Dharmapureeswarar Temple (Vallalar Kovil), Pazhayarai
The Vadatali temple houses Dharmapureeswarar & Vimalanayaki, while Pazhayarai houses the grand Somanathar temple now in ruins. Vadatali is also known as Vallalar Kovil. Patteeswaram is considered to be the 24th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located south of the river Kaveri. There are several temples in the vicinity of Pazhayarai -Patteeswaram, Darasuram, and Satthi Mutham.
Inscriptions and historical structures are plentiful in this vicinity. Pazhayarai was one of the ancient capitals of the Cholas too. Despite establishing a capital at Thanjavur, the Royal Cholas continued to live here. It is believed that Raja Raja Chola 1 was raised here. According to a Legend Chandra worshipped Lord Shiva at Pazhayarai. Sundarar has sung praises of the Metrali temple.
It is located at a distance of about 100 meters from Parasunathar Temple (Then Thali) temple at Muzhaiyur. This is the 141st Devaram paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 24th sthalam on the south side of river Cauvery in Chozha Nadu. Appar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple. 2 times Poojas are conducted regularly at this Temple.
This is a Maadakovil built at an elevation by Ko Chenganan Cholan. Inscriptions and ancient structures abound in its vicinity. Pazhayarai was one of the ancient capitals of the Cholas. Even after setting up a capital at Thanjavur, the Royal Cholas continued to live here. It is believed that Raja Raja Chola I was raised here.
It went into oblivion during the early Chola period, but came back into prominence in the later Chola period (12th, 13th centuries), when the area between the Kaveri and the Tirumalairajan channel became the cradle of Tamil culture, temple building activity and literature. Very close by are the temples of Darasuram, Tribhuvanam, Sattimuttam, Patteeswaram and Kumbhakonam.
Pazhayarai Vadathali is in Muzhayur, now known as Dharmapureeswarar Temple. The elevated shrine faces east and the whole Temple, which faced extinction has been renovated fully and presents a new look. Saint Appar has sung Thevaram Hymn on this Deity after observing fast to free it from the clutches of Jains who kept it closed.
This town is surrounded by lush green fields and by the Mudikondan and Arisilaaru rivers. The entire area abounds in archeological remains of ancient buildings. The Keezhttali and Metrali are the other Shiva temples in Pazhayarai.
There are several carvings of great beauty in this temple (now in a poor state), dating back to the period of the later Cholas.
Mention must be made of those depicting fights between a lion and a warrior, the slaying of Hiranyakasipu and the lifting of the Kailasa Parvatam by Ravana.
Main Deity: Sri Pazhayarai Vadathali Dharmapureeswarar
Ambal: Sri Vimalanayaki
Other Deities: Vinayagar, Bairavar, Chandeeswara, Sodasa Lingam, Durgai, the Portrayal of Kailayam, Navagraham.
Holy Theertham: Soma Theertham.
Temple Tree: Nelli Tree.
Temple Opening Time
Temple is open from 7.00 am to 12.00 noon and 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm
Karthigai, Somavaram, Sivarathri, Chitrai, Rohini are the festivals celebrated in this Temple.
Sri Dharmapureeswarar Temple,
Vallalar Temple, Patteeswaram (Po.),
Tanjore - 612 703.
The Temple is located 6 km away from Kumbakonam on the Kumbakonam – Aavoor Road, 2 km away from the Thenupuriswarar Temple at Patteeswaram and 3 km away from Darasuram. The best mode is taking town buses from Kumbakonam or mini buses from Darasuram, the bus stop is Cholan Maligai. The Darasuram railway station is located close to the temple. The place can be reached from Muzhayur on the Kumbakonam-Aavur route. Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.