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.