Basic information about the temple
|Moolavar:||Navaneeta Krishnan||Ambal / Thayar:||–|
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|City / town:||Onbaththuveli||District:||Thanjavur|
|Maps from (click):||Current location||Kumbakonam (21 km)||Thanjavur (21 km)|
|Ariyalur (44 km)||Tiruvarur (51 km)|
Sthala puranam and temple information
This small but serene temple for Perumal as Navaneeta Krishnan is located between Mattiyanthidal and Suraikaiyur.
Located on the banks of the Vettaru river, this picturesque hamlet has only this one temple, with a one-house Agraharam by the northern wall of the temple.
The temple itself appears to be originally from the later medieval Chola period. Upon entering the temple is a longish corridor which also features the bali peetham, dhwajasthambam and a shrine for Garudazhvar that directly faces Perumal. To the right is a small, east-facing shrine for Anjaneyar.
Past this is the maha mandapam, designed as a vavvaal-nethi mandapam. Two seemingly mismatched dwarapalakas guard the entrance to the garbhagriham. On the right is a platform housing vigrahams of Vishwaksenar, Nammazhvar, Sri Ramanujar and Desikar, as well as some Naagars.
The outer prakaram is simple, and has no shrines. However, the prakaram offers excellent views of the uncommon 8-sided ekatala vimanam above the garbhagriham. the vimanam itself is magnificently crafted. On the western side of the temple is a raised corridor which, in its day, would have housed the processional vahanam.
The pillars in the temple have the classic medieval Chola design, and at some places, feature intricate architecture.