Pancha aranya kshetram near Kumbakonam, where Sambandar’s difficulties in reaching the temple are reimagined as part of the boat festival every year
Beautiful Chola temple near Mannargudi connected to Sibi Chakravarti, Suryan and Daksha’s yagna
Where Siva revealed to the world, the secret to a happy marriage!
One of 4 temples where Nagaraja, lord of the Nagas, is said to have worshipped Lord Siva on Mahasivaratri
Paadal Petra Sthalam and the birthplace of Nambiyandar Nambi, without whom we would not have the Tevaram!
Where Siva as Guru, initiated Parvati to the truth of OM, the Pranava Mantram
Temple in Pazhaiyarai where Sabali (one of the daughters of Kamadhenu) prayed
Paadal Petra Sthalam in the heart of Kumbakonam, famed for its Chola architecture
Where Lord Vishnu appeared as an old man, to marry Lakshmi’s earthly form, even if she could not determine the right amount of salt in her cooking!
A Siva temple where Yama is accorded higest priority and respect; and where you can go only if the Lord wishes so!
Paadal Petra Sthalam, and Ashta Veerattanam temple associated with Siva culling Daksha’s head
Where Indra was absolved of his sins for killing demons and having Sage Dadhichi part with his spine
One of the earliest Siva temples in Kumbakonam associated with the legend of the Mahapralayam (great floods)
Temple with exquisite sculptures and architecture, where the story of Ardhanari comes to life
Home of the original maragatha lingam from the legend of Muchununda Chakravarti
A Sapta Vitanga Sthalam and Paadal Petra Sthalam created by Brahma, where Bheema and the Navagrahas have worshipped Lord Siva
Maadakoil built by Kochchenga Chola, with the legend of Valian, the bird, who was blessed by Lord Siva with the Mrityunjaya mantram
Divya Desam that has existed across the four yugams, where Vishnu is worshipped as the resplendent and handsome Soundararaja Perumal