|Azhi Ther and Thygaraja temple. Tiruvarur. TN templetownkumbakonam.com|
|Tiruvarur Azhither wooden base.deccan herald com.|
|kalalayam, temple water tank, largest in India .thiyagarajaswamytemple.tnhrce.in/|
|Wooden base of Azhi ther, Tiruvarur. thehinducom. Add caption|
Above image: Base of present ‘Aazhi Ther’- temple car, Tiruvarur Thyagararaja swami temple. Utchavars will be mounted atop the wide platform that will be covered with a huge canopy, decoration, etc. Total weight of the wooden base of the ther is about 250 tons. Azhi ther Ootum refers to the conduct of car festival..............
If you briefly go back on the history of Azhi ther Ootum, it was not run without any break. From 1748 till early part of the 20th century, it had been a continuous one and in those days the Thygarajaswami temple was managed by a committee of private parties who ran the temple affairs and festivals well within the purview of Agama sastras, according to old timers.
|Tiruvarur, TN locaton map. .mapsofindia.com|
|Tiruvarur temple and the water tank. thiyagarajaswamytemple.tnhrce.in|
The credit goes to two people for revival of Azhi ther festival, the then government led by the late CM Kalaingar Karunanidhi ( native of Tiruvarur) and well-known philanthropist, industrialist and sugar baron V.S.Thyagaraja Mudaliar. In 1970 they took efforts and decided to run the huge chariot with modifications to bear
the heavy weight - roughly 300 tons. The chariot was fixed
with hydraulic wheels and break system specially made by the engineers at the central govt. owned BHEL, Tiruchirapalli works. The car festival was held with great pomp and gala in 1975.
After breaks, the festival took place in 1978,1982 and 1989.
Since 2010, the festival has been held without any break. The unique feature of this ther - chariot is the kalasam to be fixed atop ( it is itself 6 foot tall) Yet another interesting fact is the 30 foot tall wooden base continues to remain heavy with giant wheels
(weighing 250 tons, with a wide platform where the idols will be kept. The entire base is made of quality wood
The massive Thygarajaswami temple was built in the 12th century by King Vikrama Chola.
At valluvar kottam, Chennai there is a huge temple car made of brick and cement/ concrete mix. It is on the model of Azhi ther, Tiruvarur.