Sivalokanathar, Mangudi, Mayiladuthurai


This Chola period temple is dated as being over 1000 years old, and is located in the village of Mangudi, which itself has some very interesting stories with regard to its etymology. What would have been an imposing temple in the late Chola period is, today, in a pathetic state of repair and structural failing. But what does this temple have to do with the two nearby temples for Siva as Bhulokanathar and Naganathar?… Read More Sivalokanathar, Mangudi, Mayiladuthurai

Azhagiyanathar, Sholampettai, Mayiladuthurai


One of seven temples that form part of the Mayiladuthurai Sapta Sthanam festival, this brick temple lies in shambles today. Interestingly, given the presence of two vigrahams of Sambandar, this temple is often regarded as possibly being a Tevaram Vaippu Sthalam. Suryan worshipped Amman here to be rid of his rheumatism. But what is the Mahabharatam connection here, and how is it depicted in sculptures at this temple?… Read More Azhagiyanathar, Sholampettai, Mayiladuthurai

Sundararaja Perumal, Sundaraperumal Koil, Thanjavur


The handsome Vishnu – Sundararajar – gives the temple and, in turn the place, their names. This temple is regarded as the Abhimana Perumal for three other temples. The sthala puranam here is about a test of will and penance that Indra, the chief of the devas, had to undergo, and how Vishnu helped him so that Indra could get rid of an illness. But who is the guardian deity of this temple and what is unusual about him?… Read More Sundararaja Perumal, Sundaraperumal Koil, Thanjavur

Ramar Padam, Idayanvayal, Pudukkottai


Located on the coastal path from Vedaranyam to Rameswaram are several sites connected with the Ramayanam. This is one of them, and happens to also be one of only three places in Tamil Nadu where the footprints of Rama are said to exist (the other two being a small shrine between Vedaranyam and Kodiakkarai, and at Rameswaram). Also nearby is a dilapidated temple from what appears to be the Chola period.… Read More Ramar Padam, Idayanvayal, Pudukkottai

Tiruvirundeeswarar, Radhanur, Ramanathapuram


An unusual early-Chola temple in the heart of the Pandya country, this temple lies in ruins today. But going by the architecture and detailed inscriptions at this temple, this would have possibly been a large and important temple in its day. Those who are able to support the refurbishment of this dilapidated temple may please reach out in person, to the temple priest.… Read More Tiruvirundeeswarar, Radhanur, Ramanathapuram

Kasi Viswanathar, Cholapuram, Thanjavur


Here is yet another temple virtually in ruins, thanks to the lax attitude of authorities who do not permit even willing sponsors to help renovate and rebuild this temple. Their blind eye has resulted in there being virtually nothing other than a Siva Lingam and a few assorted vigrahams. But this temple is really old, as evidenced by the unique depiction of Murugan here. How so, and how is that connected with Airavata, the celestial elephant? … Read More Kasi Viswanathar, Cholapuram, Thanjavur

அக்னிபுரீஸ்வரர், வன்னியூர் , திருவாரூர்


தாக்ஷாயணி தக்ஷனின் யாகத்தில் கலந்து கொண்டார், மேலும் சிவன் மீது அவளது தந்தை மற்றும் யாகத்தில் கலந்து கொண்டவர்கள் செய்த அவமதிப்பு காரணமாக, யாகத்தில் தன்னைத்தானே எரித்துக் கொண்டார். இந்த காரணத்திற்காக, சிவன் யாகத்தில் கலந்து கொண்டதற்காக அக்னியை தண்டித்தார், மேலும் இந்த சாபத்தால் அக்னி எந்த சடங்குகளிலும் பங்கேற்க முடியாது. இயற்கையாகவே, அக்னி இல்லாமல் எந்த யாகமும் செய்ய முடியாது என்பதால், இது பல சிக்கல்களை உருவாக்கியது. இதனால் மழை பொய்த்து, பரவலாக வறட்சி மற்றும்… Read More அக்னிபுரீஸ்வரர், வன்னியூர் , திருவாரூர்

Krishnan, Vanathirajapuram, Nagapattinam


Basic information about the temple Moolavar: Krishnan Ambal / Thayar: x Deity: Perumal Historical name: Vriksham: Teertham: Agamam: Age (years): Timing: to & to Parikaram: Temple group: – Sung by: Temple set: Navagraham: Nakshatram: City / town: Kshetrapalapuram District: Nagapattinam Maps from (click): Current location Mayiladuthurai (5 km) Kumbakonam (34 km) Thiruvarur (44 km) Nagapattinam… Read More Krishnan, Vanathirajapuram, Nagapattinam

Gnanaparameswarar, Tirumeignanam, Thanjavur


Generally, four temples (Kanchipuram, Tirukadaiyur, Sirkazhi and this temple) are regarded as Mayana Koils, referring to cremation grounds where Siva is believed to reside with His ganas. But the spiritual meaning is connected to the burning (ridding oneself) of one’s ego, just as Siva did to Brahma’s fifth head. The four Vedas got their knowledge from Siva here, giving the place its ancient name. But what does this temple have with Sage Apasthamba and how he got that name?… Read More Gnanaparameswarar, Tirumeignanam, Thanjavur

Abhimukteeswarar, Kodaganallur, Tirunelveli


This small but beautiful, unique west-facing Siva temple in Kodaganallur, near one of the Nava Kailasam temples, is regarded as highly powerful, owing to it being a west-facing Siva temple. The village of Kodaganallur gets its name from the fact that Karkotaka, the snake, attained liberation here. However, the most interesting part of this temple is the placement of various deities, despite this being a west-facing temple. How so?… Read More Abhimukteeswarar, Kodaganallur, Tirunelveli