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Panchavarneswarar Temple
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Pooja Cost : US$ 9.00 Leadtime : 3 Days
Location : Nallur
Main Deity : Kalyana Sundarar.
Nearest Town : Kumbakonam District : Thanjavur State : Tamil Nadu
panchavarneswarar Temple, nallurThe main deity is Kalyana Sundarar, Lord Shiva is believed to have granted Sage Agasthyar a vision of his marriage here. Behind the lingam are the images of Shiva and Parvati shown getting married, with Brahma performing the rites of marriage on the left, and Vishnu, giving away his sister Parvati in marriage, on the right.

The lingam itself is unique, for it is made of an unknown material and changes colours five times a day, and is thus also known as Panchavarneswarar. The lingam has 3 portions the lower portion which joins the Avudaiyar, and is smooth, the middle portion, which is rough, and the top, which is again smooth, and is the most prominent part of the lingam.

Each of these parts changes colour every two and half hours. Kunti the mother of the Pandavas bathed at the Saptasagara theertham and so there is an image of Kunti in the temple.

Following are the five colors it changes in a day
Copper colour
Light Red (the colour of sunrise)
Colour of molten gold
Emerald green
An indescribable colour
Source : anushankarn.sulekha.com