Sunday, October 31, 2010

Tanjore Brihadeeswarar Temple aka Big Temple

Brihadeeswarar temple or the Periya Koil or the Big Temple in Tanjore turned 1000 years in September 2010. This temple was built in 1010 AD at the Chola capital of Thanjavur under the aegis of Kind Rajaraja Chola.

It is a must visit temple for both pilgrims and lovers of architecture.

The presiding deity is Lord Shiva in the form of a Lingam called Peruvudaiya, Rajarajeshwaramudvya. The inner wall of the garbhagriha or the sanctum sanctorum has sculptures of 108 dance poses called karmas performed by Lord Shiva himself.

You can get information about the history of Tanjore temple, places to visit in and around the Tanjore temple, places to stay at Tanjore are all provided at the following link.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Tiruchendur Murugan Temple (Subramanya Swamy)

Thiruchendur Murugan temple is a very famous temple in South Tamilnadu in the Tuticorin district. It is one of the six famous abodes of Lord Muruga (the second of the aaru padai veedu), the Tirunchendur temple located on a beautiful sea shore.

Lord Muruga is said to have killed the demon king Sooran at this place. Kanda Shasti is the most famous of the festivals of this temples. Celebrated from the day after New Moon Day following Diwali, the six days witness lakhs of devotees visiting this holy shrine.

You can get information about the history of Tiruchendur, places to visit in and around the Tirunchendur temple, places to stay at Thiruchendur are all provided at the following link.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Chidambara Natarajar Temple

Chidambaram Temple is one of the 5 holiest Shiva temples. The Chidambaram Natarajar Temple or the Thillai Natarajar temple represents akasha or aether amongst the five natural elements that the 5 Shiva temples represent.

Lord Shiva is present in 3 forms in this temple - As Lingam, in the dancing posture as Natarajar and in the invisible as the Chidambara Ragasiyam (Chidambara Secret).

The Poojas in the temple is performed by the Dheekshitars, who, according to legend have been brought from Mount Kailash.

The temple is located close to Pondichery and is about 4 hours driving distance from Chennai.

You can get additional information and details about Chidambaram Natarajar Temple at the following link.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Pillayarpatti Karpaga Vinayagar Temple

One of the oldest and most popular Ganesha Temple in Tamilnadu is the Pillayarpatti Karpaga Vinayagar Temple. The temple is near Karaikudi on the Karaikudi Pudukottai Road.

The temple is a Shiva Temple with the Presiding deity being the Valampuri Vinayagar.

Vinayagar Chathurthi is the most popular festival of the temple. The temple is managed by the Nagarathar Trust and is a must visit place for both pilgrims and tourists.

A detailed write up about the Pillayarpatti Karpaga Vinaya Temple with information about how to reach the temple, places to stay, pooja kaalams can be accessed on the Tamilnad Temples portal.