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#3 of 5 things to do in Thanjavur

Thanjavur has about 98 temples that can be visited by one. Some of the minor temples that are popular among the pilgrims are

1.Kethu Temple: This temple is near Kumbakonam in Thanjavur, it is one of the Navagraha(Nine planets) temple in Tamil Nadu. The temple houses the images of "Ketu", the presiding deity of this temple is Lord Shiva. The temple is small but it is visited extensively by the people. Temple is open daily from 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM and from 3:00 PM to 8:00PM.

2. Lord Murugan Temple: It is in Swamimalai of Thanjavur. The temple is one of the most visited temple in the city, it draws a large number of people because of its breathtaking beauty.The temple is also known as Swaminathaswamy temple, this temple is built on a artificial hill on the top of it. One has to climb 60 stairs to get to this temple and it is based on the hindu conviction of being in line with a average life span of 60 years. The temple is divided into 3 floors, each one with its distinctive  segment. The temple is open daily and is open from morning 6:00 AM, one can fully explore this beautiful temple in about 30 minutes.

3.Swamimalai temple: This temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan and the presiding deity of this temple is Swaminathaswamy. This temple has 3 gateways( Gopurams) three precincts and 60, each one is named after sixty Tamil years. The temple is carefully crafted into a masterpiece.The temple is about 5 kms away from Kumbakonam and is on the banks of the river Cauvery which gives another reason to the visitirs to have this place on there must visit list. The Vaiskasai Visagam festival which takes place once in year is the major festival of this temple, on this occasion thousands of devotees from all over the India become a part of this special festival.The temple is daily from early morning 5:30 AM to 9:00 PM in the night.

You can also visit the Gangaikonda Cholapuram temple,Thingalur temple,Sani Bhagwan Temple, Mercury temple, Vellai Puliar temple and Thiruvenkadu Temple. Thanjavur is a place that is known for its temple and heritage so make sure to add all these temple to your list.

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