Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Udayalur, Kumbakonam, Thanjavur

Udayalur, Kumbakonam, Thanjavur
Udayalur is a village in the Kumbakonam taluk of Thanjavur district, Tamil Nadu, India. Udayalur is a few kilometers away from the historic Chola dynasty stronghold town of Kizha Pazhayarai. The village was historically called "Sri Kangeyapuram".


Historical Significance
This village is assumed to be the final resting place of the Great Chola dynasty emperor Raja Raja Chola I, though it remains less known than the temples he built far off.




Temples
There are several old temples in Udayalur dedicated to Hindu deities. The most famous is the Sri Selva Maha Kali Amman Temple located on the northern border of the village, on the banks of river Mudikondan. Sri Paalkulathu Amman temple is situated on the banks of Palkulam – (Ksheera Theertham) on the Eastern border of the village, Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Perumal temple on the Western side and Sri Kamakshi Amman Temple on the Southern end, on the banks of river Kudamurutti. Sri Ayyanar Temple is between the Siva temple and Sri Selva Mahakali Amman temple. Kailasha Nathar temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva has significant history and due importance.


For brief details of Udayalur Temples & interesting places, please refer below;
Raja Raja Cholan's Memorial (Samadhi):
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Kailasanathar Temple:
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Draupathi Amman Temple:
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Lakshmi Narasimhar Temple:
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Paalkulathu Amman Temple:
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Sri Selva Maha Kali Amman Temple:
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Festivals
The annual "Thiruvizha" or the "Thirunaal" is a celebrated during March-end or April-beginning as a token of gratitude to God. It is also a time of celebrations throughout the village and places surrounding it as people from across everywhere gather to the village. This is a common feature of most villages in the state of Tamilnadu. Street plays are held, which people attend enthusiastically.
Sri Selva Mahakali Amman & Sri Paalkulathu Amman Thiruvizha combined with Sri Ayyanar Thiruvizha is celebrated during the Tamil month of Panguni (between March – April) and the Grand Procession of Sri Selva Mahakali Amman & Sri Paalkulathu Amman will take place on the third Wednesday of the month and followed by Munnottam & Pinnottam (i.e. Running Forward & Backward Directions) on the Wednesday & Thursday. Thousands of people gather to witness this Grand Function.
Connectivity
Udayalur Village (Sri Kangeyapuram) is located 32 Kms towards East from District headquarters Thanjavur & 6 Kms from Kumbakonam. Udayalur is located at a distance of 4 Kms from Patteeswaram Durgai Amman Temple.
Take Bus No 35 from Kumbakonam to reach this place. Believed Burial place of Raja Raja Chozhan is located near Selli Amman Temple, Udayalur. Nearest Railway Station is located at Kumbakonam & Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.

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