The Brahadeeswarar Temple
The Brahadeeswarar temple dedicated to Lord Shiva was built in 1003 AD by the Chola King Rajaraja I. The temple has one of the most imposing structures in whole of India. It is quite different from all other temples because the main tower is soaring sky high whereas the gopurams are all small in size. The tower is 14 storey high and rises to 216 ft above the ground making Brahadeeswarar temple the tallest temple in South India. There are paintings on the ceiling inside the inner sanctum but they cannot be seen. Although the paintings have been replicated and kept in the museum. Inside the temple there is a shrine dedicated to Lord Subramanyam which is said to have some of the best carvings in the whole of South India. There is also a shrine dedicated to Lord Ganesha.
This temple is situated at Punnainallur, a small village around 6 km east to Thanjavur. The temple is widely visited by localities as it is said that the worshiped Goddess treats all physical disabilities. The most auspicious day for visiting the temple is Sunday. The day sees a huge footfall of devotees specially women and children. This is one of the important temples of Thanjavur and now is visited by tourists as well who want to experience the sheer beauty of its architecture.
This place is located 34 kilometres away form Thanjavur. There is a temple in this place. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple was built during the rule of the great Rajendra Cholan. Apart form this temple we can find a silk weaving centre in Darasuram.
In Mannargudi there is a Rajagopala temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. In this temple Lord Krishna is portrayed as Rajagopala. The temple is said to be built during the 12th century. The temple received its patronage from the Nayak Kings also.
The Sarabeshwarar temple is located in Thirupuvanam a place in Thanjavur district. Thirupuvanam is just six Kilometres from Kumbakonam. The Sarabeshwarar temple is said to be built by Kulothunga Chola III. It is said that many kings, lords and rulers worshipped the preceding Deity, Lord Sarabeshwarar and received his blessings. People who worshipped this deity got relieved from problems like Black Magic, Divorce and Enemity.
PULIYUR VYAGRAPUREESWARAR TEMPLE
This temple is located more than half a kilometre on the Nagapattinam- Thiruvarur Main road. The exact location is Ramamirdam Bus Terminus. The temple is located in Vyagapuri village, named after Lord Nataraja. People believe that a sacred cow prayed to Lord Shiva to get rid of the wrath posed on it. In the evenings Lord Nataraja is worshipped first and then ceremonies are conducted to other Gods. This temple has another name, Dakshina Chidambaram. Chidambaram is the place where Nataraja temple is located.
PUNNAI NALLUR MARIAMMAN TEMPLE
This temple is located at a distance of 4 kilometres away from the Thanjavur town.
There are totally six abodes in Tamilnadu dedicated to Lord Muruga. Swamimalai is one among those six sacred abodes. The temple is located on a hill top which is 32 kilometres away from Thanjavur. Lord Muruga was named Swami Nathan because he taught OM to Lord Shiva in this abode. One has to climb 60 steps from the foot hill to reach the temple and these 60 steps of the temple refer to the 60 years in the Tamil Calendar. Arunagirinadhar has sung many songs in praise of this temple. On Thursdays Lord Swami Nathan's statue is decorated with diamonds.
This temple is located in the centre of the village, Sooriyankovil. This village is located in Thiruvidamarudur Taluk. Thiruvidamarudur is 17 kilometres north-east of Kumbakonam. The temple in the village has the Sun as the worshipping Deity and many people come to this temple to worship the Sun God. In Thiruvidamarudur there is a Sri Mahalingaswamy Temple. It is believed that King Varagunapandian got rid of the Bhramahathi Dosham from this temple in Thiruvidamarudur.
The Thirubhuvanam temple is 45 kilometres away from Thanjavur. The temple was built during the reign of king Kulothunga Cholan. This temple is a replica of the one that is in Thanjavur, The Pragatheeswarar temple. The temple has got a great stone tomb which is a standing monument from the pedestal to the stripe. This is of architectural glory. The temple is full of stone inscriptions. This depicts that there existed a University for teaching courses in Miasma and Tamil.
This is a town, 13 kilometres form Thanjavur. This is the place where Saint Thyagaraja was born, grew, gained popularity and died. The name of the temple located here is Panchatheswara Temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. An eight day music festival is conducted once in a year during the month of January. This music festival is held in honour of the great Legendary Saint Thyagaraja.
TIRUVALANCHUZII SHIVA TEMPLE
This Shiva temple stands near Kumbakonam. The shrine of Sweta Vinayakar in this temple is very popular. It is said that this shrine was made out of foam from the milky ocean known as Kheera Sagaram.
This temple is 4 kilometres away from Kumbakonam railway station. The other name for Lord Uppiliappan is Srinivasan. The deity is installed in the Sanctum. Goddess Bhooma Devi is kneeling and praying to Srinivasan on the right side. There are two temple ponds namely Ahorthra Pushkarini and Arthi Pushkarini. Lord Srinivasan is taken to procession in the chariots, Vishnu Vimanam and Sudhanandha Vimanam. The Prasad given here tastes salt less. The festivals celebrated in this temple are Thirukkalyanautchavam, Garuda Sevai and Moolavar Thirumanjam.
Scenically one of the most enchanting districts in the state, Thanjavur is a little town placed among the lush rice fields of the Cauvery delta, which is why it is called 'The Rice Bowl of India'. Formerly known as Tanjore, the city is situated some 55 km east of Trichy. From 9th to 13th century, Thanjavur served as the capital of the powerful Chola dynasty which was spread in most of south India.
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