Information about Navagraha - Suryan Temple

Navagraha - Suryan Temple

Suryan Temple

Navagraha Temple Arulmigu Kasi Viswanathar Temple - Suryan


Main Deity  :  Kasi Viswanathar


Goddess  :  Usha and Chayadev


General Information



Suryanar Koil is around 15km from Kumbakonam, near Aduthurai. The temple is located in a small village called as SuryanarKoil and is about 2Km. north of Aduthurai town. Suryanarkoil can be reached from Kumbakonam and Mayavaram by local buses.


The Location of Suryanar Koil is 21kms from Swamimalai, 18 kms from Kumbakonam, on Kumbakonam – Mayavaram route, 3 Kms from Aduthurai which is on Kumbakonam – Mayavaram route and 23 Kms from Mayavaram.


Other nearby Temples are Kanjanur Sukran temple at just 3 kms from here, Lord Shiva temple at Thiruvidaimarudhur and Thirupananthal.


History



Suryanar koil is a rare temple which faces the western direction. It was built by King Kulothunga Chola in the year 1100 AD. The temple's Raja Gopuram is about 15.5 Meters high and has 3 stages with 5 kalasams on top.


Suryanarkoil temple is designed like a chariot like vimana, representing the sun's chariot. The holy tank here is called as Surya Pushkarni which is in the north side of Raja Gopuram. God Surya is accompanied by his wives Usha and Chayadevi in this temple. The shrine of "Koltheertha Vinayakar" is in the right side which whose blessings devotees start their rituals. On the north Prakaram the shrine of "Thejas Satikeswarar" is present.


There are " Artha Mantapam", " Guru Mantapam" and " Saba Nayakar Mantapam" in front of the Sactum Sactorum. Inside the" Karuvarai" the Sun God Surya with his wives Usha and Prathusha (Chaya) give dharshan to devotees in a standing position.


Specialities



Sun god holds two lotus flowers in his hands. To bless the devotees Navagraha god Guru or Jupiter is just opposite to Surya. The statue of Horse, the vehicle of Surya, the Navagraha God is placed opposite to Surya dev similar to the Nandi statue is placed in the shrines of Lord Siva.


There are also shrines dedicated to Kasi Viswanathar, Visalakshi and Guru Bhagavan in the sanctum. Shrines for the other Navagraha Gods are located outside of the sanctum. "Vellerukku" (Madar Plant) is the temple tree or "Sthala Vriksham". Pillayar made out of the Vellerukku is sold in the shops here. It is a very holy possession and protects from the evil forces.


Offerings of wheat & Archana with red lotus are the specialty of this temple to please the Navagraha God Surya. Devotees who are unable to visit any of the other Navagraha temples can perform the necessary parihara poojas to the respective planet at this temple. On Sundays, preferably dressed in clean red clothes, offering lotus flower to the Sun God, facing the east and recite the Moola mantrasof the Lord Surya to attain maximum blessings.


Festivals



Rathasapthami (the turning of the Rath of Sun from south towards north in the Tamil month of Thai – January-February marking the six months called Utharayana) on the 10day of Thai is an important festival in the temple.


Special pujas are performed on all Sundays to Sivasuriyanar. This is known as Maha Abishek. Also the transit days of Saturn and Jupiter are celebrated very devotionally in the temple.


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