Thiruvaiyaru – Arasur Sri Balathandayudhapani Swamy Temple Kumbabishekam 2016
In the district of Thanjavur, Thiruvaiyaru Taluk, a divine place which has a Five rivers flowing around the town including the Holy River Cauvery. Near to this town is a village called “Arasur” situated on the north bank of River Vettaru. In Arasur We can worship a very old Sri Anandavalli and Sri Agatheeswarar temple, along with co deities. Also a 700 years old Lord Muruga Temple is situated here with the Main Lord’s named as Sri Balathandayudhapani Swamy showering his blessings towards the devotees. This temple is renovated with Sri Vinayaga, Sri Edumban, Sri Kadumban. The temple work has been completed and is ready for Maha Kumbabishekam which is to be held on 29th January 2016 morning between 09.00AM and 10.30AM. All the devotees are requested to attend this event and get the blessings of Lord Muruga.
Thiruvaiyaru (also spelled as Tiruvaiyaru) (Tamil: திருவையாறு) is a panchayat town in Thanjavur District in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Thiruvaiyaru is situated on the banks of the river Kaveri, 13 km from Thanjavur. Thiruvaaiyaru has an old Siva temple dedicated to Panchanatheeswar. Though pilgrims flock to this temple throughout the year, Thiruvaiyaru is more renowned for its association with Saint Thyagaraja, who, along with Muthuswami Dikshitar and Shyama Sastri, comprised the Trinity of Carnatic music. Thiruvaiyaru means Five Rivers around the city. The Five Rivers are Arisilaaru, Vennaaru, Vettaaru, Kudamuruttiyaaru and Kaveriaaru.
Thiruvaiyaru is the headquarters of the Thiruvaiyaru taluk. Thiruvaiyaru is a small, quiet town. However, its modesty belies its importance as a pilgrim centre. On the highway from Thanjavur, you pass five bridges ‘ over the Vadavar, Vettar, Vennar, Kudamurutti and Cauvery, the five rivers from which Thiruvaiyaru gets its name (thiru = sacred; ai = five; aaru = river). The presiding deity of the Siva temple here, Panchanatheesvarar (in Tamil, Ayyarappan ‘ both mean the same thing, `the Lord of the Five Rivers’) also gets his name from them. Thiruvaiyaru is considered as holy as Varanasi and bathing in the Cauvery here is as guaranteed to rid devotees of sins as bathing in the Ganges.
Near the Siva temple is the one-roomed house where Thyagaraja composed some of his greatest works. On the banks of the river is the samadhi of the saint composer and it is here that the greatest music festival in the country takes place annually. Nearby are the Samadhis of some of the other saints like Siva Prakasha Swamigal and Bangalore Nagarathanamma , who actually identified and rebuilt the samadhi of Sri Thyagaraja.
The Thyagaraja Aradhana festival is held in January when most of the leading exponents of Carnatic music come to perform and are watched by thousands of ardent fans of classical music. A huge complex is now under construction at this site to accommodate the large audience that come to the concert in ever increasing numbers every year.