|Besides the tank, a
peculiar musical instrument called Panchamukha Vadya and Sivalingam made of sapphire and
called Marakatalingam are worth seeing. The musical instrument has got five faces and is
ornamented with the snake, the swastika and the lotus on three. The fourth face is plain
without decorations. The central face shows the face of a deer. It is said that Nandi
played on this when Siva danced. The circumference of the instrument is fifty-six inches.
Tiruvarur is one of the seven sacred places of Lord Tyagaraja. The
others are Tirumaraikkadu (Vedaranyam), Tirunagai
(Nagapattinam.), Tirukkolili, Tirukkaramayil, Tiruvanmiyoor and Tirunallar. In this temple
where Tyagaraja's idol is worshipped, the
Navagrahas are placed in a line looking at the shrine. It is a peculiar feature.