Monday, October 1, 2012

Thyagaraja Swamy temple- Tiruvarur, Tiruvarur District ,Tamil nadu

Thyagaraja Swamy temple was on my wish list for a long time as I heard that the temple is very ancient and has the biggest  pond in India. The temple stretches into acres of land and each and every corner of this temple is rich in craftsmanship and ornamental work. The temple towers stand testimony to the centuries it has seen and is certainly a delight for the those who wish to witness the marvellous work of craftsmen which would leave anyone astounded. The temple surroundings are serene and one can enjoy the peace as there is hardly any crowd on regular days.

The temple of Siva -Tyagaraja Swamy  lies in the  heart of Chola land very near to Tanjore ( 45Kms by road) and is also closer to Kumbakonam.

The main door leading to the inner most prakaram  has  gigantic idols as dwarapalakas guarding the gate. Just outside this temple is the shrine of Goddess Parvati.

It is said that Thyagaraja Swamy here is in a form of Somaskanda ; Shiva with His consort Uma and Skanda, ( Muruga ) seated between . This temple is surrounded by many sub shrines of Siva in various forms.

The temple tank is very huge and magnificent and covers an area of 33 acres. There is  also a shrine inside the tank. The chariot festival here during the month of Chitharai ( April/May) is very famous and the chariot here is supposed to be the biggest in Tamil Nadu.

A temple worth visiting.

How to reach- The temple is situated at a distance of 40 Kms from Kumhakonam and  can be reached by rail or road.


26 comments:

Mridula said...

Those smaller structure with eye like painting look very beautiful.

SG said...

Thanks for the nice info on Thyagaraja Swami temple. Is the ther (car) festival still going on? Someone said it was stopped. I am sure you would have the latest info.

Martina said...

Hi Chitra! The cow sculpture here with scarfs is so beautiful! Nice to see you again!

R.Ramakrishnan said...

Yes Chitra,this is an awesome and amazing temple. Visited some years back. And the water tank is really big.

chitra said...

Mridula- thanks a lot.

chitra said...

SG
I do not know whether it was conducted last year. But am sure it was conducted in 2010 as I had visited immediately after the car festival and remember clicking a few photos of the decorated car.

chitra said...

Thanks Martina, I took a long break..But would be regular from now on..

chitra said...

Ramakrishnan
thanks a lot.

R. Ramesh said...

kya baat hi..superb yar

chitra said...

Ramesh-thanks a lot.

P.N. Subramanian said...

Good that you told it is closer to Kumbakonam. It is in my wish list too. Beautiful pictures. The structures with conical roofs could have been added subsequently.

R Niranjan Das said...

Beautiful temple. Looks very serene. Nice article.

http://rajniranjandas.blogspot.in

chitra said...

PNS,
Yes, you can make it if you wish to go from Tanjore also.

chitra said...

Niranjan, thanks a lot.

....Petty Witter said...

As always a fascinating post, I'd love to learn more about the Chariot Festival you mentioned.

chitra said...

Chariot festival is part of the annual festival celebrated in almost all ancient temples in South India. .That is the time the deity comes out of the temple to visit his subjects and bless them. Befitting a king , the Lord is taken in a decorated, brightly coloured wooden chariot having huge wheels and these chariots are pulled by devotees.Devotees gather in thousands and sing hymns in praise of the Lord.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiruvarur_Chariot_festival

I have some photos which I would share later. Yet to locate that file.

R. Ramesh said...

one day i have to meet u chitraji..i will get lots of punniyams..gr8 work yar

chitra said...

Thanks Ramesh..we'll meet ..

Martina said...

Dear Chitra, thanky ou for visiting and your nice comments! I'd love some of your warmth here - how about a weather exchange ;) Have a loely day!

Anupama K. Mazumder said...

Such a lovely temple!

www.anucreations.blogspot.in

chitra said...

Martina.. thanks a lot..a weather change..a little bit of chillness is o.k for me..:))

ashok said...

Totally enjoyed this post...

chitra said...

thanks Anupama for the visit and comment.

chitra said...

Ashok
thanks.

Sridharan said...

Beautiful Chitra.. This place is still in my 'to-visit' list

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