-Saranathan Temple is 11 km southeast of the railway station at Tiruccherai. It is also called Pancha Saraksetrwn, and it is considered one of the most important Divya Desam temples. It is on the bank of the Kaveri River. This temple lies in the Tanjore district of TamilNadu.
-Saranathan Temple is built in Dravidian Architecture style. The temple is believed to be of significant antiquity with contributions at different times from Medieval Cholas, Vijayanagar Empire and Madurai Nayaks. The temple is 380 ft (120 m) long and 380 ft (120 m) wide. A granite wall surrounds the temple, enclosing all its shrines and three of the four bodies of water. The rajagopuram, the temple’s gateway tower has five tiers and raises to a height of 120 ft (37 m).
-There are many legends associated with Tirucherai Sri Saranathan Temple. According to one legend, Lord Brahma was worried for his tools and Vedas when the time to end the world or Yuga came near. Lord Brahma asked the help of Lord Vishnu. Vishnu ordered Brahma to put vedas and tools in a strong mud pot and after trying mud from all places Brahma finally made a pot out of the sand taken from Thirucherai and saved all Vedas and all necessary aids for creation. Hence Brahma got the magical mud from this place, it is called as “Sara Shetram”.
Another legend is that River Kaveri once approached Lord Brahma and told him that she wished to be equal in the status to River Ganga. To acquire that status, Kaveri made serious penance. To test Kaveri’s devotion, Lord Vishnu appeared in the form of a child in front of her. Realizing that the child was Vishnu, Kaveri treated the child with care and motherly devotion. Vishnu was pleased with her devotion and revealed all his ten avatars to her and asked her to visit Sara Kshetram and have a holy dip in the Sara Pushkarani. Hence, River Goddess Kaveri in this temple, found to be in a maternal posture with a child in her lap.