Mayiladuthurai Temples Tour

Mayiladuthurai or Mayuram is located at a distance of 280 kms from Chennai. The name of the deity in the siva temple is Mayuranathaswamy and consort is called Abhayambika, (one who protects the surrenderd).

This is a vast temple maintained by thiruvavaduthurai adheenam. It has five praharams and 9 tiered
Rajagopuam. Sri muthuswamy dikshitar one of the carnatic trinity, has sung the navavarna kritis in praise
the goddess Abhayambika,

Parvati took the form of peahen, danced and did penance and married siva here. The legend talks about
the yagna done by Dakshan in a nearby place called thirupariyalur veerattam, 8km, on the sembanar koil
route in which Siva, the son in law, was not honoured. Parvati as dhakshayini in this incarnation, went and
attended the yagna, against Siva’s wishes and had to do penance in the form of a peahen to regain his trust.

On certain auspicious days (called thula snanam, kadai mugam and mudavan muzhukku in the month of
libra/ Iyppasi) the utsava deity comes to the river Cauvery and satisfies his devotees who are unable to
come to the temple due to ill health or physical sufferings/ diabilities. The deity visits the viswanatha
temple situated on the banks of the river Cauvery (thula Ghat) on the last day of tamil month Iyppasi and
first of next month karthigai. The gopurams of the visvanatha temple resembles the kasi( Beneras) temple,
construction wise and is considered to be equivalent to kasi in many spiritual aspects

Parimala ranganathar temple at thiruvIandur (INDALUR) 11 KM from Mayurum is one of the 108
divyadesam temples ( sacred among the sacred ) for the vaishnavites. Considered to be one of the five
pancharangams, where Vishnu is in reclining pose, others being at Srirangam, Srirangapatna, Koiladi (Anbil)
and Kumbakonam, all temples along the river Cauvery. The Lord is supposed to have taken matsya (fish)
avatar, recovered and restored the fragrance of Vedas after recovering them from two demons called
Madhu and Kaitaba who have hidden the vedas in a place in deep sea. He is named as parimala as he has
restored the fragrance. The consort is called parimala ranganayaki, supposed to have cured the moon’s
curse. The carvings on stone pillars bring to life the mythological stories.

Vallalar temple or Sri Vadhanyeswarar (siva) temple with goddess gnanambika and medha dakshinamoorthy
is located in the northern bank of river Cauvery.

Punukeeswarar temple in koorainadu, western side of mayuram is where Punuku Siddar got Moksha.

Thirumanancheri temple near kuttalam in kumbakonam route, is for obtaining blessings for the brides and
grooms who have experienced delays in their marriages and to have soulmates of their choices.

Koothanur is saraswati temple for developing core competency in studies.

Navagraha temples are situated in and around mayuram and kumbakonam.

Abhirami battar’s request to make a new moon day as a full moon day was carried out by the goddess
abhirami in thirukkadaiyur, by throwing her ear studs in the sky. This way he escaped a royal wrath.
This place is worshipped by people who attain 60 years of age and is supposed to be blessed by
Amirthagateswarar and abhirami. Markandeya was saved from early death by lord siva, here.

Ayyarappar and Dharmasamvardhini temple at thiruvairu on the tanjore road has a lot of archaeological
inscriptions of the kulothunga chola period