Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Tiruchherai Saranathan temple, Tamil Nadu

Tiruchherai also known as Udaiyar Koil is a divya desam of Vishnu and here the main deity is known by the name  Saranathan and His consort Saranayaki.  This is the place where  river Kaveri prayed to God to obtain the stature of river Ganga.  Lord Vishnu blesses Kaveri here, along with His consorts, Sreedevi, Boodevi, Neela devi, and Saranayaki.  The idols are well sculpted are quite charming and  beautiful.

  The legend also mentions that during the great deluge, Brahma wanted to protect the Vedas by keeping them in a pot of clay but failed to make a lasting one. He could make one only at Tirucherai, at Sara kshetram  as per the directions of Lord Vishnu.  The temple has a separate sannidhi for Saranayaki.

There are also shrines for Lakshmi Narasimha and Rajagopalaswamy here.
Temple is situated 15 Kms from the town of Kumbhakonam.

How to reach-   Nearest airport is at Trichy. Kumbhakonam is well connected with rail and road.
As Kumbhakonam is a pilgrim town there are many hotels available in the town.



30 comments:

EC said...

Love the serenity of the temple..nice coverage

Martina said...

So many details on this magical building - ancient and beautiful!

KParthasarathi said...

Where are the pictures,Chitra? That would have embellished the nice post.

KParthasarathi said...

Sorry,Chitra.I missed the slideshow in the iPad.The pictures are great.

Sridharan said...

Nice post chitra.! I remembered the room studded with mirror all the three sides (leave out the entrance side) where the armor of God is stored.Did you see it?

chitra said...

EC, thank you so much. I reached in the evening hence there was no crowd at all in the temple.

chitra said...

Martina, thanks dear.

Team G Square said...

Superb temple .

Insignia said...

Seems calm and serene. The paintings are neat.

Asha said...

I like such calm temples, easy to connect with god rather than jostle in a crowded one.

Beautiful paintings. will mark this one on my visit to kumbakonam

chitra said...

Asha,
You can start with Uppiyappan, Nachiyar kil , Tirucherrai they are all nearby. You may visit Tirunageshwaram too which is near Uppiliyappan Koil.

Arti said...

The ceiling is very colorful and fascinating and so is the entire temple. The glow from the lights is giving it a beautiful radiance..

Bikramjit said...

I like the story behind , the saving of the vedas which did not happen but it was willed ..

the painting are lovely ..

Bikram's

aipi said...

Gorgeous ~ I always like how you share the history n legends related to the place!
Us Masala

chitra said...

Kp, thanks
Sridharan, I had replied yesterday to your comments. But it missing now. thanks for the comment.

chitra said...

TGS,
thanks

chitra said...

Sridharan,
I didn't see that Sridharan though I visited it twice.

chitra said...

Insignia,
thanks.

chitra said...

Arti,
I visited the temple in the evening.hence it was well lit and could click a few photos.

chitra said...

Bikram, thanks a lot.
Aipi, thanks a lot.

Mridula said...

The roof details are quite elaborate and beautiful.

....Petty Witter said...

As always an interesting and informative post, how I love my virtual travels with you.

chitra said...

Mridual, welcome...thanks.

chitra said...

PW, thank you so much.

Sushma Mallya said...

Lovely detailed post..beautifully captured!

chitra said...

Sushma, thanks.

Oh my Dior! said...

It looks like a place full of light!


http://www.ohmydior.org/

sm said...

thanks for story
nice show

chitra said...

OMD
thanks for the comment
sm, thank you so much.

Oh my Dior! said...

such a peaceful place we want a new post!!

http://www.ohmydior.org/