Talachangkadu, Thirukadayoore, Akkore, Sembanore koil, Parasaloore, Keezhayoor,Poonjai, Arupadhi, Mailaduthurai,ThiruIndaloore,Kadiramangalam, and Thanjaiyali nagar temple.  

Posted by Shamala Krishnan

  1. Thalachangkadu: Vishnu temple.

    The place is about 4kms from Akkoore.

    Main Deity: Nanmadhiya perumal and Thalaichanga nachiar in standing posture.
    Utsavar: Venchudar piraan and chenkamala valli thayar.
    Teertham is Amritha pushkarani and Markendeya teertham.

  2. Thiru kaddayoor:

    One of 275 important siva Devara sthalam. The place is about 22kms from Mailadurai or 55kms from Kumbakonam.

    Main Deity: Swayambu linga known as Amrithakadeeswararand Abirami Amman.Vinayakar, kalla ganapthy.Sthala vruksham is Vilvam and Jadi mullai. Teertham is Amritha pushkarani, markendya teertham, kala teertham.

    Importance: Pot of Amrutham was kept here by devas and asuras, after returning from bath they were not able to remove it and they found it deep rooted upto padala and it was in the form of linga. Brahma was given a vilva pathra and told by Siva, where the vilva grows within a moohurta (3 hrs) in that place he will get gyana upadesam, and it was this place.

    Markendeya sought the help of Siva when he was chased by yama, Siva kicked yama to protect his devotee Markendeya and was blessed to be always 16 yrs. There is Kala samhara moorthy and Balambiki with markendeya with folded hands, and standing in front of Lord Siva. During the time of arathi they remove the silver kavacham and we can see Siva kicking yama and he is under the foot.

    Abhirama battar sang Andadhi on goddess to change half moon day into full moon day. This is one of the Sakthi peetam. 1008 sanku abishekam performed here is well known.

    Sundarar, Navakkuarasar and Sambandhar sang hymns about Siva. Arunagirinadhar's Thirupugazh sthalam.

  3. Akkoore:

    one of 275 important Sivs Devara Sthalam. the place is about 5kms from Semponar koil. The village is known as Thiru Akkoore and temple known as Thanthondri madam.

    Main Deity: Thaanthondreappar and Valnedungkannammi.Teertham is Kumudha teertham. Sthala vruksham is Sarakondri.

    Importance: Chola raja used to feed 1000 members daily. One day God was one among the people who ate food and he appeared in front of everyone with a stick in his hand. We can see the sculpture in the temple. This is birth place of sirappuli nayanar.

    Sambndhar and Navakkuarasar sang hymns on Siva here.

  4. Sembanar koil:

    One of 275 important ones.This place is about 10kms from Mailadurai.

    Main Deity: Swayambu linga known as Sornapureeswarar and Maruvar kuzali amman.Teertham is Surya pushkarani. Sthala Vruksham: Vanni.

    Importance: Semponnal roofing so the place is known as Semponarkoil. Indra was able to defeat Vrithirasuran after praying Siva so this place is named as Indrapuri. Subramanya worshipped Siva and was able to defeat Tharasuran so Skandapuri.

    Veerabadharar took birth in this place to kill Daksha. Agastiar, Brahama, Vasista, Nagakanyas, Ashtadikbalakas worshipped in this place. April 21-27 the sun rays falls on Siva.

    Sambandhar and Navakkuarasar sang hymns about Siva.

  5. Parasaloore:

    one of 275 important Siva Devara Sthalam. The place is about 2kms from Semponar temple.

    Main Deity: Swayambu linga known as veeratteneswarar and and Elangkodiammai.
    Teertham: Chandra pushkarani. Sthala Vruksham: Jack fruit tree.

    Importance: One of Veerateneswaram. Dakshan selected this place to do yagam and hence the place is known as Daksha puri.

    Veerabadharar removed the head of and Dakshan in this place after the yaga was interrupted. Veerabdhra swamy is placed in a separate sanctum. Sengazhuneer ganesa is also there.

    Sambandhar sang hymns on Siva. Arunagirinadhar sang a Thirupugazh.

  6. Keezhayoor: Siva temple.

    The place is about 2 kms from semponar Koil.

    Main Deity: Swayambu linga known as Kadaimudinadhar and Abhiramavalli amman.
    Sthala Vruksham: Kiluvai.

    Importance:Brahma worshipped and gained fame. Sambandhar sang on Siva.

  7. Poonjai:

    one of 275 important siva Devara Sthalam. the place is about 6kms from Semponarkoil.

    Main Deity: Swayambu linga known as Natrunanaiappar and Malaimaan madandhy amman.Teertham is Soorya teertham.

    Importance: Birth place of Sambandhar mother. Sambandhar sang hymns on Siva.

  8. Arupadhi:

    One of 275 important Siva Devara Sthalams. the place is about 7kms from Adudhurai.

    Main Deity: Swayambu linga known as Thoraikattum vallalar and and Veurutholiamman.Teertham is Cauveri.Sthala Vrukasham is Vilamaram.

    Importance: Brahmin boy Arulvithan used to worship god with flowers which he used to get from his place and he crossed the river to reach the temple. One day river was flooding and he was struggling to cross with the flower basket in hand. He started shouting and and asking him to help in reaching the shore. Siva showed the shore for him so the name Thoraikattum vallal. (thurai means shore)

  9. Dharmapuram:

    Durgai amman temple. Goddess Durga with 16 hands here.

  10. Mailadhurai:

    One of 275 important Siva Devara Sthalam. the place is about 21kms from Seergazhi.

    Main Deity: Swayambu linga known as Mayuranadhar and Abhayambky.
    Teertham: Rishaba teertham and Brahama teertham.

    Importance: Goddess worshipped Siva in the form of peacock so the place known as Mailadhurai (peacock).Ganges comes here to bathe once in a year and get rid of sins which human being pass on to her by taking a dip. So the place is considered equal to Kasi. Visvanadhar and Visalakshmi are in a sanctum near the bathing ghat.

    One of the important festivals is all the Deities around the place come down to the Rishba teertha ghat in the month of Thula. Sambandhar  and Navakkuarasar sang hymns on Siva. Arunagirinadhar sang Thirupugazh.

  11. Thiru Indhaloore:

    Vishnu temple.1/108 Divya Desam.
    Distance: Municipal limits of Mayavaram.

    Main Deity: Parimala Ranganadhan or Sugandhavana nadhan and Parimala ranganayaki or Pundareekavalli. The deity is in sleeping posture with four hands.
    Importance: Cauvery sangamam into sea. cauvery is near the head side and Ganges the leg side of main deity.

  12. Kadhiramanglam:

    Durgai amman known as Vana Durgai.
    Distance: 10kms from Adudhurai.

  13. Thirukandiyoor: Vishnu temple. one of 108 divya desam.
    Distance: 8kms from Tanjoore.

    Main Deity: Harasapavimochana perumal, Standing posture. Utsavar Kamalanadhan and Kamalavalli thayar.

    Teertham: Kapalamoksha pushkarani, Padma teertham, Kapala teertham and Kudamuruti river

    Importance: Kapala of Brahama which was hanging in the hands of Siva left him only after worshiping Vishnu at this place. Separate Brahma, Vishnu and Siva temples are near by.

  14. Tanjaiyalinagar: Vishnu temple

    Distance: 4kms from Tanjore. Three temples together are considered as one Divya desam. Markendya has seen the perumal of all the three places. Rama teertham is common for all the three temples. There is only one pujari for all three temples. Utsavar is known as Sriman Narayanan.

    Main Deity: Neelamegha Perumal and Senkamalavalli thayar, sitting posture.
    Place: Manikundram.

    Main Deity: Manikundra perumal and Ambujavalli thayar, sitting posture.
    Place: Tanjayali nagar.

    Main Deity: Narasihma and Tanjay nayaki.

    Importance:Tanjaga elephant was killed by Narashima and to full fill the wish of Tangajan he his there in the same for devotees to worship. Hence the name for the town also as Tanjai.

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