Thursday, October 30, 2014

Sivasurya Temple, Suriyanar Kovil, Kumbakonam

Sri Sivsurya Temple, Suriyanakoil


Name of God Sivasuryan
Color Copper
Thayar
Gem Stone Ruby
Theertham Surya theertham

Temple History

Inscriptions from the period of Kulottunga Chola I (1075-1120) refer to this temple as the Kulottunga Chola Martanda Alayam. Kulottunga Chola is said to have had a good relationship with the Gahadwal dynasty of Kanauj (1090 - 1194), whose rulers were Sun worshippers, and hence Suryanar Koyil, is considered to be an expression of their influence in South India. Inscriptions from the period of Krishna Deva Raya, speaking of endowments made to this temple are also seen here.

Speciality

There are only two temples for Sun in India, the Konark in North and Suriyanarkoil in South. There is no idol worship in Konark as in the southern temple. Suriyanar (Sun) Temple tower is 15.5 meter high. It has three tiers. At the top of the tower there are five kalasam. Outside the Rajagopuram (main tower) in the north side there is a holy tank called Surya Pushkarni

Contact Address

Sivasurya Temple, Suriyanar Kovil, Kumbakonam

Opening Timing

The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.45 p.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

Location

Two kilometres north of Aaduthurai lies Suryanar temple. It is situated on the road between Kumbakonam and Kadhiramangalam and 15 km to the east of Kumbakonam.













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