Thiruvanaikaval, also known as Thiruvanaikoil, is a peaceful, quaint and unspoiled town situated in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. This small suburb is located on the northern bank of the river Kaveri and lies very close to the Srirangam Island, which is a river island. One of the towns in the island, Srirangam is a renowned place of pilgrimage for the Hindus.
The Legend of Shiva – Tourist places in and around Thiruvanaikaval
Thiruvanaikaval is a popular destination among the devotees of Lord Shiva because of the Jambukeshwarar Temple that is located here. Lord Jambukeshwarar is one of the avatars of Lord Shiva. In this temple, the god is worshipped along with the goddess Sree Akhilandeswari.
Within the premises of the temple is the Panchabhoothasthalam, that is a tank of holy water. It is believed that bathing with this holy water will wash off your bodily as well as spiritual sins and help you achieve moksha or salvation. In fact, the Shiva linga in the temple also has a source of fresh water situated beneath it.
The town of Thiruvanaikaval is famous for being the birthplace of the Nobel Laureate C.V.Raman, an Indian physicist, who won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1930. Many tourists visiting the area are also attracted to this small town because of the desire to see the place where this world famous physicist was born. The house, in which C.V. Raman was born and lived for most part of his life, still stands in the town. It has become a place of pilgrimage for the educated and intellectual population of the country.
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Thiruvanaikaval can be reached by air, train and road.
The best time to visit the town is from October to February when the weather is pleasant, and the temperature is bearable.