Kailasanathar Temple is located at Thingalur, Thanjavur district of Tamilnadu, which represents the Navagraha Chandra (Moon),and hence known as ‘Thingalur Chandran Stalam’. Kailasanathar Temple is considered as one of the Navagraha temples dedicated to Moon god. Navagraha temples are the nine temples dedicated to Navagrahas (nine planets or nine celestial bodies). The Navagrahas are believed to be the transmitters of Universal, quintessential energy or power.
The Navagrahas are closely associated with the fixed stars in the Zodiac. Each Navagraha temples are located at different places in and around Kumbakonam sector. The Navagraha temples are considered to be the best destination to get rid of from the influence of planets. And most of these Navagraha temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Shiva is worshipped as the main deity. The only Navagraha temple dedicated to one of the nine Grahas (celestial bodies) is Suryanar Temple.
The Navagraha Temples are:
- Suryanar Kovil (or) Sun Temple – Surya (Sun)
- Agneeswarar Temple, Kanjanur – Shukra (Venus)
- Kailasanathar Temple, Thingalur – Chandra (Moon)
- Vaitheeswaran Temple – Mangala (Mars)
- Thirunageswaram Naganatha Swamy Temple – Rahu
- Sri Dharbaranyeswara Swamy Temple,Thirunallar – Sani (Saturn)
- Naganathaswamy Temple, Keezhaperumpallam – Kethu
- Abathsahayeswarar Temple, Alangudi – Guru (Jupiter)
- Sri Swetharanyeswara Swamy Temple, Thiruvengadu Budhan Sthalam – Budha (Mercury)
Kailasanathar Temple is built in a Dravidian style of architecture and has a five-tiered Rajagopuram (temple tower) with two precincts. The presiding deity of Kailasanathar Temple is Lord Kailasanathar (Lord Shiva), in the form of a Lingam, an infinite nature of Lord Shiva. The Thayaar of Kailasanathar Temple is Goddess Periya Nayaki Amman. The Moon god is located in a separate shrine in Kailasanathar Temple. The other deities of the temple are Lord Ganesha, Lord Subramanya Swami, Lord Dakshinamurty, Lord Chandikeswarar, Bhairavar and Goddess Gajalakshmi.
Kailasanathar Temple is revered by the hymns of Appar, a seventh-century Saiva Tamil poet-saint. The special feature of the temple is that during the Tamil month of Puratasi (September – October) and Panguni (March-April), the moon rays fall directly on the presiding deity. The special offerings offered to moon god are Oleander flowers, cloths of white color, and raw rice mixed with jiggery and paddy. Kailasanathar Temple is closely related with Appoodi Adikal, a saint at Thingalur and a great devotee of Lord Shiva and it is also associated with Thirunavukarasar.
The temple remains open from morning 06.00 AM to 01.00 PM and in the evening from 04.00 PM to 08.00 PM.
- Pournami Festival – March or April
- Mahashivarathri Festival – February or March
- Margazhi Tiruvadhirai Festival – December or January
- Panguni Uthiram Festival – March or April
- Tirutarthikai Festival – November or December
Thingalur is well connected with road and plenty of buses are available to reach the temple. Thingalur is around 18 km from Kumbakonam of Thiruvayaru, Kumbakonam road.
The nearest railway station to Thingalur Kailasanathar Temple is Ariyalur railway station which is 29 Km from the temple.
The nearest airport to Thingalur Kailasanathar Temple is Thanjavur airport, which is 10 Km away from the temple.
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- Agneeswarar Temple
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