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Thirunageswaram - Navagraha Temple Of Rahu


Thirunageswaram is located in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu and it is a panchayat town. This place is situated about 8 kms east of the city Kumbakonam. This town is devoted to Rahu Bhagavan (Rahu planet). Thirunageswaram is also well known for its land’s fertility and the main crops that are cultivated here are wheat, rice and corn. One can also find plenty of mango and coconut farms around.

Tourist Places In And Around Thirunageswaram

There are 2 main temples in the town - one is the famous Shaivite temple of Naganathaswamy and the other one is the Oppiliappan temples which is a famous temple for Vaishnavites.

In the temple of Naganathaswamy, the main deity is Shiva who can be seen with his consort, Goddess Parvati. The idol of Rahu can be seen in a human form in this temple. It is said that malefic planetary effects of Rahu in one's birth chart can cause problems in life. Thus, by praying to Rahu at the Naganathaswamy Temple, one can overcome such misfortunes. The main highlight of the temple is milk abhishekam which is performed during Rahu Kalam.

Oppiliappan Temple is also a well-known temple in Thirunageswaram which is visited by pilgrims all through the year. In this temple, Ramnavami is celebrated magnificently. On the last day of Ramnavami, Kanakabhishekam and Thirukalyanam are performed on a royal and large scale and a large number of devotees throng to attend these 2 events.

Navagraha Temples Around Thirunageswaram

All the 8 Navagraha Sthalas are situated close to Thirunageswaram (which is one amongst the nine Navagraha temples or Sthalas). Thirunallar (for Saturn or Lord Shani), Kanjanoor (for Venus or Lord Sukra), Suryanar Koil (Sun or Lord Surya), Thiruvenkadu (Lord Budhan), Thingalur (for Moon or Lord Chandran), Keezhperumpallam (Lord Ketu), Alangudi for (Guru or Jupiter) and Vaideeswaran Koil (for Mars or Sevai) are located in proximity to Thirunageswaram.

How To Reach Thirunageswaram

Kumbakonam railway station is the nearest railway station from Thirunageswaram. Trichy airport is very close to the place. The network for buses is also very good and travellers can avail bus services from Kumbakonam to reach Thirunageswaram.

Thirunageswaram Weather

June-September is perfect for visitors who want to stay in the town only for a few days. Despite the humid weather, these months are enjoyable and good for sightseeing.

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Thirunageswaram Weather

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How to Reach Thirunageswaram

  • By Road
    The state transport buses link Thanjavur and all the Navagraha Sthalas including Thirunageswaram with other main towns in Tamil Nadu. Travelers can avail daily buses from Madurai and Trichy to Thirunageswaram. Private buses for tourists are also available and are well connected to the other towns like Kanyakumari, Chennai, Trivandrum, Bangalore and Madurai.
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  • By Train
    The rail network in this area is as good as the air network. The nearest railway station is Trichy junction from where the visitors can avail regular trains to Chennai and Madurai.
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  • By Air
    Thirunageswaram is located in the Tanjavur district. The Trichy airport is just 58 kms away from Thanjavur district hence it is the nearest airport to the town. Bangalore and Chennai airports are also located in close proximity to the town. Trichy links Chennai by regular air flights. Moreover all these airports are linked very well with the other important towns of India and overseas.
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