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
- Kasi Viswanathar
- Varadharaja Perumal
- Mahamaham Tank
- Mangala Sani
- Paalivanna Nathar
- Oothakadu Temple
- Pullamangai Temple
- Avudayar Kovil
- Neelayadakshi temple
The shrines where the divine saints Azhwars, said to be the Amsams of Sriman. Narayanan, have sung – Mangalaasaasanam – are called Divya Desams. There are 108 Divya Desams, and of these 105 are located in India and 1in Nepal, the remaining two – Parama padam and Thiruppaarkadal – are in the celestial world.
The presiding deities in these Divya Desams are found in various Thirukkolams(postures)
- Kidantha Thirukkolam (Sleeping posture) in 27 Divyadesams
- Veetrirundha Thirukkolam (Sitting posture) in 21 Divyadesams
- Nindra Thirukkolam (Standing posture) in 60 Divyadesams
Divya Desams are temples where Azhwars worshipped Lord Vishnu, as the presiding deity. Their divine hymns are popularly known as Nalayira Divya Prabantham. The Divya Prabandham is in the form of adoration of the deities of 108 temples (Divya Desams)
List of Divya Kshetrams
For the convenience of the Devotees, these Divya kshetrams are tabled into the following groups, identifying the nearest towns with the basic facilities of Boarding/Lodging and Transport.
- Chola Naattu Tirupathigal
- Nadu Naattu Tirupathigal
- Thondai Naattu Tirupathigal
- Vada Naattu Tirupathigal
- Malai Naattu Tirupathigal
- Pandiya Naattu Tirupathigal
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
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
- Rockcut Monolith Temples of the Pandiyas
- 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)