vrat/fast for Lord Muruga. Vrat starts once we take bath in the morning of this auspicious day.

Poojas and Rituals at Vaitheeswaran Kovil

  • At the midnight Pooja Lord Selva Muthukumaraswamy is worshipped with special prayers. This is known as ‘Punugu Kappu Dharshan’
  • Chevvai related dosha are rectified by performing pariharam(remedies) poojas to this deity. It is traditional to perform navagraha pooja to get rid of financial crisis, property dealing, productivity of agriculture and milk. If there is 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.
  • Rituals are performed were in mixer of earth and ashes from the homa kundam. They are shaped into the pills, the same is distributed as a Prasadam 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 person’s diseases even that could not get cured by mani, mandra, aushatha, after coming to this temple they got cured at this place. That’s 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.
  • Devotees also undertake tonsuring.  Ear boring ceremony is celebrated in the temple.  They also light Maa Vilakku made of rice flour and ghee, offer mangal sutras and god symbols as a prayer commitment.  They place salt, pepper and mustard and eye symbols made of silver in the Ambica shrine. Some devotees arrange Annadhanam-feeding.  Distribute the nivedhanas to visiting devotees with usual abisheks etc.  Some contribute for the renovation of the temple.

How to reach: Road, Rail and Air

By Air: No direct connectivity to flight between Nagapattinam and Chennai is available. Best to take State transport bus from Nagapattinam to Tiruchirappalli then take Air India Express from Tiruchirappalli to Chennai.

By Road: This temple is located in between Sirkazhi and Mayiladurai in the route of Chidambaram-Mayiladuthurai. This temple is 15 KM from Mayiladurai or 24 KM from Chidambaram or 5 KM from Sirkazhi.

By Rail: The Nearest station is Mayiladuthurai. Direct train between Nagapattinam and Chennai is available. Best to take Chennai Exp from Nagapattinam to Chennai

Where to stay in Vaitheeswaran Kovil

  • Hotek Sadhabishegam Contact: Vaitheeswarankovil,Tamil Nadu 609117.
  • Hotel Sri Akshardham Contact: SH 64,Vaitheeswarankovil, Tamil Nadu 609117
  • Chola Inn Contact: 105, Pidari South Street,Thenpathi,Sirkazhi,Tamil Nadu 609111
  • Ayarpadi Hotel Contact: Old NH,Thenpathi,Sirkazhi,Tamil Nadu 609110
  • Hotel Aryabhavan Contact: Old NH,Thiruvalluvar Nagar,Thenpathi,Sirkazhi,Tamil Nadu 609111

Where to eat in Vaitheeswaran Kovil

  • Samboorna Restaurtant Contact: Old NH,Thenpathi,Sirkazhi, Tamil Nadu 609110
  • Garden Restaurant Contact: Thenpathi,Sirkazhi, Tamil Nadu 609110

 Nearby Temples in Vaitheeswaran Kovil

  • Nellukadai Mariamman Koil: Nellukadai Mariamman Temple has located at Nagapattinam.According to legend, Mariamman appeared in the dream of a rice trader and asked him to build a shrine for him. He constructed a beautiful temple in Nagapattinam and started offering prayers. On the month of Chithirai, (April to May) sedil festival has celebrated in this temple every year. Many devotees participate in this Sedil festival. Sedil means a wooden pole with a diameter of 12 inches, 30 feet height, mounted on a two feet diameter and 10feet tall pedestal. The devotees have been push by workers on one end.
  • Sri Mullaivananathar temple: The fame of this temple rests largely upon the Goddess Shri Garbharakshambika (an avatar of Goddess Parvati) who offers protection to, the human embryo. And it is no wonder that this temple draws worshippers from all sects.Lord Shiva in this Sthalam is called as Mullaivananathar and the Ambika is called Karparakshambigai.The other presiding deity is Lord Mullaivana Nathar. Worshiping this God will cure all kinds of skin diseases. People who are afflicted with incurable diseases come to this temple.The Shri Garbharakshambika Sameta Shri Mullaivana Nathar temple is spread over a wide expanse with huge towering Gopurams and a beautiful water tank in front of it. The temple is surrounded by tall coconut  palms, the whole atmosphere is very calming and serene and lends the place sanctity.
  • Sikkal Singaravelan Temple: Sikkal Singara Velan Temple is one of the most popular Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Muruga and a contender for the unofficial seventh Padaiveedu of Muruga, along with the popular Arupadaiveedu (six abodes of Lord Muruga). It is also said that Lord Murugan had got his Vel (weapon) from his divine mother at Sikkal, to kill the asura. This imposing temple is adorned with sculptures and exquisite imagery and carvings that adorn the temple. This temple was built by the King Veerapandian and as such is one of the most awe inspiring places with an ambience that is conducive for prayer. Pure devotion flows in this place of worship and as such is also revered by adorers. Countless scores of devotees and pilgrims from all over come to this temple every year.