Big Temple (Bragatheeswarar Temple)
Bragatjeeswarar temple is one of the important temple in Thanjavur. This temple of Lord Bragatheeswarar was built by the order of great Chola emperor Raja Raja Chola. The chripies Kunjaramalian and Raja Raja Perunthachan were the cheif architechts and sculptures. In order to respects perunthachan King Raja Raja Chola gave his kingdom title Raja Raja. Big temple is an example for the Indian sculptural architecture’s greatness. Temple is surrounded by moat on two sides and Grand Anaicut river on the other side. This temple is unique to have the tallest tower over the sanctum sanctorum unlike the other temples. It is 216 feet tall. The stupa at the top is made of bronze. The walls of the sanctum are covered, with the wall paintings of Chola and Nayak periods, comparable to the famous Ajanta cave frescoes. Guarding the inner shrine of the temple is the gigantic statue of Nandi the Bull. The Nandi is 12 feet tall, 191/2 feet long and 81/4 feet wide. Ph : 04262-274476.
34 Km away, has a temple dedicated
to Lord Shiva which was built by Rajendra chola. It also boasts of a Silk
Rajagopala Temp!e, Lord Krishna is featured as Rajagopala in Rajagopala Temple. This temple was constructed in the 12th century and received patronage 1mm the Nayaka Kings.
Purnima of full moon day is auspicious for bathing in the Punya theerthas (holy rivers/tank), the Magha Purnima is considered as the most sacred of all, The Masi Maghani festival is celebrated every year on this day. The twelve yearly Masi Magam is called the Mahamaham, The Mahamaham festival is celebrated once in twelve years and attracts pilgrims from all over India on the full moon day of the eleventh solar month Magha. This time is considered especially auspicious for bathing. It occurs once in 12 years because the planet Jupiter takes 12 years to complete one revolution around the sun. (Kumbeswarar Temple).
The Famous temple of Sarabeshwarar is situated in Thanjore district at Thirupuvanam. This place is just 6 km away from Kumbakonam. This temple was built by Kulothunga Cholan III. Here in this temple many kings. Lords and autocrat were blessed by worshipping the Lord Sarabeshwarar. Many believers will find solutions for their problems like Black magic, divorce and trouble through enemies, by visiting this temple and worshiping the Loard Sarabeshwarar’.
Poondi Matha Kovil
A very famous Catholic Church Cor Matha. People of all faiths visit the church. Ph :04365-265426.
Schwartz Church in the palace garden, this church was built in 1779 AD by Raja Serfoji as a tocken of his affection for the Res. CV. Schwartz of the Danish Mission
Puliyur Vyagrapureeswarar Temple
Around 80 Km from Thanjavur, situated 3/4 Km North of Ramarmadam Bus stop in Nagapattinam - Tiruvarur Main Road. The ancient history says Kamadhenu, the sacred cow prayed to Lord Shiva in this shrine to get rid of its wrath. One more specialty about this temple, on evenings, Nataraja is worshipped first prior to all other gods. This is also referred as Dhakshina Chidambaram. Chidambaram is where famous temple of lord Nataraja is located. This village is also called as Vyagrapuri named after the lord.
Located 32 Km away. Swamimalai is
one of the six abodes
Another important Temple is Sooriyanarkovil (Sun Temple) situated in the middle of the Sooriyanarkoil village in Thiruvidamarudur Taluk 17 KM North East of Kumbakonam. Large number of people worship the Sun God here. Sri Mahalingasamy temple at Thiruvidaimarudur is a very big temple and it is believed that Brahmahathi Dosham was removed from King Varagunapandian in this temple.
45 km from Tanjore. It was built by king Kulothunga on the model of Thanjavur Brahadeeswarar temple. The stately stone gopuram of rare workmanship from the pedestal to the stripe is a standing monument of the architectural glory. A stone inscription in the temple disclose the existence of a university here for teaching advanced courses in Miamsa and Tamil. Ph: 0435-2460760
Tiruvalanchuzhii shiva Temple
This temple is near Kumbakonam is known more Popularly for its shrine to Sweta Vinayakar said to be made of the foam of the milky ocean (Kheera Sagaram).
The temple is about 4 miles from the
Kumbakonam railway station, in Tamil Nadu. Sri Uppiliappan also called
as Srinivasan is installed in the moola sthala (sanctum) with Bhooma devi
on her knees praying to Him on the right side. The two theerthams (temple
pond) in this temple are Ahorathra pushkarini and Arthi pushkarini. The
chariots in which the lord is taken in procession are Vishnu vimanam and
Sudhanandha vimanam. The temple follows a very strange customs of not
adding salt in any of the prasad. Thirukkalyana utchavam, Garuda sevai
and Moolavar thirumanjanam are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
Punnai Nallur Mariamman Temple: Its around 4 Km from the town. Ph : 04362-267740
13 Km from Thanjavur, where the famous saint Thyagaraja lived and attained samadhi. The famous temple at Thiruvaiyaru is dedicated to Shiva, and is known as Panchanatheswara. An eight day music festival is held here, every January, in honor of the saint.
Somessar temple is situated in the southern pnrtion of Sri Sarangapani temple. This temple is facing the northern side with a small Gopuram at the eastern portion near the entrance. The architectural style and element of this temple resembles the Dravidian Architecture of 13th century of Chola period. Arumugain and Thenar Mozhi Amnial are the other deities lo cated in this temple complex.