Thirukandiyur Perumal

Sri Hara Saaba Vimochana Perumal Temple

Sri Harasaapavimochana Perumal Temple
Sri Hara Saaba Vimochana Perumal Temple

This divya desam is around 10 kms from Tanjore and about 4 kms from Tiruvayaru. The Lord here is called Sri Hara Saba Vimochana Perumal. The temple is situated between Kudamurutti and Vennar rivers, has got two prakarams(corridors around the temple). It has a three-tier Rajagopuram facing east.

The legend behind the temple is that Paramewaran (Shiva) plucked the fifth head of Brahma and hence was cursed with Brhamahathi dosham. The skull of Brahma was stuck in his hand and could not get rid of it. As per his curse ,unless he filled the skull with rice by way of alms, he will not be able to get rid of the skull. He went around asking for 'bikshai' ( begging for food) and it never got filled. He approached Lord Vishnu and Mahalakshmi filled the kabalam (skull) with rice and got filled. As he went around asking for bikshai, He is also called as 'Pikshandavar'.However, the skull stuck to his hand did not fall off. Lord Narayana asked him to go to ThiruKandiyur to completely get rid of the curse. Hence Shiva went to Thiru Kandiyur to Kamala pushkarani and took a bath and got rid of the saabham (curse).After that this pushkarani came to be known as Kabala theertham.

Parameswaran then built a temple for Lord Narayana and also built a temple for Himself, closeby.Brahma was also housed in a separate temple closeby, but according to history ,the temple got dilapidated and in course of time and the idols of Brahma and Saraswati were moved to the Siva Temple.

Thiru Kandiyur temple inside anbil praharam
Inside the temple Praharam of the temple

The Moolavar of this sthalam is Sri Hara Saaba Vimochana perumal. Moolavar is in nindra(standing posture) thirukkolam facing the East. Utsavar is called as Kamalanathan

Prathyaksham for Agastyar

The Thayaar in this sthalam is Kamalavalli

Pushkarani Kabala moksha pushkarani,Kabala theertham, Padma theertham, Kudamuruti river.

Mangalasasanams The temple is revered by the verses of Thirumangai azhwar.

Temple location It is situated in the main road of Thirukandiyur village

Temple Timings It is normally open from 7 am –12.30pm and 4.30pm-8.30pm

How to reach?It is situated west of Tanjore towards Tiruvayaru. There are buses from Tanjore, Trichy, Kumbakonam that goes via Thirukandiyur. Tanjore or Kumbakonam is easily accesible by road. From Tanjore it is at 10 kms towards Tiruvayaru,( another must visit place).
Where to Stay?There are no hotels here. Kumbakonam or Tanjore is the place to stay
Where to Eat?There are no big restaurants here. You can reach Tanjore town or Kumbakonam for lunch / dinner.
Other importanat places around this templeBrahma Sira Kandeeswarar Siva temple is a famous temple known as padal petra stahalam closeby, Aiyarappar temple at Tiruvaiyaru.
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Useful data
State: Tamil Nadu
District: Tanjore
Famous for: Pilgrimage
Languages: a little English,Tamil
Best Season: Throughout the year. Summer( from May to July) could be very hot and dry when the mercury shoots to 40 degree celsius.
Weather: Summer 33-42°C, Winter 16-28°C
Altitude: Sea level