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Sri Sarangapani temple



Moolavar : Sarangapani, Aravamudhan
Urchavar : NA
Amman / Thayar : Komalavalli
Thala Virutcham : NA
Theertham : Hemavalli Pushkarini, Cauvery and Arisil Rivers
Agamam / Pooja : NA
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Tirukudandhai
City : Kumbakonam
District : Thanjavur
State : Tamil Nadu

Singers:

    The glory of Lord Sarangapani is sung by almost all Vaishanava Azhwars ? Poigai Azhwar, Madhurakavi Azhwar, Kulasekhara Azhwar, Tirupanazhwar, Thondaradipodi Azhwar, Peyazhwar, Bhoodhathazhwar, Tirumazhisai Azhwar, Nammazhwar, Periazhwar and Sri Andal.


Festival:

    Chithirai Utsav in April-May; Thai Sankaraman Utsav in January-February; Vaikasi Vasantha Utsav in May-June; Masi float festival in February-March, Margazhi Vaikunda Ekadasi in December-January are the important festivals celebrated in the temple.


Temple's Speciality:

   Lord Sarangapani blesses the devotees in His reclining form under the Vaideeka Vimana ? tower above the sanctum sanctorum. This is one of the 108 Divya Desas of Lord Vishnu.


Opening Time:

   The temple is open from 7.00 a.m. to 12.00 and from 5.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.


Address:

    Sri Sarangapani Temple, Kumbakonam ? 612 001, Thanjavur district.


Phone:

   91-435 - 243 0349, 94435 - 24529.


General Information:

   


Prayers:

   Lord Santhanakrishna blesses the devotees in a shrine before the sanctum sanctorum. Devotees pray here to realize their wishes. It is the belief that the prayer will certainly bring them what they desire and expect.


Thanks giving:

    Devotees perform Tirumanjanam to Lord and offer vastras.


Greatness Of Temple:

    Lord Perumal?s reclining postures are different in different places. The one in Kumbakonam Sarangapani temple is praised as Uddhana Sayana. Saint Thirmazhisai Azhwar in his Mangalasasanam hymn asked Lord ?Are you resting as your legs pain due to long walk?. Perumal tried to get up to grace Azhwar. Azhwar asked Perumal to give the darshan in the half-waking up posture. He is not in a complete reclining posture here as such. The hymns sung by the 12 Azhwars on Lord Vishnu-Perumal had been edited as Nalayira Divya Prabandam ? 4000 verses. Lord Sarangapani was instrumental for this compilation. One of the Vaishnava Acharya Sri Nadamuni who came here for worship heard some devotees sing the glory of Lord in ten verses saying that it may be included in the 1000s. Sri Nadamuni wondered and asked them to sing those thousand verses too. But they could not as they did not know them. Lord Perumal appearing in Nadamuni?s dream, advised him to go to Azhwar Tirunagari (praised as Nava Thirupathi in Tuticorin district) and seek the blessings of Saint Nammazhwar to get the hymns. Sri Nadamuni came to Azhwar and gave him 4000 verses far above ? four fold-his expectation, his joy knew no bounds. He compiled them. Thus, the great Vaishnava Tamil scripture with all its poetic beauty speaking the spiritual experiences of Azhwars came into being to elevate the souls generation after generation.


Temple History:

    Sage Brugu came to Vaikunda to test the patience and tolerance quality of Lord Vishnu by hitting on His chest. Lord did not prevent the sage nor grew angry against him. But simply smiled. Mother Lakshmi asked the Lord how He could allow other male to touch Her also while hitting Him as the chest of Lord is Her home. The sage fell at the feet of Mother Lakshmi and said that he was given the job of finding a God so soft in nature for conducting a Yagna to whom it was to be dedicated. I hit Lord for this test and meant no motives. He also begged Mother that she should be born his daughter. Mother Lakshmi happily blessed the sage. She promised the sage to leave Lord for him and advised him to take on penance to realize his wish. The sage performed penance in Kumbakonam and found Mother on the Hema Pushkarini Theertha on a Lotus. He took the child and named Her Komalavalli. He gave his daughter to Perumal in a grand wedding. Perumal came to wed Mother holding a bow-Sarnga, hence is praised as Lord Sarangapani. The place, thus is revered as the Avatara Sthala-birth place of Mother Komalavalli-Lakshmi.


Special Features:

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*Sources from Dinamalar.com




 
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