The Thyagaraja Temple is one of the most ancient temples that can be found in Tamil Nadu. It dates back to the first millennium and was constructed by the Cholas. The temple complex itself is spread over an area of 33 acres and houses various smaller shrines dedicated to the worship of several deities.
The main shrine of the temple is split into two, one dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva as Vanmikinathar, while the other is dedicated to the worship of Thyagarajar. The shrine devoted to Vanmikinathar is purportedly ages older than the one dedicated to Thyagarajar.
The Vanmikinathar shrine has an anthill or “putru” replacing the conventional shivalinga. The temple was made famous by the Thevara hymns of the Saiva Nayanmars of the 7th century A.D. The best time to visit the temple would be during March when the annual car festival of the temple is held which lasts for ten days.
The City Gardens of Thiruvarur is located in the heart of the city and was designed for the recreation of the public. It is a marvel of landscape gardening. Even though, the City Gardens are located within the commercial area of the town, it still affords the easy ambience of a place that exists separately from the hustle and bustle of the town.
The place is a delight for both young and old, with carefully constructed pathways, water fountains and a special play area for children. It is easily approachable since it is in the middle of the town. The place has been planted with several rare varieties of evergreen trees. These ensure a constant supply of oxygen within the otherwise polluted city.
Muthupettai or Muthupet as it is otherwise known, is a panchayat town in the Thiruvarur district of Tamil Nadu. The town is famous for its saltwater lagoons and mangroves, which make it the perfect spot for fishing. It is located on the southern-most tip of the Cauvery delta, and enjoys a favourable climate owing to the proximity of the sea.
Muthupet is located close to 360 km away from the state’s capital, Chennai. It is located in between Thirutturaipoondi and Pattukkotai. Alayathi Kadu, one of the largest mangrove forests in India, is located in Muthupettai. It is an ideal spot for pearl hunting. Muthupet is easily approachable from all major cities and towns in the region like Thanjavur, Karaikal and Kumbakonam.
The Thirukannapuram Neelamega Perumal Temple in Thiruvarur dates back to the 10th century A.D and is dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva is worshipped as Neelameghaperumal in this temple. It is an excellent example of the temple architecture that the Cholas were famous for.
It is one of the most important temples in Thiruvarur and attracts visitors around the year. The main sanctum of the temple is designed in the form of a tower which rises to a 100 ft above the ground. The temple complex in itself is located on a vast area of land. The temple’s mandapam is an ideal spot to meditate and let all the fear and anxiety leave the soul.
The temple also has several smaller shrines dedicated to the worship of various gods and goddesses. Among those shrines include ones dedicated to Lord Ganapathi and Goddess Parvathi.
Saraswati Temple at Koothanur is one of the rare shrines dedicated to the worship of Saraswati, the Goddess of learning in Hindu mythology. Usually the goddess is worshipped alongside other deities in temples and a temple dedicated to the worship of Goddess is very rare. In fact, it is the only temple for Goddess Saraswati in the whole of Tamil Nadu.
The temple is located in Koothanoor which is some 25 km away from Thiruvarur, along the Mayiladuthurai–Thiruvarur route. Koothanoor is also famous for being the spot where the poet Ottakoothar was born. Koothanoor is also believed to be the place where the three holy rivers, Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati, merge.
They together form the Harisol river or the Arasalaru river, as it is known colloquially. Vijayadasami is the most celebrated festival that is celebrated in the temple. The best time of the year to visit the temple would be during the days of Vijayadasami and Mahanavami.
Mudikondan Kothanda Ramar Temple is located in Mudikondan which lies between Mayiladuthurai and Thiruvarur. The temple and the village that surrounds are believed to be at least 20 centuries old. It is one of the ancient temples in South India. It is dedicated to Lord Rama, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
Lord Rama is depicted in the attire of a king in this temple. It is one of the few temples where Lord Rama is depicted as a King. According to myth the depiction of Lord Rama as a King predates his actual reign as king. This was done to appease the sage Bharadwajar.
The idol of Rama is adorned with a crown. This temple is popular among devotees of Lord Rama and attracts a fair number of them throughout the year. According to popular belief praying to Lord Rama at this temple rids the devotee of all worldly sins.
Rajagopalaswamy Temple at Mannargudi is famous among devotees as Dakshina Dwaraka. Lord Krishna is worshipped as Rajagopalaswamy in this temple. The temple complex is spread over an area of 23 acres. The temple complex includes 24 shrines, 16 tall gopurams or tower gateways, 7 courtyards, 7 halls and 9 tanks.
It was built during the reign of Kulothunga Chola, but has been remodelled extensively over the course of the ages by succeeding kings of the Chola dynasty. It was later expanded by the kings of the Nayak dynasty.
The temple tank is known as Hardidranadhi and at 1158 ft long and 837 ft wide, is one of the biggest temple tanks in India. The best time of the year to visit the temple would be during March and April, during the Tamil month of Panguni. During this time the Panguni Thiruvizha is celebrated in the temple, for a period of 16 days.