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SRI SOMESWARAR TEMPLE - KEEL PAZHAYARAI VADADHALI

The temple is believed to be built during the Chola period and has several inscriptions dating back to the 8-9th century. City of Pazhayarai was one of the capital towns of the Chola Empire.

Temple History - An Overview

The temple is a part of the series of temples built by Aditya Chola (871-907 CE) along the banks of river Cauvery to commemorate his victory in the Thiruppurambiyam battle.This town was also a capital for few years during later Cholas.  Sundara Chola who is the father of Great Raja Raja Chola ruled Chola Dynasty from Pazhayarai. Pazhayarai was also called as “Nandipuram” & “Mudi Konda Cholapuram”. “” one among the 63 Nayanars lived in this place. 

As per the paintings inside the temple it is mentioned that Raja Raja Chola was grown up in Pazhayarai and he visited every day at this temple when he was at young age. So this temple should have been treated with highest importance considering that Raja Raja Chola is the greatest warrior and administrator of Tamil country but that did not happen. 

As per Ponniyin Selvan Tamil Novel, entire power center of Chola dynasty including Raja Raja Chola’s sister Kundavai Devi was at Pazhayarai and they used Pazhayarai as a place for queens and princess while all the political battles happened at Tanjore.

TEMPLE HISTORY (STHALA VARALARU)
 
Garuda, Lord Vishnu Vagana (eagle vehicle)  got a nectar pot from Devendra and passed this place to free his mother from slavery. He was intercepted by some demons resulted as three drops of nectar fell on this place. This three drops became a Shivalinga, Mother Goddess and a holy spring. Garuda bathed in the spring and won the battle with demons A holy spring made by Garuda individually is called Jadayu theertham.
 
TEMPLE GREATNESS
 
Worshipping five places around this temple on Dakshinayana Punyakala day as
 
  • ThiruNallur, 
  • ThiruValanchuzhi,
  • Thirusathimuttram,
  • Patteeswaram and 
  • Avur would be very beneficial to the devotee.
What is Dakshinayana?
 
Dakshinayana period covers six months commencing from July-August to December-January ( Tamil calendar from Aadi to Margazhi). The Aadi Amavasya day (New moon day) is considered very auspicious when all Hindus perform Tarpan in memory of their forefathers.
 
Temple Name   SRI SOMANADHAR TEMPLE
 SRI SOMESAR TEMPLE
 SRI SOMESWARAR TEMPLE
Sthala  PAADAL PETRA
Praised By   THIRUNAVUKARASAR
Thala Virutcham   NELLI
Thala Theertham  SOMA

ARCHITECTURE

Construction Btw (AD)  700 ~ 800
Architecture Type  MADA KOVIL
RAJAGOPURAM  One with 3 Tiers
PRAGHAM  2 
AGAMA /POOJA VIDHI  SIX TIME POOJA

GRABHAGRIHA

Moolavar (Main Detites )  SOMESAR
TYPE  SWAYAMBHU
FORM  ANICONIC
GOD Facing Towards  EAST
GODDESS  SOMAKALAMBIKAI
GODDESS Position to GOD    RIGHT SIDE
GODDESS Facing Towards  SOUTH
RIGHT SIDE DEITIES  LORD GANESHA
 LORD DAKSHINAMOORTHY
 SAINT MANKAYARKARASI
BACK DEITIES  LORD ARTHANAREESWARAR
LEFT SIDE DEITIES  GODDESS DURGA
 LORD CHANDIKESWARAR

ENTRANCE

DEITIES   LORD NANDHI

ALL PRAKARAM 

Special DEITIES RAVANAN LIFT LORD KAILASANATHAR 
General DEITIES  LORD GANESHA
 LORD MURUGAN,VALLI,DEIVANI
 LORD SURYA
 LORD CHANDRA
LORD KALABHAIRAVAR

NAVA GRAGHA

PRESENCE  Yes
PRADISHTA  VAIDIKA
CONTROL  LORD MURUGAN

PRAYERS FOR KARMIC SOLUTIONS

Remedies / Cure / Nivardhi  EDUCATION -ART SKILLS (KALAIGAL)
 HEALTH REMEDIES -ILLNESS
 MARRIAGE -DELAY

FESTIVALS

 THIRUVADHIRAI

 THIRUKARTHIKAI

 POORNIMA / BRAHMMOTSAVAM

 MAHA SIVA RATHIRI

KEY ASPECT ABOUT TEMPLE

 1) Lord Chandran had worshiped here for the relief of Kayarokam, back his radiance called Kalai day by day and for remedy from breathing troubles.

 2) Sage Tirunavukkarasar observed fast in the temple

 3) Birthplace of Mangayarkarasiyar, a saint amongst the 63 Nayanmars, Amar Needhi Nayanar  lived in this Place

WHO WORKSHIPPED HERE

 LORD GARUDA, LORD ADISESHA ,LORD CHANDRA,SRI SIVAPRAKASHA SWAMIGAL

SAINT PRAISED

TIRUNAVUKKARASAR,ARUNAGIRINATHAR,APPAR ,SEIKKIZHAR

HOW TO REACH

Geo Location    
Devara Pathigam Name    PAZHAYARAI VADADHALI
Present Name    KEEL PAZHAYARAI VADADHALI
Routes    KUMBAKONAM TO UDAIYALUR

Team -Tirikala

 

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