May 1, 2017

Pazhur Navagraha Sthalam

Site Name: Navagraha Sthalam
Site Type: Hindu temple
Location:  Pazhur, 15 kms from Trichy, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: Navagraha speciality temple
Nearest Railway Station: Trichy
Nearest Airport: Trichy
How to reach: Well connected by road from Karur and Trichy; public transport facility is available from Trichy and Karur
Hotel: Better to stay in Trichy or Karur
Restaurants: Few options; it is better to go to Trichy or Karur

Pazhur is a small village located at a distance of around 15 kms from Trichy city in Tamil Nadu state of India. It is located in Trichy-Karur route. Let us discuss about a temple which is popular in this region in this article.

The temple in this village is called as Navagraha temple or Navagraha Sthalam in this region. People from this village and the nearby places visit Navagraha of this temple, as it is believed that Navagrahas of this temple are very powerful. However, this temple is actually a Shiva temple. The presiding deity is Vishwanathar (Shiv Linga). 

The small temple has very small size Linga as the presiding deity. 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 Ganesh, Dakshinamurti, Subramanya-Valli-Devasena and Chandikeshwara. The idols of Surya, Bhairav and Shaneeswara 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 vaahans are found as the relief images below them. Twelve Rasis are installed below Navagrahas. Thus, the Navagrahas in this temple are unique.

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.

Happy travelling. 

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