(Last Updated on : 13-08-2010)
Temples of Perambalur district form the most prominent centers of pilgrimage in the state of Tamil Nadu. The holy deity worshipped in the temples of this district and its related festivals are grandly celebrated in the district of Perambalur. This is an inland district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu without any coastal line. The district is also rich in cultural heritage and religious prejudices, and therefore the temples of this district in Tamil Nadu state are specially revered.
One of the most famous temples in the state of Tamil Nadu is the Siruvachur Madura Kaliamman temple. This temple is situated at Siruvachur in Perambalur taluk. The presiding deity of this renowned temple is known as Sri Madura Kaliamman. This goddess is one of the forms of the Goddess Kali
. Poojas are grandly performed on Monday and Friday of every week. The most prominent annual festival in this temple starts in the last week of Panguni. The Car festival is also celebrated in the first week of Chithirai.
Apart from the Siruvachur Madura Kaliamman temple, there are other two major temples in the district of Perambalur in the state of Tamil Nadu called the Ancient Arulmigu Ekambareswar temple and the Thandayuthapani Swamy Temple. These two temples are located in the Chettikulam Village. These two temples were constructed by King Kulasekara Pandian, some eight hundred years ago. These temples are placed at a distance of twenty two kilometers from Perambalur and eight kilometers to the west of Alathurgate on the Trichy-Chennai National Highway. Both of these temples reflect the architecture of the early days. Like other temples, festival is also celebrated in the Arulmigu Ekambareswarar temple. The Thai Poosam festival is celebrated every year in the month of January for ten days in this temple. During the celebration of this festival in the Arulmigu Ekambareswarar temple, people from different places visit this temple in large numbers and get the blessings of Lord Shiva
Panguni Uthiram festival is celebrated in the Arulmigu Thandayuthapani temple for a period of fourteen days in the month of April every year. This famous festival is celebrated in a grand manner and a number of cultural programs are conducted at that time in the temple. There is a rock outside the Chettikulam village on the top of which is situated the Balathandapani temple. This is an ancient and renowned shrine constructed by the Cholas. There are several stone inscriptions explaining the history of the temple.