Digital Dimdima
-By Jayanthi Mahalingam
The Kaveri in Mythology
The Kaveri in Kodagu
Meet the Kodavas
The first Tributary
The Kaveri Enters Mysore
An Ancient Dam
Visweswaraya's Dream
A Dream Fulfilled
Mysore's Guardian Angel
In Tipu's Domain
The Great Temples
The Shifting Sands
Sand Covered Temples
Shivasamudram
The Goat's Leap
The Kaveri in Tamil Nadu
The Last Island
An Outpouring of Music
The Temple Trail
Journey's End

 

The Temple Trail

Scattered on the route to Kumbakonam are the villages which have produced the musical prodigies of Tamil Nadu — Lalgudi, Umayalpuram, Kottaiyur, Kapisthalam, Thiruppazahanam, Musiri, Sikkil, Papanasam and Sirkazhi. At Kumbakonam is a plethora of temples, including the famous Nageswara temple. Kumbakonam has the well-known Mahamaham tank, the Sankara Matham and the School of Arts.
In and near Thanjavur, are temples whose architectural magnificence defies description. One of the best-known is Brihadeeswara, or Big Temple, built by Rajaraja Chola, the golden cupola of which, it is said, never casts a shadow. The pyramidal central tower or vimana is over 64 m high. The tower is topped by a huge block of stone said to have been lifted up with the help of an inclined scaffolding. This scaffolding stretched 6 km from a village called Vayalur on the Kumbakonam road!
Thanjavur district also has the immense temples of Tiruvidaimarudur, Tiruvarur and Tirubhuvanam and the beautiful Murugan shrine of Swamimalai. Then one arrives at the lyrical Mayuram or Mayiladuthurai. The name means literally, ‘the place where peacocks dance’. In Mayuram, the Lakoodam bathing ghat is second in sanctity only to Talakaveri. A large number of pilgrims congregate here to bathe on Kadaimukham day which falls in the months of October-November. Mayuram features prominently in the songs and epics on the Kaveri.


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