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Sri Brahmasirakanteeswarar temple

Moolavar : Brahmasirakanteeswarar
Urchavar : Somaskandar
Amman / Thayar : Mangalambikai
Thala Virutcham : Vilvam (Bael Tree
Theertham : Nandi Theertham, Kudamurutti, Daksa Theertham, Brahma Theertham
Agamam / Pooja : NA
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Thirukkandiyur
City : Kandiyur
District : Thanjavur
State : Tamil Nadu


   Poets: Tirunavukkarasar, Sambandar, Arunagirinaathar Thevaaram song Pandankaruththathor kaiyutaiyan pataiththaan thalaiyai Untankaruththathum oorotu naatavaithaanariyum Kantankaruththa mitarutaiyaan kantiyuriruntha Thondarpiraanaik kanteer antavaanar tolukinrathe. -Thirunavukkarasar This is the 12th sacred place in the southern banks of Kaveri, consecrated by Thevaram.


   Maha Shivarathri in Masi (February-March) and Margazhi Thiruvadhirai (December-January)

Temple's Speciality:

   Goddess of Wisdom Saraswathi graces with her Lord Brahmma, hence the temple has a special significance for the devotees.

Opening Time:

   The temple is opened from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.


   Shri Shirakandeeswrar Temple, Kandiyur, Thanjavur district.


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General Information:

   The Rajagopuram with five stages stands majestically. Armoured Flag-post, Nandi and altar are seen. Lord Vinayakar is seen in the Flag-post. In the inscription, this Lord is noted as ?Thiruveerattaanaththu mahaadevar, Thirukkandiyur utaiya mahadevar?.


   Devotees worship this Lord to get rid off ?Brahmahathi? curse and to become beautiful.

Thanks giving:

   Devotees can perform abhishekam to the Lord and Ambal, and adorn them with new clothes.

Greatness Of Temple:

   The sanctum of Dandapaani is a separate temple with a mandapam. In the ?saptha-sthaana? festival, the Lord takes a procession. Ambal stands south facing with four arms and with ?abhayavaratham? (refuge sign). Within are the sanctum of Vinayagar, Subrahmanya with Valli-Deivanai, Mahalakshmi, Nataraja, Vishnu-Durgai, Bhairavar, many kinds of Vinayagar and Ardhanaareeswarar in the sitting posture. Chandeswarar is in separate temple. Brahman, Lingodhbavar, Dakshinamaurthi, and Bhikshaadanar appear as koshta murthis.

Temple History:

   Since one head, out of the five heads of Brahman was plucked this place came to be known as ?Kandanapuram? or ?Kandiyur?. The Lord brought the Bael Tree from Mount Kailas for Sage Saathaathaapar; so this holy place is also called ? Aadi Vilvaaranyam?. Sage Saathaathaapar used to go to Kaalahasti on the ?pradosham? day to have darshan of the Lord. Once when he came to Kandiyur, he could not go to Kalahasti in time. The legend is that the Lord graced him with the Kalahasti darshan at Kandiyur itself. This sacred site is also the place to placate the Brahmahathi curse.

Special Features:


*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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