June 10, 2014

Thirukkadaiyur or Thirukkadavur Temple

What is special here?

This is a special temple where people come here to perform the marriage rituals on special occasions like the ones mentioned below
  • Beginning of 60th Birthday - Ukradha Shanthi 
  • Beginning of 61st Birthday - Shastiyaptha Poorthy
  • Beginning of 70th Birthday - Bhima ratha Shanthi
  • Beginning of 75th Birthday - Vijayaratha Shanthi
  • Beginning of 80th Birthday - Sadhabishekam
  • Beginning of 85th Birthday - Roudhri Shanthi
  • Beginning of 90th Birthday - Kaala Swaroopa Showri Shanthi
  • Beginning of 95th Birthday - Thrayampaka Mahaarathy Shanthi
  • Beginning of 100th Birthday - Maha Mritthunjaya Shanthi
There is a Pasumadam (Cow Farm) inside the temple as well. 

Refer Wiki which has the story of the temple and lots of other details http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amritaghateswarar-Abirami_Temple,Thirukkadaiyur

In general, almost all the temples in Tamil nadu does have colourful tower in the entrance and it is called "Gopuram". These are decorated with sculpture and carvings and painted with various attractive colors.


How to reach

From Mysore or Bangalore

By train - "6232 - Mysore Mayiladuthurai express". Get down at the last station Mayiladuthurai . From here the temple is hardly about 22 kms.
By car - Many options are there. Use google map for your convenient route.

Stay options
a. You can stay at Thirukkadaiyur itself. Mookambigai Residency seems to be a good option with good parking facilities and building looks good. I never stayed. Refer tripadvisor or google reviews for other options.
b. You can also stay at Mayiladuthurai, there are lots of options. Again refer to tripadvisor/holidayiq/google reviews.

Food
Food seems to be bit basic elsewhere here, So dont have high expectations. Instead you can goto nearby bigger town which is Mayiladurai. This will have better options.

How to book for the marriage?

If you do a google search you see many options with the priest details and his savings account details as well to confirm your booking. How amazing. :-) They charge around Rs.9000/= (approx) for 60th year beginning.
For your convenience, listing few sites and look for the "Gurukal" contact. (Gurukal means priest). Call him up and book. Note: You dont need to carry or buy anything for these, the priest have everything ready for you.
http://www.thirukadaiyur.in/
http://www.shastipurthi.com/
http://www.shastiapthapoorthi.com/contact-us

Nearby places

There are plenty of temples in and around Tanjavur and Kumbakonam which you might be interested as well. Poombukar is also closeby where the river cauvery reaches its destination. The famous "Navagraha Temples" are also closeby. Darasuram is also famous and it is a World Heritage monument built on 12th century.

Let me share few photos


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Gopuram at the main entrance of the temple

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Mantap

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Inner prakaram

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Outer Prakaram

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Zoom and see the details of sculptures on the Gopuram.(Vasuki snake and shiva inside elephant stomach)

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Abirami Temple entrance

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Outside Prakaram

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Pasu Madam ( Cow Farm) inside the temple

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Cow Farm

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View of temple Gopuram

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View of Mantap and Temple Elephant

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Temple Elephant

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Cow Pooja ( Ko Pooja)

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Dwarapalaka ( Security Guard)

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Inner Gopuram

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Zoom to see the details

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Inner most gopuram

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Innermost Prakaram

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See the beautiful sculptures

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Marriage rituals happening elsewhere

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Navathaniyam ( 9 Pulses) used in rituals

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Things used in Homam ( Sacred Fire)


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Priests performing rituals

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Temple Entrance

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Main Gopuram

4 comments:

  1. Good info sharing Thanigai... Looks like you have started your tour again!!!

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  2. Yes Subbu, have been going since years and started sharing recently. Hope these are useful. Thanks for your comments.

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  3. Pond alone got escaped from your clicks ;) Nice blog

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