Sunday, February 28, 2016

Sathyagireeswarar Temple, Senganur, Thanjavur

Sathyagireeswarar Temple, Senganur, Thanjavur

Sathyagireeswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in Senganur Village near Thiruppanandal Town in Thiruvidaimaruthur Taluk in Thanjavur District in Tamil Nadu. Presiding deity is called as Sathyagireeswarar / Sathyagirinathar / Shaktigireeswarar and Mother is called as Sakidevi. The Temple is situated on the banks of Manniyaru River. The Temple is believed to be one of the 70 Maada Kovils built by Kochengata Chola.

This Temple is considered as one of the shrines of the 276 Paadal Petra Sthalams glorified in the early medieval Thevaram hymns. This Temple is the 95th Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 41st sthalam on the north side of river Cauvery in Chozha Nadu. Thirugnana Sambandar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple. Lord Murugan of this Temple is praised by Saint Arunagirinathar in his revered Thirupugazh hymns. 


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It is believed that King Kochengat Chola built around 70 Maadakovils. This Temple is considered one among them. The unique feature about these temples are that it is not easily approachable by an elephant. He built these temples at an elevation and there are few steps need to be climbed before seeing Lord in the sanctum. Also, the entrance to the sanctum would be so narrow that elephants cannot enter it. Senganur was called as Sathyagiri, Kumara Puram, Asumathakavanam and Chandeswara Puram in ancient times. Senganur is considered as the birthplace of the Saivite saint Chandesha Nayanar. He is the only Nayanmar with the Eswara title.

Senganur is considered as one of the important cities of Chola Kings. It is said that the crowning ceremony of Chola kings used to take place in this temple. Senganur is also the birth place of Acharya Priavachan Pillai an eminent scholar in Vaishnavite philosophy. He has authored elaborate commentaries on Nalayira Divya Prabandham. This temple is under the control of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department of Government of Tamil Nadu (HR&CE).

The Temple

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Temple Opening Time

The Temple remains open from 9.00 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. and from 5.30 p.m.


The temple celebrates the birth day of Chandeswara Nayanar in the month of Thai (January-February) on the Uthiram star day. Avani Vinayakar Chaturthi (Aug-Sep), Aippasi Skanda Shashti (Oct – Nov), Aippasi Annabishekam (Oct – Nov), Thiru Karthikai (Nov-Dec) and Masi Shivrathri (Feb-Mar) are the other festivals celebrated here. Monthly pradoshams are also observed regularly.

Religious Significance

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Literary Mention

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Devotees pray here for regaining lost position & power, for wealth and to overcome any adverse situation. Devotees offer vastras to Lord and Mother and contribute to the renovation of the temple.


Sathyagireeswarar Temple,

Senganur – 612 504,

Thiruppanandal Post,

Thiruvidaimarudur Taluk,

Thanjavur District

Phone: +91 435 2457 459

Mobile: +91 93459 82373 / 94890 35556 / 73739 67693

Mobile: +91 70948 29225 / 96006 30839


The Temple is located at about 4 Kms from Thiruppanandal, 4 Kms from Thiruppanandal Bus Stand, 12 Kms from Aduthurai Railway Station, 12 Kms from Thiruvidaimarudur, 17 Kms from Kumbakonam, 18 Kms from Kumbakonam Bus Stand, 18 Kms from Kumbakonam Railway Station, 56 Kms from Thanjavur and 107 Kms from Trichy Airport. The Temple is situated on Kumbakonam to Thiruppanandal Route.