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Timings : 6:00 AM - 12:30 PM and 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Time Required : 1 - 2 hrs

Entry Fee : No Entry Fee

Suryanar Koil Temple, Kumbakonam Overview

Located in the tiny village of Suryanar Koil near the town of Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu, Suryanar Koil Temple (also known as Sri Suryanar Temple) is dedicated to the Hindu Sun God. Presided by Suriyanar, the Sun and its consorts- Ushadevi and Pratyusha Devi, the temple also houses the planetary deities. The shrine is one of the nine revered Navagraha temples in Tamil Nadu and is the only one of its kind to have separate shrines for all the planetary deities. Very popular for the traditional Navagraha pilgrimage esteemed by the Hindus, the temple is venerated for its pujas which supposedly can cure malefic effects of Saturn (shani), reduces hurdles in marriage, helps in good education and career goals and removes putra dosham etc.

Suryanar Koil Temple is believed to have been built in the 11th century during the reign of Kulottunga Chola; the later additions and renovations were made during the Vijayanagar Empire. Constructed in the traditional Dravidian style of architecture, the temple boasts of a five tiered gopuram, an elaborate gateway tower and impressive granite walls enclosing each shrine within the premises. Legend goes to say that the planetary deities were cursed by Brahma to reside in the wild jungle; however, later, Lord Shiva made their abode a pilgrimage spot. The temple has six customary rituals performed daily, and celebrates two annual festivals; and, is managed and maintained by Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department of the Government of Tamil Nadu.

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Best Time To Visit Suryanar Koil Temple

The ideal time to visit the temple is during the Tamil month of Thai (mid January - mid February) when the grand festival of Ratha Saptami is celebrated. The occasion is a ten day long event and is celebrated with much pomp and show.

How To Reach Suryanar Koil Temple

Suriyanar Koil Temple lies in the east of Kumbakonam on the Kumbakonam - Mayiladuthurai road. Public bus facilities are available from Mayiladuthurai, Aduthurai, Anaikarai and Thirupananthal. You are supposed to get down at Thirumangalakudi Kaliamman bus stop. The temple is further eastwards; it is a 10 minute walk down the road.

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