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Amit Rao

Amit Rao2.1/5

57 reviews

Poorly maintained temple

Cannot expect neatness in any famous temple in Tamil Nadu. Dirty, dogs inside, animal were seen in many places. Temple floor is sticky and dirty. Surely needs a swatch temple drive in this temple. This is one of the Nine temples of Navagraha near Karaikal. It is dedicated to lord Shiva. Temple is famous for nadi jotsian JOTSIAM ( future reading by thumb impression). Can give it a try, but beware of cheats. Do not go for it unless you have checked it out beforehand.

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Aasha M

Aasha M1.4/5

13 reviews

unbelievably dirty and with no amenities

We visited thirunallar during Sani-peyarchi and the whole place was very very crowded. It was unbelievably dirty with papers and plastic strewn all around. There was a queue for more than two km. The buses/cabs were parked really far and to reach the temple from there was a big ordeal especially for old people. In a religious place like this where people dont wear footwear, the roads are very very dirty and poorly maintained with lots of small stones and gravel.

There was total chaos, noise and indiscipline everywhere. There were eating carts all over the place and the used cups and plates were thrown near them and flies were swarming around. There were open drains and we could see people relieving themselves. There was a slight drizzle and the stench was unbearable. And not to mention about the menacing mosquitoes. We did not even go near the tank which was used for bathing by pilgrims. We were too scared to eat anything in that place. Inside the temple, the oil used to light the lamps were spilt everywhere and floor was slippery and dirty.

The coconuts and flowers were thrown all over the place. When there is so much of influx of devotees, the amenities provided is dismal. On the whole it was a horrible experience. This place is totally unfit for staying. Just visit the temple and go back as soon as possible.

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Navagraha-Sthalas Overview

Navagraha-Sthalas is one of the famous religious centres situated in the Thanjavur District of Tamil Nadu. Navagraha-Sthalas refers to the place of 9 planets, where Nava stands for nine, Graha for planet and Sthala for place. The region is known for its religious shrines that are named after nine planets. All these shrines are located close to each other in an arrangement at Kumbakonam town.

These temples are dedicated to nine celestial bodies featuring the sun, the moon, the planets and the two shadow planets (Rahu and Ketu). Most of these temples have been constructed between 500 and 1000 A.D.

Suryanaar Koyil Temple, built in the 12th century, is the most recent addition to the circuit of Navagraha Temples. It is believed that these shrines dedicated to heavenly bodies have a significant implication on astrological calculations.

Navagraha-Sthalas has a rich cultural heritage and hosts various festivals throughout the year. Among the notable festivals celebrated here are Deepawali, Makara Pongal and Aadi Bhramotsavam. Tourists also visit Navagraha-Sthalas to understand and study astrological mythology.

Tourists have to reach Kumbakonam to explore this religious centre of Tamil Nadu. The township of Kumbakonam does not have an airport as well as railhead. Trichy International Airport, at a distance of 58 km, is the closest airport.

Aduturai is the closest railway station but has limited services. Trichy Railway Junction is the major railhead of the destination, lying on the Trivandrum – Chennai railway line. Moreover, there are frequent bus operations of Tamil Nadu Road Transport Corporation to Kumbakonam.

The climatic conditions are pleasant during October to March, which is the best time to visit Navagraha-Sthalas. In this period, the temperature ranges from 20° Celsius to 30° Celsius.

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Vaitheeswaran Koil , Navagraha-Sthalas

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Vaitheeswaran Koil , Navagraha-Sthalas
Vaitheeswaran Koil , Navagraha-Sthalas

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Piruthivi Raj

Vaitheeswaran Koil , Navagraha-Sthalas
Vaitheeswaran Koil , Navagraha-Sthalas

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Piruthivi Raj

Vaitheeswaran Koil , Navagraha-Sthalas

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