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Sri Somesar temple
 
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Moolavar: Somesar
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Somakalambikai
  Thala Virutcham: Gooseberry (Nelli)
  Theertham: Soma Theertham and also one created by Garuda, vehicle of Lord Vishnu
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: Pazhayarai Vadadhali
  City: Keel Pazhayarai Vadadhali
  District: Thanjavur
  State: Tamil Nadu
 
Singers:
     
  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 supremH This is the 24th temple in the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.  
     
 Festival:
     
  Poornima in Aipasi (October-November), Tirukarthikai in November-December, Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January and Mahashivarathri in February-March are the festivals celebrated in the temple.  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  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  
     
Opening Time:
    
 The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. 
   
Address:
   
  Sri Somesar Temple, Pazhayarai – 612 703, Patteeswaram Post, Kumbakonam Taluk, Thanjavur district.  
   
Phone:
   
  +91 - 98945 69543 
    
 General Information:
     
 

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

 
     
 
Prayers
    
 

Devotees pray for happy conclusions of marriage alliances, excellence in arts and remedy from illness.

 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  Devotees perform abishek and offer vastras – clothing. 
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
 

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.

 
     
  Temple History:
     
 

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.

 
     
Special Features:
     
  Miracle Based: The presiding deity is a Swayambumurthy
 
     
 
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