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Ariyalur Thanjavur Perambalur Madurai Karur Nammakal Salem Sivagangai PuduKottai


Temples in Ariyalur

Gangaikondacholapuram

Rajendra Chola - I (1012 - 1044 A ) son of the Great Rajaraja - I, established this temple after his great victorious march to river Ganges on Northern India. He was originally called Madurantakan. He assumed the title of Rajendra during his coronation and continued to rule along with his father Rajaraja - I for a while. He achieved the supreme title of Cholas called Parakesari . His empire extended the whole of southern India to river Thungabathra in the north India, for administrative and strategic purpose he built another capital and named Gangaikondacholapuram.
Timing : 6.00 AM - 12.00 PM and 4.00 PM - 8.00 PM
Telephone: +91 97513 41108

Sri Kaliuga Varatharaja Temple

Sri Kaliyaperumal temple is a major attraction of Ariyalur. It is situated at 5 km away from Ariyalur. This temple is famous for its "Car festival" (March / April) which is conducted yearly. The people of Ariyalur celebrate the festival grandly. The temple is also famous for the Purattasi Saturdays. Every year in the month of 'Purattasi' (September), special Pujas, 'Arathanai', 'Abishekams', etc. are done on the four Saturdays. This also is a major attraction of the Kaliyaperumal temple. This Varadharaja permal blesses with prosperity, wealth, health and a long life.
Timing : 6.30 AM - 12.30 PM and 3.00 PM - 9.00 PM
Address: Sri Kaliyuga Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kallankurichi, Ariyalur.
Telephone: +91-4329- 228 890

Beschi At Elakurichi

In a letter dated 19-12-1726 written to Rome, Beschi introduces himself as already the Vicar Forane of Tanjavur. So we can safely presume Beschi was at Elakurichi from 1721 onwards. During his stay at Elakurichi a very severe famine overtook that area. Thousands of people died of starvation. Mothers sold their infants just for a few measures of rice. The protestant Danish mission at Tranquebar took advantage of this situation.
Timing : 6.30 AM - 11.30 AM
Address: Shrine of Our Lady of Refuge, Elakurichy P.O. Tirumanur Via, Ariyalur.
Telephone: 04329 246222

Temples in Thanjavur

Alangudi Temple

The Aalangudi temple is the abode of Lord Guru and is located in the district of Thanjavur. Lord Shiva consumed the deadly poison Alavisham in this place and hence the name Aalangudi. In this temple the deity faces the South direction as he is the Lord of Dhanusu and Meena Rasi. It is auspicious to conduct poojas on all Thursdays apart from daily poojas and the offerings that are given to Guru Baghawan includes white jasmine flowers, Bengal gram and rice cooked with jaggery. The important festivals celebrated in this temple are: Guru Payirchi, Chitra Pournami, Tai Poosam and Panguni Utharam.
Timing : 6.00 AM - 11.00 PM and 4.00 PM - 9.30 PM
Address: Sri Abathsahayeswarar Temple, Alangudi, Kumbakonam Taluk, Thanjavur
Telephone: +91-4374-269 407

Brahadeshwara Temple

The Great Chola emperor Raja Raja Chola built this famous Brahadeshwara temple or the Big Temple. The sculptures who built this temple are Kunjaramalian and Raja Raja Perunthachan. This temple showcases the Indian architectural brilliance and is a favorite pilgrimage spot for many visitors visiting Tanjore. The Brahadeshwara Temple is protected by deep trenches filled with water on two sides and the Grand Anaicut River on the other side. Brahadeshwara temple is a unique one that has 216 feet tall tower over the inner shrine.
Timing : 9.00 AM - 1.00 PM and 3.00 PM - 6.00 PM
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Chandra Bagawan Temple

The Chandra Bagawan temple or the moon temple is the second important navagrhangal temple situated in and around the temple town of Thanjavur. It is about 25 km towards the north of Thanjavur and is often visited by people who are under the bad effects of Chandra as per their horoscopes. It is believed that by offering prayers and seeking the blessings of the Moon God, the bad effects can be eliminated or reduced in their lives. The devotees main offering to their deity is raw rice cooked with jaggery and white clothing. Special poojas are performed during the full moon days in Panguni month.
Timing : 7.00 AM - 6.00 PM
Address: Thiruvaiyaru - Kumbakonam Route, Thanjavur - 613 001
Telephone: +91-4362 - 252858

Murugan Temple

The Lord Murugan temple is situated about 5 kilometers to the west of Kumbakonam and is on the banks of the famous river Cauvery's tributary. The temple is easily approached from the bus stand and railway station in Kumbakonam and is at a distance of 2 kilometer from these places. The important festivals that take place here are: Monthly Kiruthikai festival, Temple car festival in April, Tai Pusam festival in January, Navaratri festival in May as well as Skanda Shasthi festival in the month of October. There is a huge crowd gathering of the locals as well as tourists from different parts of Tamil Nadu during these festival seasons.
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Address: Swamimalai, Thanjavur.
Telephone: +91-435-2454421

Sani Bagawan Temple

The Sani Bhagawan Temple is situated at about 52 kilometers away from Kumbakonam and is said to be one of the most powerful Saneeshwaran temples all over the world. The Sani Peyairchi festival is the main and the most important festival that is celebrated on the day when the Sani Bhagawan moves from one zodiac sign to another. The Sani Bhagawan is believed to be a giver as well as a destroyer and a Saneeswaran devotee will be ridden of all his problems and worries.
Timing : 7.00 AM - 1.00 PM and 4.00 PM - 9.00 PM
Address: Near Kumbakonam, Thanjavur.
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Thirumananjeri Temple

The Thirumananjeri temple is at a distance of 3 km to the west of Kuthalam, a small town in the district of Thanjavur. It is believed that the wedding of Lord Shiva and Uma Maheshwari took place here and hence the name Thirumananjeri, as in Tamil language Thirumanam means wedding. This temple will conduct a three day festival to celebrate the wedding of Lord Shiva in the Poosam star of the Chithirai month in the Tamil calendar. There are special poojas conducted in this temple for unmarried boys and girls and there is a saying that such persons will tie the knot at the earliest after performing poojas in this temple.
Timing : 8.00 AM - 1.00 PM and 3.30 PM - 8.30 PM
Address: Arulmighu Uthvaganathaswamy temple, Thirumananchery
Telephone: 04364 - 235002

Thirunageshwaram Temple

The king of the Nagas called Raaghu worshipped Lord Shiva at a place near Kumbakonam and hence the place was named as Thirunageshwaram and the temple situated here is called Thirunageshwaram Temple. The main abhishekam in this temple is the Milk Abhishekam which is done on all days between 9:30 am to 5:30 pm and the cost of this abhishekam is about Rs.65/-. Praying to Lord Raaghu in this temple will help a person to get rid of family problems, communicable diseases, mental disorders etc. In the tamil month of karthikai, annual festival called Bhramotsavam is celebrated and the Sekkizhaar festival is celebrated in the tamil month of vaikashi.
Timing : 5.00 AM - 12.00 PM and 4.00 PM - 9.00 PM
Address: Sri Naganatha Swamy Temple, Thirunageswaram, Kumbakonam.
Telephone: 0435-2463354

Thirunallar Temple

Thirunallar is the place of Sani Bhagawan and is located 3 kms away from Karaikal that is a part of Pondicherry. It is believed that King Nala escaped from the bad effects of Sanigraha by praying to Lord Shiva at this place. Thirunallar is famous for the Maragathalingam idol made from precious green stone and special poojas are performed twice everyday. It is necessary to wash the back of the feet in the pond in front of the temple before entering the Thirunallar temple and by doing so it is believed that all the sins of a devotee is washed away. Sani Peyairchi festival is celebrated for 18 days in a grand manner during the Tamil month Vaigasi.
Timing : 6.00 AM - 1.00 PM and 4.00 PM - 8.00 PM
Address: Sri Darbaranyeswara Swami Devasthanam, Thirunallar.
Telephone: 04368-236530 / 236504

Vellai Puliar Temple

Vellai Puliar temple is one of the many ancient temple structures seen in the temple town of Thanjavur. Any tourist who is interested in art and sculptures should surely visit this temple. The carvings and the sculptural works that is carried out on the pillars and on the deities will be a treat for the eyes and will speak volumes about the excellent artistic craftsmanship of the ancient builders, sculptures and engineers. The word Vellai is translated as White in English and the word Puliar mentions about the deity here, Lord Ganesha, and according to the locals here, Vellai Puliar temple means that Lord Ganesha sculpture is white in color.
Timing : 6.00 AM - 12.00 PM and 4.00 PM - 8.00 PM
Address: Arulmigu Valanchuzhinathar Thirukoil, Thiruvalanchuzhi, Near Swamimalai, Kumbakonam .
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Schwartz Church

Schwartz Church is located in the Thanjavur palace garden and was built by the Chola king Raja Serfoji in the year 1779 AD. He built this church to show his affection to the Danish missionary Reverend Frederick Christian Schwartz and it is still a symbol of tolerance seen on the part of the Chola rulers towards different religions. In 1798 when Schwartz died, Serfoji II, a Maratha ruler donated a striking piece of white marble that was made by John Flaxman and this is seen at the western end of the Schwartz church. The marble piece has engravings showing the dying missionary blessing King Serfoji surrounded by his ministers.
Timing : 10.00 AM - 1.00 PM and 1.30 PM - 5.30 PM
Address: Thanjavur Palace Garden, Thanjavur.
Telephone: 914425383333, 985725360294, 919962971156

Temples in Perambalur

Siruvachur Mathura Kaliaman Temple

Siruvachur Mathura Kaliaman temple at Siruvachur in Perambalur taluk is one of the most popular shrine in the district. The presiding deity of the temple is known as Sri Mathura Kaliamman. She is one of the forms of Kali. Poojas are performed on Monday and Friday of every week. The main annual festival commences on the last in Panguni. The Car festival is celebrated on the first in Chithirai.
Timing : 6.30 AM - 8.00 PM
Address: ArulMigu Siruvachur Madurakaliamman Siruvachur, Madras Highway, Perambalur
Telephone: 04328 - 225333


Temples in Madurai

Alagar Kovil

Alagar Koil is a beautiful temple situated in the north east of Madurai. The temple is the abode of Lord Vishnu and is the sacred place for several followers of Lord Vishnu in the region. It is situated in the Alagar hills and is also known as Azhagarkovil. The statue of the lord is made of stone and is a great masterpiece created from kallalgar. Several different statues in different postures of the Lord are all kept in the temple under the same roof and is the best form of distinct temples in southern India
Timing : 5.00 AM - 12.30 PM and 4.00 PM - 8.30 PM
Address: Melur Taluk, Madurai.
Telephone: 0452 - 2470228

Meenakshi Amman Temple

Meenakshi Amman Temple is the holy temple of hindus located in the city of Madurai in southern India. It is a vast temple of Lord Shiva and Goddess parvati. It is the best temple in which both God and Goddess are worshipped together. It is the life line of the country, especially southern India as Lord shiva is the highly worshiped god of the country. It has its foundation way back in the 2500 AD. According to the mythology, Lord shiva visited Madurai to marry Parvati and it has been the sacred abode of Goddess Parvarti since her birth.
Timing : 5.00 AM - 12.30 PM and 4.00 PM - 10.00 PM
Address: Opp Periyar bus stand, Periyar, Madurai Main, Madurai.
Telephone: 0452 - 2344360

Pazhamudhir Solai

Pazhamudhir Solai is a beautiful temple created in the memory of Lord Subramaniya who is worshipped by several people in southern India. It has great culptures of lord subramaniya encarved in wood and marble and is a wonderful temple with giant steps in the front of it. People worship the temple by moving across the periphery of the temple a several number of times, with the hope that their wish would come true. It is the giant temple of Lord subhramaniya in southern India and one of the most beautiful too.
Timing : 5.00 AM - 12.30 PM and 4.00 PM - 10.00 PM
Address: Near Alagar Koil Temple, Madurai.
Telephone: 0452 - 2383333

Tirupparankundram Murugan Temple

Tirupparankundram Murugan temple is one of the pilgrimage places in the southern India. The temple is an excellent master piece of art and is devoted to mother earth for all the benedictions it has bestowed on the holy earth. The region is hilly and is also known as southern Himalayas of India. It is a beautiful place where the sun and moon can be seen together at several instances of the day. It is considered to be the holy place for marriages and most of the marriages in the suburbs take place in this temple itself. The marriage of Lord Subhrahmanya was celebrated in this temple and since then several people have been bound in the marital bonds in front of the god in this temple.
Timing : 5.00 AM - 1.00 PM and 4.00 PM - 9.00 PM
Address:: Thenpalani Hills, Thiruparankundram.
Telephone: 0452 - 2482248

Temples in Naamakkal

Sri Anjaneyar Temple

In Threthayuga, during the Ramayana period, Sri Hanuman lifted the Sanjeevi Mountain from the Himalayas to get medical herbs. He then took the mountain back and replaced it in its original place. When he returned, he brought a salagramam. During his journey, as the sun rose, he went down to the earth and performed the ritual of santhaya vanthanam after placing the salagramam near Sri Mahalakshmi's tapavanam. After performing the pooja, Hanuman tried to lift the salagramam, but was unable to move it as easily as before. Suddenly, the salagramam grew larger and Hanuman heard an oracle saying, "Lord Narasimha wishes to stay here and he wants Hanuman to save Sri Ramachandramurthy first of all."Thus, Sri Hanuman completed his task and came to Namakkal Sthalam on the western side of the rock, where he stands in open air and worships Lord Narasimha Swamy.
Timing : 7.00 AM - 1.00 PM and 4.30 PM - 11.30 PM
Address: Sri Anjaneyar temple, Namakkal, Kottai Naamakkal.
Telephone: +91-4286 - 233 999, 094438 26099

Temples in Karur

Kalyana Venkattaramasami Temple

Lord Brahmma became proud of his position as Creator of the world. To teach him a lesson, Lord Shiva made divine cow Kamadenu come to Earth through Narada to perform penance on Him in this place, a forest of Vanji trees then. A divine voice instructed Kamadenu to worship the Linga hidden in an anthill there. Following the instructions, Kamadenu was pouring its milk on Lord in the anthill. As its foot hit the Linga in, it began to bleed. Lord told Kamadenu that He would be worshipped as Pasupathi Nathar as the cow (Kamadenu) worshipped Him and that Kamadenu would do the creation work. Kamadenu began the job that wiped of the pride of Brahmma. Merciful Lord returned the creation job to Brahmma then and took Kamadenu with him.
Timing : 6.00 AM - 11.00 PM and 4.00 PM - 8.00 PM
Address: Sri Pasupatheeswarar Temple, Karur
Telephone: +91-4324 - 262010

Arulmigu Pudhu Vangal Amman Kovil

About 130 years ago our forefathers separated from the old Vangal Amman Temple and built new Vangal Amman Temple naming the deity, Mother Goddess as Arulmigu Pudhuvangal Amman and established the temple. There are about 6000 families of people belonging to our clan, PudhuVangal Temple, spread over the districts of Karur, Namkal, Dindukal, Madhurai, Kovai, Salem and Erode. This is the fifth generation of families belong to the new temple. After a long gap, in 1979 the PudhuVangal Amman Temple was rejuvenated and MahaKumbhabishiekam had been performed in grant manner. This was first Kumbhabiskeham in Kongu Kudipattukara temples or Kulathaiva temple, is a great pride for all of us.
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Address: Sri Pudhu Vangalamman Temple, Vangal, Karur.
Telephone: 04324 - 228902

Sri Jaya Anjaneya Swami Temple

The beautiful village by name Lalapet is situated near Kulithalai in the Karur District, Tamil Nadu. You enter the village abutting the river Cavery surrounded by green lashing paddy fields, banana gardens and coconut grow, the sight will mesmerise you. There was a divine direction to one of the village elders by none other then Sri Anjaneya moorthi Himself to build a temple. As directed, an idol of Sri Anjaneya Swami was established right below the 'dwajastamba'. The idol is south facing and adores the name 'Sri Jaya Anjaneya'. In the days that followed, the sannathi was built for Sri Anjaneya Swami. 'Maha kumbabishakam' was performed for this temple once in 1940 and then in the year 1984. Not only that the establishment of this temple has this unique background, there is also a wonder stone which also indicates the blessing and presence of the Lord in this wonderful and peaceful place in Lalapet.
Timing : 7.00 AM - 1.00 PM and 4.30 PM - 11.30 PM
Address: SriJaya Anjaneya Swami Temple, Lalapet, Karur.

Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple

The (ancient) temple of Athi Perumal viz., Sri Perundevi Thayar Sametha Sri Varadaraja Perumal has been radiating grace from Puliyur Village, Vyakrapuri also known as Kovilpalayam, Karur District. This special shrine is situated on the southern banks of the Amaravathi river. This east facing Vaishnavite temple positioned in the centre of the village with its 13th century (circa) Chola sculptural display , bestows the benign blessings on the devotees. Both the Lords Hari and Shiva coexist here as in Kanchipuram.
Address: Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kovilpalayam, Puliyur, Karur.

Temples in Salem

Sri Kottai Mariamman Temple

This temple was built during the periods of Chara Kings, as the present Salem District then belongs to Chara Nadu. The said place where the temple was built up was called as Fort. In the said Fort the then rulers built two temples, one Perumal Temple and another Mariamman Temple. The place where the Perumal and Mariamman temples built were called as Fort, the Fort was then guarded by the soldiers of Chara Kings. The Mariamman Temple, known as Kottai Periya Mari is the guardian deity of Salem Fort during the Pre-British period. This is the oldest temple in Salem. The guardian deity namely Goddess Periya Mariamman was worshipped by the people of Salem for decades together.
Timing : 6.00 AM - 11.00 PM and 4.00 PM - 9.00 PM
Address: Arulmigu Kottai Periya Mariamman Temple, Salem
Telephone: 0427 - 2267845

Sugavaneshwarar Temple

Moolavar of this temple is Arulmigu Sugavaneshwarar.The name of the god underliying because parrot get a wishes from this god. Other names of this god was Kili Vananathar, Babanasar, Pattesurar, Nahisar, Mummudinathar. Other names of Amman in this temple is Sornambigai, Maragathavalli, patchivalli. Vinayagar alies Valampuri Vinayagar (Irattai Vinayagar).These gods are "Mummoorthigal" of this temple. The 500 - year - old Shiva temple, which carries the historical traces of the rulers of Cheras, Chozhas and Pandias of the yonder past and the Mysore dynasty with its imposing towers sits on a sprawling two acres in the heart of the town.
Timing : 6.00 AM - 11.00 PM and 5.00 PM - 9.00 PM
Address: Swarnambigai Agraharam, Salem.
Telephone: 0427-2254414

Kottai Perumal Temple

Arulmighu alagirinatha swamy temple, kottai in salem is an ancient temple. It is believed to be have had 5 praharams including the present collector's office. It was called as sri sundararaja perumal temple. As proof for this, we can find a pillar with mandapam bearing Krishna image is there. Due to foreign and mohammedian invasion, the temple reached its current state . It is surrounded by compound walls on four sides and its location is just west to the river bank of manimutharu river, the area of the temple is about one acre of land. When and who's period the temple came to existence is not known.we can came to know that the temple was first renovated by the nayakar's regime. The monuments and inscriptions inside the temple walls shows that the temple was renovated by the nayakars.
Timing : 6.00 AM - 12.00 PM and 5.00 PM - 9.00 PM
Address: Arulmigu Alagirinatha Swamy Temple Kottai, Salem
Telephone: 0427 - 2221577

Sri Balasubramaniar Temple

This is a temple for Lord Murugan at Seelanaickenpatti, 1 km far from Dadagapatty. Those praying in this temple are blessed with progress in business and prosperity. Devotees perform abishek to Lord Muruga and offer clothes. Oothumalai Murugan Temple is 4 km from Salem on the Seelanaickenpatti bypass road.
Timing : 6.00 AM - 11.00 PM and 4.00 PM - 8.00 PM
Address: Sri Balasubramaniar Temple, Seelanaickenpatti, Oothumalai, Salem .
Telephone: +91- 4282 - 235 201

Jama Masjid

The oldest mosque in Salem, situated on the southern bank of the Thirumanimuthu Aru in the heart of the city. It was reportedly built by the Mysore ruler, Thippu Sulthan, who is said to have offered prayers here. The Masjid Inam granted to this mosque was confirmed by the British in 1862. By a special resolution in 1880. Address: Old Bus Stand, Salem.
Telephone: 0427-2267227

Infant Jesus Church

The new Cathedral, situated on Omalur Road, Salem 636009, was consecrated and erected on 27th November 1991, after the name of Infant Jesus. This magnificent Cathedral was meticulously planned and carefully constructed by the late Bishop Most Rev. Dr. Michael B. Duraisamy, as his last monument and gift to the diocese of Salem. Very Rev. Fr. S. Amalraj was asked to continue as the first Parish Priest since he was already the Parish Priest of St. Xavier's Church at Arisipalayam. He was incharge of the Cathedral Parish till 13th June 1992. On the first Thursdays, the Bishop of Salem celebrates the Novena Mass and on the last Thursday of the month there is a short procession with the decorated car of Infant Jesus around the Cathedral. During the Mass at the offertory time all the petitions of the month are burnt.

Temples in Sivagangai

Sri Karpaga Vinayagar Temple(PillayarPatti)

The best known of the Nagarathar clan temples is Pillaiyarpatti. About 12 km from Karaikudi on the road to Madurai, it attracts visitors in large numbers from all parts of India and abroad. Karpaga Vinayagar is a huge bas-relief in a cave hewn out of a hillock and is a splendid example of the South Indian sculpture. The 6 feet tall sculpture is dated to the 5th Century A.D. The Rajagopuram towers over the eastern entrance and rises in five storeys. The temple is rich in stone and terracotta sculpture. There are 30 bronzes in the temple dating from the 10th Century. The celebration at Vinayagar Chathurthi festival - birth of Lord Vinayaga is well known here.
Timing : 6.00 AM - 1.00 PM and 4.00 PM - 8.30 PM
Address: Pillaiyarpatti, Koil Road, Pillayarpatti.
Telephone: 04577-264240/41

Kundrakudi Murugan Temple

Kundrakudi, located 11 km west from Karaikudi on a small hill is famous for its ancient cave temple of Lord Muruga. It is also a place of considerable historical interest. On the western side of the hill are three excavated cave strives at a ground level. These are in line and adjacent to one another. Later structures have been added to these shrines in the front. The temple is stunning with four Teppakulam on all the four sides of it. The carvings of 9th, 10th and 12th century are seen here.
Timing : 6.00 AM - 11.00 PM and 4.00 PM - 8.00 PM
Address: Sri Shanmughanathar Temple, Sri Tiruvannamalai Adheenam, Kundrakudi, Sivaganga
Telephone: +91 - 4577 - 264227, 97905 83820

Sorna Kaleeswarar Temple

It is located 15 km from Sivagangai. Kalaiyarkovil was the seat of the kings from very early days. King Vengai Marban ruled over this area dufing Sangam period. It was also the seat of the freedom fighters like Muthu Vaduga Nathar and Marthu brothers. Sorna Kasleeswarar Temple was the stronghold of the rulers of Sivagangai with a well built extensive fort. The Gigantic tall Rajagopuram persuades one to worship, Saints Gnanasambander, Sundarar, Appar and Arunagiri Nathar who visitor this temple and praised the God with their sacred poems. Vaikasi Festival ( May - June ) and Thaipoosam Festival ( January - February ) are celebrated here every year.
Timing : 6.00 AM - 11.00 PM and 4.00 PM - 8.00 PM
Address: Sorna Kaleeswarar Temple, Kalaiyarkoil, Sivagangai.
Telephone: +91-4575-232 516, 94862 12371

Soumiya Narayana Perumal Temple

It is located 10 km south-west of Thiruppathur on the Sivagangai - Thiruppathur highway. Sowmya Narayan Temple is a famous vaishnavaite pilgrim place. The halls used for accomodating the destitutes present in the templewere built by kings from the community of Pandyas, Vanathirayars and Nayakkars of Tanjore. People used to take part in large numbers during the traditional functions like Masi Pournami Theppa Thiruvizha and Panguni Uthira Oonjal Thiruvizha. These are celebrated in the last two Tamil months. "Thiru" means "sacred", "Koshty" means "assembly" and "Ur" means "place" ( ie. Place of sacred assembly ). All the Gods are supposed to have assembled to have assembled here and discussed how to kill the demon Iranyan.
Timing : 6.00 AM - 1.00 PM and 5.00 PM - 8.30 PM
Address: Sri Sowmiya Narayana Perumal Koil, Thirukoshtiyur, Shivagangai.
Telephone: 04577 - 261131, 04577 - 261103

Edaikattur Church

Edaikattur Church is the Sacred Heart Shrine Built with full of arts in Gothic architectural style on the model of the RHEIMS cathedral in France. All those beautiful statues were brought from France 110 Years back to Idaikattur. The reason is that only in this shrine there are the Relics ( things connected with ) of 40 saints kept on the main altar. Secondly, there is a historical event which took place 110 years back, when this Church was built that 9 choirs ( hundreds ) of angels appeared and solved a great problem. The Location of the shrine is 36 Km away from Madurai on the way to Ramnad or Rameshwaram main road.
Timing : Mon - Fri 7.00 AM - 12.00 PM and \
Sun 7.30 AM, 9.00 AM, 10.30 AM, 12.00 PM, 6.00 PM
Address: Idaikattur, Sivagangai.
Telephone: +91(04574)267212, 9789566767

Temples in PuduKottai

Kudumiyanmalai Shikhagirishwarar Temple

Before this place was called Kudumiyanmalai, its name was Thirunalankunram. Legend goes that the king used to visit the temple everyday in the evening and it was customary for the priest to give the prasad to the king after the evening puja. One evening, it was getting late and King Sundarapandian had still not come. Since the closing time of the temple was nearing, the priest gave the prasad to the dasis who danced everyday at the temple. Seeing the king enter the temple just as the dasis were leaving, the priest got worried and took the flowers from the dasis who had already worn it on their hair and gave it to the king. Seeing a strand of hair on the flower, the king became suspicious and questioned the priest about the presence of hair in the flowers.
Address: kudumiyanmalai, Pudukottai

Avudaiyar Kovil

Tirupperunturai kown as Avudaiyarkoil is a Shaiva temple situated near Aranthangi in the Pudukkottai district of Tamil Nadu. One of the sacred books of Tamil Saiva Siddhanta, Manikkavacakar's Tiruvacakam, originated from this shrine. Manikkavacakar is said to have converted the king to the cult of Shiva and built the temple with money that had been intended for war-horses.
Adress: Avudaiyarkoil, Mimisal Road, Ambalpuram

Sri Gokarneswara-Brahadambal Temple

The Rock-cut cave temple of Sri Gokarneswara - Brahadambal at Thirugokarnam is a Pandya art and belongs to 9th century AD. It is the tutelary deity of Thondaiman rulers of Pudukkottai. The Pudukkottai Museum is situated at Thirugokarnam. It has rare collections in Geology, Zoology, Paintings, Anthropology, Archaeology, Numismatics, Economics, Botany and Philately. The Fine Sculptures and bronzes of various periods are the, attractive items of the Museum. Open on all days Except Fridays, Second Saturdays of the month and three National Holidays.

Thirumayam

The Fort, the Siva and Vishnu temples are the tourist attractions here. The fort played an important role in the history of Tondaiman rulers of Pudukkottai and the British. The erection of this 40 acre-wide fort in 1687 AD. is attributed to Sethupathi of Ramanathapuram. There are two cave temples one for Siva - Satyagiriswarar - and another for Vishnu - Satyamurti. Vishnu is in the form of Ananthasayi, called Adivangam. It is one of important Vishnavite centre.

Kattubhava Pallivasal

Kattubhava Dargah is situated in Pudukkottai District 10 kms from Thiumayam. Bhava Fakuriddin Aulia also known as Kattu Bhava is entombed here. The Nawab of Arcot built this dargah during 17th century. The people of all religions and faith with disparity Throng here. Kanthuri, the annual festival attracts large number of pilgrims from all parts of this region


Address: Kattubhava pallivasal, Pudukottai