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Sri Siva Suriya Perumal Temple - Suryanar Koil near Adthurai


    Suryanaar Koyil was built by the Chola kings. Inscriptions from the period of Kulottunga Chola I (1075-1120) refer to this temple as the Kulottunga Chola Martanda Alayam. Kulottunga Chola is said to have had a good relationship with the Gahadwal dynasty of Kanauj (1090 - 1194), whose rulers were Sun worshippers, and hence Suryanar Koyil, is considered to be an expression of their influence in South India. Inscriptions from the period of Krishna Deva Raya, speaking of endowments made to this temple are also seen here.

About Sun - Planet of the self, will, energy and power:

    When the world came into existence, the first sound that reverbrated was 'Om'. Suryan was born from this 'Omkara naadham'. Sree Markandeya Puranam has explained this factor.Surya - The Sun Suryan was the son of Sage Kashyap and was the grandson of Sage Maarisi. Surya married Soorvarsala, the daughter of Viswakarma. Vaivasvatha Manu and Yamadharmarajan were his sons and Yamuna, his daughter.

    The name of the god is ‘Saptha Saptham’ which has the horse as its vehicle, which goes by the name 'Saptha’, meaning seven in Sanskrit. Lord Surya, who is the chief of the grahas, appears with a lotus in his divine hands. The one-wheeled chariot is drawn by seven horses. It is drawn by seven horses in seven colours.

The one-wheeled chariot is drawn by seven horses. It is drawn by seven horses in seven colours.

Surya Bhagawan blesses his devotees with good health, fame and efficient management.

About Temple:

    This temple is close to Aduthurai and 15 km from Kumbakonam and also a Kali Amman Temple that should be visited.

    The temples occupies an area of about 1.25 acres. The tower of the temple is 15.5 metre in height and consists of three tiers. At the top of the tower are five domes.

    To the north of the rajagopuram lies the sacred bathing ghat, called Surya Pushkarni.Sri Siva Suriya Perumal Temple It is important to bathe in this ghat before offering worship at the temple. If not, one should at least sprinkle its water on one's head.

    The Suryanar temple faces west The presiding deity here is Suryanarayana in a chariot like vimaanam, representing the sun's chariot. There are also shrines to Kasi Viswanathar, Visalakshi and Brihaspati (Guru) in the sanctum.

The tank of the temple is called Suryatheertham or Surya pushkarani.

    There are shrines to Surya, Gurumoksheswarar, Somanathar, Saptarishi nathar,Someswarar, Vishnunathar and Bhrameesar, Kaasi Viswanathar and Visalakshi.

    After Surya Baghawan one should go to Sabanayakar Mandapam and offer prayers to Lord Nataraja, the Navagraha, and at Sthabana Mandapam worship Sri Kasi Viswanathar and Sri Visalakshi Ammai.


     All the grahas face Surya Bhagawan in this temple. As soon as one enters the temple, there is a sacrificial platform (bali peetam). To its east lies a mandap where one can see an idol of a horse. Surya Baghawan is positioned, accompanied on both sides by his consorts Usha and Chayadevi.

    As soon as one enters the temple one sees the shrine of 'Khol Theertha Vinayakar'. Surya inside the templeAfter worshipping the Vinayakar, one can worship Kasi Viswanathar and Sree Visalakshi Ammaiyar. Surya Bhagawan is found in a lying posture inside the sanctum sanctorum with Usha and Parathyusha (Chaya Devi ).

    There are steps in front of Guru Bhagwan which leads to the idols of other grahas. After worshipping these grahas, one is supposed to worship Khol Theertha Vinayakar again. Then comes the flag mast, and after worshipping it, one should circumambulate the temple. Those who worship Surya Bhagwan and Lord Siva in this temple are blessed with prosperity. It is the only Navagraha temple where the other eight grahas can also be found along with the main one.

    Those who are affected by 'Graha Dhosham' can come to this temple for the antidote (pariharam). Those who are afflicted with the malefic influence of Sani, Ashtama Sani and Janma Sani can visit this temple and be relieved of their sufferings. There are as many as 15 theerthams in this temple. surrounded by lofty walls. One of the theerthams is a well located inside the temple and it is referred to as the Jnana koopam. The Poolaivala river which is located in the east whose waters are used in abhishekam ceremonies in the Tamil month of Aippasi.

    This temple is also important for the fact that king Parikshit worshipped the Sun, Siddhanga Pandian worshipped the Moon and Nala worshipped Saturn here. The Sun God does away with the hardships caused by Saturn. If a person has the evil effects of Saturn in his/her horoscope, then he/she may visit this temple.


Soorya Bahavan

Special Poojas:

The annual Bhrammotsavam is celebrated in the month of Chittirai.

Navaratri, Skanda Sashti, Aadi Puram, Arudra Darisanam, Kartikai Deepam, Thai Poosam and Pankuni Uththiram are celebrated here.

Ratha Saptami in the Tamil month of Thai .

First Sundays in the months of Aavani (Leo) and Kartikai (Scorpio) and Vijaya Dasami are celebrated in this temple.

Offerings for worshipping the God:

Flower - Senthamarai (Red Lotus)

Samith (sacrificial fuel ) - Erukku ( madar plant )

Dhaniyam (grain) - Wheat

Vasthram - Lotus red

Neivedhyam - Sakkarai pongal

Mantra for Sun:

Aum hrim hrim suriyaye namah Aum.

Opening Hours:

6.00 A.M. to 12.30 P.M. and 4.00 P.M. to 8.00 P.M.