Ottakoothar and his grandson Ovathakoothar, established the beautiful temple for Goddess Maha Saraswathi.Goddess Saraswathi, looks as if she is doing penance Her one leg is folded in a yogasana posture.
She is seated on a white lotus, draped in white silk. She symbolizes knowledge , having a palm script in her hands. The other hand has the ‘Chinmudra’, blessing devotees.Another hand has the ‘Akshamala’, signifying penance. The fourth palm has the nectar pot, conferring happiness and spiritual bliss to devotees. Her third eye is giving us the highest form of spiritual knowledge. She blesses all who worship Her with abundant knowledge, intelligence and welfare.
River Kaveri, who spread out from the water container (kamandalam)of stage Agasthya, has spawned many famed places and brought glory to the Chola region of Tamilnadu. There are many branches of the river Kaveri which run like blood vessels across the Chola region.Among these, the very beautiful broad “Harisol” rivulet branches off from the Kaveri at Kumbakonam. There are quite a few holy shrines on the banks of Harisol.Of these, as if to symbolize her flow from the heavens to earth, Harisol flows the north to the south in Koothanur.
Sree Maha Saraswathi Amman Temple,
Tiruvarur Dist.607 503