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Chandiranaar Temple is a Hindu temple in the village of Thingalur, 18 kilometres from Kumbakonam. The presiding deity is Soma-moon. However, the main idol in the temple is that of "Kailasanathar" or Shiva.


Built in the 7th century by Pallava King Rajasimha, this ancient Shaivite shrine reflects the early Dravidian architecture. A unique feature of Thingalur Temple is that during the months of Puratasi and Panguni on the full moon day , the day before and on a succeeding day 3 days, the rays of the rising moon will fall on Lord Siva .This rare phenomenon occurs only in Thingalur and not anywhere else.

how can you reach this temple
By Surface Transport

Temple is 36 km from Kumbakonam. Kumbakonam is well connected with buses to all parts of Tamil Nadu.Temple is 16 km from Thanjavur

The nearest railway station to Thingalur temple is Ariyalur Railway Station which is 29 km away from Thingalur Temple.

By Air

The nearest airport to Thingalur Temple is Thanjavur airport , Thanjavur which is 10 km away from Thingalur Temple .


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Temple Legend

Legend has it that there lived a merchant Appoodi Adikal, a nayanar in the village of Thingalur who was a devotee of lord Shiva. Appoodi Adikal held Appar in high regards and wanted to host him. The day arrived, but his son was killed by a venomous snake bite while the saint was being hosted. Appar, moved by Appoodi Adikal's devotion is said to have miraculously restored the lad to live.

Extra Information

Navagraha Kailasanathar Swamy temple is one of the nine Navagraha sthalas located in the Cauvery Delta region dedicated to planet Moon, called Thingal in Tamil language. There is a separate shrine for Lord Moon Thingalur Kailasanathar temple is noted for the importance of first rice feeding of the infant child known as Anna Prasanam.

Timings and Events

06.00 AM to 01.00 PM and 04.00 PM to 08.00 PM.


Mahashivarathri in February-March, Margazhi December-January, Panguni Uthiram in March-April, Tirutarthikai in November-December are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

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