Abodes of lord Vishnu

12. Arulmigu Komalavalli Thayar sameda Sarangapani Perumal Temple - Thirukudanthai

 
Moolavar   Aaravamudhan
Utsavar   Sarangapani
Thayar   Komalavalli
Kshethram   Baskara Kshethram
Theertham   Hemavalli Pushkarni, Cauvery,Arasalaaru
Pose & Direction   Uthaana Sayanam facing East
Vimanam   Vaidhiga Vimanam
Sthala Vruksham  
Paadiyavar   Poigai Alwar,Pei Alwar, Budhath Alwar, Thirumangai Alwar, Nammalwar, Thirumazhisai Alwar, Andal
Travel Base   Kumbakonam
Nearest Railway Station   Kumbakonam
 

 

Location

This temple lies in the Tanjore district of Tamil Nadu. It's about 3 kms away from Kumbakonam railway station. Which is on the Chennai - Tanjore main line. Bus facility and staying facilities are ample.

 

History

This temple is one of the navarathnam temple representing Amurtharathnam. Once upon a time Thirumazhisai Alwar came to have a darshan of Aaraamudha perumal. He was very much impressed by his beauty and wanted to have a chat with him. So he prayed the Lord and after some times, the Lord Wanted to answer his prayer and hence he lifted his head from the sleeping posture and started to get up. But, Alwar didn't wanted to disturb his sleep and hence he requested perumal not to get up and to remain in the same posture so as to bless each devotee visiting him and to treat each one of them as Thirumezhisai alwar. The post of Aara Amudhan is called as Uthra Sayanam and he is thus called as Uthanasai. Once there lived a great Sri Vishnu bhaktha named "Narayaswamy" in Thirukudanthai. He was very rich but had no children. So at one stage he devoted all his money and wealth to the Aara Amudhan's temple. His neighbors asked him to adopt a son to render rites and rituals after his death, Narayanaswamy said them that, he did not cared that and also said them that after his death, Lord Aaraamudhan would come in person to perform his rites. So happened after his death, a young man came from nowhere and performed his last rites. Till now on certain day of the year, all the things necessary for doing rites and rituals are kept in the Aaraamudhans sannadhi and the temple is closed, so that Aaraamudha perumal would performing the rituals for Narayanaswamy's death. The magical pot of Brahma - Lord Shiva who broke the neck of the pot - Lord Ranganatha who as Aaraamudhan also named Saarangapani's marriage with Komalavalli represents the power of the trinity Brahma, Vishnu and Sivan at a single place like the I which happened at Karambanoor and Kandiyur. The combination of some hamsam's (i.e.) parts of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu is named as Lord Bhaskara. He has two heads and four hands. Two hands are used by him to pray Lord Shiva whereas the other two hands contain the lotus which represents Goddess Mahalakshmi. Her body is of red color, the color of Lord Shiva and his ornaments are all of blue color representing Maha Vishnu. As the powers of Lord Shiva and Vishnu has combined here this place is called as Bhaskara shethram. This place paves a way to the unison of Shaivites and Vaishnavites.

 

Architecture

Arulmigu Komalavalli Thayar sameda Sarangapani Perumal Temple
Kumbakonam, Thanjavur - 612001
Phone: 0435-2430349,9443524529
Temple Timings : 7.00 am to 12.00 pm, 5.00 pm to 9.00 pm