Viswanathar Navagraha Temple, Pazhur, Trichy
|Architectural style:||Dravidian architecture|
Legend / Local stories
This temple was built by an Pandian Emperor. The speciality about this is, Trichy was the capital of Chola Kingdom. And Hostility existed between Cholas and Pandians forever. Still it’s a mystery that how the Pandyan temple was built in Chola’s place. In the temple wall Pandian’s have established their sign. The fish sign in the wall denoting that the temple was built by Pandian Emperor. Another mystery in this temple is, the main god is Lord Shiva but the temple was built by Sri Vaishnavas who worship only lord Vishnu.
The small temple has very small size Linga as the presiding deity. Presiding deity is called as Vishwanathar. The sanctum is east facing. The south facing shrine enshrines a small idol of the Goddess, Vishalakshi. The temple also has other sub-shrines such as Ganesha, Dhakshinamoorthi, Subramanya-Valli-Devasena and Chandikeswara. The idols of Surya, Bhairava and Saneeswarar are also found in the temple.
Navagraha idols were installed in 1932 CE, as per the instructions from Kanchi Maha Swamigal. All Grahas are found with their respective consorts. Their vahanas are found as the relief images below them. Twelve Rasis are installed below Navagrahas. Thus, the Navagrahas in this temple are unique. All the Navagraha god has weapon in their hand. Each Navagraha god has its own Chakra encrypted in the sculpture.
The temple is probably a later Pandya period temple. It is not maintained properly. Layers of oil is found on the floor all over the temple, thanks to the religious belief of the devotees. The old temple is completely renovated with concrete. There is nothing found in this temple for those who love heritage, history or sculptures.
How to Reach:
The Temple is located at about 1.5 Kms from Allur, 350 meters from Pazhur Bus Stop, 1.5 Kms from Allur Bus Stop, 2 Kms from Mekkudi Railway Station, 1.6 Kms from Mutharasanallur, 5 Kms from Jeeyapuram, 28 Kms from Kulithalai, 14 Kms from Vayalur, 9 Kms from Woraiyur, 13 Kms from Srirangam, 16 Kms from Thiruvanaikoil, 15 Kms from Trichy, 68 Kms from Karur, 13 Kms from Trichy Railway Station, 8 Kms from Chatiram Bus Station, 12 Kms from Trichy Central Bus Stand and 20 Kms from Trichy Airport.
This temple is in Trichy – Karur Road after Mutharasanallur. There is an arch announcing the way to the temple at about 1.5 kms from Mutharasanallur. There is also a small village road from Mutharasanallur connecting Pazhur without crossing over the railway line. Nearest Railway Station is located at Mekkudi and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.