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…

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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Thiruninriyur – Sri Lakshmipureeswarar Temple

Thiruninriyur is located 6 kms from Vaitheeswaran Koil near Mayiladuthurai. The main deity is Lakshmipureeswarar and his consort is Ulaganayaki. Lakshmi and Vishnu have worshipped Lord Shiva here. Lakshmi was granted the boon of winning Vishnu’s heart, hence the name Lakshmipureeswarar. A Chola king used to worship Lord Nataraja in Chidambaram each day.  When he…