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Navagraha temples
Murugan Temple
Location Wise


Introduction :

Historically speaking , The temples of Thanjavur are not as old or ancient as the temples of 108 Divya Desams or the 274 Saivaite Temples established and glorified by Alwars and Nayanmars respectively, between 7th and 9th Century. But they are majestic monuments of the past glory of the Chola Regime and famous for its excellent Architecture and Sculptural work. Thanjavur and the adjoining areas of Kumbakonam and Nagapattinam boasts of hundreds of important and ancient temples. Cholas, Pandiyas, Nayaks and the Marathas have contributed their might for making these areas to be called as Treasure House of Temples.

Some of the important temples are : 

Punnainallur Mariamman : Lord Siva anointed Eight Sakthis [Ashta Sakthi ] to destroy Asura Tanjan. One such Sakthi on the eastern direction is Punnainallur Mariamman. A legend goes this way: The Maratha King Venkoji Maharaja went on a pilgrim to have darshan of Samayapuram Mariamman. Midway, he stopped to rest. In his dream Mariamman appeared and asked him to go to the forest of Punnai Trees nearby to look for her. The King rushed to the spot indicated to him and he saw a white-ant hill (Putru) and built a temple around it 1680. The Maratha rulers Tulja, Serfoji also worshiped and renovated the temple during their reign. Daughter of Tulaja Raja (1729-35) of Thanjavur, who lost her eyesight due to illness and regained it on offering prayer worship at this temple. The Great saint Sadasiva Brahmmendra, shaped the white-ant hill (Putru) in the form of Mariamman and installed a powerful Sri Chakra here.

Gangaikondaan Cholapuram [71Kms] : The town acquired this name either because Rajendra I during his campaign to the north, brought water from river Ganga in Golden Pot and sanctified the reservoir water body here. Hence he was given the title of 'Gangaikondan' (the one who brought the Ganges). The popular Siva Temple was built by Rajendra Chola at Gangaikondan Cholapuram and devotees call it an equal of the Big Temple. This area is filled with refreshing landscapes for miles around.

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