Alangudi Guru Baghawan Temple

Temple History:

The temple has been in existence from time immemorial. The presiding deity is a self-manifested one and the temple was constructed during the period of Early Cholas. Renovations and expansions have been done during the reigns of different rulers over the centuries. Kasi Aaranyam , Thiru erumpoolai are the other names for this place Alangudi. The temple was actually constructed by and ardent devotee Amuthokar who was a minister in the kingdom of Musukuntha Chola Chakravarthi. Once the temple was finished, the minister refused to give half of the merit to his King and so was beheaded. Immediately, the entire village started to reverberate with the sound “Amuthokar”. The King realized his mistake and surrendered himself to the Lord Aabathsahayeswarar at Alangudi who relieved him from all his sins.

Greatness of Temple:

This temple is one of the Navagraha Temples where Lord Guru is worshipped. Guru  is the symbol of knowledge and wisdom. Devotees throng this temple throughout the year to worship Lord Guru. They offer yellow colored clothes and channa dal and pray to the God to protect them from the planetary transitions.

Temple Specialty:

The deity in this temple is seen with the scars of Chicken Pox and this relates to a historical event. When the Chola King wanted to take the idol from Alangudi and install it in Thiruvarur, the temple priest protected the idol disguising it with the scars of Chicken Pox and saved the deity from the King. You can see the scars even today on the face of Lord Aabathsahayeswarar meaning one who protects His devotees when they are in danger.

Festivals:

Transit day of Lord Guru from one Zodiac sign to the other which happens every two and a half years, Full moon day (Purnima) in the tamil month of Chithirai(April – May), Thai Poosam in January-February, Panguni Uthiram in March- April are the important festivals celebrated in Guru Baghavan temple. Car festivals are celebrated during every special occasion and the deity is taken in procession around the temple and streets.

Travel:

By Road:

Alangudi is very near to the temple town Kumbakonam which is at a distance of 14km. the temple is at a distance of 40kms on th

By Rail:

The nearest railway station is at Mayiladuthurai. You can prefer to travel by road from either Tanjore or Kumbakonam railheads.

By Air:

The nearest airport is at Tiruchirapalli. From there, you can reach the temple in less than three and a half hours.

Nearby Tourist Attractions:

Poombuhar Beach, Silappathikara Art Gallery, Town Gateway.

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