A one-roomed home of the saint Thyagaraja is existent near the Aiyarappar Temple, which is enriched with some of the notable literary works. The 'Trinity of Carnatic Music' involved the trio namely Shyama Sastri, Muthuswami Dikshitar and Thyagaraja. The banks of the river Kaveri contain the 'samadhi' of the legendary composer and saint Thyagaraja, and one of the greatest music festivals take place at this very spot.
History of Aiyarappar Temple
Aiyarappar Temple boasts of several inscriptions which claims that the temple has witnessed the rule of the Cholas, Pandyas and many others including Jatavarman Pandyan , Karikala Chola, Krishna Devaraya and Rajaraja the great. 'Dakshinakailasam' and 'Uttarakailasam' are the two separate portions of the temple, while Uttarakailasam was erected by Rajaraja Chola's queen who is believed to have made generous donations for the maintenance of the temple. The queen of Rajaraja Chola had modified the Dakshinakailasam. Appar was associated with the Aiyarappar Temple and he dedicated a song in 'Thevaram' to this shrine.
Saptha Stanam Festival
Every year, the 'Saptha Stanam' festival is organised at Thiruvaiyaru during the month of April. Seven glass palanquins are seen being carried which carry the principal holy deities of the temple from seven places at Thiruvaiyaru. A unique flower festival is observed which is termed as the 'Poochorithal' that includes offering of flowers to the deities by a doll.
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