Saturday, 1 October 2016

KEEZHA PAZHAIYARAI - PONNIYIN SELVAN MEET AT THANJAVUR PERIYA KOIL 2016

26th September 2016.
I made up mind to attend the Pooniyin Selvan’s second year meet ( for the 1st years details... Please Click here ) at Tanjore Periya Koil ( Big Temple )  immediately on the seeing the Ponniyin Selvan’s Post in FB. I thought it would add  some flavour, to this meet by visiting some temples constructed by Chozha Kings especially Rajaraja-I and Rajendra Chozha.   Mr Raja, Ms Sakthi Prakash and Ms Gowthami  ( Aathirai Chinnaswamy)   also joined with me for this visit.  We selected  Kumbakonam as a hub to visit to the temples.  

Arrived on Saturday and hired a taxi. We are able to cover Pazhaiyarai East, ( Keezha Pazhaiyarai) and North Temple ( Vada Thali - Muzhaiyur), Patteeswaram, ThiruSakthiMuttam,  Thiruvalanchuzhi,  Panchavan Madevi Pallipadai, Darasuram and Swamy malai Murugan ( One of the six abodes of Sri Subramaniyar). Panchavanmadevi Pallipadai  and Pazhayarai Vada Thali are not visited before and other temples visited earlier, as a part of Padal Petra Sthalangal Dharshan.  The temples selected are in a sequence such that start from Lodge and come back to the lodge with out detouring. This would save time and cover more number of Temples.    

KEEZHA PAZHAIYARAI
In Pazhaiyarai, there are 4 temples on all the four directions. During my Yathra to Paadal Petra Sthalangal, visited this temple twice. In the earlier visits, the temple was under renovation. For the details of my earlier visit. ( Click here ).  The mottai gopuram stands with stone structure at the base and brick works after that. We had the opportunity of  climbing up to the top. 

Pazhaiyarai was once capital to Chozha empire. There are series of temples built by Adithya Chozha to celebrate the victory of the battle at Thiruppurambiyam ( 871 – 907 CE ) on the banks of river Cauvery. The Ponniyin Selvan’s  heros Rajaraja Chozha and Kundhavai are grown up here. Rajendra Chozha was brought up here by Kundhavai. The famous Chozha king Vijalaya lived in Pazhaiyarai. The capital was moved to Thanjavur during Sundara Chozhan Period and Pazhaiyarai lost its importance









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.......... to be continued ( Pazhayarai Vada thali).

--- OM SHIVAYA NAMA:---

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