Sri Panchavarneswarar Temple

Sri Panchavarneswarar Temple is another temple in Uraiyur.  This is the 5th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola Kingdom located south of the river Cauvery. Garuda, Kasyapa Muni and Karkotakan are said to have worshipped here.  Shiva is said to have manifested himself in five different shades of color to Utanga Munivar (Ratna Lingam in the morning, Spatika Lingam at night and Chitra Lingam later on at midnight). The Shivalingam held in worship here is very small in size. The sanctum faces east while the Ambal shrine faces South. Uraiyur is also known as Kozhimanagaram as legend holds that a fowl blessed with divine powers defeated an elephant in an duel.  Go Chenkan Cholan the builder of 78 Maadakkovils is said to have born here. The temple is replete with sculptural work depicting legends associated with the temple.  For instance there are wondrous pieces of sculpture on some of the temple pillars that appear as four women from one angle, and as a horse from another.


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