NAVAGRAHA TEMPLES

 
  • Thingaloor
  • Alangudi
  • Thirunageshwaram
  • Suryanarkovil
  • Kanchanoor
  • Vaitheeswaran Kovil
  • Thiruvenkadu
  • Keezhaperumpallam
  • Thirunallar

PLACES TO VISIT

 
  • Mahamaham Tank
  • Dharasuram
  • Tanjore Big Temple
  • Chidambaram
  • Gangaikonda Cholapuram
  • Swamimalai

Navagraha Temples

Thingaloor

Thingaloor Chandran Navagraha Temple is the second significant temple among Navagraha temples near Kumbakonam town, situated in a village called Thingaloor near Thiruvayaru of Thanjavur district. Thingal” in Tamil means Chandran and hence the name Thingaloor. The main deity is named as “Kailasa Nathar” and the goddess is “Periya Nayaki”. During certain days the moon’s rays fall on the falls over the Shiva Lingam. The temple is situated in between green fields. This temple’s south door is generally used. Thingaloor Temple is about 36 km from Kumbakonam, on the way to Tiruvaiyaru. It is about 1 km from Thirupayhanam which is on the Kumbakonam – Thiruvayyaru Road. Regular buses are available from Kumbakonam and Thiruvaiyaru. Kumbakonam Railway Station is the nearest railway station.

Alangudi

Alangudi is a small town in the Cauvery delta region, situated in the Thiruvarur district of Tamil Nadu, around 17 km south of Kumbakonam, on the way to Mannargudi, and 7 km north of Needamangalam. Kumbakonam is the nearest major town to reach Alangudi. There are many buses plying from Kumbakonam to Mannargudi which stops at Alangudi town. The temple is just half a Kilometer from the bus stand. There are also plenty of taxis available from Kumbakonam which can be hired for half a day.

Thirunageshwaram

Temple occupies an area of 630 feet South-North and 800ft East-West. There are four gateways with Gopuram in the big and high compound walls of the temple. Near to the compound walls there is the broad pathway (Praharam) with a flower garden on Northern side. The temple structure begins at the Central Gopuram with a long Praharam (pathway) immediately thereafter. There is continuous Mandapam structure and in its South-West Corner there is Sri Rahu Bagavan Sannathi. The temple is few kilometer near to Kumbakonam.

Suryanar Koil

Suryanar Koil is around 15km from Kumbakonam, near Aduthurai. The temple is located in a small village called as SuryanarKoil and is about 2Km. north of Aduthurai town. Suryanarkoil can be reached from Kumbakonam and Mayavaram by local buses. NearestRailway stations are Aduthurai, Kumbakonam and Mayiladuthurai. Nearest Airport is Trichy. Other nearby Temples are Kanjanur Sukran temple at just 3 K.M from here, Lord Shiva temple at Thiruvidaimarudhur and Thirupananthal.

Kanchanur

Kanjanur is the temple for performing ‘Kalathira Dosha Pariharam’ for Lord Sukiran. Lord Shiva named as Agneeswarar is the presiding deity and his consort is Goddess Karpagambal.

Lord Agni one of the Ashtadhik Balakars is said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here and hence the name Agneeswarar for the Lord Shiva here. There are quite a few Shivalingams in the praharam, including one supposedly installed by King Kamsa. Also known as Sukran Navagraha Sthalam, Agniswarar temple is located around 18 km from Kumbakonam and 2 km to the east from Suriyanar Kovil, on the Kallanai Poompuhar road, in Tamilnadu.

Vaitheeswaran Koil

Vaitheeswaran Koil is a small town near Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu. By Train: From Chennai side, take Rameswaram Express, Nagoor Express or Cholan Express and get down at chidambaram which is 24 km from Vaitheeswaran Koil. From Coimbatore or Madurai side, take any train that goes to Chidambaram. This Shivastalam is a well known, well visited shrine with towering Gopurams; hailed as one of the 9 Navagraha Stalams, sacred to Mars - Angarakan it is visited by thousands. It is located in close proximity to Sirkazhi and Chidambaram. The Singaravelar - Subramanya shrine is also of importance here. There are several literary works about this shrine. Ramalinga Adigalar has sung its praises. Tiruvenkaadu is also located near Vaideeswaran Koyil

Thiruvenkadu

Among the nine planets, Budhan Baghawan worshipped in Thiruvenkadu Temple will give bliss. Mercury protects Shiva Bakthas and literary persons. He is green in complexion, soft in nature. He bestows Lord Shiva devotees with the knowledge in Astrology, Sculpture, and Medical treatment of paralysis. He also grants power of expression and success in education, literary pursuits, fame in fine arts, and profession and good relations with scholars, Wednesday is the day to worship him offeriong green colour items and he likes white kanthal. Evil effects by Mercury are usually failure in business, set back in profession, lack of mental calibre, and transfer from native place, getting caught in quarrels.

Keezhaperumpallam

Kethu temple is the Navagraha temple located in a village called Keezhaperumpallam in Chidambaram District near Thiruvenkadu. The temple is dedicated to Lord Kethu.

The main Idol of this temple is Lord Shiva as “Naganathaswamy” and Goddess Parvathi as “Soundaranayagi” blessing the devotees.

Keezhaperumpallam is a small village and located on the Cauvery river which near to Poompuhar. The place of this temple is also called as Vanagiri.

All days are special in the Ketu temple at Keezhaperumpallam. Abhishekam to Lord Ketu is performed daily by 8.30am. Prodhoshams are very special occasions. Six worship services are offered at the Ketu temple.

Thirunallar

Thirunallar Shani Temple in Karaikal is located in a small town called Thirunallar is 5 K.M. west of Karaikal city, a part of Union Territory Pondicherry, in the bus route of Karaikal-Mayiladuthurai and Kumbakonam.

There are direct buses from Chennai to Thirunallar.

The easiest route from Chennai to Thirunallar is via Tindivanam, Pondicherry, Chidambaram, Tranquebar and Karaikal. Nearest Railway Station to Thirunallar Shani Temple is the Mayiladuthurai Railway Station