Lord Shiva

In the Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva is the Destroyer and the most important one in the Holy Trinity, the other two being Brahma the Creator and Vishnu the Protector. Lord Shiva has always fascinated his followers by his unique appearance: he has not two but three eyes, has ash smeared all over his body, has snakes coiled up around his head and arms, wears tiger and elephant skin, leads a wild life in the cremation grounds far removed from social pretenses, and is known for his proverbial anger.

Lord Vishnu

He has four arms and is male: The four arms indicate his all-powerful and all-pervasive nature. His physical existence is represented by the two arms in the front, while the two arms at the back represent his presence in the spiritual world. The Upanishad Gopal Uttartapani describes the four arms. Title has been given since some of these facts may be shocking for someone, soothing for devotees and interesting for others. Some of these facts may be known to someone but unknown to other.

Lord Brahma

In Hinduism, Lord Brahma is the first god of the Trinity (Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh). He is the creator of the universe. But, he is not worshipped as Lord Vishnu and Shiva. There is only one temple dedicated to him, which is the Pushkar temple of Rajasthan. And many temples are dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva. There is no corner of India where there are no temples of Vishnu and Shiva.

 

Famous Temples in and around Kumbakonam

Kumbakonam is known as the City of temples as there are around thousand of temples in and around Kumbakonam.
There are around 188 Hindu temples within the municipal limits of Kumbakonam. Apart from these, there several thousand temples around the town thereby giving the town the sobriquets “Temple Town” and “City of temples”.

 

Some of the Famous temples

 

  • Kumbeshwar
  • Ramaswamy
  • Nageswaran
  • Kasi Viswanathar
  • Chakarapani
  • Someswarar
  • Abimukeswarar
  • Gautameswarar
  • KambattaViswanathar
  • Varadharaja Perumal
  • Banapureeswarar
  • Mahamaham Tank
  • Ayyavadi
  • Patteewswaram
  • Thirubhuvanam
  • Korukkai
  • Mangala Sani
  • Karuvalarcheri
  • Thirukalasanallur
  • Thiruppurambiyam
  • Darasuram
  • Kumbeshwar
  • Ramaswamy
  • Tiruvidaimarudur
  • Thiruvalanchuzhi
  • Innambur
  • Aduthurai
  • Thirusakthhimutram
  • Valangaiman
  • Avoor
  • Azhagaputhur
  • Tirundudevankudi
  • Tiruviyalur
  • Karuppoor
  • Thirumananjeri
  • Thirukkarugaavoor
  • Thiruppanantaal
  • Sreevanchiyam
  • Nallur
  • Ammankudi
  • Paruthiyur
  • Paalivanna Nathar
  • Oothakadu Temple
  • Pullamangai Temple
  • Thirumangalakudi
  • Papanasam
  • Karuvili
  • Thiruneelakudi
  • Thiruvaiyaru
  • Tiruvavadutura
  • Thiruvaikavur
  • Konerirajapuram
  • Kuthanoor
  • Thirukadayur
  • Kottaiyur
  • Thittai
  • Thiruvarur
  • Mannargudi
  • Mayiladuthurai
  • Thiruchsirupuliyoor
  • Thirucheignalur
  • Thiruveezhimizhalai
  • Thirukodikaval
  • Keevalur
  • Thirukollikaadu
  • Gangaikondacholesvara
  • Ananthamangalam
  • Thirumeeyachur
  • Thirupugalur
  • Semponarkovil
  • Sayavanam
  • Thirupamburam
  • Chidambaram
  • Avudayar Kovil
  • Sirkali
  • Neelayadakshi temple

Navagraha Temples

Nava means ‘nine’ and ghara means planetary ‘energy’, ‘force’ or ‘controller’ so Navagraha Pooja is a prayer ritual performed to energise an individual or family according to the nine planetary forces. According to modern astronomy, only five of these nine influences are actually planets. Kuja (Mars), Budha (Mercury), Guru (Jupiter), Sukra (Venus) and Sani (Saturn), Surya (the Sun) is a Star. Chandra (the Moon) is a natural satellite, Rahu (north node of the moon) and Ketu (south node of the moon) are not celestial bodies, but polar energies.

 

List of Navagraha and their Locations

  • Sani- Thirunallar
  • Raghu-Thirunageswaram
  • Budan-Trivenkadu
  • Kethu- Keezhaperumpallam
  • Guru-Alangudi
  • Sukran-Kanjanoor
  • Seevai-Vaitheeswarankoil
  • Chandran-Thingaloor
  • Suryan-Suriyanar Koil

Famous Temples in Tamilnadu

This is a list of popular Hindu temples in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, known as Land of Temples. Nearly 33,000 ancient temples, many at least 800 to 1200 years old, are found scattered all over the state. Most of the largest Hindu Temples reside here. Studded with complex architecture, variety of sculptures, and rich inscriptions, the temples remain the very essence of the culture and heritage of Tamil land, with historical records dating back to at least 3,000 years.
The state also abounds with a large number of temple tanks. The state has 2,359 temple tanks located in 1,586 temples. The government has identified 1,068 tanks for renovation.

Temples of Tamil Nadu can be categorized as below:

  • Temples of Sangam Age
  • Temples of Thevaram Hymns
  • Temples of Divya Prabhantham Hymns
  • Cave Temples of the Pallavas
  • Cave Temples of Pandiyas
  • Rockcut Monolith Temples of the Pallavas
  • Structural Temples of the Pallavas
  • Structural Temples of the Pandiyas
  • Structural Temples of the Cholas
  • Structural Temples of Vijayanagar / Nayaks
  • Ayyanarappan Temples (The Protector of Villages)