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Navagrah Temple Circuit of Temple Town Kumbakonam, Tamilnadu

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Navagrah Temple Circuit of Temple Town Kumbakonam, Tamilnadu

DAY-1: DELHI – CHENNAI – KUMBAKONAM

Take an evening Indigo Flight No. 6E-283 from Delhi to Chennai, arrive at Chennai Airport hire a cab from Ola App and proceed to Koyambedu Bus Stand to board on Universal Bus to Kumbakonam….

Had my Dinner with a bottle of Beer and board on Bus around 10.00pm I had booked sleeper class , just go to my berth and open the window to enjoy the breez of South India….  I love rain just after one hour for wonders bus ride, huge rain start falling, beautiful fragrance of wet earth approached me. Activated my 5 senses and blessed my soul & body, I just wake up to enjoy the southern rain from my window…. I always feels raining is marks auspicious starting of any journey and I love to enjoy rim-jhim beats of raining, Smell of wet earth it is near to my heart.  Gradually I fall asleep with dream of excitements and got up at Kumbakonam around 4am…

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DAY-2: ARRIVE AT KUMBAKONAM

Around 5.30AM, I arrived at Kumbakonam Bus Stand….. upon arrival I activate my GPS to find the way to Hotel Raya Mahal… It’s a standard Category Hotel with newly renovated rooms…. Well furnished rooms with A/c but I don’t like A/c so I don’t use…

KUMBAKONAM is a town in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu. It is located 40 km from Thanjavur and 273 km from Chennai. The town is bounded by two rivers, the Kaveri River to the north and Arasalar River to the south. Kumbakonam is known as a “Temple City” of South India … it is also surrounded by thousand of ancient temple. The Navagragh Temple Circuit is amazing. The famous Mahamaham festival which attracts millions people from all over the globe is known as the Kumbh Mela of South India.

It was a very hectic journey, had a cup of tea near to Mahamaham Tank and take a bit rest. After refreshment I move out side hotel to search authentic South Indian Breakfast…. Fortunately I got. Idli, Sambar & Chatni… enjoyed a lot on Banana Leaf….. this is the authenticity… of South…. It costs oly Rs. 12 for four Idli with Sambar, Chatni and lots of Love of South Indian Shopkeeper aunty who neither understand my language nor she… I started conveying most of the people in Sign Language. Realy Interesting !!!! I enjoyed every moment of the life in a new world.. !!!

After Breakfast move local markets, town & small urban villages…. Have Lunch and back to my hotel room. Get up around 6pm and move to local Nageswaraswami Temple….  Enjoyed local folk dance and also attended deity transfer ceremony there…

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NAGESWARA SWAMY TEMPLE is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple is incarnated by the hymns of Thevaram and is classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam. Shiva in the guise of Nagaraja, the serpent king. This vast temple known is for its shrine of Rahu, one of the nine celestial bodies in the Navagrahas. The temple shows early Chola art form particularly it is in the form of human figures. The lotus leaves of the padmopano are carved with vitality. The Devi shrine is an independent structure situated in the outer precincts, detached from the axial unit, though it faces south, a feature common to Saiva Devin shrines. The complex of Nataraja shrine is in the form of a chariot on wheel drawn by horses.

THE LAZY EVENING: Had my dinner and Watched TV and go to Bed ….

 Watched TV and go to Bed ….

Good Night !!!

DAY-3: KUMBAKONAM TEMPLE TOUR

Morning after a healthy south Indian Breakfast hire an Auto of Rs. 150/- and visited to 4 important temple of Kumbakonam those are Nageswara Swami, Kumbeswarar, Ramaswamy, Kashi Viswanathar Temple & Mahamaham tank….

KUMBESWARAR OR ADI KUMBESWARAR TEMPLE is a Hindu temple dedicated to the deity Shiva, Here Lord Shiva is worshiped as Adi Kumbeswarar, and is represented by the lingam. It believes that the name Kumbakonam derives from the name Kumbeswara, as he is the residing deity of the city. His consort Parvati is depicted as Mangalambigai Amman. The presiding deity is revered in the 7th century Tamil Saiva canonical work, the Tevaram. This is classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam. The temple has numerous shrines, with those of Kumbeswarar and Mangalambigai Amman being the most prominent. The present masonry structure was built during the Chola dynasty in the 9th century

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RAMASWAMY TEMPLE is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Rama, The temple has beautiful architecture pieces and has been built by the Nayakkar kings. Govinda Dikshitar, the prime minister of the Nayaks, constructed the temple.

CHAKRAPANI TEMPLE is dedicated to Vishnu. This temple is located 2 km, away towards North West from the Kumbakonam Railway Station. In the temple, Vishnu appears in the form of a discus or Chakra to put down the pride of Surya Dev (the Sun), who subsequently became his devotee. The temple is one of the most prominent temples in Kumbakonam.

 

KASI VISWANATHAR TEMPLE is dedicated to Lord Shiva located near the banks of Mahamaham tank. The temple is incarnated by the hymns of thevaram and is classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam. This temple is referred back to Ramayanam period when Lord Rama and Lakshmana are said to have worshipped Shiva here during their search for Sita, and acquired Rudramsam, to enable them to fight Ravana.

Legend has it that the nine sacred rivers of India, prayed to Shiva at Banares (Viswanathar) to be absolved of the sins washed away by bathers, and were directed to bathe in the Mahamagam tank and worship Adi Kumbeswarar Temple. Viswanathar of Kaasi is believed to have manifested himself here at Kumbhakonam at Kudandaikkaronam.

MAHAMAHAM TANK is a huge temple tank is considered to be the foremost and one of the largest temple tanks in Tamil Nadu. The annual Masimaham festival held in the tank has lacs of visitors every year between February – March.

Afternoon attended ISKCON NAGAR KIRTAN along with many Vaishanvas, though I belongs from Odisha, their special love and affections touched me… every one is very much compassionate and adorable… Hare Krishna…. Jai Jagannath….

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THE LAZY EVENING: Had my dinner and Watched TV and go to Bed ….

Good Night !!!

DAY-4: NAVAGRAH TEMPLE TOUR

Morning after a healthy south Indian Breakfast planned to visit few temple of Navagrah Circuit. hire an Taxi through my hotel people of Rs. 1600/- for four temple those are and visited to 4 important temple of Kumbakonam those are Surya Navagrahastalam — Sooriyanar Kovil, Budha Navagrahastalam – Thiruvenkadu, Sukra Navagrahastalam – Kanjanur, Raahu Navagrahastalam – Thirunageswaram.

SUN – SURYANAR KOVIL is also called Suryanar Temple is in Suryanar Kovil, 3 Kms. from Aduthurai which is on the Kumbakonam- Mayiladuthurai Road. The presiding deity is Suriyanar, (Sun God) and his consorts Ushadevi and Pratyusha Devi. The temple is considered one of the nine Navagraha temples.

BUDHA (MERCURY) NAVAGRAHASTALAM – THIRUVENKADU: Situated 10 Kms. SouthEast of Sirkali. Budhan Temple is situated temple premises of Swetharanyeswarar Temple. There is a separate Sannidhi for Budha (mercury). The temple is quite large and all four important Saivite saints have sung in praise of this lord.

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VENUS – THE AGNISWARAR TEMPLE is a Hindu temple in the village of Kanjanur, 18 kilometres north-east of Kumbakonam. The presiding deity is Sukra (Venus). However, the main idol in the temple is that of “Agniswarar” or Shiva. In concordance with the Saivite belief that Shiva is all-pervading, Sukra is believed to be located within the stomach of the idol of Shiva.

RAAHU NAVAGRAHASTALAM – THIRUNAGESWARAM: Rahu Stalam is dedicated to the deity Shiva, located in Tirunageswaram, a village in the outskirts of Kumbakonam, About 7 Kms from Kumbakonam-Karaikkal Road. It is significant to the Hindu sect of Saivism as one of the temples associated with the nine planet elements, the Navagraha Stalas, and specifically Rahu.

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THE LAZY EVENING: Had my dinner and Watched TV and go to Bed ….

Good Night !!!

DAY-5: KUMBAKONAM TO MADURAI

Morning after Breakfast leave for Madurai… boarded TNSTC bus from Kumbakonam bus stand. Arrive at Madurai.. Visited Meenakshi Madurai Temple…

MEENAKSHI TEMPLE: is a historic Hindu temple located in the temple city of Madurai. It is dedicated to Mata Parvati, named Meenakshi, and her consort, Shiva. The present structure was built between 1623 and 1655 CE. There are an estimated 33,000 sculptures inside the temple. The temple is the geographic and ritual center of the ancient city of Madurai and one of the largest temple complexes in Tamil Nadu. The central shrine of Meenakshi Amman temple and her consort Sundareswarar are surrounded by three enclosures and each of these are protected by four minor towers at the four points of the compass, the outer tower growing larger and reaching higher to the corresponding inner one. The Meenakshi shrine has the emerald-hued black stone image of Meenakshi, The Sundareswarar shrine lies at the centre of the complex. Both the Meenakshi and Sundareswarar shrines have gold plated Vimanam (tower over sanctum). The golden top can be seen from a great distance in the west through the apertures of two successive towers.

Evening after Darshan, It was mid night around 11.45 Boarded on TNSTC to Coimbatore, later travel to Ooty… As per my plan…. It was a overnight journey..

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Mahesh Barik

Mahesh Barik

I am a born traveler..... travelling is my passion. I unconditionally love to have my bag packed and carry in my back, walk on streets, hilly slopes. It gives me happiness, Joy and sense of fulfillment . I always suggest friends do not to waste precious time world is waiting for your... Pack your Bag.... Tighten your laces and Live your life Now.... and Ever... The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.

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