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Temples & Legends of Tamilnadu
Preface Author
Introduction Kanyakumari
Gandhi Mandapam Maruda Malai
Suchindram Nagercoil
Tiruchendur Alwar Tirunagari
Srivaikuntam Nanguneri
Krishnapuram Tirunelveli
Papanasam Sankaranayinar Koil
Srivilliputhur Tirupparan- kunram
Madhurai Rameswaram
Darbhasayanam Tiruvadanai
Avadayar Koil Kaliyar Koil
Azhagar Koil

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Tiruchirapalli Tiruvanaikkaval
Srirangam Tanjore
Punnainallur Tiruvalanchuzhi
Swamimalai Dharasuram
Saktimuttam Patteswaram
Mannargudi Vedaranyam
Tirunallar Karaikal
Tirukkadaiyur Mayavaram
Vaitheeswaran Koil Pullavane- swaram
Chayavanam Tiruvengadu
Shiyali Chidambaram
Tiruppatiripuliyur Tiruvannamalai
Kiratamar- jareswaram Madurantakam
Cheyyur Kancheepuram
Tirukkazhuk- kunram Mahabalipuram
Tirupporur Tiruvadantai
Tiruvanmiyur Mylapore
Triplicane Vadapalani
Tiruvottiyur Tirumullaivayil
Tiruvallur Tiruttani
Uppilliappan Koil Kumbakonam
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KUMBAKONAM

The temple has two big cars. It is said that the larger of the two is the third biggest in the district. There is a silver car also in the temple which is being used to take out the Lord in procession on important occasions like the first day of Tai (January-February), Vasanta Utsavam, etc. One should visit the temple on the day of Vaikuntha Ekadasi when thousands of devotees from far and wide throng here and get the grace of Sarangapani. Another important festival attracting crowds is that of Mattai Adi which also takes place in the month of Tai.

The legend goes to say that Lord Sarangapani once went out of the shrine without the knowledge of Lakshmi. When he returned to the shrine, Devi Lakshmi refused to open the door, out of anger and vexation. There upon the great Vaishnavite saint Nammalwar intervened and patched up their quarrel. Devi Lakshmi thenopened the door and Lord Sarangapani went inside.

The festival of Mattai Adi is celebrated to commemorate this incident. Thus many festivals take place in the temple through out the year. The deities are always decorated with valuable jewels worth about Rs.2,45,750/-. The total wealth belonging to the temple is estimated at Rs.9,46,330/- which includes landed property,ornaments, vessels, buildings, etc.

There are many temples in Kumbakonam dedicated to Lord Siva also, of which the temple of Adi Kumbeswarar is considered very sacred. This is situated in the heart of the town facing the east and occupies an area of 1,89,000 sq.feet. The main gopuram is 128 feet in height and contains many figures of rare and exquisite beauty.

There are four prakarams to the temple in which rows of houses, shops, and many shrines dedicated to Vinayaka, Subrah- manya, Bhikshtana, Sapta Kannikas, Lakshmi, etc. may be found. The sthala- vriksha is Vanni tree and this can be seen in the third Prakaram. In the same prakaram there is a shrine for Vinayaka who is locally known as Adi Vinayaka. The legend goes to show that this Vinayaka came to this place even before Lord Siva and hence the name Adi Vinayaka.

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