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Thingalur Temple


This Hindu temple is located in the city of Kumbakonam, TamilNadu.

The coordinates are 10°53’12.0″N 79°07’32.0″E!!!


The presiding deity in Kailasanathar temple is Soma (moon). Yet, the main idol in the temple is that of “Kailasanathar” or Shiva. Thingalur is the sthalam for Chandran. In tamil, Chandran means the moon.  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.


Legend has it that there lived a merchant Appoodi Adikal, a nayanar in the village of Thingalur who was a devotee of Lord Siva. 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 life.

How To Reach:

This temple ss situated about 33 km from KUMBAKONAM.

By bus it will take about 1 and 1/2 hours.
Fromethe bus stop, it is 2 and 1/2 km to the temple.
Autos are available and they charge around 100 INR to and fro.