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Someswarar Temple



Moolavar: Someswarar               

Amman / Thayar: Somakalambikai               

Thala Virutcham:
Gooseberry (Nelli)               

Theertham: Soma Theertham and also one created by Garuda, vehicle of Lord Vishnu               

Pathigam: Thirunavukarasar                

Old year: 1000-2000 years old               

Historical Name: Pazhayarai Vadadhali  

These twin sivasthalam temples are located at a distance of 3 Kms from Darasuram railway station, which is situated on the Thanjavur Kumbakonam section of the Southern Railway. One of the 108 Divya Desam shrines of Lord Vishnu is located at nearby Tirunandipura Vinnagaram.

The presiding deity is Swayambumurthy in the temple. The temple is in the shape of a Rath car. Garuda the vehicle of Lord Vishnu and Adisesha the snake bed of Lord Vishnu worshipped in this temple. One of the importance of the temple.

Poornima in Aipasi (October-November)

Tirukarthikai in (November-December)

Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in (December-January)

Mahashivarathri in (February-March) are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

Devotees pray for happy conclusions of marriage alliances, excellence in arts and remedy from illness.Devotees perform abishek and offer vastras  clothing.

The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

Sri Somesar Temple, Pazhayarai ? 612 703, Patteeswaram Post, Kumbakonam Taluk, Thanjavur district. +91 - 98945 69543 



Praised by saint Tirunavukkarasar in his Thevaram hymns. My hands get life on seeing My blue necked Lord at Pazhayarai Who condemned those goondas Knowing not His Supremacy is supreme. This is the 24th temple in the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.

The Shrine of Goddess is in the outer corridor (prakara) of the temple facing south.

Moon (Chandra) prayed here to get back his radiance called Kalai day by day and for remedy from breathing troubles. Sage Tirunavukkarasar observed fast in the temple. There are just a few houses in the place almost in a dilapidated condition. The monument of Sri Sivaprakasa swamigal is here. The temple is praised by Saint Arunagirinathar in his Tirupugazh hyms.

The story of the place (Sthalapurana) has 15 chapters. The idols of Sri Kailasanathar and Mother Durga in the great hall (Mahamandapam) are very beautiful. Pazhayarai was the second capital of the later Chola kings.

It is said that worshipping in five places around this temple in a single day on the Dakshinayana Punyakala day 1) Nallur, 2) Valanchuzhi, 3) Sathimuttram, 4) Patteeswaram and 5) Avur would be very beneficial to the devotee.

Dakshinayana period covers six months commencing from (July-August) to (December-January) in the Tamil calendar from Aadi to Margazhi. The Aadi Amavasya day (New moon day) is considered very auspicious when all Hindus perform Tarpan in memory of their forefathers.

Garuda, the eagle vehicle of Lord Vishnu got a nectar pot from Devendra and passed through this place to free his mother from slavery. He was intercepted by some demons when three drops of nectar fell on this place. The three drops became a Shivalinga, Mother Goddess and a holy spring. Garuda bathed in the spring and won. A holy spring made by Garuda individually is called Jadayu theertham. 

Do & Don't

Do & Don't


  • Do pray your Ishta Devata before pilgrimage to Temple.
  • Do contact Temple Devasthanam information centre for enquiry, temple information and for Pooja details etc.
  • Do reserve your travel and accommodation at Temple well in advance.
  • Do bath and wear clean clothes before you enter the temple.
  • Do concentrate on God and Goddess inside the temple.
  • Do maintain silence and recite Om Namahsivaya or your Istamantram to yourself inside the temple.
  • Do observe ancient custom and traditions while in Temple.
  • Do respect religious sentiments at Temple.
  • Do deposit your offerings in the hundi only.

Don't s:

  • Do not come to Temple for any purpose other than worshipping of God and Goddess.
  • Do not smoke at Temple.
  • Do not consume alcoholic drinks at Temple.
  • Do not eat non-vegetarian food in the Kshetram.
  • Do not approach mediators for quick Darshanam. It may cause inconvenient to others.
  • Do not carry any weapon inside the temple.
  • Do not wear any head guards like helmets, caps, turbans and hats inside the temple premises.
  • Do not perform Sastanga Pranama inside the Sanctum Sanctorum.
  • Do not take much time while performing Sparsa Darshanam to God in Garbhagriha.
  • Do not buy spurious prasadams from street vendors.
  • Do not encourage beggars at Temple.
  • Do not spit or create nuisance in the premises of the temple.

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