Monday, 2 April 2012


02, April 2012
On 31st March and 1st April 2012  made short trip to Tanjore and had a dharshn of  Lord Shiva in 8 temples of both Cauvery Vadakarai and Thenkarai, in Chozha Naadu. This time it was a  wonderful journey with full of thrill and excitation. As usual I had prepared the schedule, Map and details of the temples and phone numbers. Two days in advance booked a room at Hotel Karthik for  Saturday. From Koyambedu got a bus to Tanjore and reached at about 5.00 Hrs.

31-03-2012 - SATURDAY

After taking rest for an hour went to THIRUKANDIYUR  ( Kandiyur ). The gurukal opened the temple at about 09.00 Hrs. After dharshan got a city bus to THIRUPPOONTHURUTHI, which is about 3 KM from Kandiyur.  The temple was kept open The watchman and the servant maid helped me for Lord Shiva’s dharshan and Appar madam. My next dharshan temple was THIRUAALAMPOZHILIL, which is about 1 KM from Tiruppoonthuruthi. Since there was no bus at that time walked to the temple, there also I could not find the Gurukal, but the temple was kept open for Lord Puashbavaneswarar’s dharshan. Next my plan was to go to THIRUKKANOOR, for which, I had already confirmed with the Gurukal about my arrival at Thirukkattuppalli. He advised me to reach Thirukkattuppalli before 11.00 Hrs. The temple is in a remote place, about 5 KM distance from Thirukkattuppalli and no proper transport is available. Initially thought of going through bicycle, but finally Gurukal gave his TVS XL. Went along with Gurukal’s  son. There is no houses near the temple and  there are heaps of sand around the temple. The temple is kept neat and clean. One kala pooja is conducted  by the gurukal with devotion and had the dharshan around 13.00 Hrs. 

My next  destination was THIRUMAZHAPADI. When I inquired at Thiruvaiyaru temple, 2 days before starting of this yathra, they told me that Lord Ayyarappan will go to Thirumazhapadi on 31-03-2012 for conducting Nandhiyam Peruman’s marriage. Utilizing this opportunity, decided to be present during the function. From Thirukkattuppalli returned back to Thiruvaiyaru  and reached Thirumazhapadi through Thirumanur around 15.30 Hrs. Had a good dharshan of  Shri Vaidyanathaswamy. When I was in the temple there was a heavy wind with  rain, but it stopped before  the marriage function. There was a very heavy rush to see the marriage function and this conducted during Tamil Month Panguni, Punarpusa nakshathiram every year. It is believed that Young girls and boys who attend this function and pray to Nandhiam Peruman, will get married soon.  The complete Thirumazhapadi and the nearby villagers celebrated this festival, since the bride groom  is the native of Thirumazhapadi ( The story is given in the details of Thirumazhapadi ). The marriage function was over by    21.00 Hrs and reached Tanjore around 23.00 Hrs, with a great difficulty of getting bus. I was  very happy to be present during the marriage function and it was an wonderful experience.  

01-04-2012 – SUNDAY.

I planned to reach Chennai before 21.00 Hrs, so I limited my  Yathra to 3 temples.  First I  went to PARITHIAPPAR KOIL  which is  on the way to Pattukkottai from Tanjore. Got down at Mela Valur. There is a limited bus service to this temple village. The temple is about 3 KM from Melavalur temple’s arch. Luckly I got a Town bus ( Route 64) from the Temple’s entrance arch. Since the temple is a Pithru Dhosha Parikara sthalam, I could find some devotees in this temple. I had a good dharshan of Sri Baskareswarar. The temple was preparing  for the annual chariot festival on Panguniuthiram day. After a good dharshan reached Thiruvaiyaru and proceeded to PERUMPULIYUR, which is about 3 KM  from Thillaistahanam on Thirukkattuppalli route. Since there was no bus service during that  time, decided to walk up to the temple. When I was halfway, a motorcyclist gave me a lift up to the Temple. The temple was found locked and Gurukal’s madam was kind enough to open the doors and  explained about the features of the temple.

Returned back to THILLAISTHANAM went to Neyyadiappar Temple. During return journey also a motorcyclist gave me lift to reach to Thillaisthanam. When I reached the temple, it was locked, but the main gate and grill gates were kept open. I had a dharshan of Sri Neyyadiappar through grilled gate and doors, around 11.00 Hrs. Since I could not reach Kezha Paluvur another paadal petra Shiva sthalam ( 1/2 hour journey from Thiruvaiyaru on Ariyalur route ) before closing time of 11.30, returned to Chennai through Ariyalur, Perambalur Ulunthurpettai, Villupuram. 

The details of the temple and the Photos taken are up loaded in this post.

(Now the place is called as Kandiyur.)
This is the 129th Devaram Padal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 12th sthalam on the south of River Cauvery in Chozha Nadu. Thiruganasambandar and Appar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple.   

Iraivan: Sri Brahmasirakkandeswarar, Sri Veerateswarar,                                     Sri Brahmanathar, Sri Aathivilvanathar
Iraivi   : Sri Mangalambigai

Some of the important features of this temple are...
  1. This is the one of the eight Veeratta Sthalam and fifth in sabtha sthana sthalam. 
  2. Lord Shiva cut (கொய்தது ) the fifth head of Brhahma with his threeshool( திரி சூலம் ). 
  3. Moolavar is of Suyambuand the sanctum is without Dwarabalakars.
  4. Iraivan showed the prathosam for the Muni Sadha Sabar.
  5. High walled outer prakaram
  6. Nandhi is little big.
  7. Rajagopuram is of 7 tiers.
  8. Tamil inscriptions found at the base of the sanctum
  9. Raja ganapathy is on the left side and Linghotbhavar on the right side with Dwarabalakars.
  10. Mandapam are of Vavval nethi mandapam type.
  11. The temple is at lower level than the road. 
  12. Ambal sannadhi is on the left side of moolavar.
  13. Separate sannadhis for Brahma & Saraswathy, Durgai.
  14. 5 lingams and Sri Mangalambigai shrines are on the outer prakaram built at a  latter stage.
1. There are lot of buses available from Tanjore and Thiruvaiyaru.
2. The temple is on the Main road 3 Km from Thiruvaiyaru.  

  1. Land line numbers are : +91 4362  261 100, and +91 4362 262 222

                                                          ( West side Rajagopuram )
( Nandhi Mandapam )
( Sudhai sirpam at the entrance  gopuram )
( Moolavar vimanam )

(Now the place is called as Melapoonthuruthi.)

This is the 128th Devaram padal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 11th Sthalam on the north of river Cauvery in Chozha Nadu. Thirunavukkarasu has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple. Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam  in Chozha Naadu.  
Iraivan: Sri Pushbavaneswarar, Sri Aathipuranar, Sri Poyieliyar.
Iraivi   : Sri Soundra Nayagi, Sri Azhakalamarthanayagi

Some of the important features of this temple are....
  1. To get Lord shiva’s dharshan for Thiruganasambandar,  Nandhi Bhagavan moved to left side. 
  2. When Thiruganasambandar came to this place Thirunavvukkarasar  also carried muthu sivigai. 
  3. Thirunavukkarasu swamigal  had done thirupani in this temple and built a madam. ( Koil servant opened the madam for  Thirunavvukkarasu Swamygal’s dharshan. ). Thiruganasambandar not entered in this temple, since Appar was doing thirupani.
  4.  Appar moortham is  in sitting posture.
  5. Veena in Dhakshinamoorthy’s hands.
  6. Lord shiva asked Ganga to come from the well for Kasiba Munivar.
  7. Bhoomagal worshiped the lord, hence this place is called as Poonthuruthi.
  8.  A little elevated place between two rivers is also called as Thuruthi.
  9. Moorthys of Thirunavukkarasu, Sundarar with his two wives Paravai Nachiyar and Sangiliyar, Sabtha mathakkal  are in the prakaram.
  10.  All Nava graghas facing Suryan.
  11. Painting of Thirunavukkarasu’s biography on the walls of outer prakaram.
  12. Separate sannadhi for Durgambigai, Kashi Viswanathar.
  13. Shiva Lingams of associated temples in the outer prakarm and it is believed that to worship the Shiva Lingams here equivalent  to worshiping Shiva Lingams without going there.

  • Sri Pushbavaneswarar                     - Thirupoonthuruthy
  • Sri Kiruthapureeswarar                   - Thiruneithanam
  • Sri Panchanatheeswarar                  - Thiruvaiyaru
  • Sri Aabath Sahayeswarar                 - Thirupazhalam
  • Sri Othavana Eeswarar                    - Thiruchortruthurai
  • Sri  Vedhapuri Eeswarar                  - Thiruvedhikkudi
  • Sri Brahma Sira Kandeeswarar               - Thirukkandiyur
  1. Buses are available from Kandiyur (Kandiyur is  3 KM from Thiruvaiyaru)
  2. 3 KM from Kandiyur on the way to Thirukkattupalli. The place is called as Mela poonthuruthi.
  1. Mobile number +91 94865 76529.

( Paintings on the south side wall )
( Paintings on the south side wall )
( Nandhi and Pali peedam are - left side moved for the dharshan to Thiruganasambandar )
                                                                ( Rajagopuram )

(Now this place is called as Thiruvaalam Phozhilil.)

This is the 127th Devaram Padal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 10th Sthalam on the North side of river Cauvery in Chozha Nadu. Thirunavukkarasar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple.  

Iraivan: Sri Vadamoolanathar, Sri Aathmanatheswarar
Iraivi   : Sri Ganambigai

Some of the important features of this temple are.....
  1. Moolavar is syuambu.
  2.  Temple is facing west  on the main road.
  3. In Prakaram sannadhi for Pancha lingams, Kashi Viswanathar and Kashi Visalakshi.
  4. Lingothbavar, Bali Peedam and Dwajasthambam are not there in this temple.
  1. The temple is on the main road and 4 Km from Kandiyur.
  2. 1 KM from Thirupoonthuruthi, one of the Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam.
  1. Land line number is +91 4365 - 284 573.
                               ( Rajagopuram view from back )
                                                                  ( Moolavar Vimanam )
                                         ( Sandikeswarar sanndhi with sudhai sirpam on top )
( Ambal sannadhi Vimanam )


(This place is now called as Manal Medu.)

This is the 110th Devaram Padal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 56th Sthalam on the south side of river Cauvery in Chozha nadu. Moovar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple.  

Iraivan: Sri Karumbeswarar, Sri Semmeninathar
Iraivi   : Sri Sivaloka nayagi

Some of the important features of this temple are.....
  1. Once the temple was completely covered with sand and a sugar cane was growing on the top of the sand heap. The temple was discovered after removing the heap of sand and hence the Iraivan is called as Karumbeeswarar. 
  2. The Gurukal is maintaining the temple in a very good condition. 
  3. Moolavar is syuambu.
  4. Iraivan appeared as fire in this temple for Ambikai’s thabas. Hence Iraivan is called as Semmeninathar.
  5. Karikal Chozhan hide in this place with his mother. Latter Elephant garlanded him  and lead him to Uraiyur.
  6. To remove the sin caused due to killing of Karthaveeryarsunan by Parasuraman and worshiped this temple Lord.
  7. Moorthis of Naagar, Vishnu, Dharmashastha, Naalvar, Chandran and Suryan are in the Artha mandapam.
  8. Ambal Sannadhi is in a separate Temple.
  9. Pitchadanar, Kaalabairavar, Dhakshinamoorthy , Brahma, Durgai are the koshtamoorthangal.
  10. Separate Sannadhis for Sri Valli Deivayanai sametha Subramaniayar, Vinayagar and Sandikeswarar.
  11. Artha mandapam and the Ambal temples are added latter.
  12. Tamil inscriptions are found ( completely painted not visible much ) back side wall of moolavar sannadhi.
  13. Three tier Rajagopuram. There is an embedded sculpture of hare Moon and snake to represent the lunar eclipse, it is worth to note.
  14. There is no Dwajasthambam.
  1. The temple is about 5 KM from Thirukkattuppalli. There is no proper transport available to reach this temple.  Nearest village is Vishnampettai. 
  2. From Thirukkattuppalli one can reach the temple through rented cycle.
  3. From Thirukkattuppalli, hire an auto to go to the temple.
  1. Before going to this temple it is necessary to go along with Gurukkal, who has the key. Thirukkattuppalli ( Market area ) Murugan Temple Gurukkal temple is  looking after this Thirukkanoor Shiva Temple also ( Residence is very near Murugan temple ). Phone number : 04362 320067 and mobile: 9345009344.
                                                           ( Ambal temple entrance )
                                             ( Rajagopuram view with Nandhi mandapam )

( Moolavar vimanam )
( Small Rajagopuram at the entrance )
( Lunar eclipse)

This is the 108th Devaram padal Petra shiva Sthalam and 54th sthalam on the north side of river Cauvery in Chozha Nadu. Moovar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple. 

Iraivan: Sri Vaidyanathar, Sri Vajrathamba Nathar
Iraivi   : Sri Azhagammai, Sri Sundrambigai, Sri Balambigai

Some of the important features of the temple are......
  1. There are two Dhakshinamoorthys and two Nandhis and two Ambal sannadhis.
  2. Somaskandhar is made up of single stone looks very beautiful. Front of this there are two Vinayagars of one is in standing and other in sitting posture.
  3. Lord appeared in Sundarar’s dream and called him to this temple.
  4. Purusha Miruga Rishi  brought the lingam from Sathyalogm and could not able to remove after worshiping, hence  called as “Vairathoonoo” -'வைரதூனோ '.
  5. There are many Rajaraja Chozhan  period Tamil inscriptions on the moolavar out side walls.
  6. Land donated to this temple is found in the Eengoimalai ( near Trichy ) temple kalvettu.
  7. Huge size sudhai thwarabalakars.
  8. There is no Navagraha sannadhi.
  9. In the prakaram sannadhi for Vishnu & Saraswathy, Sundarar & Paravai Nachyar, Mahavishnu & Mahalakshmi, Jureswarar, Gajashamkaramoorthy, Sabthakanniagai.
  10. Separate sannadhi for Balambigai.
  11. Two tier mandapam along the outer walls.
  12. This is also one of the temple which has the Sthala viruksham as Palm tree.
  13. It is a big temple with Pallava, Chozha and Hoisala kings constructions. 
  14. Once in a year in Tamil month Panguni ( Punarpusam ) Nandhiyam Peruman’s marriage is celebrated in this temple in front of Sri Iyarrappan from Thiruvaiyaru.
  1. Bus facility is available from Trichy and Tanjore.
  2. Bus facility also available from Thirumaanoor, which is 6 KM from Thiruvaiyaru on Ariyaloor road.
  1. Land line and mobile numbers are : +91 4329 292 890, and +91 97862 05278
                                                                   ( Moolavar vimanam )
                                                               ( Moolavar vimanam )
                                                      ( Second level rajagopuram )
                                                                ( Charriot Sirpangal )
                                                               ( Charriot Sirpangal )
                                                              ( Charriot Sirpangal )
                      ( Sri Nandhiyam Peruman's Marriage urchavam )
                   ( Sri Nandhiyam Peruman's Marriage urchavam )

To watch Nandiamperuman's Marriaage Video:  CLICK HERE

(Now the place is called as Parithiappar Koil.)

This temple is the 218th Devaram Padal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 101th Sthalam on the south of river Cauvery in Chozha Nadu. Thiruganasambandar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple.  

Iraivan: Sri Bhaskareswarar, Sri Parithiappar ( Parithi is the other name               of suryan who worshiped lord Shiva).
Iraivi   : Sri Mangala Nayagi, Sri Mangalaambigai.

Some of the important features of the temple are......
  1. Suryan moortham is installed in front of Moolavar.
  2. Koshtamoorthangal, CLICK HERE , Mahavishnu ( In place of Lingothbavar ), Brahma and Durgai.
  3. Ambal sannadhi is facing south and moolavar is facing east.
  4. Separate sannadhi for Ganapathy, Gajalakshmi, Sri Valli Deivanai Sametha Subramaniyar and Sandikeswarar.
  5. In outer prakaram Sannadhi for Kaala bairavar, Gajasamkaramoorthy, Thakshinamoorthy, plus two idols which are not known.
  6. Thuja Vinayagar in front of Kodimaram.
  7. Inner side of prakaram the positions of Sri Suryan and Sri Chandran are inter changed  ( Left Suryan & Chandran on the left ).
  8. It is believed that the Lord Shiva was worshiped by Suryan. Even today 3 days of sunlight falls on moolavar during Tamil month Panguni. 
  9. The devotees throng the temple   for the Pithru dhosam nivarthy. 
  1. The Village Mela Ulur is very near to Parithiappar Koil and is on the Tanjore to Pattukkottai / Orathanaadu main road.
  2. The Parithiappar temple is 3 KM from Mela Ulur.
  3. Town bus route no 64 is available from  Mela Ulur.
  1. The Land line number is +91 437 256 910

                                            ( Moolavar Vimanam with Vinayagar sannadhi )
                                    ( Moolavar vimanam with Dhakshinamoorthy  mandapam )
                                                                 ( Rajagopuram 5 tier  view )
 ( Charriot Sirpangal )

This temple is the 107th Devaram Padal Petra Shiva Sthaalam and 53rd Sthalam on the north side of river Cauvery in Chozha Nadu. Thiruganasambandar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple.  

Iraivan: Viyakrapureeswarar, Puliyur Nathar
Iraivi: Soundara nayagi, Azhagammai.

Some of the important features of this temple are.....
  1. This is also one of the 5 temples in which Viyakrapatha Munivar worshiped Lord shiva, Hence this place is called as Perum Puliyur. 
  2. Ambal temple is facing east, very beautiful to look.
  3. Navagrahas are facing Suryan.
  4. Moolavar karuvarai is built on the 4 tier badma pedam.
  5. In koshtam Arthnanareeswarar in place of Lingothbavar.
  6. Moolavar is facing east in an elevated position.
  1. Town bus is available from Thiruvaiyaru up to Thillai sthanam ( 2 KM ) a Paadal Petra Shiva sthalam on Thiruvaiyaru to Thirukkattupalli main road.
  2. 3 KM from Thillaisthanam on north side.
  1. Mobile numbers are +91 94434 47826, and +91 94427 29856.
                                               ( Moolavar vimanam on a Padma peedam )

( Ambal temple vimanam )
( 3 tier rajagopuram with Nandhi and Pali pedam )

106 / 52. NEI THANAM
(The place is now called as Thillaisthanam.)

This is the 106th Devaram Padal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 52nd sthalam on the south side of river Cauvery in Chozha Nadu. Thirunavukkarasu Swamigal and Thiruganasambandar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple.   

Iraivan: Sri Neiyadiappar, Sri Kiruthapureeswarar
Iraivi   : Sri Balambigai, Sri Ilamangaiammai.

Some of the important features of this temple are......
  1. Kamathenu poured milk on the Shiva lingam which turned to Nei (Ghee ) due to Sun’s heat and rain, hence Shiva is called as Neiyadiappar and the place is called as Nei Thanam. 
  2. It is believed that Saraswathi and Gouthama rishi worshiped lord Shiva of this temple.
  3.  Ambal is in a separate temple in front of Kodimaram.
  4. In koshtam Dhakshinamoorthy, Lingothbavar, Brahma, Durgai.
  5. Tamil Inscriptions are found mainly focused on the donations to the temple  for  Naivethyam and  lighting of lamps.
  6. Sundarar attracted by the beauty of the Ambal and in his hymn  called her as “ eanthila Mangai “.
  7. Dhakshinamoorthy is in standing posture.
  1. Town buses are available from Thiruvaiyaru.
  2.  2 KM from Thiruvaiyaru.
  3. The temple is on the main road.
  1. Land line number is + 91 4362 260 553
( Ambal sannadhi  Vimanam )
( SInside view of Rajagopuram )
( Mooolavar mandapam entrance gopuram )

( Rajagopuram )



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  2. Dear Mr. Veluswamy

    Nice Blog. Good to see Thirukkanur Karumbeswarar temple featuring here. Vishnampettai near Thirukkanur is my mother's ancestral village. I have written about that temple in my blog

    I have also written about Thirumazhapadi

    and ThiruKandiyur

  3. Good information for people who want to visit these places. Thanks a lot for providing more details, distance and specialities of temples.

  4. Needed phone or contact number of temple in Paluvur or Keezpaluvur