- Tiruvarur- The Small Town of Wonders
The town of Tiruvarur bears testimony to the excellent craftsmanship
and architectural skills of the artisans of the Chola age. The town,
which thrives mainly on agriculture, lies along the banks of the Kaveri
Tiruvarur can be said to revolve around the Tyagaraja temple and its activities. The temple has witnessed renovations and remodeling at the hands of several empires, each leaving its own mark in the architecture. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple was first built by Aditya Chola in the 9th century, which was later rebuilt by Rajaraja Chola, followed by King Rajendra Chola who further made renovations in stone to the temple.
Tiruvarur has another feather to its cap - it is the birthplace of the big three of Carnatic Music- Tyagaraja Swamigal, Muthuswami Dikshitar and Syama Sastri.
Tiruvarur was a hub of cultural activities even at the period of the Nayanmars, during the first millennium CE. The town reached the zenith of its glory during the rule of the Cholas, between the 9th and the 12th centuries. There are references of Tiruvarur in the works of Thiruguna Sambanthar and Tirunavakkarasar - the two Saivite saints. The Vijayanagar Kings and the Marathas successively annexed the town.
- Place of Interest
The Tiruvarur temple exudes an aura of mysticism; quite a few legends
and age old traditions are associated with the temple, which lies
sprawled across a huge area. The temple has shrines of Vanmikanathar,
Tyagaraja and Kamalaamba. The Vanmikanathar shrine here is one of the
oldest shrines dedicated to Shiva. Closely associated with the deity is
the concept of the Sri Chakra. The emblem of the Sri Chakra is engraved
on a plate in the shrine. However, the writing is hidden away from view
to protect it from evil eyes. Skanda, son of Shiva, also has a shrine in
the temple. There are also separate shrines for the ant-hill and the
snake, eternal symbols of fertility, in the temple. Another feature of
the temple is the Nagabila, a shrine built to please the snake gods.
Hatakeshwara is the deity here. Infact, Valmikinathar or the lord of
the Anthill is one of the prominent deities of the temple.
The Kamalambal shrine is considered as one of the Shakti Peethams of India. The corridors and shrines, which used to buzz with activity once upon a time, are partly in ruins today. The Aazhitter or the chariot here is one of the largest in the country. It is still used in the annual procession of Tyagaraja. A Kumbabhishekam is performed once in 12 years in the temple. The other temples here are the Thiru Moolatannam and Araneriyam, built during the Pallava age.
- Best Time To Visit
Summers can be extremely hot.
- How to Reach
Trichy airport is the nearest airport.
Tiruvarur has a railway station of its own.
Tiruvarur is well connected by road to nearby towns.