(Last Updated on : 13-08-2010)
Temples of Pudukkotai district in Tamil Nadu reflect the archaeological and cultural excellence of the artisans and craftsmen. Pudukkottai District is surrounded by Tiruchirapalli District in the north and west, Sivagangai District in the south, Thanjavur District in the northeast and the Bay of Bengal in the east. The archaeological and cultural remains at Kodumbalur, Narthamalai, Kudumianmalai, Kunnandarkoil, Sittannavasal, Thirumayam and Avudayarkoil prove its rich cultural heritage, through magnificent temples of Pudukkotai district. Dolmens, stone circles and megalithic burials reveled many ancient temples of Pudukkotai district, thus indicating its antiquity. Aadi Pogrom Festival at Sri Kokarneswarar Brahadambal Temple and Manikkavasagar festival at Avudayarkoil are the major festivals of the district.
Government Museum at Thirukokarnam, Aintali Temple at Kodumbalur, Muskundeshwarar Temple, rock-cut cave temple at Kodumianmalai, Subramanya Temple at Viralimalai, Thirumayam Fort and Old chapel at Avur are the main temples of Pudukkotai district. Arulmighu Meenakshi Chokkeswarar Temple boasts a beautiful shrine in Pudukkottai District. This temple of Pudukkotai district is famous for the Nandi, known as Nei Nandi. Although the Nandi is made of black granite, it shines like marble because of the frequent abhisheks with pure ghee. Thousands of devotees visit the temples of Pudukkotai district every year.
Muchukondeswar Temple, one of the important temples of Pudukkotai district, is situated at Kodumbalur village and was constructed by Irukkuvelar, the chieftain who ruled over here during the 9th-10th century. Pazhampati Nathar Temple, one of the temples of Pudukkotai district, lies on the seashore of the Pandya country and is protected by massive walls. The temple dates back to the Pandya period. The Nandi, the Shivalingam, and the vimana crowning the sanctum are huge remarkable structures. The main festival held in this temple is the annual Brahmotsavam festival conducted in the month of Vaikasi. Sathyamurthy Perumal Temple is another temple of Pudukkotai district, dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Thirumayam is known as one of the 108 Tirupathis.
Recently archeologists have found many inscriptions belonging to the Chola period on the temples of Pudukkotai district. The nearest railheads to reach the temples of Pudukkotai district are Tiruchirapalli and Pudukottai.