Adhanoore, Thiruvaikavoore, Kavisthalam, Thirukoodaloore and Thirupazanam Temple. Kumbakonam.  

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  1. Adhanoor Sudarshna chakra Anjaneyar.

    Anjaneyar, (Hanuman) holds sudharshna with his tail on his shoulder and it appears as if he is carrying some luggage.

  2. Thirupullam Boodhamkudi Vishnu Temple.

    one of 108 Divya Desam temples.The place is about 5kms from Swamy malai.

    Main Deity: Valvil Raman and Portamaraial or Hemambujavalli.Bujanga sayanam. (sleeping posture)Teertham: Jhatau teertham and Kruthra teertham.

    Importance: Vishnu’s posture here in the temple is like taking rest after granting the eternal bliss to Jhatau..This happens when sita was in Lanka so u find Bhooma devi with him,so that he can perform the religious rituals for Jhatau. Utsava vighara is Rama with four hands.

  3. Thiruvaikavoor:

    This is One of 275 important siva Devara Sthalam.

    The place is about 15kms from Kumbakonam and 12kms from Papanasam.

    Main Deity:Swaambu linga known as Vilva vaneswarar and Valaikainayaki.

    Sthala Vrukshamis Vilvam.Teerthamis yama teertham.

    Importance: An hunter was chased by a lion, he climbed a tree and started plucking leaf and throwing it down the whole night and the leaf was falling on linga under the tree.

    Being Sivarathri day siva was pleased with hunter and blessed him. Noticable thing here is all the nandi in the temple are facing towards the entrance to frighten the lion. Brahama and Vishnu are dwarabalakas here.

    Sambandar and Navakkuarasar sang on Siva. Arunagirinathar sang Thiruugazh on Lord Murugan.

  4. Kavisthalam: Vishnu Temple.

    one of 108 Divya Desam and also known as pancharanya kshetram. the place is about 3kms from papanasam.

    Main Deity: Gajanderan Varadhan and Ramamani vali thayar.

    Teertham: Gajandra pushkarani and Kapila teertham

    Importance: When gajandra was caught by the crocodile while drinking water in the pond he took the name of lord Vishnu to rescue him, he surrendered himself with full dedication and vishnu was pleased and rescued Gajendra.
    Teertham: Kaveri and Chakra teertham.

  5. Thirukoodaloor:

    Jagadhrakshkan and thayar Padmasini. one of 108 Divya Desam. The place is on the Tanjore to Ganapathy Agraharam.

    Main Deity is known as Jagadhrakshan and Thayar Padmasini,standing posture.

    Importance: The place where Nandaga muni and devas performed puja was washed away by floods. Rani Mangammal dreamt about the renovation of temple and she renovated it. Another important thing to observe is there is shanku formation in the sthalavruksham.

  6. Ganapathi Agraharam.

    Main Deity: Ghanapathy.

    Importance: On vinakaya chauthi day everyone in the town celebrate in the temple only and nobody performs puja at home.

  7. Thirupazanam:

    This is One of 275 Siva Devara Sthalam.

    The Place is about 4kms from Thiruvyaru.

    Main Deity: Swayambu Linga known as Aabath sahayar and Amman Perai Nayaki.

    Teertham: Cauveri. Sthala Vrukshamis Kadhali and Vilvam.

    Importance: Yama was chasing a brahamin boy who surrendered himself to Siva. Siva rescued the boy, so the name Aabath sahayeswarar.

    Sambandhar and Navakkuarasar sang hymns on lord Siva.

Thenkudithittai, Tanjore, Kottiyoore, Innamboore, Thirupurambayam and Adhanoore Temple  

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  1. Thenkudithitai:

    one of 275 important Siva Devara Sthalam.

    The temple is constructed with stones including Dwajasthambam. Its located 10kms from Tanjore.

    Main Deity: Swayumbu linga Vasisteswarar and his consotr Ulaganayaki.
    Name: The place is between Vennaru and Vettaru so it is known as Thittai. Teertham is known as chakra teertham.

    Importance: Guru here is gyana guru. Lord Sani is also important here. When Sani was born his vision was so powerful, that whoever was seen by him underwent lot of troubles, so Sani worshipped Siva of this place for 1000 years and was blessed by Lord Siva.

    Persons who have sani dosha, and sani periods worship lordsiva and sani of the place to be blessed. Sani attined his graha post in this place.

    Another important fact is Lord Surya had fight with Sumali a great Siva baktha and killed him, so he got brahamahathi dosha. Sun was not able to move his rath {kala chakra} due to the dosha, so to get rid of dosha he penenced here on Siva who blessed him and Surya was able to do his daily routine and got the graha status.

    persons who have soorya dosha in their jathakam and Shima rasi can worship and get the blessings.

    Sambanthar has sung hymns about the lord.

    Another unique thing about the temple is when it was constructed on top of the roof of main sanctum they have fixed Surya kantha stone and chandra kantha stone in such an angle that every 24 minite (nazigai) adrop of water falls on Siva linga. The stones take the rays of sun and moon respectively and converts into water.

  2. Tanjore: Siva temple.

    Main deity: lord Bragadeeswara in linga form and Amman Periya Nayaki.

    Importance: Main deity is huge one. Hieght of 23’ and diagonally 54’. Made of one single stone. In front of the main diety there is a huge nandi (bull) made of single stone. Height of the bull is 12’ and length is of 16’.

    Another noticable thing in this temple is that the shade of the temple falls only on the base of the temple and never reaches the ground.

  3. Kottiyoor:

    Siva temple one of 275 important ones.The place is about 2kms from Kumbakonam.The temple is also known as Kotticharam.

    Main deity: Swayambu linga known as Koteeswarar and Amman Pandhuadum Nayaki.
    Sthala vruksham: Amanaku (castor) Teertham: Koti teertham and Kaveri.

    Importance: Badhra yogi muni had the darshan of lord of this place in a million forms.We can see the lumps on main deity which appears like linga, looking like jack fruit. Eranda muni was on penance here. Eranda muni is Guru of Athera gothram. Navagraha's here are with their respective yanthra, which is rare.

    Navakkuarasar sang hymns on the Siva in this place. Arunagirinathar sang Thirupugazh.

  4. Innambur: Siva temple

    The temple is about 7kms from Kumbakonam.

    Main deity: Huge Swayambu linga known as Azuthari nathaswarar and Amman,Sugandha Kundhalambiki.

    Sthala vruksham isSanbakamTeertham known asIravatha Teeertham.

    Importance: Lord appeared in human form and acounted for temple expenses to the King. Siva preached about grammar to Agastiya muni. Iravatham (Indra’s elephant) worshipped Siva in this place and was blessed.

  5. Thirupurambayam:

    one of 275 Siva Devra Sthalam temples. The place is about 10kms from Kumbakonam.

    Main deity: Swyambu linga known as Sakshinadhar and Amman Karumbanna cholamai. Sthala vruksham: Vanni and punga. Teertham: Brahama tertham and Manni river.

    Importance: Rathna valli daughter of a businessman visited the temple with her fiance and unfortunately the person dies of snake bite.

    Sambandhar was present in the temple at that time. Looking at the helpless girl in sorrow, he wanted to help the girl and sang an hymn in praise of the lord Siva. Since he was an ardent devotee, lord was pleased and gave life to the person.

    Sambandhar got them married in the presence of God. So the lord here is known as Sakshinadhar.

    Sambandhar Navakkuarasarand Sundarar have sang Hymns in praise of the lord of this place. Arunagirinadhar sang Thirupugazh.

  6. Adhanoor: Vishnu temple.

    One of 108 divya desam temples the place is about 3kms from Swami malai.

    Main deity: Andalakumayan and Ranganayaki. Lord in the form of Bujayanga sayanam ie. in sleeping posture. One can see the measure under his head as a pillow and in left hand he has palm leaf and pin.Teertham: Surya pushkarani.

    Importance: Thiru mangaiAzawar and Kamadenu near the feet of the lord which is unusual.

Tirucherai, Tingalore, Tiruvyaru, Iyarappar, Melai Thiru poonthuruthy, Perumpuliyur and Thiru kandiyoor Temple. Kumbakonam.  

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  1. Tirucherai:

    One of important 275 Siva temple. The place is about 9 kms from Kumbakonam,and 5kms distance from Nachiyar koil.

    Main deity: Saraparameswarar-Swayambu lingam, His Consort Gyanavalliammai

    Sthalavrusham is Mavilangai. Teertham is Markandeya theertham.

    We see Vinayakar, Natarajar, Rishabarudar, Dakshina moorthy, Kalabairavar, Durgai, Sooryan,and Sani Bagwan.

    have composed hymns in praise of this lord. One can get rid of his indebtedness by worshiping this Lord.

  2. Vishnu Temple: One of the 108 divya desam.

    Main deity: Saranatha perumal-Standing posture. His Consort Saranayagi

    Teertham: Sara teertham, Vimanam: Saravimanam.

    Here Perumal is giving darshan with five of his consorts: Sridevi, Bhoodevi, Neeladevi, Mahalakshmi and Saranayagi.This place is known as Panchasarashetram.

  3. Thingalore:

    One of 275 important Siva temple.The place is about 12 km from Tanjore and 2km from Thiruvaiyaru.

    Main deity: Swayambu lingam. Kailasanadhar and Pereyia Nayaki ambal.
    Teertham: chandra pushkarani. Moon worshiped the lord in this place, so the place is named after him as Thingalore.

    Importance: Birth place of Apputhi adigal. His son died due to snake bite. Navukkuarasar devotee of siva sung in praise of this lord of this place, GOD was pleased gave life to the boy. On panguni uthiram day sun light falls on main diety in the morning, and the next fullmoon moon light falls on diety.

  4. Thiruvyaru:

    The place is about 10kms from Tanjore. Birth place of Saint Sri Thyagaraja, born on 4-5-1767. Samadhi on 6-1-1847.

    Thyagaraja is One of the trimoorthy and his compositions are mainly on Sree Rama. Even today Thyagaraja aradhan takes place during the thithi of his, samadhi day. All musicians sing together pancha rathna krities and there after his composition in individual as a tribute to him.

  5. Iyarappar temple:

    Iyarappar One of 275 important temple of Lord Siva.

    Main Deity: Swyambhu linga Iyarappar and his consort Aram valartha nayaki.
    Teertham: surya teertham, seven pancha teertham. Sthala vruksham: Vilva vrikshum.

    Importance: This place is considered equal to kasi. Siva performed pooja for himself over here. Lord Siva rewarded Silaatha muni for his penance. Rewad was nandi devar as his child in a box in the place where yaga is performed. Vyagyapadhar's daughter got married to nandi at this place.

    Navukuarasar was blessed with glimpse of kayalasa sundarar.

    Navukarasar Sambandar sung hymns on praise of lord over here. Arunagiri nathar praised and sung about Lord Muruga of this place.

  6. Melai Thiru poonthuruthi:

    one of 275 important Siva devara Sthalam. the place is about 5kms from Thiruvayaru.

    Main Deity: swayambu Pushpavana nathar and his consort Azagalamarntha nayaki
    Teertham: kasyapa teertham.

    Importance: The place is inbetween cavery and kudamuruti river. Hence the name turuthi, one of eamoor sapthsthana.

    Nandi here is not in straight line to deity it has moved towards to side on request for Sambandhar who is a devotee. Here Dakshina moorthy is with veena which is a rare thing.

    Navukuarasar has composed poem about the lord. Arunagirinadhar sang about Murugan of this temple.

  7. Perumpuliur:

    The Siva temple is about 2kms from Thiruvayaru.

    Main Deity: Swayambu lingam Known as Vyagya pureeswarar, and his consort sowandra nayaki.

    Importance: Vyagyapadhar worshipped in his place so the deity is named after him. Arunagirinadhar has sung about lord Murugan.

  8. Thiru kandioor:

    One of 275 important Siva Devara Sthalam. The place is about 2kms from Thiruvayaru. One of Amoor sapthasthana sthalam.

    Main Deity: Veerattaneswarar and his consort Mangala nayaki.
    Name: on request of Parvathi, Siva removed the 5th head of Brahama so the place is called as kandioor veerattam.

    Teertham: kapala, daksha, brahama, pathala, ganga. Sthala vruksham: vilvam.

    Importance: Lord Muruga with japamalai in right vjra sakthi in left hand. Arunagirinathar has sung about lord Murugan. Harasapa vimochana perumal temple is there in the premises. Brahma has seperate temple over here.

    Sambandhar and Appar sang hymns on Lord Siva here

Thiru Nageswaram, Uppilappan koil, Ayyavdi, Thiru Nariyur and Thirupanthurai temple. Kumbakonam.  

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Following is list of temples belonging to 8-10th century in Kumbakonam area. the place u can call as a temple town. Our option of temples were important Siva temples numbering 276 and important Vishnu temples numbering 108.

We visited these temples during christmas holidays of 2006. Spent 1 full week covering these temples with base at Kumbakonam. Preferred mode of transport for visiting these temples is to hire a taxi with a local driver.

Importantly remember all temples are closed during 12:00 - 16:00hrs. The approximate cost for a group of 5, hiring a taxi is Rs.3000 which included taxi and food.

We stayed at my brother's place which saved the boarding expense. Boarding expense in Kumbakonam is moderate.

The temples are very old and "nayanmars" (Renowned devotees, who composed hymns in praise of lord) sighted the respective lord. we were able to cover a part of the list of temples which we planned. I only hope we will be able to see rest of places also.

  1. Thiru Nageswaram

    Main deity: Naganathar, and Girigujambal

    Sthalavruksham: Shenbagamaram. Theertham: Surya teertham
    Worshipped by Nagaraja-King of serpants, hence known as Nageswaran.

    Importance: Cow milk poured on Nagaraja statue turns blue. This is "Raaghu" parihara sthalam. One can also see Lakshmi, Parvathi, and Saraswathi in sila rupam.

  2. Uppiliappan Koil:

    One of 108 important vaishnava temple, Maha Vishnu temple also known as Oppiliappan Koil 7 kms from Kumbakonam

    Main deity: Oppiliappan, and his Consort Bhuma devi.
    Bhuma devi-Daughter of Markandeya rishi, marry Mahavishnu and cooks food for him without salt.Hence Upillada perumal. Prasadam is Curd rice.
    Importance: Salted food is prohibited in the temple premises.

  3. Ayyavadi: " Siva temple and Prathyankara temple".

    The temple is about 3 kms from uppliappan temple, Kumbakonam. Deity of Prathyangara is swayambu moorthy here. Two Sakthi devi, Soolini Durga and Prathyangira devi are wings of Lord Sarabeswarar. Devi Prathyangara is main Goddess of Atharvana vedam and she is also known as Atharvana Badrakali, Atharvana Prathyangira Devi.

    The place was once known as Iwarpadi, and later days it is known as Ayyawadi. Pancha pandava worshiped Goddess Prathyangira in this place.

    Lord Siva is known as Agastheeswaran and his consol Dharmasamvardhini. Rama and Ravana have worshipped here.

    Purana says after Hirnyakasyapu vadham Narashimar was still in ugraham at this time, Aangiras and Prathyangras together made Prathyangara devi on Lalitha parameswari's command. She was able to control the anger of Narashimar. She is also known as Aparajitha which means no one to defeat her. Her face is like Lion, with 18 hands having weapon and we see Lakshmi and saraswathy to either side.

    The banayan tree is something different here. It has 5 different ,variety leaves to the same tree, with Siva meditating there.

  4. Thiru Naraiyur: Siva temple.

    Siddeeswaram: Worshipped by Siddhargal. The place is at a distance of 5 kms from Kumbakonam

    Main deity: Siddhanathar-Swayambu lingam. His Consort Soundaranayagi.
    Sthalavruksham: Pavalamalligai

    Importance: Methavi munivar worshipped lord here, had Lakshmi as his daughter and her marriage with Mahavishnu takes place here. Lord Sani is with his family here with his own dwajasthambam.

    Sambandar and Sundarar have sung hymns in praise of this lord.

  5. Thirunarayoor:

    One of 108 Divya desam Temples which is about 5kms from kumbakonam.

    Main deity: Thiru nariyur nambi in standing posture. His Consort Vanjulavalliin bride posture.Teertham Mani mutha teertham.

    Importance: Personal appearence Of god for Medavi muni and Brahama. Another important thing to be seen in this temple is Garuda vahanam is made of stone.

    Festival of Garuda seva is world famous here. Starting of garuda seva only 4 persons lift it and gradullay number of persons double to every door and finally the number lands to 64 in number. The reason why the number of people carrying the diety increases is at every stage the wieght of the stone Garuda increases (unknown reason). Same way, the number of persons decrease on return of the Diety to moola sthanam. Ambal in Hamsa vahana.

  6. Thirupanthurai: Penuperunthurai

    One of 275 important Siva temple The place is about 7 kms from Kumbakonam.

    Main deity: Sivanandeswar-Swayambu lingam and his Consort Mangalambikai.
    Sthalavruksham:Vannimaram Theertham: Mangalatheertham.

    Sambandar has sung hymns on praise of this lord.

    The place is about 3 kms distance from Nachiyar temple. We see two vinayakar here known as Ghuha Vinayakar and Sakshi Vinayakar. Goddess umadevi, Lord Murugan and Brahma worshipped Lord Siva of this place.

Thiruvallore and Sri perumpoodhur temple. Chennai.  

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  1. Thiruvallore

    One of 108 Divaya desams. From chennai the place is 45 kms. The place can be reached by rail route from Chennai to Arakonam. Busses are available from all places.

    Main deity: Sri Veeraraghava perumal in sleeping posture and Kanakavalli thayar in different sanctum.

    Importance: When Sali hothra muni was penancing here Vishnu in the form of old man visited him and had lunch with him and after lunch he asked the muni to show the place for him to take a nap. Muni showed him the parnasala (kutil). Here he rested in his original form in sleeping posture and hence the name Thiruvallore which was originally known as Thiru a vull.

    Maindeity: Veeragava perumal has rested his hand on the head of Salihothra muni, and his left hand depecting Gyana mudra to preach Brahma.

    There other deities like Vinayaka, Gopalan, Desikar, Andal, Lakshmi narashimar, Sudarshanar, Ananthan and Azhwar. This place is known as Punyavarthi kshetram.

    Anyone who worships Lord here, their good deeds multiply and bad ones are waved. One who takes a dip in Hruththapanasini pushkaram is relieved of all ailments. The perumal here is also known as Vaidya Veeraragava perumal.

  2. Sri perumbudhoore: Vishnu temple.

    The place is 31kms south west of Chennai.

    Main deity: Sri Adikesava perumal with Sridevi and Bhoodevi thayar in standing posture and Goddess Ethiraja valli thayar. Teertham: Anantha saras.

    Importance: The place is known as Aranyaranam and Boodhapuri. To get rid of Siva’s curse Boodha ganas penenced here and were blessed by Vishnu. In turn, they built the temple for Vishnu and hence the place is known as Boodhapuri.

    There is an idol of Ramanujar here which was embraced by him. Other deities like Rama, Andal, Udayavar, Desikan, and Alavandhar are there. This is birth place of Ramanujar.

Thiruvalangkadu and Thirupachoor temple. Chennai / Arakonam Route.  

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  1. Thiruvalangkadu:

    One of 275 important Siva temple.

    The place is towards Chennai to Arakonam rail route, stop at Thiruvalangkadu station. From there 5kms to north east is the temple. Bus facility is available from Arakonam, Kanchi and Thiruvallore. The place is 15 kms distance from Thiruvallore.

    Main deity is Arulmigu Devarsinga peruman and Vandar kuzhali ammai in seperate sanctum.Teertham is Mukthi teertham. Sthala vruksham: Pala (jack fruit.)

    Importance: Rathna sabha of Nataraja perumal. Siva did urthava thandavam here. On request of Manji kesa muni and Krkoda muni. To teach a lesson and remove the ego of Badrakali he did urthava thandavam here. He lifted his left leg up to sky and while doing this his earring fell down and he lifted it up and placed it back to its place. Badra kali being a lady was not able to lift her leg as Siva did.

    Karikal ammai came to this place with her head and leg up. She was an ardent devotee of Siva and to her the whole place was considered holy and did not want to keep her leg down. She was blessed by Siva here.

    There are other deities like Akora veerabadharar, Siddhi vinayakar, Lingothbavar, Durgai, Pancha lingam, Kali, Vijayaraagava perumal, Nalvar and Navagraham. We see Badrakali amman sannidhi near the pond.

    Sambandhar, Navakkuarasar and Sundarar sang hymns on Siva here.

  2. Thirupachur:

    This is One of 275 important Siva temples.

    The place is towards chennai to Arakonam rail route, halt at Kadambuthur, and 3kms distance from there. The temple is 5kms west of Tiruvallore. Bus facility is available to the place.

    Main deity: Arulmigu Pasoor nadhar and Pasupathi nayaki.

    Teertham is Chozha teertham. Sthala vruksham is Bamboo.

    Importance: There are 16 Ganapathy represting shodasa Ganapathy. Siva here is Theenda thirumeni nadhar. All poojas are done without touching the main deity. Parvathi worshipped Siva here and was given place to left side of his body to reside. Vishnu worshipped Siva here to get rid of his sin of
    Madhukaitapa vadam and was blessed by Siva. Surya and Chandra worshipped Siva here.

    Sambandhar, Navakkuarasar and Sundarar sang hymns on Siva of this place.

Thiruvirkolam and Thiruthani Temple. Kanchi / Arakonam route.  

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  1. Thiruvirkolam:

    This is One of 275 important temples of Siva

    the place is towards Chennai to Arakonam rail route stop at Kadambathoor, and 10 kms south from there is the temple Direct buses are available from Kanchi, Thiruvallore, and Poondhamalli and Sri perumandhur.

    Main deity is Swayambu lingam known as Tripuranthakar and Thirupurasundari ammai.Teertham is Kuvagni teertham.Sthala vruksham: Vilvam.

    Name: The axle of the charriot broke here at this place, when Siva was leading his ganas to fight against Thirupurasuran, hence the name of the place is Thiruvirkolam.

    Importance: Siva linga here known as Teenda thiru meniar so the linga is always covered by kavacham. Even Sivachariar are not allowed to touch. Sambandhar in his hymns about the Siva here that linga changes its colour when it is going to rain heavily, and to red colour before the break of war as an indication.

    Sthala purana says that when Siva decided to destroy the asuras Thirupurasuran, Kamalakshan and Vidunmali the world turned into chariot and Surya Chandra as saradhi, Devas as wheels, Meru as bow, and Vasuki as arrow and Agni as tip of arrow.

    It was at this place the axle broke because they forgot to worship Ganesha before commencing. They realised their mistake and worshipped Ganesha for success in their mission. Utsavar idol of Siva here is with bow and arrow.

  2. Thiruthani:

    This are 6 important place of lord Subramanya known as padaiveedu.
    This is one of the padaiveedu.

    The place is about 86 kms from chennai, and about 45 kms from Kancheepuram.

    Main deity is Subramanya swamay Valli Deavasanai in different sanctum.

    Importance: The temple is on hillock. We have 365 steps to climb and road is there to reach by vehicle. This is the place Murugan married Valli.The other deities are Ganesha Uma Maheswarar, Kamakshi, Ekambasewarar, Arumuga swamy,Kumareswara lingam, and Veerabadrar.

    One of the sangeetha trimoorthy Sri Muthuswamy Deekshitar had the darshan of Muruga as a small child and Murugan, gave misiri and blessed him with Gyana

Thiru Vooral and Thiru Elambian Kottor temple. Kanchi / Arokaonam Route.  

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  1. Thiru vooral:

    this is One of 275 important temples of Siva.

    Temple timings 7Am-12noon and 4Pm-9Pm.

    The place is about 5kms from Thakkolam station. The station is on railway line from Arakonam to Kanchi. Buses are available from chennai, Kanchi, Arakonam and Thiruvallore.

    Main deity: Swayambu linga known as Chalanadeeswarar and Girija Kannikamba. Teertham is Parvathi teertham, Sathya gangai and Kusasthala river.Sthala vruksham is Takkolam.

    Name: Water coming out of Nandi ‘s mouth and water springs out near the feet of Siva and hence the name Thiru vooral.

    Importance: On the request of Uthandi muni, Nandi devar brought ganges to this place. Kamadenu, Chandra, Yama, Surya, Vishnu and Saptha kanniyar worshipped Siva in this place.

    Appar and Sambandhar sang hymns on Siva.

  2. Thiru Ellambian kottoor:

    This is One of 275 important temples of Siva.

    Timmings 7Am-12 and 4-7 Pm.

    The place is in Chennai to Arakonam rail route stop, at Kadambathur, and temple is 10 kms south from there.

    Main deity is known as Swayambu linga known as Arambeswarar and Kanaka kujambikai.

    Teertham is Chandra teertham. Sthala vruksham Vilvam.

    Importance: Once when Sambandhar was passing through this side God came in the form of small boy and then in the form of old man and tried to show them the temple over there. He was not able to understand, so God took the form of a cow and hit the palanquin (seevigai) of sambandhar. He was surprised by this act and followed the cow. When it came near the temple the cow disappeared.

    Sambandhar worshipped Siva here and sang hymns on him.

Govindavadi, Thirumarperu Temple. Kanchepuram / Arokonam route.  

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  1. Govindavadi:

    The Siva temple, is about 12 kms from Kancheepuram to Arakonam route

    Main deity: Kailasanadhar.

    Importance: Dakshinamoorthy is famous and here he is yoga guru.

  2. Thirumarperu:

    This is one of 275 important Siva temples. The place is about 12 kms from Kancheepuram. One can reach the place by train also. Kancheepuram to Arokonam rail route and stop at Tirumalpoor station. From there the temple is 5 kms.

    Main deity is Thiru Manikandeeswarar and Anjanakshi ammai in separate sanctum. Teertham is Cheyyar teertham. Sthala vruksham Vilvam.

    Importance: Dwarabalaka are huge in size. We see Nandikeswara in standing posture. We see Vigneswara with ten hands known as Vallabha Vinayakar. Durga devi with 8 hands is seen here. We see Vishnu standing posture with both hands together.

    worshipped Siva of this place and got Chakkrayudha from Siva. Purna says once Vishnu used his chakkra against Thadisi muni on request by Raja Kuban. Chakkra was of no use against muni and Vishnu lost his chakkra.

    Vishnu came to know that, Siva was having sudarshna chakkra, and he wanted to get the chakkra for him from Siva. He started praying Siva with 1000 flowers daily. One day Siva wanted to test Vishnu’s pooja by hiding a flower. Vishnu started his pooja and he was not aware of the number and at the end of pooja he knew he needs one more flower and he immediately removed his eyes and offered, to complete his pooja.

    Lord Siva was very pleased and asked what for Vishnu has worshipped him, and he gave the sudarshna chakkra which Vishnu asked him. Here the utsava vigraha is with flower in one hand and with an eye in another hand.

    Here the pooja is done without touching the deity because the they say Siva here is Teenda thirumeny nadhar with kavacham always.

    Sambandhar and Navakkuarasar sang hymns on Siva of this place.