Temples in and around Trichy

Note: A collection of geographical maps of temple is available here. Unlike the static map, these maps can be zoomed to the street level. This works best with the Firefox browser. Within Trichy Rockfort Temple Significance: One of the 275 sacred Shiva temples glorified by the Thevara hymns Location: Near the Chattram bus stand (also called Main Guard Gate); visible from around 10 kms all around. Temple: The Rockfort temple, known as Dakshina kailasam, is situated on the banks of the river Cauvery with a height of 273 feet and 417 steps to climb. The name of the place came from Thirisiran, a King who ruled this place. At the foot of the Rockfort is the beautiful temple tank (Theppakkulam) with a pavilion which is used during the float festival of the temples. From the hilltop, the view of the town with cauvery and Kollidam rivers, the road and rail bridges across the rivers and the temple towers of Srirangam and Thiruvanaikaval, is breathtaking. During the 23rd, 24th and 25th of Panguni tamil month, the sun rays fall on the God in the evening. Theertham: Cauveri, Shiva gangai and Brahma theertham. Sthala Vruksham: Vilvam. The temple complex is a conglomeration of three temples. 1) Manikka Vinayagar temple ± This temple is at the foot of the hill 2) Thayumanavar Temple ± This temple is at half way to the hill top. Legend: * The top of the Kailasam was disturbed by Vayu (air) and thrown in three places and this is considered one among them and that is why this is called Dakshina kailasam. The other two places are Kalahasthi and Tirikonamalai (Srilanka). * Lord Shiva took care of a pregnant girl called Rathnavathi during the delivery time in the form of the girl¶s mother and so He is known as Thayumanavar. * Agasthya, Arjuna, Hanuman, Rathnavathi, Rama, Saptha Kanniar, Saptha Rishi and Sarama muni had worshipped Shiva of this place. * Sarama muni worshipped Shiva with chevandi flowers brought from Naga lokha and hence the Lord is called as Chevandhi nadhar also. He is also called Mathruboodheswarar. Temple: Before entering the Shiva temple, there is a big hall with 100 pillars, full of beautiful paintings and carvings. We can see a chain hanging in the roof made of single stone. The roof of the hall is also fully painted. One of the 64 Shiva moorthams known as Gangala moortham is seen here. Below the Siva temple are two Pallava cave temples that have beautiful sculptures of the 6th and 7th centuries. Navukkuarasar and Sambandhar had sung hymns on Shiva of this place. The vimanam is covered with gold. The Goddess is known as Mattuvar Kuzhali or Sugandha Kundalambikai and has a separate shrine.

3) Ucchi pilliayar (Vinayagar) Temple ± At the hilltop Legend: Veebishana was taking the idol of Lord Ranganadhar to Srilanka to install there. He was not to keep the idol down; if so, he would not be able to lift it up again. On his way he gave the idol to Lord Ganesha to hold it for some time to finish his evening rituals. Ganesha agreed but after a while he placed the idol down and went to the hill top. When Veebishana returned he saw the idol down and was not able to lift it up. He returned back to his place empty handed and in turn, Ranganadhar agreed to face South towards the direction of Srilanka. Nandhi Koil street Nandhi Koil Street is near Theppakulam/ Rockfort Sri Naganadhaswamy temple Main Deity: Swayambu linga known as Naganadhaswamy with Anandhavalli ambikai in different sanctums. Legend: Some sages, due to ego, thought they can live on their own without the blessings of God. To awaken them Shiva fought with them and they diverted snakes against Shiva. In turn, Shiva wore the snakes as ornaments and hence the name Naganadhar. Saramamuni worshipped Shiva of this place with sevandhi flowers and hence the name Sevandhi nadhar. Temple: The temple is below the ground level. Shiva is facing East and Goddess is facing South. Navagraha shrine is different here as we can see only Sun God with wives and the rest singly.The other deities we can see are Ganesha, Subramanya swamy, Dandayudhapani, Somaskandhar and Bairavar. Sthala Vruksham: Vilvam. Theertham: Shiva theertham. Krishna temple It is a small temple for Krishna with a separate sanctum for Anjaneya. Nandhi This huge Nandhi belongs to the Rockfort Thayumanavar temple. Once upon a time the whole place was belonging to the temple. Now houses have come up in between and Nandhi is separated from the main temple. Nandrudayan temple at East Boulevard road The Nandrudayan temple in Devadhanam in the East Boulevard Road boasts Aadhi Vinayaga as granite idol depicting Lord Ganesa with his original divine face without the usual elephantine head and the trunk. The four- feet tall Aadhi Vinayakar is installed in a separate shrine close to the sanctum sanctorum in the Nandrudayan Vinayakar Temple and the divine grace of the brilliantly sculptured granite idol is indeed captivating.

Shiva temples for 5 elements of nature Velikanda Nathar at Palakarai, Boologanathar at East Boulevard road, Naganathar at nandhi Koil Street, another temple (name not known) at West Boulevard road, Kailasanathar at Big bazaar street are the Shiva temples for 5 elements of nature (Land, Water, Fire, Air, and Space) inside Trichy. Ayyappan temple Location: Near Trichy junction/ court. Significance: This Ayyappan temple is very cleanly maintained with full of green plants and good pathway all around. Also there are many stone slabs erected with inscribed quotes on mother by great persons. Another special thing is that there are many small stones collected from holy rivers and holy places all over the world placed on many small platforms along with the respective names of the rivers and places. Everyday pooja is being conducted to these stones as well. It is said that having dharshan of this collection of holy stones in one place will definitely remove hurdles in one¶s life and make them prosper. Apart from the main deity Ayyappan, the other deities in the premises are Kannimoola Ganapathy, Sakthi ± Vinayahar, Bagavathi amman and Navagraha. There is a letter box to God and the letters to the divine will be presented before Ayyappan on uthra star day of every month with prayers. Sundara Anjaneyar temple at Kallukuzhi Location: Near Trichy Junction Importance: This is a very popular temple and Anjaneyar is carved out on a small stone which was to the road side initially. When they wanted to lay railway line, the stone was interrupting so they decided to place it in another place nearby. After the railway line was laid and started functioning there were lots of train accidents in the same place from where they removed Anjaneya. So they decided to divert the railway line to side and restored Anjaneya to His original place and constructed this temple. Sri Akilandeswari sametha Sri Jalakandeswarar temple at Thiruvanaikaval Location: 3 kms from Trichy towards Srirangam in between Kollidam and Cauvery rivers; connected by town buses every 2-3 minutes. Significance: * One of sacred 275 temples glorified by the Thevara hymns * One of the Pancha bootha sthalams representing Water * One of the most revered temples to Shiva * Sakthi peetam * A magnificent temple occupying a whopping 18 acre area. Main Deity: Swayambu linga known as Jambukeswarar facing West and Amman Akilandeswari facing East. Legend:

Sage Sambu. * Ambal worshipped Shiva here and so even now Archakas worship Shiva wearing saree during the noon pooja. elephant saw the web and since it was from the saliva of the spider. Agni. * There are two praharams for Amman shrine * There are 9 theerthams in the temple and there is a window grill with 9 holes in front of the main deity Shiva. It is said that while constructing the temple walls. There had been a forest of Jambu (naaval) trees near the Chandratheertha tank (filled with the water of the Cauvery) here and Shiva is said to have appeared under one of the trees as a Swayambu lingam. * One of the five elements of nature. The elephant worshipped this linga daily with flowers and water brought in its trunk (hence the name Thiru Aanaikka). Temple: * This is first of the 70 Maadakkovils built by Kochenkan Cholan * There are five stages of huge prahara walls and seven gopurams in an area of 18 acres. Shiva came as a Siddhar and gave away holy ash as the wages for the workers which turned into gold proportionate to their wages. Sthala Vruksham: Jambu (white naaval) tree. Ranganadhar come and stay here one day in an year and return with special alankaram. it removed the web to protect the sanctity of the linga. * Cow worship and annabhishehams are taking place daily * The earring of goddess is known as Thadangam. Parasaran etc. Brahma. This practice of the spider spinning a web and the elephant removing it continued for several days. Indra. . seen even today and hence the name Jalakandeeswarar. The spider spun a web around the linga in order to shield it from the tree wastes and keep it clean. Navukkaarasar and Sundarar sang hymns on Shiva of this place. Thigbalahar. The next day. * It is said that Ranganadhar stayed at Srirangam only to worship Jambugeswarar of this temple. Chandra. Since Pushpathanthan. We have to worship the Lord only through these 9 holes which is considered equivalent to a dip in all the 9 theerthams. ³water´ is represented by an undying natural spring down the Shiva lingam in the sanctum. The east facing Rajagopuram is 13 tiered and the west facing rajagopuram is 7 tiered. did the Shiva worship got his curse cleared and returned back as Sivakanam but the Spider¶s wish of building a temple around the linga was not fulfilled and it was born as King Kochengan. * There are many sub temples in various praharams within the temple Theertham: There are totally 9 Theerthams ± Cauvery. Sankaracharya controlled her anger and contained it in the earrings as Chakras. went inside the trunk of the elephant and bit it.* Two sivakanams Pushpathanthan and Maliavaan were born under the influence of a curse as an elephant and a spider. * Sambandhar. born as elephant. One is Shiva Chakra and the other is Srichakra. he built it in such a way that elephants can not enter the temple. The ground level goes down and down at every praharam so that an elephant with all its weight can not enter the temple. Ramar.. Agsthya. * Worshipped by Brahma. 35 feet high and 6 feet thick. Kochenkan built 70 Maadakkovils and all the temples will be at an elevated height or at a depth. Accordingly. the spider found out that it was the elephant that was removing its web. So when he built the temple. Vishnu. kollidam and Surya. The elephant hit its trunk on the floor and in the process both died. One day. Arunagirinadhar sang Thiruppugazh on Subramanya of this place. Rama. This particular 4th prahara wall is called µThiruneetru Madhil¶ and it is a whopping 8000 feet long (2436 x 1493 feet).

* Andal nachiar had sung on Ranganadhar only * Festivals take place all through the year. the term ³Koyil´ signifies this temple only * Possibly. the largest gopuram in the first wall on the southern side is 13 tiered. Vibhishana was sad but the Lord appeared before him and consoled him saying that He had already made a decision to stay at this place and will be lying facing Lanka and bless him. kept the idol down. * The physical body of Ramanuja who lived for nearly 120 years is still being preserved in a sitting posture in a shrine dedicated to him Legend: This has the same legend history as the Uchi Pillaiyar temple of the Rockfort as below: Vibhishana was taking the Ranganadhar idol to Srilanka and when he got down on the Cauvery banks to perform his mid-day prayers. Utsavar: Namperumal. * All the Azhwars except the Madhurakavi Azhwar had sung on this Ranganadhar. But Ganesha. The . This 13th century temple is very well preserved with excellent carvings. It is said that even today.has 21 gopurams. he gave it to the small boy Ganesha with the instruction not to keep it down (if so. connected by town buses every 2-3 minutes Main Deity: Ranganadha Perumal in lying posture with Sriranga Nachiar. very promptly. Temple: The town and the temple are set on a 250-hectare island between Cauvery and Kollidam rivers connected to the mainland by a bridge. it could not be taken back). Vibhishana worships the Lord at midnight. the largest temple complex in India . Ranganadhar idol is 15 feet long in a reclining posture on Adhisesha.the total length of all the seven walls is around 9 kms . Sthala Vruksham: Punnai Vimanam: Pranavaakriti Significances: * One of 108 Divya Desams and the first of them * The place is considered as Booloha Vaikuntam * Most revered shrine of Lord Vishnu in South India.156 acres in extent . Theertham: Chandra Pushkarani.enclosed by seven huge concentric prahara walls .48 sanctums to various Gods. he could not. Cauvery and Kollidam. .The official website of the temple is here Sri Ranganadhar Temple at Srirangam Location: Around 5 kms from Trichy main guard gate bus stand.the outer most wall has a perimeter of over 3 kms . measuring 73 m and was completed as recently as 1987. in the vaishnav parlance. When Vibhishana came back and tried to take it back. He chased Ganesha who ran to the top of the hill (Uchipiilaiyar temple at Rockfort).

It is well connected by Town buses and there are buses every 3-4 minutes. Vekkaliamman Temple Main Deity: Vekkaliamman Significance: A very popular and powerful amman temple Legend: Once a Queen wanted flowers from the garden of Thayumanavar temple and the King arranged for it. about 2 kms from both. Many times they attempted to roof it but they could not succeed.roof of the sanctum is covered with gold plating. The official website of the temple is here Azagiya Singar temple at Srirangam Location: Near Srirangam railway station Main Deity: Lakshmi Narashima Swamy in santha swaroopam Woriyur Woriyur is within Trichy located centrally between Main guard gate bus stand and the main bus stand. Thirukkozhi Kamalavalli Nachiyar Temple ± Divya Desam Location: Thirukkozhi/ Nachiar Koil. Vekkaliamman. named . as was Tiruppaanaazhwar. He also completely overhauled the administrative system and saw to it that great care was exercised in the administration of temple affairs. The whole village got covered with mud (sand storm) due to the anger of Shiva. Ramanujar stayed here and spread the Vaishnav philosophy. She protected the people from further anger of Shiva and thereafter stayed there taking care of the people who come to Her. the place here (within Woriyur) is called Nachiar Koil based on this temple Significances: * One of 108 Divya desams. at Srirangam). temples representing the planets. Shiva got angry just saw towards the direction of Woriyur. The kshetram is known as Swayam vyaktha kshetram (appeared on its own). 2nd Divya desam after Srirangam * Kamalavalli Thayar in bridal form. Pugazh Chola Nayanar and Gochenkan Cholan were born here. the protector Goddess of that place was worried and prayed to Shiva to calm down. * Birth place of Thiruppanazhwar. There¶s also a small museum containing sculptures. Main Deity: The presiding deity here is Kamalavalli Nachiar in sitting posture with her consort Azagiya Manavala perumal standing behind her facing north Legends: 1) King Nanda cholan found a female child floating on a lotus flower. There is no roof for the sanctum sanctorum. He took the child. Woriyur was the ancient capital of the early Cholas and the ancient city is believed to have been destroyed by a sand storm. the author of Amalanadipiran (the celebrated paasuram describing the glory of the image of Ranganadhar. Srirangam is listed as one of the Nava Graha Sthalas.

2) A valiant rooster. repainted 60 years back. who in turn handed it along with the five Shivalingams worshipped by the siblings. one encounters a large mandapam with pillars ornamented with exquisite sculptures. this temple originated. wanting to marry the princess. King was unable to control and he cried loud for help from Shiva. the Chola King Veera vathithan went on his horse in search of a good place for constructing a Shiva temple. vanished as she entered the sanctum of Lord Ranganadhar. on the banks of the Nagatheertham. the law of justice and dharma as enunciated by ambarisha etc Theertham: Kalyana theertham and Surya theertham. Sthala Vruksham: Vilvam Theertham: Shiva theertham or Panchavarna Theertham Sung by: Sambandhar . * A Chola king by name Soora Vathitha saw the five daughters of Nagarajan worshipping a Shivalingam each. depicting the Matsa and Narashimha avatars. * Garuda. here at Woraiyur. Soon after this the cock disappeared near a vilva tree. Spatika Lingam at noon. the King built this temple at Woriyur facing North towards Srirangam. Alwars. Thiruppanazwar is present here in a separate sanctum. There is no Utsava vigraha in this temple and the Utsava vigraha of Srirangam Ranganadha temple is being brought here during the Kalyana Utsavam. Thiru Mukkichuram Thevara Temple Significance: One of the 275 sacred Shiva temples glorified by the Thevara hymns Main Deity: Pancha Varneswarar and Kanthimathi ammai Legends: * Shiva is said to have manifested himself in five different shades of color to Utanga Munivar (Ratna Lingam in the morning. Once. all of these merged into one under a Vilva tree. under which. Vaishnavite mythology. appeared in the dream of the King and asked his daughter to be married to Him. * Brahma also had the same dharshan of Shiva. * Kochenkan Cholan the builder of 78 Maadakkovils is said to have born here. Kamalavalli Thayar. King was surprised and asked his men to dig and see near the tree. dressed as the bride. Lord Ranganadhar. He married the youngest of these princesses and requested his father in law for the Shivalingam that was held in worship by Nagarajan. At this time a cock flew down. and took care of her. the wife and son of Sage Kasipari namely Kathru and Karkotakan worshipped here. They found a Shiva linga and the king constructed this temple in the same place. The King was delighted on Lord Ranganadhar going to become his son-in-law and arranged for the marriage. Gold Lingam in the afternoon. All of a sudden the elephant started behaving weird and every one was frightened. The inner walls of the shrine of Nammazhvar has brilliant wall paintings of more than 200 years old. Upon entering the temple. * Woraiyur is also known as Kozhimanagaram as legend holds that a fowl blessed with divine powers defeated an elephant in a duel. The linga is known as Panchalingeswarar. Nagarajan handed over a half of the Shivalingam to his daughter. believed to have warded off an elephant with it¶s beak. hit the elephant and took control of it. the name Thirukkozhi (Mookkeeswaram) stems from this legend. To commemorate the marriage.her Kamalavalli ± the one that came out of lotus. Temple: The temple was in existence even before 7th century. Acharyas. Diamond Lingam at night and Chitra Lingam later at midnight) and so He is known as Pancha Varneswarar.

With the blessings of Subramanya. Thirupugazh was started by Arunagiri nadhar in this place and the first line ³muthai thiru´ was hinted by Subramanaya swamy which was to be continued by Arunagirinadhar. Vinayaka of this place. Sage Upamanyu. . we will get a clear solution and are bound to come back to the place. It¶s a belief that one who worships Shiva here. In the 18th century. Navakkuarasar. Significance: Murugar blessed Arunagirinadhar at Thiruvannamalai and asked him to come to Vayalur. Goddess requested Shiva to bless Markandeya as µChiranjeevi¶ and Shiva did so. Sthala vruksham: Vilvam Theertham: Kudamuruti and Gyanavavi Murugan temple at Kumara Vayalur Location: 5 kms from Uyyakondan malai. this was the fort and place of residence for British. was built by Nandhivarma Pallavan 1200 years ago on a 50 feet high hillock with about 100 steps to climb. Main Deity: Adhinadhar as Swayambu lingam with Adhinayaki amman. When he came here.The Temple: The Shivalingam here is very small in size. resembling a small fort. The temple has the significance that the kings of all the three regions ± Chera. The main deity is facing West and there are two shrines for the Goddesses here. Subramanya swamy is worshipping his parents in this place. 8 kms from Trichy. Sambandhar and Sundarar sang Thevara hymns on Shiva of this place. he was completing his 16th year and so Yama came to end his life. Karan. the army chief of Ravana had worshipped here Temple: The temple. The temple is replete with sculptural work depicting legends associated with the temple. He sang 18 Thiruppugazh verses on this Murugan. Thaanthondreeswarar temple Location: Woriyur Main Deity: Thaanthondrieswarar and Kumkumavalli amman Trichy ± Woriyur ± Kumara Vayalur Uyyakondan Thirumalai (Thiru karkudi) Thevara Temple Location: 3 kms from Trichy Significance: One of the 275 sacred Shiva temples glorified by the Thevara hymns beautifully located on a hillock Main Deity: Ujjeevana nadhar with Anjanakshi ammai and Balambikai Legend: Markandeya had the life of only 16 years and so he worshipped Shiva at various places. For instance there are wondrous pieces of sculpture on some of the temple pillars that appear as four women from one angle and as a horse from another angle. Arunagirinadhar came here and acquired Gyana. Chola and Pandya ± worshipped here. Arunagiri nadhar sang Thiruppugazh. Naradhar. It is said that when we sit and pray here on our problems for half hour/ 45 minutes. French and Mysore army. will not have the fear of death. known as poia vinayakar blessed Arunagirinadhar. There are three entrances ± two facing South and the other facing East.

2 km from Somarasampettai Temple: This is connected with Kumara Vayalur Murugan temple and is a monument of Sundara Chola and Adithya II periods. The surface of the linga is coarse so as it is easy for the ants to move around. a protected monument under the control of the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) Location: 11 kms from Trichy and is known as Brahma puram. Legend: Brahma. Nithya Sundareswara swami Temple at Thirunedungalam Location: In the Trichy-Tanjore route. The linga is covered with mud and there is no abhishekam here. a dilapidated mandapam. Significance: One of the 275 sacred Shiva temples glorified by the Thevara hymns Main Deity: Nedungalanadhar/ Anithya Sunderaswarar as Swayambu lingam with Mangala nayaki/ Oppila nayaki.The official website of the temple is here Agastheeswarar Temple at Perungudi Location: In the Trichy-Kumara Vayalur route. Main Deity: Erumbeeswrar/ Madhuvaneswarar with Soundranayaki/ Narun kuzhal nayagi amman. Dakshinamoorthy and Balavinayakar. All the idols have been discovered from various places inside the temple. The other deities are Sankara Narayanar. The sculptures. We can see the marks of ants creeping on the lingam. Surya is seen with his wife here. Hence He is known as Erumbeeswarar and the name of the place is Thiru Erumbur. Indra and all devas took the form of ant (Erumbu in Tamil) to hide from demons and worshipped Shiva in this place. Soundarya nayaki amman is in a separate sanctum outside the main one. This temple is of great antiquity and is . Balasubramaniar is present with single face and four hands along with Devayani in standing posture. Navukkuarasar sang hymns on Shiva of this place. Parvathi was frightened and hid herself in a garden of Thazhai plants at a place called Olimadhi cholai. well maintained gardens by BHEL. The Shiva lingam is slanting to one side as though He is giving ear to the worship of bakthas. temple tank and the temple car are all some of the interesting items to the visitor. Trichy ± Tanjore Erumbeeswarar temple at Thiruverumbur Significance: One of 275 sacred Shiva temples glorified by the Thevara hymns. Sage Agasthiar worshipped here Temple: There are two vimanams for the main deity here. Sthalavruksham: Vilvam. Temple: This early chola temple is on a small hillock of 120 feet high with 115 steps to reach the top. Later Shiva took Parvathi to Kailash. 5 kms north of Thuvakkudi junction near Thiruverumbur. Kumara puram and Lakshimi puram. Theertham: Brahma theertham and Paduma theertham. Legend: Paraskathi meditated in this place and Shiva came in the form of a thief.

Sambandhar. Vasishtar. Kailasamundaiyar Temple at Cholamadevi This dilapidated temple is located amidst lush green paddy fields and sylvan surrounding on the northern banks of the Uyyakondan channel in a sleepy hamlet called Cholamadevi near Thiruverumbur. Saptharisheeswarar Temple at Lalgudi (Thiruthavathurai) Significance: The seven rishis ± Atri. The temple is on the northern bank of Kollidam and when Sambandhar sang hymns on Shiva from the southern bank.included in the kshertavenba of the tamil saint. Anbil is just name of the place but temple is known as Alandhurai. Legend: Vinayakar of this place is known as Sevisaiytha Vinayakar. Arunagiri Nadhar sang Thirupugazh on Murugar. Brahma and Sage Vageesar worshipped Shiva of this place. Brihu. about 20 kms form Trichy. Lakshmi. is situated on the banks of river Coleroon (also known as north cauvery). Sundarar and Navukkuarasar sang hymns on Shiva of this place. Bairavi and Sage Parasar * Malava king got his leprosy disease cured here Temple: Parantaka kings have done a lot of work on this temple. Sun rays fall on the God throughout the tamil month of Adi. on the northern banks of Coleroon (Kollidam). Sthala Vruksham: Vilvam Theertham: Agasthya theertham. It dates back to the 11th century (1065 A. Chakra theertham Sthala Vruksham: Peeple Sathyavageeswarar temple at Anbil Alanthurai ± Thevara temple Location: 8 kms from Lalgudi. He was giving his ear to the music. . As per Sekkizhar¶s Periya puranam.D) and is a treasure house of historic information. 12 km from Trichy. Trichy ± Lalgudi Thiruthavathuri. Significance: One of 275 sacred Shiva temples glorified by the Thevara hymns Main Deity: Sathyavageeswarar and Soundranayaki amman in different sanctums. now called Lalgudi. Murugar. A rare Yoga Dakshinamoorthy is present here. Sundara theertham. Pulsithar. Gauthamar. Varahi is worshipped especially by the devotees of coimbatore region with specific vows. who should be ascribed to the days before Appar and Sambandar. Angeerasar and Marichi ± prayed to the presiding deity Saptharisheeswarar to ward off the bad period they were passing through due to the curse by Lord Murugar. Sambandhar had sung Thevaram on this Shiva but the Thevara verses have not been found so far Theertham: Sivagangai. the Ayyadigal kadavarkon. Main deity: Saptharisheeswarar as Swayambu lingam facing West with Perunthirattiar Legend: * Lord Vishnu got his Chakrayudha after worshipped Shiva here * Worshipped by Vishnu.

One day Vishnu appeared in the form of an aged guest and pleaded with the King to feed him. while hunting a rogue elephant killed a Brahmin performing tapas. His supply of cooked rice exhausted for the day. There upon. Markandeya rishi was directed by Shiva to this place to seek . Saptha kanniar. the king built a temple for Lord Vishnu and each day after worship. 23 km from Thiruvaiyaru Significance: One of the 108 Divya desams Main deity: Appakkudattaan/ Appala Ranganathar with Thaayaar Indhra Devi and Kamala Devi Theertham: Indhra Theertham. Temple: The temple complex covers an area of about one acre and has a Rajagopuram. by mistake. Here Perumal is in lying posture and the two Ubayanachimargal are holding his feet in such a way that we cannot have the dharshan of his holy feet. Visalakshi. At that time. There are inscriptions that the Chola chief used to worship at this temple by placing his sword in front at the sanctum prior to his venturing out in battles. Subramanyar with Valli and Devayana. Kasi Viswanathar. Significance: One of 108 Divya Desams Main Deity: Thiru Vadivazhagiya Nambi in lying posture with Thayar Azagiyavalli Nachiar in separate sanctums Legend: Manduka muni was meditating under the water. the distraught King sought a way out and fed the elderly guest with the appams. Tirumazhisai Azhwar.Temple: Other deities in the temple are Bitchandar. Appakkudathaan temple at Thirupper Nagar ± Divya desam Location: Koyiladi near Lalgudi. you have to cross Kallanai (Lower anaicut) to reach Thiru Anbil. Sthala Vruksham: Banyan tree. offered food together with appam and payasam to the Brahmins who came to his house. he was advised to come to this place and worship. Ashta Buja Durgai at Anbil This temple for Astabuja Durgai known as Mariamman is in Anbil. When Manduka muni realised his mistake and asked Durvasa for relief. finally reaching this place. Theertham: Chandra theertham. Brahma and Valmiki worshipped Lord Vishnu here. built by the Chola kings. Kollidam Paasuram: Periyazhvar. 10 km from Lalgudi. Nammazhvar Vimaanam: Indhra Vimanam Legends: A Pandya King. Bairavar. Sambandhar and Navakkuarasar sang hymns on Shiva of this place. Theertham: Mandooka pushkarani and Kollidam. he renounced his throne and wandered around. Repenting for his act. Tirumangai Azhwar. One day. Thiru Vadivazhagiya Nambi Temple at Thiru Anbil ± Divya desam Location: 8 kms from Lalgudi. did not realise the presence of Durvasa muni and was cursed to take the form of a toad. Lord Shiva appeared in his dream and asked him to worship Lord Vishnu at this place to get rid of his Brahmaharthi dhosham. while going from Trichy. Uparisaravasar (Upamanyu Muni).

At that time Shiva blessed him and milk started pouring which is the reason for the name Palaithurai.5 acres and has a Rajagopuram of great workmanship. Vishnu. Varatha. Markandeya came here and saw the old Brahmin lying on the couch holding an appa kudam in one hand. blessing Upamanya Muni. Markandeya bowed to him 100 times and Lord Vishnu regaining His original form. Tiruvarangam. lifted his hand from the appa kudam and blessed Markandeya with longevity. Thamarai and Neelorpavam. and Surya worshipped Siva in this place. Kumbakonam and Mayiladuthurai along the course of river Cauvery. Ambravaneswara Temple at Thirumandhurai ± Thevara temple Location: 5 kms from Lalgudi Significance: One of 275 sacred Shiva temples glorified by the Thevara hymns Main Deity: Ambravaneswarar/ Mrugandeeswarar as Swayambu lingam facing East with Azhagammai/ Balambikai facing South Legend: Surya. Ramanujar. it covers an area of about 2. Murugan. There are also shrines for Ganesha. Inscriptions from the Pallava. and Durgai as Koshta Gods. Sambandhar sang hymns on Shiva of this place. Indhra and Mrugandu muni worshipped Shiva of this place. The temple: This is one of the Pancha Ranga Kshetrams along with Srirangapatnam in Karnataka. Chola and Vijayanagara periods are seen here. Tiruvegkaa. Chandra. Tiruvallur. Sambandhar sang hymns on Shiva in this place. Temple: Nithya Kalyani Ammai is seen with four hands ± Abaya. Sun God also worshipped Shiva here. Mahalakshmi. Tirumazhisai Alwar refers to seven shrines featuring Vishnu in a reclining position ± Tirukkudandai. holding a pot containing appams and hence the name Appakkudattaan. Sthala Vruksham: Mango tree Theertham: Gayatri river Thirumoolanadhar Thevara temple at Thirupalaithurai (Panayapuram) Location: Located at 12 kms North East of Trichy en route Lalgudi between the rivers of Kollidam Significance: One of 275 sacred Shiva temples glorified by the Thevara hymns Main Deity: Thirumoolanadhar as Swayambu lingam facing East with Nithya kalyani ammai facing South Legend: Nithya kalyani ammai. Other shrines are Vinayahar. Lakshmi Narayanar and Venugopalan. Nammazhwar. Arunagiri nadhar sang Thirupugazh on Murugar here.refuge in Lord Vishnu for longevity of life. Once Markendeya did not have milk to worship God and was worried. Markendeyar. Subramanya Swamy with family and Dandaudhapani in separate small sanctums. Six worship services are offered each day. Tiruppernagar. With 2 prakarams. Srirangam. This temple is on a hillock by name Indragiri. There is a separate shrine for Kamalavalli Thaayar in an east facing sanctum. Bairavar. It is believed that Nammazhwar recited the last of his paasurams here before departing the mortal world. In the West facing sanctum. Anbil and Tirupparkadal ± in a paasuram. we see Vishnu in a reclining posture. Temple: Other deities present are Brahma. He also blessed the King and absolved of his curse. Appam is prepared as a daily offering to the deity here. Veena . Venugopalan.

* Muni wanted to do ceremony for his ancestors. one of the 63 Nayanmars. Thirumoola nadhar Shiva temple at Poovalur Location: 20 kms from Trichy. We see Anaya nayanar in separate sanctum. Durga here is Vishnu Durgai on Simha vahana. Subramanya swamy is known as Kalyana Subramanyar. the dosha he got because of killing his mother. Ardhanareeswarar. the village is 4 kms. Samavedeeswarar temple at Thiru mangalam Location: Thirumangalam is 2 kms north of Lalgudi and can be reached by turning left at the 15th km from Trichy en route Ariyalur. Kailasanadhar Sthalavruksham: Vilvam. we can see Valli on peacock with Subramanya and Devayanai standing beside her. one of the ten avatars of Mahavishnu. This ancient temple dates back to the period of Rajaraja. The place is also known as Parasurama Kshetram. * Goddess Lakshmi (Thirumagal) worshipped Shiva here and so this place got the name Thirumangalam * Chandikeswarar worshiped Shiva here to get rid of Pithruhathi dosha and attained moksha. worshipped Shiva in this place to get rid of his Mathruhathi dosha. Durga. Arumuga peruman is seen with six faces and four hands as a Chatru samhara moorthy. * Sapdha rishis worshipped Shiva here and got the knowledge and so Shiva is also called Gnanapureeswarar. Legend: * Parasuramar. Theertham: Kollidam. One Linga moortham that gave mukthi to nayanar is said to be growing. Shiva was very pleased with the music and gave mukthi to him at the same place. Theertham: Parasurama theertham. From the main road. The place is considered in equal sacredness to Kasi and Gaya. Main Deity: Samavedeeswarar and Sri Lokhanayaki amman Significance: More than 2000 years old. Anaya nayanar was good at flute and once when he was reciting flute and meditating. Temple: Dakashina moorthy is here with abhaya mudra. Manmadhan threw flower arrow on Lord Shiva in this place. * Ravikuruva rishi was a little sad since there was no river near by and Shiva made a river to flow here which is called as Gaya palguni. 3 kms north of Lalgudi in the Trichy-Ariyalur road Main Deity: Swayambu linga known as Thirumoola nadhar/ Gnanapureeswarar with Kumkuma sundari Legend: * Rathi devi got back Manmadhan by worshipping Shiva here. As a unique thing. Nalvar.Dakshinamoorthy. So the place is called Poovalur. This is the birth as well as the mukthi place of Anaya nayanar. There was no river here so he wanted to do it in . It is also known as Manmadha puram. Sthala Vruksham: Jack fruit tree.

a ruined Shiva temple called Brahmesvara Udaiya Nayanar. It is said that this is the place were Gajendra attained moksha. Temple: The temple is known as Pancha linga kshetram. relating to the Gajendra moksha. The other deities are Vadakailasa nadhar. Apradeeswarar temple at Nagar Location: Near Lalgudi. a Pidari temple and a ruined Vishnu temple are also there. . Indran. RR-Venkatachalapuram (7 kms). Dakshina moorthy. This temple was sung by Saint Arunagirinathar. Main Deity: Swayambu linga known as Apradeeswarar with Athula Sundariamman/ Oppila maniammai in different sanctums. One hand of perumal is on the head of the elephant. Thirumal & Brahma. In this village. Bairavar. Chandikeeswarar. Temple: We see an elephant named Gajendran near Perumal and the leg of the elephant is in the mouth of a crocodile. * Brahma. Agnidevan and Chandrasudan worshipped this God Temple: The main temple measures 130 feet width and 170 feet length facing east and there are four prakara. which is 3 kms from Lalgudi. So this place is considered in equal sacredness to Gaya. Lakshmana. Theertham: Panguni river Sri Aadhi Lakshmi Temple at Natham (Nandam) Location: 12 kms from Lalgudi via Pinnavasal. an Ayyanar temple. Hanuman and Nandagopar idols. Suryan. Sthala Vruksham: Vilvam without thorns Theertham: Panguni river Sundareswarar temple at Thinniyam Location: 12 kms from Pullampadi. Then kailasa nadhar. The sanctum sanctorum was constructed by Rajaraja I (993 AD) and Klothunga Chola III also contributed in 1216 AD with the construction of praharam etc. The other deities we see here are Sridevi.5 km Kattur. Main Deity: Aadhi moola Perumal in lying posture and Aadhi lakshmi Thayar in different sanctums. Rama. Nardhana Vinayakar. Rajaraja Chola constructed the temple as per inscriptions. There is a sub-shrine for Vinayakar. Manamathan. 5 kms west of Poovalur. Uvanar. It can also be reached via Pullampadi. Main Deity: Sundareswarar and Periya nayaki ammai. Gajendra Theertham and Sakkara Theertham Sri Rajakesari Vinnagara Emperuman Temple at Kottamangalam This temple is about a 1. Alangudi Mahajanam. Sthala Vruksham: Vilvam. Subramanyar is seen with 12 hands sitting on his peacock. Boodevi.Gaya. Theertham: Nandhi river. Durgai. The temple architect is Thillai Nayakan. He worshipped Shiva and He made Ganges to flow here by throwing His silambu. Seetha.

by worshipping Him. one will be blessed with knowledge and education. * Lord Brahma normally seen only as koshta moorthy in the outer prahara walls of the sanctum sanctorum is having a separate shrine here. * By worshipping Goddess Saraswathi present in a separate sannidhi. seen in a separate temple only in Koothanur. As explained in Sivapuranam. out of his 63 moorthams. . Legends: * Lord Shiva got the Brahmaharthi dhosham because of plucking Lord Brahma¶s head and he was begging for food with Brahma¶s skull as the vessel but whatever was put in the vessel. * Shiva appeared as Bitchadanar. Valli and Devayanai are on indivudual peacock which can be seen only in this place. Lord Shiva as Bitchandar facing west and Goddess Sondharya Parvathi/ Vadivudai Nayaki facing south. only Lord Dakshinamoorthy will be present as Lord Guru. by worshipping Her. * Goddess Saraswathi. Poornavalli thayar (Goddess Lakshmi) filled the vessel here to end Shiva¶s hunger. A belief here is that wishes of one who visits the place are fulfilled. Vishnu and Shiva and their consorts are present in 6 separate shrines. a very significant one. Worship benefits: * Since Lord Brahma got His privilege as the creator of all lives here. * Since Goddess Lakshmi as Pooranavalli Thayar ended Shiva¶s hunger here. 2-3 kms from Srirangam. That¶s why Shiva is called Bitchandar (Bitchai ± begging for food). At the behest of Perumal. Shiva took the form of Bitchandar only to teach the lesson to the rishis and their wives at Tharukavanam (Thirupparaithurai) near here.Significance: Subramanaya swamy. Trichy ± Chennai Bitchandar koil (also called Uthamar Koil) Location: About 7 kms fom Trichy. Lord Vinshnu as Purushothama perumal in sayana posture and Goddess Pooranavalli Thayar facing east. Sthalavruksham: Kadhamba tree Mangalasasanam: Thirumangai Azhwar Highlights: * One of the 108 divyadesams and honoured next only to Srirangam in the Divyadesam list * A temple of Shiva-Vaishnav unison * The only temple where all the 3 moorthies ± Brahma. Moorthies and Goddesses: Lord Brahma and Goddess Saraswathi facing South. Sakthi Guru. Siva Guru. * All the seven gurus ± Brahma Guru. it got vanished immediately. Vishnu Guru. at Tollgate on the Chennai route. Deva Guru. Asura Guru ± are present here. So this is a very significant Temple for Guru Worship. In other temples. This is the only temple where Lord Brahma himself is present as Lord Guru facing South in a separate shrine with the vimanam and Urchava moorthy. is present here in a separate shrine with vimanam. one will be free from hunger and poverty and will be blessed with all ishwaryas. Subramanaya Guru. one is sure to get all his wants.

At the back of the main sanctum we see the padam (foot print) of amman. one will be free from their ego and bad wills. Significance: One of the sakthi peetams and a very popular temple Main deity: Mariamman Legend: There was an amman idol called Vainavi at the Srirangam Ranganadhar temple which was very fearsome and so they were shifting the idol to some other place. right foot stamping 3 demons and left foot bent slightly in a seated posture. This is a private temple of 75 years old. Temple: The temple is a small one with two different sanctums of Aadhi marriamman in one compound. Prasadam given here is known as Pada doolhi or bukka which is like black mud. Main Deity: Marriamman. Rukmani and Pandurangar Temple: This is a small temple and as in any Pandurangan temple. The temple is open all through the day from 5 AM to 9 PM. More details in Raju¶s Temple Visits travelogue Pandurangan temple at Then Pandaripuram Location: 6 kms from Srirangm near Utthamar koil Main Deity: Radha. Sri Aadhi Marriamman temple at Enam Samayapuram Location: 16 kms from Trichy Chatram (Main Guard Gate) bus stand. a local deity is also having a separate shrine. On top of the entrance to the sanctum we can see Gajalakshmi idol and at the sanctum. . they kept the idol on the ground for rest but could not take it back. There is a separate shrine for the Urchava (processional) idol to which the abhishekams are being done. Karuppanna Swamy. This was identified by God to a devotee Parangkusa das in dream and was instructed to build this temple. The idol in one temple is of Athhi maram (fig tree). So the villagers named Her as Kannanur Mariamman and Vijaya Ranga Chocka nadha Naicker constructed this temple. Legend: Previously the idol was in Ranganadhar temple of Srirangam and it was removed from there and kept here.* By worshipping Bitchadanar who ended the egos of the rishis. Sri Marriamman temple at Samayapuram (Kannanoor) Location: 15 kms from Trichy main guard gate bus stand in the Trichy-Chennai NH 45. a manifestation of the primeval energy Shakti as the Mother Goddess. Temple: The temple is one of the most popular temples for Mariamman. On the way. The other one is stone to which they do abishekam. The idol that is installed in the temple was taken from the well. The main mariamman idol is of medicinal herbs and so no abishekam is being done for it. the amman is present under an umbrella of five headed snake with eight hands. This temple should be visited before you visit the main Samapuram Marriamman of Kannanoor. the place is known as Enam Samayapuram. here also everyone is allowed to embrace the Pandurangan and pray. They don¶t do abishekam for this idol.

Theertham: Mari theertham Sthala vruksham: Neem tree Ujjain Kali amman temple at Makalikudi Location: 1 km south-east of Samayapuram temple. Sastha. Vedhalam. The deity at the sanctum sanctorum is having the name of Sri Anandha Sowbhagya Sundari in standing posture having Pasam.Sthala Vruksham: Makizham Theertham: Sakthi theertham is having many herbal powers and believed to cure mental diseases. * From the entrance to the sanctum sanctorum. The idol is magnificent 6 feet high and 6. * There is an exclusive shrine for Brahma in the inner praharam. Kamkshi amman. Karuppanna Swamy. Kancheepuram is a monument to be preserved for its heritage value. Icha Sakthi. One shrine is dedicated to Mandooganathar with the Linga having a hole in memory of the frog that has worshipped him. Temple: The temple is facing north and has shrines for Madurai Veeran. The big stone bull and the sudai sculptures here are worth visiting. Srinivasa Perumal. * The jeeva samadhi of Sage Pathanjali is in the inner praharam just opposite the Brahma¶s shrine. the creator himself. * Here are shrines for twelve Lingas of Saivism. Sundarar and Sekkizhar Highlights: * It is generally believed that one¶s fate can not be changed by any means but it can happen here since the ill fate of Brahma. Sri Brahmapureeswarar temple at Thirupattur Location: Around 30 kms from Trichy in the Trichy-Chennai route.5 feet circumference and is seen in full turmeric (manjal) kappu always. * A beautiful temple with intricate sculptural works. . Gnana Sakthi and Kriya Sakthi are present as koshta Gods. there are 7 stages of steps indicating 7 days of a week. Worshipping him is an amazing dharshan. * The temple tank is the oldest rain water harvesting tank and the ingenuity in the construction is laudable. turn left (towards west) at Siruganur in the highway and go further for about 4 kms Main deity: Swayambu linga as Brahmapureeswarar Goddess: Brahma Sampath Gowri Other main deity: Lord Brahma Sthala Vriksham: Mahizha tree Theertham: Brahma Theertham and Bahula Theertham Sung by: Appar. * The Kailasanathar shrine constructed by the Pallavas on the lines of the Kailasanathar temple. Angusam. used to take and do daily worship of the Kali idol of this temple wherever he goes. A turning point in one¶s life can be expected by visiting this place. Soolam and Kabalam in four hands. The small brass deity here is unique with 8 hands. Legend: Vikramadhitya. king of Ujjain. was changed to good by Shiva.

More details in Raju¶s Temple Visits travelogue Masilamaneeswarar temple at Utrathur Location: The place is about 3. Here he worshipped with 12 lingams around and got the dharshan of Shiva under the Magizha tree. Seperate sannadhi for Thaayar. ³Periya Thiruvadi´ Garudan. Legend: Nandhi river flowing in this region started from the mouth of Nandhi in this temple. It is said that this place is good for worship of stars. the Sastha temple in ruins is nearby. Main Deity: Perumal Pundarikaashan. Brahma worshipped Shiva at various places. also called as ³Periya Piraattiyaar Lakshmi Devi´. Rudhran (Lord Shiva). The gopuram and a few mandapams have been constructed by Nayaks. Maarkandeya Maharishi.Baskara Gurukkal 0431-2650439/ 94438 17385 Note: Another sacred place. which is very sacred. On the roof we can see the Gods of 27 stars and 12 rasis. Significance: One of the Vaippu sthalams of Shiva Main Deity: Sundravaneyswarar/ Akilandeswari Suttha Rathneswarar as Swayambu lingam with Akhilandeswari. en route Thuraiyur (not Woriyur which is inside the Trichy city). Lord Brahma. The wooden temple car has exquisite sculptures. Nataraja and Sivakami ammai stone idols are made of one single stone. Murugar temple in the nearby hillock and Chelliamman temple are worth visiting here. Theertham: Brahma Theertham Note: Kothanda Ramar ancient temple. east facing standing posture Goddess: Shenbagavalli. Utsavar thaayar is named as ³Pangajavalli´. Once Shiva here adjudged Ganges as the supreme among them and so ordered his vahana Nandhi to face her side instead of facing Him. Sibi chakravarthy.Legend: After loosing his fifth head and all his powers including the privilege of creating lives. Bhoodevi (Bhoomi Piratti). Prathyaksham: For. We can see a huge Nandhi facing East when we enter the temple. . the Kasi Viswanathar temple construed by cholas with a sacred tank is a km away.2 kms south-east of Padalur. the jeeva samadhi of Pulipani Siddhar is near this temple. Contact: R. which is 34 kms from Trichy on the Trichy ± Chennai highway. Trichy ± Thuraiyur Sri Pundarikaasha Perumal temple at Thiruvellarai Location: About 20 km north of Trichy. Temple: This is an early Chola temple constructed by Rajaraja Chola and occupies an area of 5 acrea. The Brahma Theertham well lies in between the main deity and Nandhi devar. He got liberated from his punishment and also got back the privilege of creation.

The Swastik shape of the tank makes it possible that people bathing at one ghat cannot view any other ghat. Thiruvellarai temple was built by Sibhi. More details in Raju¶s Temple Visits travelogue Prasanna Venkatachalapathy Perumal temple at Perumal malai (Thuraiyur) Main Deity: Prasanna Venkatachalapathy Perumal with Sridevi and Boodevi Thayar. This place is known as µThen Thirupathi¶ of Trichy due to the many similarities to Thirupathi. Andal in Srivilliputhur. a rock cut temple. * Legend has it that all the Vaishnavas who perform daily poojas in various temples in south India are originally from Thiruvellarai. Govindharaja perumal in . * Only a handful of temples have been dedicated to Lord Varaha and this one is called Swedha Varaha Kshethram * Here Thayar gets the first rights over Perumal. older than Srirangam. the front Rajagopuram is unfinished and would have been one of the biggest had it been finished.Highlights: * One of 108 Divya desams * Situated in a sprawling 14 acre site and resembles an old fort. There are seven hillocks to cross. Only in two other Divya Desams this happens ± Nachiyar temple in Thiru Naraiyur. Hence the name Aadhi Vellarai. Place: The temple is at the top of Perumalmalai hills. 3 kms from Thuraiyur. Visiting this temple is an eligibility criterion for Moksham. a contemporary of Ramanuja and an expert in Sri Bashyam. * Inscriptions and the architecture at this temple point to periods of Pallava. * Another belief is that no Vaishnavite can get Moksham without visiting Thiruvellarai. must be visited in lifetime for its sheer majesty. * There are as many as 7 theerthams within the temple complex and one of them is the Swasthik kulam or Maamiyaar ± Maattu Penn (Mother in law ± Daughter in law) theertham or Chakra theertham. * Acharyars: Ramanuja spent few months here after the unfortunate incident of attempting to kill him by poison at Srirangam. * This temple is situated at 100 feet high in a small hillock made of white granite slabs. this place is called ³Thiru Vellarai´. * The temple is considered the oldest of the Vaishnavaite temples of South. There is Aadhi Jambukeswarar temple. Hoysala and Vijayanagara kings. apart from its divinity of course. architectural marvel and the heritage. this is the birth place of Uyyakkondan (a disciple of Saint Naradhar) whose given name was Pundareekhakshar and Engalazhwan whose given name was Vishnuchittar. 64 `Chathuryugas¶ (the present Kaliyuga being one among them) have passed since the Lord was enshrined here. According to the Puranas. * There are two cave temples in the rocks for Markandeya Maharishi and Bhoodevi Thayar. maintained by Archeological Survey of India (ASI). Note: It¶s a temple. one of them belongs to the period of `Pallava Malla¶ Nandivarman II and another belongs to the period of Rajaraja I. 4 generations older forefather of Rama. surrounded on all sides by 36feet-high massive compound walls. there are 5 praharams for the temple. Alarmelmangai Thayar is having a separate shrine. is 500 meters from the Vishnu Temple. Whereas Srirangam was built during Rama¶s period.

Venuvanamunivar. The Lord is sung by Appar. delay in marriages etc. Temple: The prime deity here is Alarmelmangai Thayar and there are separate shrines for Alarmelmangai Thayar and Padmavathi Thayar. The hill is 960 feet high with 1532 steps to climb. He is now known as Karuppanna Swamy or Veerappa Swamy and is having a separate shrine between the shrines of Perumal and Alarmelmangai Thayar.lying posture is having a temple at the foot hill. to expiate the sin of Raghu ± Kethu. Thirumal. Govindaraja Perumal temple is situated at the base of the hill. There is also a motorable road of about 5 kms till the top. Significance: One of 275 Shiva temples glorified by the Thevara hymns. there are wonder musical pillars and beautiful sculptures of the ten avatars of Mahavishnu and others on the pillars.00 Noon) of all Fridays. special poojas are being conducted for this Goddess. The temple tank is called µNandhi Theertham¶. and there is a village known as Nagalapuram 5 kms away. There is a Nagakanni Amman statue enshrined in this templ and during ragukalam (10. It is said that Ayyanar. Nagakanni. It is told that the Sundara Cholan. the foot print of the Perumal is installed at the base of the hill in a mandapam along with Garudan in a standing posture. It is said that having a dharshan of this Perumal¶s footprint is equivalent to having a dharshan of the Perumal at the hill top. This temple is present as a symbol of Shaiva Vaishanav unison ± while Thulasi is being given as prasadam in the Perumal shrine. For those who could not climb the hill. Hundreds of devotees take part in the Girivalam around this hillock on full-moon days. The King was also blessed to be with the Perumal and Thayar as the kshetra balan (the man of the place). named the Linga here as µNandhikeswarar¶. Offering Sweet Pongal . Indran. There is a beautiful centre mandapam in a dilapidated condition in the big irrigation tank nearby. meditated here to attain moksha and got the dharshan of Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal in marriage posture. Parasaran have prayed the Lord Shiva here. Arunagirinathar and other saints. Legend: The temple was constructed by one of the grand sons of Karikala chola. The ancient name of the place is Thiruppachil Ashram. There are many life size exquisitely carved stone sculptures in the temple. Pidari. Also. This temple is developed and added with shrines during the 8th ± 14th centuries. Viboothi (holy ash) is being as prasadam in the Karuppannar shrine. Sri Sambath Gowri Amman sametha Nandhikeswarar Temple at Thuraiyur This temple lies in the heart of the Thuraiyur town. The king. 48 kms from Trichy.30 am to 12. It will take about 15 minutes in vehicle and about an hour in walking through steps. Sri Vedantha Mahadesigar temple at Thuraiyur This temple is near the Nandhikeswarar temple Trichy ± Musiri (Salem) Matrari Varadeeswarar temple at Thiruvasi ± Thevara temple Location: This is located at 12 kms from Trichy in the Trichy-Salem route via Ayyanpalayam on the northern bank of river Kollidam (Coleroon). as per the advice of his Guru. In the Shobana mandapam.

a ruler. he wanted her to be married to his brother-in-law. . Shiva came to their house as Kamalan¶s brother-in-law and married Amalai. Amalai was Parvathi devi herself and Shiva and Parvathi devi gave dharshan to all the people on the rishba vahana. Thadangam of Durgai is different here. Lakshmi Narayanar. They went to temple in search of Amalai and knowing this. Digichandana Dakshina moorhy idol is really good and He is with veena known as Digichandana in his hand. * Sundarar got a bag of gold from Lord Shiva in this place. One day when he was going home from the temple he heard a child crying and found a baby in a lotus flower. * Worshipped by Brahma. Subramanya with Valli Devasena. Here we can see a snake under the feet of Lord Nataraja instead of Muyalagan. Panguni river. There is a big snake pit before we enter the temple and the place is also known as Visham Theenda Pathi. Durga is Vishnu Durgai on lotus peetam with agni in hand. only then they realised something had happened. there is an ancient early Chola temple of the period of Aditya I called Thiru Kadambatturai Udaiya Mahadevar (now named Matsyapurisvarar temple) at Tudaiyar. Amalai threw her anklet back and it turned to be a river and started flowing.to God on Monday (or Thursday) and getting the holy water sprinkled is considered equivalent to visiting Kasi Main Deity: Matrarivaradeeswarar/ Samivaneswarar/ Brahmapureswarar as Swayambu lingam with Balambikaiamman/ Balasundari Legend: * The daughter of Kollimazhavan. We see all the Gods with their wives ± Surya with his wife. Kalyana Sundareswarar¶s left hand is around his wife affectionately holding her close to him and thumb of his feet is above the feet of ambal. Amalai was a great devotee of Shiva and so wanted to marry Shiva. Brahma and Saraswathi. meaning poison has no effect here. He named her Amalai and brought her up. We see Sundarar with golden talam in his hand. Visha mangalaeswarar temple at Thudaiyur Location: 10 kms from Trichy. After they left. Temple: This Thevara Vaipu Sthalam is a small temple and has lots of special significances. Kalyana Sundareswarar. Matsyapurisvarar temple at Thudaiyur Near Thiruvasi. had the Muyalagan disease and Sambandhar cured it * Once a business man and a Shiva devotee called Kamalan was childless. After the marriage they both left the house saying that they are going to the temple. Lakshmi Umadevi and Sage Agasthiar Temple: The temple dates back to about 1500 years. Sambandhar and Sundarar sang hymns on Shiva of this place. Surya and Chandra are seen on top of Dakshinamoothy to either side with chamaram. Main Deity: Visha mangalaeswarar with Veera mangalaeswri/ Mangalanayaki amman. Sthala Vruksham: Vanni Theertham: Amalai river. When the child was ready for marriage. original brother-in-law returned home. on the northern bank of Kollidam and on the south side of the main road.

. the place is famous for this temple Main Deity: Prasanna venkatesa perumal housing Thayar in his chest Significance: A Prarthana sthalam. Main deity is Swayambu moorthy. Perumal is in a standing posture wearing a garland of Lakshmi dollar bearing the 1000 names of the Lord (sahasranama) and also a Salagrama garland. Legend: * Shiva appeared in the form of a brahmin and gave food to Navakkuarasar. During the Uchi Kala Pooja (11:30 AM to 12:30 PM) and Artha Jama Pooja (8:30 PM) the holy water is sprinkled on the devotees which is said to be expiating all kinds of evils effects and mind diseases like depression. Lord of the temple is called Thiru Amaleesvaram Udaiya Mahadevar in the inscriptions. The Lord here loves abhisheham and so daily abhishehams take place. Theertham: Papavinasa theertham. full-moon day and half-moon day. Temple: There is no separate shrine for Thayar since Perumal is housing the Thayar in His chest.About half a km from here we see Vadha muni stone for which oil abishekam is done on Saturday. Worship benefits: Mentally ill people stay here to become normal. Other temples in the Agricultural fields are also worth visiting. * the temple is also called µSouth kailash¶ * a rare temple for Yama (King of death) Main Deity: Neellivaneswarar/ Neelakandeswarar/ Jeelivana nadhar/ Viswanathar as Swayambu lingam and Visalakshi/ Neellnedunkannammal ammai. One who cannot go to Thirupathi can offer their prayers in this temple. The oil is distributed as prasadam to devotees. 8kms from Mannacha nallore on the northern bank of Kollidam. The place is called Then Thirupathi and it is said that this Perumal is elder to Srinivasa Perumal of Thirupathi. Significance: * One of 275 sacred Shiva temples glorified by the Thevara hymns. They say applying the oil will subside any type of pain. This is a Prarthana sthalam and people wanting to get good marriage and childhood come here and get their wishes sanctioned. Tuesday. Prasanna Venkateswara Perumal Temple at Gunaseelam Location: 16 kms from Trichy in the Trichy-Salem route. Legend: Gunaseela Maharishi was in penance at his ashram to get the dharshan of Perumal and He appeared to him as swayambu moorthy and hence He is known as Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal. Amaleesvarar Temple at Gopurapatti This is a small village west of Thiruvasi. The early Chola temple here was in ruins but has been scientifically renovated and restored to its barest original form. Neelakandeswarar temple at Thiruppainjeeli ± Thevara Temple Location: About 20 kms north-west of Trichy.

* The shrine of Lord Vishnu named Senthamarikanan is present inside the temple. 5000 years old temple Legend: The temple has a highly sacred and rare legend history behind it: On a Maha Sivarathiri day. Trichy ± Mannachanallur ± Thiruthiyamalai ± Thandalai puthur ± Musiri is the route. Main Deity: Swayambu linga known as Eha Pushpa Priyanadhan with Thayinum Nallal in different sanctums. * Inside we see Shiva and Parvathi with Murugar in between them as Somaskandha moortham in a cave shrine. All the rishis selected Brihu maharishi as the fittest person to carry out this task. a plantain tree is being decorated and worshipped. Please note that there is another straight route to Musiri from Trichy. Trichy-Musiri buses that go via Thandalai puthur go through this place. otherwise called Gunabaram. Yama is seen under the feet of Shiva. At 2 kms from the water spring. Significance: One of the most powerful and most sacred temples. Theertam: Appar theertham. during 640 AD. who gave rebirth to Yama. Rama worshipped Shiva here before going to Lanka Temple: * Temple is situated in a sprawling 12 acre area and is one of the Saptha sthana temples of Thiruvanaikkaval * There is no exclusive Navagraha shrine since the steps leading to the main shrine is considered to be the Navagrahas. the rural guardian deities are also located in the temple premises. * Appar. It is equivalent to worshipping with all the flowers in the whole world. the Navagrahas are prayed by lighting lamps in the nine stone cavern holes made on the floor. 2 kms north of the temple on the way to Sri Pundarikatsha Perumal temple at Thiruvellarai. Sundarar and Sambandhar sang hymns on Shiva of this place. Brihu maharishi got just one clue from Naradhar that this flower will bloom on earth. The Sorudaieswarar shrine is associated with the divine poet Appar. a variety of plantain which is not grown in any other part Eha pushpa Priyanadhar Shiva temple at Thiruthiya malai Location: 10 kms from Thiruvellarai in the Musiri taluk between Thandalai puthur or T.Puthur and Moovanur. * There are two amman shrines. The Shiva rock shrine is said to be created by Mahendra Varma Pallava. People who worship here will live without the fear of death. Naradhar revealed a secret to all the rishis at the deva loha. * Chinnandavar and Periyandavar. The sculpture of Sudha Mahamunivar lies in the outer precinct of the temple. yet hidden and unpopular. Surya and Chandra are on top to either side with chamaram. Sthala Vruksham: Neeli.* Sage Vasishtar had dharshan of Shiva in dancing posture and so this is also called µMel Chidambaram¶. * As instructed by Sage Vasishtar. In front of the Nandhi and Dwajasthambam. * There is also a good fresh water spring. * There is a separate Yama temple outside the main temple within the compound. He said there is a flower called ³Argyadeva Valli´ that appears only once on a particular day at a particular time and worshipping Shiva with this flower will get immediate salvation to crores of lives. . the main one is facing east and has a roofing with some special bricks available only in this region.

At that time. he met Agasthiar again there and received some more secrets from him. Worship benefits: * µThiruthuthal¶ means µcorrecting the wrongs¶ in Tamil and this temple blesses the salvation stage for everyone after correcting all their sins * The Goddess is having a beautiful name of Thayinum Nallal meaning µmore caring than mother¶ and so protects people from all bad habits and sins * The temple worship benefits womanhood. Brihu maharishi got some details of the flower through some secret phrases from Sage Agasthiar and from it. Theertham: Kodi Pushpa Aadhi Mahamaha Theertham Sunai (Water spring) Contact: Mr. Though he had done girivalam so many times before. Agasthiar was undergoing µone crore Girivalam¶ around the hill along with his wife Lobamatha. he never saw that tree before. perform Girivalam and offer Sambar rice as annadhan to poor people. The Girivala route is about a km long and the worship procedure being to go through the Girivalam first and then worship God and Goddess. Kolakkudi. this place is considered as a highly powerful Vasthu power Sthalam. he was at the foot hill only) and disappeared there. From the language of so many birds. especially. Brihu maharishi finally got the glimpse of the flower as a reflection in the µKodi Pushpa Aadhi Mahamaha Theertham (Sunai)¶ and then raised his head and got the direct dharshan of the flower. the Argyadevavalli flower finally bloomed and all the thousands of birds flew in abundant happiness chanting µOm Namachivaya¶ to the Celestial world. At that time. So he went to Kailayam and penanced for several thousand years to prepare himself for the dharshan. he understood that the flower is going to bloom on the next Maha Sivarathri day and so waited in penance at the foot hill. Brihu maharishi came to Thirukkalambur Sri Vaidhyanatha Swamy temple near Singampunari. The place is a small village and hardly there is a visitor. On that eventful Maha Sivarthri day. * Those affected with bad habits like smoking.After penancing at various places.R. Kunrakudi. Brihu maharishi was slightly upset that he could not see the flower but the birds have already seen it. Brihu maharishi realized that only people who got the dharshan of 10 lakh Vilva trees will get the chance to see the flower. It is on a small hillock and looks like a fort. Agasthiar appeared again with his wife and took Brihu maharishi for the first time to the hilltop (all the time. Thirumalai.Sethuraman ± 94438 53401 Trichy ± Kulitalai (Karur) . The temple is maintained well. Nedungudi and finally disappeared at Thiruthiyamalai. to his surprise. drinking etc can pray here. Regular worship here gets one out of all the bad habits Temple: The temple dates back to some 5000 years back. Thookkanankurvi koodu is considered as a good Vasthu symbol and due to the 1008 of them here. Those wanting a good marriage and those who suffer after marriage come here with a basket of raw rice flour and draw kolams around the Girivala route and on the rocks. he saw a huge tree in the middle of the hill with more than 1008 µthookkanakuruvi koodu¶. worship the God and Goddess to get all their problems solved. After that he came back to Thiruthiyamalai and to his surprise. A plantain thread from the sacred plantain tree of this temple showed way to Brihu maharishi through Piranmalai. Kanjathu malai.

Shiva came in his dream and asked the King to take the three idols that are lying in the ground near the vanni maram and build a temple there. When he became old he could not continue his worship as before and so was sad and prayed to Shiva. Navagraha. Those who could not go to Kulitalai and worship all the three temples can visit this single temple to get the same benefit. Shiva temple at Tiruchendurai Location: 12 kms from Trichy to Karur. * Kadamba vaneswarar and Bala Kujalambikai in separate sanctums. Main Deity: Swayambu Linga known as Chandrashekara swamy and Maanendiya valli. Sani and Surya. Ganapathy. Temple: Shiva linga looks like jack fruit. Rathanagreeswarar of Ayyarmalai in the noon and Thiru Engoinadhar of Thiru Engoi malai in the evening everyday. Sthala Vruksham: Jack fruit tree. Temple: This small ancient Chola temple is a Thevara Vaippu sthalam. Main Deity: Vadateertheswarar as Swayambu lingam with Balasundari Ambikai. Vada Theerthanathar Temple at Andanallur Location: 13 kms from Trichy in the Trichy-Karur route between Allur (Jeeyapuram) and Thiruchchendurai. Usually Nataraja in all temples will be attached to Thiruvasi at the back but in this place Nataraja standing on single leg without support is special. Chandeeswarar. Temple: There are three sanctums for Shiva and three sanctums for Goddess. The place is named after him as Muthrasanallur. Dakshina moorthy. Bairava. Legend: A king by name Mutuarasu used to worship Kadamba vaneswarar of Kulithalai in the morning. Significance: This is one of the Vaippu sthalams. the King found the idols of Shiva and Goddess also and later built this temple. The temple is also called Thiru Alandurai Mahadevar temple. Ambikai has deer in her hand.Shiva temple at Mutharasanallur Location: 7 kms from Trichy to Karur. 1 km east from Mukkombu Main Deity: Rudhrakoteeswarar with Komalambikai amman Sri Panchandeeswarar temple at Allur . In the morning. Andanallur is called Andavanallur in inscriptions. * Engoinadhar and Maragadha valli amman in different sanctums. Main Deities: * Rathnagreeswarar and Aralakesari amman in different sanctums. Rudhrakoteeswarar temple at Kodiyalam Location: 3 kms from Trichy between Jeeyapuram and Mukkombu (Elamanur). Other shrines are Murugan with Valli and Devayanai.

hence the place is known as Paraithurai. they felt ashamed and embarrassed with their egoistic thinking about their beauty. Sri Viswanathar temple at Pazhur Pazhur is located in the Trichy-Karur route about 800 meters before Allur.. The navagraha mandapam was installed in 1932 as per the instructions of Kanchi Maha Periyavar Sri Chandrasekarendhra Swamigal. Durgai. Shiva took the form of a beautiful full nude beggar with all his sheen as Bitchadanar accompanied by Vishnu as Mohini. Indhra. On seeing such a divinely personality with a magnetic voice for the first time. sending mantras and vedas to fight Bitchadanar but nothing could stand in front of Him. Other deities present in the temple are Vinayakar. The rishis learnt by hard way that learning all the mantras and vedas are only to promote the human lives and to do good to the society. vahanas and yandhras. forgot what they were doing and came to streets to see him. Wanting to teach a lesson.The Panchanadeesvarar temple is situated in Allur 10 kms from Trichy on the main road to Karur. To teach the lesson first for the ladies. Hemavarnambal facing South. They felt God is not at all needed since one¶s karma only is responsible for the pain and pleasure of that person. both Bitchadanar and Mohini went to Tharukavanam where the rishis were doing a yagna. Kubera and Saptharishis worshipped Shiva here. Dakshina moorthy and Navagraha. The Navagrahas are present on a platform inscribed with the 12 rasis along with their respective consorts. Sthala Vruksham: Punnai tree. Shiva finally revealed his true identity and did a furious dance in front of them. Murugan. Main Deity: Paraithurai nadhar/ Tharuka vaneswarar as Swayambu lingam facing East with Pasumpon myilammai. Followed by the wives of the rishis. the ladies forgot themselves. Legend: This place was called Tharukavanam and once the rishis here were very egoistic and feeling that their knowledge and spiritual powers were just sufficient to uplift the people. thinking that they were the most beautiful of all the worlds including the devaloha ladies and the consorts of the 3 moorthies. Sri Sundareswarar Temple at Nangavaram . the rishis at once surrendered to Bitchadanar. This temple for Viswanathar-Visalakshmi is famous for Navagraha worship and devotees throng the temple. On getting furious over their wives getting attracted towards this nude beggar. Sambandhar and Navakarasar sang hymns on Shiva of this place. the rishis did different things like creating an elephant. through yagnas. On realizing their mistakes. The rishis¶ wives were also equally egoistic. Meditating under the Parai tree here is considered very special. they both went to the Agraharam begging. Tiger etc. On seeing the beauty of the Mohini (Vishnu). Mahalakshmi. Tharuka vaneswarar at Thirupparaithurai ± Thevara temple Significance: One of 275 sacred Shiva temples glorified by the Thevara hymns Location: 15 kms from Trichy. Theertham: Cauveri. Temple: The temple is situated in the place where parai trees are large in number. The deity is called Thiru Vadagudi Paramesvarar (or) Mahadevar.

Dandayudhapani. The temple was built by 3rd Kulothunga Chola. Agasthiar was not satisfied even after worshipping so many temples in south and finally got satisfaction after worshipping these three temples. It is considered that worshipping all of them in a single day will get us salvation. Chandra and Navagraha are there. Temple: The temple at Pettaivaithalai is about 1km inside from the Trichy-Kulitalai main road. Other deities like Bitchadanar. Morning Kadambar ± Noon Chokkar ± Evening Thiruvengi nadhar There are three important sacred shiva temples in this region glorified by the Thevara hymns and Agathiar used to worship all the three in a single day. which became as Nangavaram. The village is called Arinjigai Sathur Vedhimangalam. In and Around Kulitalai and Musiri Kulitalai and Musiri are on the opposite banks of Cauvery. Musiri is in the Trichy-Salem route running along the northern bank of the Cauveri. All types of ladies specific problems like mensus.Nangavaram is 18 kms from Trichy and about 3 kms south of Perugamani in the Trichy-Kulitalai route. uterus. Main Deity: Madhyarjuneswarar with Balambikai. Shiva temple at Pettaivaithalai Location: 23 kms from Trichy to Karur. considered equivalent to Madurai and is called Vada Madurai Main Deity: Kadambavaneswarar/ Sundaresar/ Soundareswarar with Mutrila mulaiamai/ Bala Gujambigai Legend: . north facing temple like Kasi. It has an ancient Sundareswarar temple and a Pidari temple. The Jeeva samadhi of Potralam poovai chittar is present here. whereas Kulitalai is in the TrichyKarur route running along the southern bank of the Cauveri. It is said that the daughter of a Chola king of Woraiyur was born with the face of a jackal and by her devotion to the Lord of this place she got the normal human features. Kadambar Koil at Kulithalai Location: Kulithalai town Significance: One of the 275 sacred Shiva temples glorified by the Thevara hymns. In a pillar we can see Potralam poovai chittar. Both are at about 40 kms from Trichy and connected by a bridge across the river. The cauvery here is called ³Aganda (wide) Cauvery´ and has a width of more than 1 KM. Hence this place is called Mangai-varam (or) Nangaivaram. Worshipping Shiva in this place is recommended to get rid of Brahmahatti dosha. Mahalakshmi. menopause related are said to be cured by worshipping Shiva at this place. considered equivalent to Kasi and is called Dakshina Kasi. and the Thiruvengi nadhar at Thiru-engoimalai in the evening. He worshipped Kadamba nadhar at Kadambar koil in the morning. Rathnagresswarar temple at Ayyarmalai (Thiruvatpokki) in the noon. Saraswathi. A stone panel with 24 Jain Theerthangaras is also seen here. Surya.

When the demon got stronger in the fight. the Saptha Kannigas joined Durga devi and made the demon run away. At the sanctum sanctorum. * Per the request of Devasarma. without any Guru. Natarajar.The legend has been described in the Kanda Puranam * Brahma got fatigue over his job of creating lives and prayed to Shiva for salvation. to be witnessed by everyone once in lifetime. 1) Sri Madhyarsneswarar from Rajendram 2) Sri Madhyarsneswarar from Pettavaithalai 3) Sri Rathnagreeswarar from Ayyarmalai 4) Sri Simmapureeswarar from Karuppathur 5) Sri Maragathachaleswarar from Thiru-engoi-malai 6) Sri Chandramouleeswarar from Musiri and 7) Sri Thirukkameeswarar from Vellur Rathnagreeswarar Temple at Ayyarmalai . Navagrahas. Theertham: Brahma Theertham Thaipoosa Festival: This is a highly popular festival for this region conducted on a grand scale during the Poosa star day of tamil month Thai. So he became a Moogar and to get rid of the curse. There are shrines for Vinayagar. So this place is called Vedhapuri * When Shiva was preaching Pranava mantra to Paravthi devi. Arunagirinadhar sang Thiruppugazh on this Shiva. Jeshtadevi. musical and dance performances at various places ± a typical village temple festival. The urchava idols of the following seven surrounding temples come here for the cauvery river bath and give dharshan to the devotees. Due to this. Brahma penanced here for 1000 Deva years and got finally the dharshan of Lord Shiva in his Rishaba vahana * Once there was a fight between Goddess Durga and demon Dhoomralosan. So this place is called Kandhapuram Temple: The temple has 2 praharams and the amman shrine is facing east. behind the moolavar. Murugar. He worshipped Shiva in many places and finally came here and got the curse cleared. especially the younger generations of the city. Sekkizhar. The celebrations take place for the whole night with discourses. * Demon Somugan once took away the four Vedas and hid it in the Bhadala logam. The Saptha Kannigas mistook that the demon was hiding in the form of Sage and so killed the sage cruelly. Viswanathar and Gajalakshmi. So Lord Vishnu worshipped Shiva here and with His blessings went under the ground in the Machavathar and brought back the Vedas. the Saptha Kannigas are present in a sculpture. Nalvar. So He is called Sundaresar. 63 nayanmars. Subramanyar. Vishnu shrine is present in the Agni corner at the banks of the Brahma Theertham. Somaskandar. Per Shiva¶s guidance. Uma devi kissed murugar on his forehead and made him sit by the side of Shiva. they got the Brahma harthi dhosham and got it relieved off only after worshipping Shiva here. Shiva gave the dharshan of his wedding with Goddess Meenakshi and so this place is called Vada Madurai. The demon ran and hid at the place of Sage Kathyayanar. learnt it by overhearing.

Vishnu. Temple: The temple is on a steep hill of 1178 feet height and has 1017 steps with a circumference of 4 kms in 110 acres area. There is a mandapam called crow mandapam to indicate this. The swayambu Linga is in the midst of 8 rocks and this is the 9th rock. Surya. no crow flies on the hill above this particular height. April-May. water for abishekam is being carried everyday from the Cauvery river 9 kilometers away and through the 1017 steps of the hill Main deity: Rathnagreeswarar/ Rajalingam/ Valpokki with Karumbar Kuzhali. while coming down. The special thing about this temple is that the water for abishekam is being carried everyday from the Cauvery river 9 kilometers away and through these 1017 steps. Agni. The snakes here have no poison. The king reconciling from the fury fell at the feet of the Lord. Theertham: Cauvery Sthala Vruksham: Neem Legend: * Ayyarmalai is one of the peaks of Meru Mount and the Linga is a Jyothir Linga * Worshipped by Brahma. It is advisable to go prepared with a pair of socks to escape the heat from the floor. * Sundharamoorthy Nayanar received gold from Shiva * Once a crow spilled the milk bowl of a devotee and the crow got burnt. The scar is still visible on the Linga and that¶s why the deity is called Vatpokki. From then on. The head came to the peak of the mount while the feet stayed down. * A devotee. . Indhran. who in turn pardoned him and also got back his lost crown. There is a beautiful temple tank at the base of the hill. All these are revered as Navarathnas. finally he got his curse cleared by worshipping Shiva here * Once the Navarathna crown of King Aryarajan could not be found and he prayed to Shiva. Vayu. the first in the list of South of Cauvery temples. But it did not become full even after pouring the Cauvery water endlessly. He came here and tried to fill a big bowl called Kopparai meant for storing the abisheka water. There are many resting mandapams for every 100 feet. Trichy Rockfort and Srirangam temple tower which are 40 kms away are visible from here Note: During the summer. the sun rays fall on the Shivalinga through the nine holes in front of the sanctum sanctorum. Saptha Kannigas and Sages Agathiar and Romasar * Both Vayu and Aadhi seshan got into the sin of defecting the Mount Meru and in order to get rid of their sins. they worshipped Shiva here * Indhran once behaved improperly with the wife of Sage Gouthamar and so was cursed. The garlands used for the presiding deity is then offered to this head. The angry King took the sword and threw it on the Linga which began to bleed. After visiting so many temples. Devotees in large number undertake Girivalam during the Full moon days.Location: 8 kms from Kulithalai and 40 kms from Manapparai in the Kulitalai-Manapparai road. Significance: One of the 275 sacred Shiva temples glorified by the Thevara hymns. Adhiseshan. due to excessive heat you may have to literally run down from one mandapam to the other mandapam. Vaira Perumal of Kancheepuram vowed to offer his head to Rathnagreeswarar if he gets a child. Honey and Coconut milk is used for the abishek for this head. The Lord offers dharshan on the 1st day of Karthikai. He kept his promise sooner the wish was achieved. The temple is praised in the hymns of Thirunavukkarasar and Arunagiriar Thirupugazh. Durgai. wearing a priceless crown. During the month of Chithirai.

finding the gates of the temple closed one evening. * When Sundarar went to see the Lord. called Ramayana door. There are 100 pillars and 16 pillars mandapams. Temple: The temple is on a hillock on the bank of the river Cauvery and 500 steps lead to the temple. The temple walls are big and the wooden door to the first entrance. took the form of a bee and entered the temple to perform his worship. passes by the side of the hillock. He hid himself in tamarind and when Sambandhar asked for gold.5 km from Ayyarmalai Main deity: Sivapureeswarar with Periyanayahi Significance: Natarajar here is very beautiful Temple: There are two gopurams.Contact: 95-4323-223257. ayyarmalai3a@yahoo. Significance: This has been declared as a monument. is huge with the sculptures of Ramayana and other legends. At the base of the temple lies Siddhar Bogar temple. He gave the tamarind from the tree which became gold. Shiva temple at Shivayam Location: 1. . * Ambal worshipped Shiva here and so the hill is also called Sivasakthi malai.co. being maintained by Archeological Survey of India (ASI) and is not a living temple. on the banks of the river Cauvery. The river µSurpanathi¶. Sadly. Sri Kuranganathar temple in Srinivasanallur Location: This temple is at about 50 kms from Trichy between Thottiyam and Musiri in the Trichy-Salem highway. the first one is a 5 stage gopuram and the next one is a 3 stage one. The original Swayambu lingam of the temple called Maragatha lingam is said to be transparent and also to throw a green shadow when camphor is burned. Legend: * The name of the place is said to be derived from Thiru-i-ongaimalai (µi¶ meaning bee in Tamil) and to have been so called because the sage Agasthiar. Main deity: Swayambu lingam known as Maragathaleswarar/ Malaikozhnthar with Goddess Maragathambigai / Maragathavalli Place: The hillock is otherwise called Maragathamalai /Thenkailayam /Sivasakthimalai /Malaikovil / Erattimalai. The God is connected with the deities of Kadambar kovil and Ayyarmalai. also called Kondayurumarai or Kondamarai. Poet Nakkeerar has sung 70 songs named µEngoi-Elupathu¶.in Thiruvengi nadhar Temple at Thiru-engoi-malai Location: 40 Km from Trichy and and 5 kms from Musiri towards Thottiam. such a precious and sacred lingam was stolen a few years back and is one of the many temple thefts that are still happening as a day to day news. Mariamman temple at Kulitalai This is a very popular temple and the car festival during the summer is highly popular for the entire surrounding region.

Anjeneya in the front pillar is special here as people keep him as a judge for their issues. There is also a separate shrine for Goddess Saraswathi.Temple: It is a stunningly beautiful piece of early Chola architecture. This temple has two prakaram and two main shrines for Perumal and Thayar. Prahaladha as a small boy is also seen in the temple. * Another legend being that the Arayar family came here for worship. No doubt. He created an ugly person and sent him to Brahma. In the Sanctum. * Once Brahma was in ego as a creator of lives and so Perumal wanted to teach him a lesson. Sridevi and Boodevi are by the side. . Theertham: Cauvery Sthala Vruksham: Vilva tree Vishnu Temple at Thiru Kattuputhur Location: 10 kms from Thiru Narayana puram near Thottiyam. At night they had to halt here and the King had a dream that Vedanarayana perumal is under the mud and He has to be uncovered and installed in a temple. To clear his doubt he asked the Veda Narayana perumal and the Perumal replied him that since Brahma is the God of creation it could be none other than Brahma. This is a very ancient temple with additions constructed during the Nayakar period in the 15th century. while going from Musiri to Salem. Thiru narayanapuram. Looking at the person Brahma was confused as to who could have created such an ugly person. Inscriptions of Parantaka Cholan dating 935 ± 950 CE and further more are found on the walls of this temple. take the left side road at Thottiyam (right side road goes to Namakkal/ Salem) that goes to Kattuputhur. Prahaladha worshipped Him and asked Him to be in santha swaroopam in this place forever. * After Hiranya vadham. Brahma¶s ego was shattered and the ugly person disappeared. the King then won the fight without any effort. Arasalur and Mohanur Main Deity: Veda Narayanar in lying posture with Sridevi and Bhoodhevi Thayars Significance: Swayambu Veda Narayana Perumal on Aadhi seshan with 10 heads. Vishnu Temple at Thiru Narayanapuram Location: Thottiam taluk. The vimana of the temple is unique with a two tier structure and a smaller central third tier with a square dome and a finial. This temple is considered to be an important one as Lord Perumal is preaching Brahma. Brahma asked Veda Narayanar to preach him Veda and got it preached and so we can see the right palm of Perumal is kept open in a posture of preaching Brahma. Perumal was in anger. That day fire broke out and the temple with temporary structure got fire and Arayar with his family laid on the idol to save Him from fire and attained moksha. take the left side road at Thottiyam to Kattuputhur Main Deity: Venkatramana Swamy with Sridevi and Bhoodevi Thayars. 1 km from Varadaraja puram. Perumal is reclining on Aadhiseshan and the four vedas are used as pillows. The King did the same and the pooja and then only proceeded further. The temple is a small one but well maintained. Legend: * Once Mahabala chakravarthy Vanarayar was travelling to Mysore via this place to fight and expand his kingdom. Very intricately carved sculptures proclaim the rich artistic skills of the period. Temple: The place is also called Chathurvedimangalam and Vedapuri. while going from Musiri to Salem.

Chinnan. Thirupursundari Analadeswarar Temple at Thottiyam In the Esawari tank at this temple the Agni Kund/ Brahma Kund/ Yaha Kund of Lord Brahma from which Lord Shiva came for µThiripurasamharam¶ dance is present. . Goddess Kali. There is a 3 tier tower. followed him back to Thottiyam and seated under the µVanni¶ tree. This village is called Gowtharasanallur. The tributary of Cauveri river flows in front of the Shiva temple. Next day he went to Kali temple and began to play ³Parai´ rhythmically. Legend: About 500 years back King Esanakarayar ruled this area. Many beautiful sculptures are carved inside the temple. Later a temple was constructed by Pujankrayar at this place. this Shiva is called µAnaladeeswarar¶. Temple: The temple is surrounded by lush green fields. He got permission from the King and went to Madurai with his ³Parai´. a musical drum and stayed at his brother-in-law¶s house. a servant who worked in his stable. Note: Traces of a fort and an idol namely the Fort Karuppan are also in this village. Therefore. Venkatramana perumal revealed himself to Musukunda Chakravarthi Madura Kaliamman Temple at Thottiam Place: Thottiyam is in Musiri-Namakkal route and the temple of Madura Kaliamman is just half a km from Vanapattarai ground. 27 pillar mandapam and a 5 pillar Arthamandapam.Significance: The temple is 300 years old. Sthala Vruksham: Vanni tree. wants to go to Kali Festival at Madurai. admired by the music of Chinnan.

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