Tiruvarur Thyagaraja Temple, Tamil Nadu

Sri Thyagaraja temple is located in the heart of Tiruvarur town, in the district of Tiruvarur, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The chief deities of this temple are Vanmeeka Nathar, Puttridam Kondar (Importance to Lord Thyagarajar only) (Lord Shiva) and his consorts are Kamalambikai, Alliam Kothai and Neelothpalambal.

The holy tree of this temple is Pathiri tree. The holy water of this temple is Krupa Theertham. The agamam or pooja of this temple is known as Kalamalalayam. This temple is nearly 1000-2000 years old in this region. The historical name of this place is Tiruvarur.

According to the local legends, “Great Saivite Saints Gnanasambandar, Tirunavukkarasar, Sundarar, Manickavasagar had sung the glory of Lord of the temple in their celebrated Thevaram and Tiruvasagam hymns.  Of the Shiva temples on the southern bank of Cauvery, this is the 87th praised in Thevaram hymns.”

The festivals of this temple are Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January, Deepavali, 10 day Aadi Pooram in July-August; Pongal, Tamil month Masi, Masi Magam Day in February-March; the Makar Sankranthi, 10 day Panguni Uthiraim in March-April, Tamil and English New Year days, Chithiria festival in April-May, and the Pradosha Puajas.

The temple’s specilaity are Lord Thyagaraja is praised by the devotees and pilgrims as the Raja-King of Gods. Lord Shiva is a swayambumurthi in the temple. There are 9 Rajagopuras, 365 Shiva Lingas, 80 Vimanas, 13 mandaps, 12 tall walls, 15 wells of Theertha importance, 3 gardens and 3 prakaras. Veedhi Vidanga Linga is strongly believed to have been worshipped by dovetees and pilgrims.

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