Tiruvaarur Thaer Thiruvizha (car festival)
April 30, 2004
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The annual car festival of the Tiruvarur Sri Thyagarajaswamy temple took place on April 30, 2004.

The temple car (thaer in Tamil)also known as the Aazhi Thaer is a wooden structure with wonderful carvings depicting stories from the puranas. Considered the biggest temple car in Asia, it weighs around 300 tonnes and consists of four sections with an octagonal platform. It runs on giant iron wheels & is operated with a hydraulic brake system, provided by the Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. The devotees pulled the car wtih great religious fervour. Bulldozers provided by the Agriculture Engineering Department were used to push the car from behind.

Tiruvarur is among the Sapthavidanga Sthalams. The presiding deity is Tyagesa. Once the capital of the Chola rulers, it was ruled by great kings such as Manuneedi Cholan, Abayakula Sekara Cholan & Musukunda Cholan. According to legend Musukunda Cholan is believed to have brought the Sri Thyagarajaswamy idol from the Deva Logam.

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