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Suriyanar Koil Temple - Tamilnadu

Suriyanar Koil

Temple Histpry:

The temple is believed to be the place where all the nine planetary deities were forced to live by the curse of Lord Brahma. As a result of their hard penance, all the nine planetary deities regained their original power and bliss. They were directed by Lord Shiva to stay at the same place and bless the devotees worshipping them. Among all, this temple is predominantly worshipped for the Sun God.

Greatness of Temple:

This is the only temple in Tamil Nadu, where there are separate shrines for all the nine planetary deities. The temple is a 900 years old Dravidian Architecture built by the Chola King Kulothunga Cholan. The presiding deity is the Sun God. Usha and Chayadevi are His consorts.

Temple Specialty:

Though the temple was built by the Tamil King Kulothunga Cholan, the temple has been patronized by the King of Srivijayam, the current day Indonesia. This depicts the religious connect between the two countries. This is the only temple with separate shrines for all the nine planetary deities. Suriyanar koil tops the list in the pilgrimage tour of Navagraha temples.


A ten days long festival called Ratha Sapthami is celebrated during the Tamil month Thai which falls during Mid-January to Mid- February. Also, celebrations with special poojas and rituals are conducted during the transition days of Saturn and Jupiter.

Nearby Tourist Places:

Swamilmalai Temple, Kumbakonam Temples, Poombuhar Museum.


By Road:You can reach Suriyanar Koil by travelling a distance of 15km from Kumbakonam.  The temple is very near to Aduthurai at a distance of 2-3 km. From Mayiladuthurai and Swamimalai, the temple is equidistant at 21kms.

By Rail:The nearest railway station is at Aduthurai. 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 two and a half hours.

Opening time

From 6 A.M. to 12.30 P.M

4.00 P.M. to 8.00 P.M.

Closing time

12.20 PM to 04.00 PM