|Huge granary,capcity:3000 kalams / measures.Sri Pallaivana Nathar Temple, tamilnadu-favtourism.blogspot.com|
|Sri Palaivana NatharTemple -12 th century AD, hiramprakash.wordpress.com|
of historical value. It was built during the reign of the Chola Kingdom and is spread over an area of 3 acres. It is not a big temple as many near-by temples are. Here, the presiding deity is Lord Shiva and his consort is Karu Katha Nayaki or Garpa Rakshaka Aambica.
Here, Lord Shiva is also known as Mullaivana Nathar and the
glory of this seventh century temple was sung in devotional hymns by great Shavite saints Tignanasambandar and Tirunavukkarasar - Appar.
|400 year old granary - Sri Palaivana NatharTemple, hiramprakash.wordpress.com|
|Granary - 400 year old built by Raunatha Nayak of Thanjavur Nayak Dynasty. Sri Palaivana NatharTemple, Temple, www.flickr.com|
Granaries were built in villages and small towns in the by-gone days by the local rulers to store vast quantity of grains. This was to safeguard the grains from from rodent attack, rain, etc., and to meet future requirements of the local population, etc in case of some kind of emergency.
As mentioned above, not many temples of Tamil Nadu have huge granaries within the temple complex. The exceptions are srirangam temple, Thiruvanaikovil Jambukeswarar Akilandeswari Temple & at Thirupalaithurai (Mullai Nathar temple) near Kumbakonam and the Adi Rangam Temple near Jambai in Thiruvannamalai district. They were built mainly to store grains donated by devotees and paddy collected collected from vast temple lands after harvest.