Saturday Morning we started from Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu travelled towards south of India to cover Shaktipeethas, Navagrahas and few among 108 Divya Desams. It was a pleasant drive towards Mayiladuthurai, also known as Mayavaram that is 280 KMs from Chennai is considered to be an epicenter to all these popular/famous temples in South India. Drive was on Wagonr and Innova cars.
LingAsthakam was all the time in our ears, during the journey. Here, you can listen to Linga Ashtakam, along with the transcript and translation of Linga Astakam. Lingastakam Removes worries of all types and gives peace and tranquillity.
Mayiladuthurai (Tamil: மயிலாடுதுறை, formerly Mayuram or Mayavaram) is a city and a municipality in Nagapattinam district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The town is located in the historic Thanjavur area on the banks of river Cauvery. Mayiladuthurai is a well known railway junction and the town is well-connected with other major towns in the region, such as Tiruchirappalli, Thanjavur, Kumbakonam and Tiruvarur. Mayiladuthurai is a Lok Sabha constituency.
Sthala Puraanam - Name and significance Legends say that due to a curse, Goddess Parvathi took birth as peacock in Mayuram and worshiped Lord Shiva in his form of Mayuranathar. Mayuram means peacock in Sanskrit and it was later translated as Mayiladuthurai in Tamil language. According to the book Mayiladuthurai Mahaangal (Saints of Mayiladuthurai), several saints lived and attained their final peace (samadhi) in and around Mayiladuthurai. Many siddhars also have lived here. Even today there is a village called Sidharkaadu in the western outskirts of Mayiladuthurai. Legends also tell that it was a part of Tharukavanam.
Temples around Mayiladuthurai
Mayooranathar Temple - The Mayooranathar Temple, also called the 'big temple' is a temple dedicated to Shiva where Thevaram is recited.
Vallalar Temple - Vallalar Temple in the northern bank of river Cauvery is a famous Shiva temple known for its Guru shrine.
Ayyarapper Temple - Ayyarapper Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva is located at the center of the city. ThulA Festival is famous in this temple and it is celebrated in the month of October.
Parimala Ranganathar temple - Parimala Ranganathar temple, the Vishnu temple in Thiru-Indalur suburb is one among the 108 Dhivya Desams.
Gangai konda Cholapuram, a more than 1000 years old temple is just 40Km from mayiladuthurai. It is a must-see historic place.
Navagraha temples are situated around this town. There are many famous temples in Mayiladuthurai's vicinity, most important amongst which is Vaitheeswarankoil. The temple complex is known to house many astrologers employing a method of fortune telling called NADI Jyothidam. The town also has a Medhaa Dakshinamurthi temple.
Other temples of importance include the Sukran Temple and a temple in TirukkaDavUr is dedicated to Lord AmirthakaDEswarar and Goddess Abirami.
One of the institutions that was formed for the flourishing of Saivam and Tamil, Dharmapuram Adheenam (Mutt) is in the eastern part of Mayuram.
It is the most important location for "Tula snaanam", in the river Kavery in the Tamil month of "Aippasi".
Moovalur Markasagaya shiva temple constructed by Kulothunga cholan is 4Km away from Mayiladuthurai.
Senthangudi Durga Temple - Durga Temple is also famous and is 2 Km from Mayiladuthurai.
Tirupambupuram Temple - Tirupambupuram is a very ancient Shiva temple. It is known as Dakshina Kalahasti. It is located near peralam (7km west).
Thirumanancheri Temple - Thirumanancheri Temple is very famous very near from mayiladuthurai.
Kannagi Temple - The Kannagi Temple is in Melaiyur which is located around 24 km from Mayiladuthurai. Poompuhar is 4km from Melaiyur.
Punugiswarar Temple - The Punugiswarar Temple is dedicated to Lord Siva & consort santha nayaki.Situated at koranad.Workshipped by civet cat.
First of all, we reached Chidambaram by 12:45 PM. Chidambaram is 11 km from the coast and 240 km south of Chennai, is a major pilgrimage site for Shaivites as the temple there houses the Akasha Lingam of Shiva and is one of the greatest Shiva Temples of Tamilnadu.
The temple closes for devotees by 12:30 and we couldn't see Akasha Lingam (the main diety). But were able to go around and see those massive temple walls and its archetecture including wall paintings.
However, we could see the glimpse of Akasha Lingam while returning back home on the third day. On Saturday night we could cover three temples in the vicinity. We checked into the PAMS hotel which is affordable with a decent double bed room, costed us Rs. 2000 per day. That afternoon and got fresh and headed toward Oppiliappan Koil (TiruvNNagaram).
Oppiliappan Koil: is one of the famous Divya Desams located at Thiru Nageswaram near Kumbakonam in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu. On the same evening we could cover Thiruadhanur, Thirupullambhuthangkudi, Thirukkavithathalam temples. The Chakrapani, Sarangapani and Ramaswamy temples, which are located in the town of Kumbakonam, were covered in one evening.
We shall be posting the pleasure trip to more temples Surya Naryana Koil, Gharba Rakshambika koil, Ambika Amman Koil and Kethu Sthalam as on the day two.