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Sri Oppiliappan temple

Moolavar : Oppiliappan ? Thiru Vinnagarappan
Urchavar : Ponnappan
Amman / Thayar : Bhoomadevi
Thala Virutcham : NA
Theertham : Ahotra Pushkarini
Agamam / Pooja : Vaikanasam
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Tiru Vinnagaram
City : Tirunageswaram
District : Thanjavur
State : Thanjavur


   Lord Perumal of the temple is praised in the Mangalasasanam hymns of Vaishnavite Saints Poigai Azhwar, Peyazhwar, Nammazhwar and Tirumangai Azhwar


    Brahmmotsavam is grandly celebrated in the temples in the months of Purattasi (September-October), Aipasi (October-November) and Panguni (March-April).

Temple's Speciality:

    This is one of the 108 Divyadesas of Lord Perumal and has the added reputation of being the birth place ? Avatara Sthala of Mother Bhoomadevi.

Opening Time:

    The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and from 4.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m.


    Sri Oppiliyappan Temple, Thirunageswaram, Kumbakonam- 612-204. Thanjavur District.


   91- 435 - 246 3385, 246 3685,

General Information:

   Near to this temple Thirunageswaram Naganathar temple is situated. Among 108 Divya desam, This sthalam had a no salt in prasatham for lords. This perumal had a seperate suprabatham like Thirupati Venkadachalapathy.


    It is believed that praying to Lord and Mother in the temple would ensure unity among the couples and cultivate in them the quality of tolerance.

Thanks giving:

   Devotees perform Tirumanjanam to Lord.

Greatness Of Temple:

    Lord Vishnu-Perumal came to Sage Markandeya on a Panguni (March-April) Tiruvonam star day seeking his daughter?s hand in marriage. The wedding took place on Aipasi (October-November) Tiruvonam Star day. Remembering this event, on Tiruvonam Star day each month, special pujas are performed with Aganda Deepa (big deepa) and Long deepa ? Vaal deepa lighting. It is believed that Mother Mahalakshmi graces devotees from these lamps. This darshan is considered a lucky one by the devotees. On Aavani Tiruvonam star day, Perumal grants darshan ? Udaya Garuda Sevai. Then He bathes in the Nattaru River praised as Dakshina Ganga. Special pujas are performed after this event. The practice of soothsaying before the lamps is followed even these days.

Temple History:

    Mother Bhoomadevi expressed Her grievance to Lord Perumal that She had not the privilege of being in the chest of Lord though she too had all the dignity features of Mother Mahalakshmi and demanded that right for Her too. Lord replied that She would have that position as the daughter of a Maharshi Markandeya and that She would be known as Tiruthuzhai (Tulsi). Meantime, sage Markandeya was also performing penance to have Mahalakshmi as his daughter. He saw a little child Bhoomadevi having all the attributes of Mahalakshmi near a Tulsi plant. He was too happy to take the child and bring Her up. When She attained the marriageable age, Lord Vishnu in the guise of an old man called on the sage seeking his daughter in marriage. Sage simply turned down His request saying that his daughter was too young for Him and did not know even cooking with correct quantity of salt to be added to the preparations. Adamant Lord said that he would accept the food even without salt. Sage understood that the visitor was no other a person than Perumal Himself, was happy to give his beloved daughter to Him. As Perumal accepted food without salt (Uppu in Tamil), He is praised as Uppili Appan and also as Oppili Appan as none equals Him. Oppili-no equal. Thus Tulasidevi-Bhooma devi came to stay on the chest of Lord in the form of Tulsi garlands offered by devotees in all Perumal temples.

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*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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