Chidambaram – Thillai Natarajar Temple

Chidambaram Natarajar Temple is one of the Panchabootha Sthalas representing Space or Aagayam . A unique feature of this temple is the bejeweled image of Nataraja. The Cosmic Dance of Lord Nataraja symbolises the motion of the universe as sustained by Lord Shiva. It depicts the Lord Shiva as the Lord of the dance Bharatanatyam and is one of the…

Thiruvathigai – Veerattaneswarar Temple

Thiruvathigai Veerattaneswarar Temple is located in Panruti, near Villupuram. The temple is praised in the Thevaram and Thiruvasagam hymns of celebrated Saivite saints Gnanasambandar, Tirunavukkarasar, Sundar and Manicka Vasagar. “Presiding over the Vedas, clad in tiger skin  Many worshipping with raised hands Surrounded by Bhooda Ganas, Mother Uma singing My Lord Veerattaneswarar on the north of Kedila…

Thiruvarur – Thiyagarajar Temple

Thiruvarur is the biggest massive temple that i have ever seen. The temple complex covers about 33 acres, and is one of the largest in India. The temple is huge in size and importance, with 9 Rajagopuras, 80 Vimanas, 12 tall walls, 13 mandaps, 15 wells of Theertha importance, 3 gardens, 3 prakaras, 365 Shiva Lingas representing…

Thirubuvanam – Kampaheswarar Temple

The Kampaheswarar (Sarabeswarar) Temple is  situated in the town of Thirubuvanam near Kumbakonam. Shiva is worshipped as “Kampaheswarar” as he removed the quaking (Skt. Kampa) of a king who was being haunted by a Brahmarakshasa. The temple follows the Dravidian style of architecture. An unusual feature of the temple is that the vimana is extremely…

Patteswaram – Thenupuriswarar Durga Temple

Patteswaram is located near kumbakonam. he temple of Patteeswarar presents a magnificent sight with five gopurams and three prakarams. It measures 650 feet (200 m) east to west and 295 feet (90 m) south to north. Pattisvara, the presiding form of Shiva manifests himself in the form of Linga, in the central mandapa of the first prakaram….

Thiruvalanchuzhi – Swetha Vinayagar Temple

Thiruvalanchuzhi Swetha Vinayagar Temple is located near Kumbakonam. The Swetha Vinayagar Temple (Tamil: Vellai Vinayakar Koil) is a temple situated in the village of Thiruvalanchuzhi in Kumbakonam . The presiding deity is Kapardiswarar, a form of the Hindu god Shiva and his consort Brihannayaki. The temple is associated with a sage called Herandar, who, according to legend,…

Vedaranyam – Vedaranyeswarar Temple

Vedaranyeswarar Temple is located in the town of Vedaranyam in Tamil Nadu, India. Vedaranyeswarar is revered in the 7th century Tamil Saiva canonical work, the Tevaram, written by Tamil saint poets known as the nayanars and classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam. The town Vedaranyam is named after Vedaranyeswarar, the presiding deity of the Vedaranyeswarar Temple….

Thiruvidaimaruthur – Sri Mahalinga Swamy Temple

Thiruvidaimarudur Mahalinga Swamy Temple is one of the Panchakrosha Sthalas. located about 9 km from Kumbakonam. This temple is mind blogging and i recommend everyone to visit atleast once in their lifetime. Usually, a temple will have a Linga in the sanctum and Parivara Devatas in the temple around. It is a peculiar feature in…

Mayiladuthurai – Mayuranathaswami Temple

Mayiladuthurai main icon is a lingam and the presiding deity is called Mayuranathar because the Parvathi worshipped Shiva here in the form of a mayura. Significance:                       One of the six temples on the banks of Cauvery which are considered equivalent to Kasi. The raja gopura at the eastern entrance to the temple is 9 tiers high and measures…

Thiruvaiyaaru – Aiyarappar Temple

Thiruvaiyaru is situated on the banks of the river Kaveri, 13 km fromThanjavur. Thiruvaiyaru means Five Rivers around the city. The Five Rivers are Arisilaaru, Vennaaru, Vettaaru, Kudamuruttiyaaru and Kaaviriyaaru. Thiruvaiyaru gets its name (Thiru = Sacred; ai = five; aaru = river). Thiruvaiyaru is more renowned for its association with Saint Thyagaraja, who, along with Muthuswami…

Thirupananthal – Sri Aruna Jadewswarar temple

This temple is located 18 km before Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu. The temple is situated on the southern bank of Kollidam River.  The 7 tier Rajagopuram is facing west and the 5 tier tower is on the east.  There are three prakaras in the temple. Moolavar : Aruna Jadewswarar Urchavar : – Amman / Thayar : Periya nayagi…

Sirkazhi – Bhramapureeswarar Temple

Sirkali Bhrammapureeswarar Temple is located at Sirkazhi near Chidambaram. It is a highly revered shrine with 71 (the most number of known) Tevara Patikams. Sirkali is a center for Bhairava worship, and the site of authorship of several works. Sirkazhi is known mostly by its association with Sambandar. West of Sirkazhi is Tirukkolakka where Sambandar…

Thiruvannamalai – Annamalaiyar Temple

Annamalaiyar Temple is located at the base of Annamalai hills in the town of Thiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu. The Annamalaiyar temple is one of the Pancha Bhoota Stalams, or five Shiva temples, with each a manifestation of a natural element: land, water, air, sky or fire. In Annamalaiyar temple, Shiva is said to have manifested himself as…

Thiruveezhimizhalai – Veezhinathar Temple

Thiruveezhimizhalai  is located in the Mayiladuthurai–Thiruvarur route and about 30 km from Mayiladuthurai. Parvati is said to have been reborn as Katyayani and married Shiva here. Vishnu received Chakrayudam from Shiva here in lieu of the 1000 flower worship to Shiva. Once due to the reduction of a lotus flower in the count, Vishnu plucked…

Thirupugalur – Agnipureeswarar Temple

Agnipureeswarar Temple (also called Thirupugalur temple) in Thirupugalur, a village in Nagapattinam district in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is dedicated to the god Shiva. Constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture, the temple is believed to have been built during the Cholas period in the 10th century. Shiva is worshipped as Agnipureeswarar…

Thirumalapadi – Sri Vaithiyanatha Samy

Thirumazhapadi is situated on the bank of Kollidam river which is a branch of Cauvery River. Entire surroundings are filled with paddy and sugar cane fields. The famous Siva Temple is located in Thirumazhapadi. This Temple is called Sri Vaithiyanatha Samy Koil. It is one of the tourist places in Ariyalur. This temple is famous…

Tirupoonduruthi – Sri Pushpavaneswarar Temple

Tirupoonduruthi is located close to Thiruvaiyaaru and near Tanjore.   Praised in the Thevaram hymns of Tirunavukkarasar, Arunagirinathar and Sri Ramalinga Adigal. The Lord is not visible to celestial beings, Iyakkas, Vichadharas and others easily.He is in sacred PoonduruthiUnder whose care and feet, we are. – Tirunavukkarasar.Devas, Iyakkas, Vichadaras are some group living in the…

Tirukkandiyur – Brahma Sira Kandeeswarar Temple

Tirukkandiyur temple is located near Tiruvaiyaru (2 km away), and near Tanjore. The temple is incarnated by the hymns of Tirugnana Sambandar and is classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam. As per Hindu legend, Brahma, the Hindu god of creation and Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction, had originally five heads. Parvathi, the wife of Shiva once got…

Thiruvavaduthurai – Masilamaneeswarar Temple

Masilamaniswara Temple is  located in the village Thiruvaduthurai, located 22 km from Kumbakonam and 14 km from Mayiladuthurai, Tamil Nadu. The temple is reverred in the verses of Tevaram, the 7th century Tamil Saiva canon by Tirugnana Sambandar, Appar and Sundarar. The Temple The temple has a five tiered Rajagopuram with elevated stone walls separating the second, third…

Thiruvengadu – Swetharanyeswarar Temple

Thiruvegadu is located near Sirkazhi (about 25 km from Mayiladuthurai and 59 km from Kumbakonam). Significance:           Budhan Sthalam dedicated to planet Mercury.        This Shiva temple is one of the 6 most sacred places on the banks of river Cauvery which is considered as equivalent to the temple at Varanasi. The other 5…

Thiruvaalangadu – Sri Vadaranyeswarar Temple

Thiruvaalangadu is located near Chennai in the Chennai-Arakonam route. It can also be accessed by road on NH205 (Chennai-Tiruvallur route) The temple, built by the Cholas during the 12th century, (though inscriptions evidence the 5th century) is regarded as a sacred Shaivaite temple in that it is one of the 5 majestic cosmic dance halls (pancha…

Thiruppalathurai – Palaivananathar Temple

Palaivananathar Temple is located in Papanasam, 15 km from Kumbakonam and 25 km from Tanjore. The Thirupalaithurai temple with 2 prakarams (outer courtyard) occupies an area of 3 acres and its entrance is crowned with a 5 tiered Rajagopuram. Inscriptions from the Chola and Vijayanagara Empire periods are seen in this temple. Here Lord Shivais also…

Aachchaalpuram – Sivalogathyagesar Temple

Aachchaalpuram is located between Chidambaram and Sirkali. This temple is located  about 20 km from Chidambaram and about 5 Kms from Kollidam. Sirkali occupies a place of pride in the religious map of Tamilnadu as the birth place of Saint Tirugnana Sambandar who ably restored the Vedic glory and supremacy of Saivism against the massive assault…

Thirumangalakudi -Prananadeswarar Temple

Prananadeswarar Temple, a very ancient one is situated in the village Thirumangalakudi near Kumbakonam (10 kilometres from Kumbakonam). The temple is glorified by the hymns of Appar. The presiding deity is Prananadeswarar (Shiva) and the Goddess, Mangalambigai (Parvathi). The main deity is believed to be Swayambu Lingam(self formed).   It is believed to worship the deity here…

Kanchipuram – Ekambareswarar Temple

The temple is located in Kanchipuram. It is one of the five major Shiva temples or Pancha Bootha Sthalams (each representing a natural element) representing the element -Earth. The other four temples in this category are Thiruvanaikaval Jambukeswara (water),Chidambaram Natarajar (Sky),Thiruvannamalai Arunachaleswara (fire) andKalahasti Nathar (wind). It is one of the 275Paadal Petra Sthalams, where all of the four most revered Nayanars (Saivite Saints)…

Thiruvothur (Cheyyar) – Vedapureeswarar Temple

Cheyyar is located 30 km from Kanchipuram. A must to see temple. The temple is devoted to Lord Vedapuresswarar who came here and imparted his spiritual knowledge regarding the Vedas. According to legend, it is in this sacred place that Saint Thirugnanasambanthar used his holy miraculous powers and transformed a male palm tree into a female…

Thirumeeyachur – Lalithambigai Temple

Thirumeeyachur temple is located in Thiruvarur – Mayiladudhurai road near Nannilam. Significance: Sun worships the Lord with his rays falling on the Lord from 21st to 27th of chiththirai. Auspicious place to chant lalita sahasranAmam GajapRishtavimanam Glorious durga Beautiful artworks – service by choza kings Dreaded demon Pandasura was harassing sages and Devas.  They surrendered at…

ThiruMullaivoyil – Masilamaniswara Temple

ThiruMullaivoyil is located near Chennai.King Tondaimaan built this temple. The vimana (roof) of the sanctum sanctorum is designed in a special way that is exclusive to Pallava architecture – the Gaja Prishtam, that looks like the rear of an elephant (Gaja – elephant, prishtam – rear). The temple is incarnated by the hymns of Thevaram and…

Virudhachalam – Virudhagireeswarar Temple

Virudhachalam is located between Villupuram and Kumbakonam. It has 5 majestic gopurams. The temple is in the banks of river Manimutharu. This temple is also called  as Thirumudukundram or Pazha malai.It just means a grand old mountain. Significance: This temple is equivalent to Kasi because people who breathe their last here are blessed with god and…

ThiruNallur – Kalyanasundareswarar Temple

Temple: Kalyanasundaresar Temple or ThiruNallur temple is located 10 km from Kumbakonam, Shiva is worshiped as Kalyansundaresar, and is represented by the lingam. His consort Parvati is depicted as Girisundari. The presiding deity is revered in the 7th century Tamil Saiva canonical work, the Tevaram, written by Tamil saint poets known as the nayanars and classified as…

Vaitheeswaran Koil

Vaitheeswaran Temple or Pullirukkuvelur temple is located 7 kilometers from Sirkazhi, 235 kilometers from Chennai, 27 km from Chidambaram and 16 km from Mayiladuthurai. Vaitheeswaran or the “God of healing” and it is believed that prayers to Vaitheeswaran can cure diseases. It is one of the nine Navagraha (nine planets) temples associated with the planet Mars (Angaraka). The village is also…

ThiruNavalur – Bhakthajaneswarar Temple

  Temple: ThiruNavalur is located between Villupuram and Ulundurpet. When the milk ocean was churned, the alakala poison came out which Lord Shiva consumed to protect the lives of all creatures. The drops that fell on earth were grew into Jumbo fruit trees and came to be known as Jumbo forest. The Lord decended on this…

Thirupathiripuliyur (Cuddalore) – Pataleeswarar Temple

Pataleeswarar Temple is located in Cuddalore, near Chidambaram. It was constructed during the Pallava and Medieval Chola periods. The Saivite saint Appar is believed to have adopted Saivism at this temple. This temple plays a unique role in the history of Hindu religion, art, and architecture. There is a belief/myth that by worshiping single time this God is…

SriVanchiyam – Vanchinathaswamy Temple

Temple: Located 15kms from Tiruvarur near the Kumbakonam-Nannilam route. Yama Dharma Raja served as the vahana for Lord Shiva. Highest status for Yama at this temple Significance: Bhoologa Kailasam – One of the 6 sacred Saivite Temples on the banks of the Cauvery Historically, six places – Thiruvenkadu, Thiruvayaru, Thiru Mayuram (Mayiladuthurai), Thiru Vidaimarathur, Chaaya Vanam and…

Thiruvedhikudi -Sri Vedhapureeswarar Temple

Thiruvedhikudi is located near Thiruvaiyaaru. The temple is revered by the hymns of 7th century Tamil saint poets, Appar and Samandhar. The temple lies on Kudamurutti river. God was emanating from banana tank and hence called Vazhaimadu nathar. Lingam here is called Vedapuriswarar. The Pranava manthra “OM” came here and worshiped Lord Shiva, where ever the…

Thiruvisainallur – Sivayoginathar Temple

Sivayoginathar Temple also known as Yoganandeswarar temple is located in Thiruvisanallur in Kumbakonam. The Sivayoginathar Temple is believed to be built at the spot where eight Siva yogis attained salvation and merged with the lingam. The shrine dedicated to Chatur Kala, four Bhairavas is famous here. The temple has a 5 tier rajagopuram with a…

Thiruchotruthurai – Sri Odhanavaneswarar Temple

Thiruchotruthurai is located near Thiruvaiyaaru. Main deities: Sri Odhanavaneswarar, Oppillachelvar, Chottru Thurai Nather, Tholaya Selva nathar with Sri Annapoorani ambal, Oppilla Ammai Legend: Gowthama, Indhra and Surya worshiped Shiva. Shiva and Ambal are said to have provided a number of devotees with food, with rice that grew in the paddy fields closeby and gained the…

Acharapakkam – Aatcheeswarar Temple

Archarapakkam Aatcheeswarar temple is located 100 km from Chennai. This temple is praised in the hymns of Saint Tirugnanasambandar. The temple has two presiding deities Atcheeswarar and Umai Atcheeswarar gracing the devotees from two separate sanctum sanctorums. Also, two Mother-Goddesses Ilangili Ammai and Umayambigai grace from their respective sanctums. Lord Shiva is a Swayambumurthi. Saivite Saint Tirunavukkarasar…

Alangudi – Guru – Abathsahyeswarar Temple

Apatsahayesvarar Temple, Alangudi or Guru Sthalam is located in Alangudi, near Kumbakonam in Tiruvarur district. It is one of the Navagraha(nine planets) temples and one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams Alangudi is the holy abode of Jupiter and a divine place where one could propitiate Jupiter. Lord Shiva is manifested here in the form of Lord Guru (Sri Dakshinamurthy)…

Thiruppungur – Sivalokanathar Temple

Thirupungur is a beautiful village about 2 kms from Vaitheeswaran Koil and 13 km from Mayiladuthurai. This place was once surrounded by Punga trees and hence the name Thirupungur. This is one of the three places where Nandhi Shifted aside to show darshan of Lord to devotees (Thirupanthuruthi – Appar, Patteeswaram – Gnanasampanthar, Thirupungur – Nandhanar). Significance:…