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Udaiyalur

Udaiyalur  (உடையாளூர் )

Udayalur is a village in the Kumbakonam taluk of Thanjavur district, Tamil Nadu, India. Udayalur is a few kilometers away from the historic Chola dynasty stronghold town of Kizha Pazhayarai. The village was historically called "Sri Kangeyapuram".
Udayalur Shiva Temple
Pazhayarai temples
This village is the final resting place of the Great Chola dynasty emperor Raja Raja Chola I, though it remains less known than the temples he built far off.


Udaiyalur Kailasanathar Temple : The temple is almost 1000 years old and built by Rajaraja Cholan. The village also has a name Sivapadasekaramangalam obtained from the name Sivapadasekaran which is an alias of Rajarajan. It is believed the that the samadhi of the great king is also located in the village. The village was given as a gift by the king to one of his wives by name Ulagamuzhuthudayal and the village was named Ulagamuzhuthudayalur which eventually became Udayalur.
Kangeyapuram Shiva Temple
Shiva Temple Udaiyalur
Sri Kangeyapuram Siva Temple
Pazhayarai temples : The region of Patteeswaram Thiru Sakthi Mutram,  Muzhaiyur was called Pazhayarai and was the ancient capital of Cholas before Tanjore. Raja Raja Chola I was brought up here. Even after cholas moved their capital to Tanjore, they lived here. There are 4 temples around Pazhayarai (Patteeswaram) in each directions. Vada thali (North), Then thali (South), Keezh thali (East) and Mel thali (West).  


The palace of Cholas in CholarMalihai (Mailhai meaning palace) village near Patteeswaram is in ruins and there is only a mud mound now. Also, the samadhi of Raja Raja Chola is said to be in Udayalur nearby in a private property without any big monument but there is also a controversy about the authenticity of it.
Udaiyalur Kailasanathar Temple
Udaiyalur Siva Temple
Udayalur Temple

How to Reach : Udayalur Village is located 32 KM towards East from District head quarters Thanjavur. 6 KM from Kumbakonam.

Udalayur is nearby Pateeswaram Durgai Amman Temple.  ( Around 4 kms from Patteeswaram )


Udaiyalur Raja Raja Cholan Samadhi :  Check my Post on Raja Raja Cholan Burial Place

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