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Sapta Vitanka Stalams
Temples of Tamilnadu >> Sapta Vitanka Stalams

Little is known about an ancient tradition that exists in the Thanjavur area of Tamilnadu in the form of seven majestic temples enshrining Tyagaraja, the Somaskanda manifestation of Shiva. The foremost of these is at the historic Tiruvarur temple. The festival season in the month of Panguni witnesses the procession of the (now modernized) Aazhitter in Tiruvarur - yet another instance of the ancient coexisting with the modern in India.


Tiruvarur: The magnificient temple of Tyagaraja  (and Vanmikanathar) at Tiruvarur is a standing monument to the patronage of the arts by the Chola emperors. s0231.jpg (59664 bytes) Tiruvaimur is an ancient temple enshrining Tyagaraja, and Tiruvaimurnathar - closely associated with  Tirunavukkarasar.
Tirukkuvalai located near Tiruvarur enshrining Sundareswarar and Tyagarajar is also known as Tirukkolili. Tirukkaaravaayil, another of the saptavitanka stalams enshrining Kannayiranathar and Tyagarajar  is also known as Tirukkaaraayil, or Tirukkaaravaasal. Tirumaraikkaadu: The ancient temple here enshrining Vedaranyeswarar is closely associated with the nayanmars Appar and Sambandar.
Tirunaagai: The town of Nagappattinam is home to the Tyagaraja temple also known as Naagaikkaaronam or Neelayadakshi Koyil. tyaga.jpg (188287 bytes) Tirunallaru, another of the Saptavitanka Stalams enshrining Darbaranyeswarar is known more for its shrine to Saneeswaran or planet Saturn.