Temples of Tamilnadu
Sapta Vitanka Shrines
Seven temples in the vicinity of Tiruvarur
have grand shrines dedicated to Tyagaraja (Somaskanda) and are referred to as the Sapta
The foremost of them is Tiruvarur with its grand shrine to
Tyagaraja - or Veedhi Vitankar. Tyagaraja
at Tiruvarur is associated with the Ajapaa
Natanam (dance). The Ajapaa Natanam is of great mystical significance and
it denotes the movement of the image of Somaskanda
that adorned the chest of Vishnu in synch with his breath.
All of these seven shrines are said to have been established by the valorous king Muchukunda Chakravarti, where he enshrined the
7 images of Somaskanda presented to him by Indra the King of the Gods.
Each of these shrines (shown in the table below) is associated with a certain form of
dance. Each of these shrines has been glorified by the Tevaram
verses of the Tamil Saivite Saints of the 1st millennium CE.
The Somaskanda Legend
Muchukunda Chola legend