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.