Suriyanar koil is a village located in the Thanjavur district, Tamil Nadu. The place is dedicated to the planet Sun and is one of the Navagraha temples or Sthalas. The village is well-known for the Sivasuryanarayana temple which is a Hindu temple and is dedicated to Surya (Sun God). Devotees can also see the shrines of other planets in this temple. The temple is famous for it's astrological significance, and a large number of pilgrims visit the place to strengthen the effects of planets for wealth and to reduce the bad effects of planets on their health.
Architecture and History of Sivasuryanarayana Temple
The temple faces towards the west and is constructed in a way so that it can get utmost beneficial rays from the planets. The temple was built in the year 1100 AD, during the reign of King Kulottunga Choladeva. The temple highlights a gigantic tower with 3 tiers and 5 domes at the peak. There is also a holy tank which is known as Surya theertham which can be seen here. Guru Bhagavan is portrayed as worshipping Surya Bhagavan here. Here, it is compulsory that at the first one should worship Shiva (Prananadeswarar) and Parvati (Mangalambigai) at Thirumangalakudi and after that they can offer worship to Suryanarayana and other Navagrahas.
The Prananadeswarar temple at Thirumangalakudi, and Agniswarar Swami Temple at Kanjanur (Navagraham Temple which is dedicated to Venus) are the close by attractions.
A visit to the other Navagraha temples
All the other eight Navagraha temples are in proximity to Suriyanar koil. One could visit Thirunallar
in Pondicherry (for the planet Saturn or Shani), Kanjanoor (for the planet Venus or Sukran), Alangudi (for for the planet Jupiter or Guru), Thiruvenkadu (for the planet Mercury or Budhan), Vaideeswaran koil (for the planet Mars or Sevvai), Thirunageswaram and Keezhperumpallam (for the two snake planets) and Thingalur (for the Moon)
Suriyanar koil is approximately 15 kms from Kumbakonam and 21 kms from Swamimalai. It is roughly 20 kms from Mayiladuthurai. The nearest railway station from the place is the Aduthurai Railway Station.
The time between October and March is the best season to visit Suriyanar koil and the other Navagraha temples or sthalas.