(Last Updated on : 05/12/2015)
The temples of Karur District are magnificent set of sculptures and architecture that not only reflect the religious domain of the district, but its artistic skills as well. Karur District of Tamil Nadu is surrounded by Namakkal District in the north, Dindigul District in the south, Tiruchirapalli District in the west and Erode District in the east. Since Karur was an ancient battleground, the temples of Karur District reflect the sculptures of brave warriors.
The Kalyana Venkattaramasami Temple at Thanthoni and Pasupatheswarar Temple at Karur are the main tourist centers in this district. Kadambar Koil and Iyer Malai at Kulittalai, Mariamman Temple, Vennaimalai and Pasupatheswarar Temple at Karur and Venjamangudalur Temple at Venjamangudalur are some of the major temples of Karur District.
The Kalyana Venkattaramasami temple at Thanthoni is considered to be the main temple of Karur District. The shrine of the Lord is situated on a raised portion of a hillock and the temple is popular as the Tirupathi. Karur town is one of the seven sacred sthalams (place) of Sivalayams and is widely known for famous Pasupathieswarer Temple. The group of sculptures representing Pasupathiswaralingam as high as five feet is bathed by the milk oozing from the udder of a cow and Rangamatha are distinguished for sculptural beauty.
The temple in Pugalur is situated north west of Karur and dedicated to Lord Subramania on a small hill at Velayuthanpalayam near Cauvery is famous for superb sculpture. Sri Mariamman Temple is one of the famous temples of Karur District, which is situated in the heart of the city. The temple festivals are celebrated periodically during the month of May by all age gropus, irrespective of caste and creed, taking the 'Kumbum' from the temple to the Amaravathi River is the glorious act for the pilgrim.
Shree Kalyana Pasupatheeswarar temple or the Thiru Aanilai, Karur Shree Abayapradhana Ranganathar temple, Karur Shree Karuvur Mariyamman temple, Karur Thanthondrimalai, Shree Kalyana Venkataramanaswamy temple, Vennaimalai Shree Balathandayuthapani temple, Attur Sholiyamman temple and Vangal Shree Vangalamman temple are some of the prominent temples of Karur District.