Lord Krishna shows His Vishvarupa Darshan to Arjuna on the battlefield at Kurukshetra in the Grand War of Mahabharatha
Lord Krishna shows His Vishvarupa Darshan to Arjuna on the battlefield at Kurukshetra in the Grand War of Mahabharatha

Pancha Kannan Kshetrams are the five holy temples, where Pancha means ‘five’ and Kshetram means ‘temple’, dedicated to Lord Kannan (Lord Krishna), who is considered as the supreme deity, worshipped across many traditions of Hinduism in a variety of different perspectives. Lord Krishna is said to be the eighth avatar (incarnation) of Lord Vishnu, the God of preserver. All these five temples (Pancha Kannan Kshetrams) dedicated to Lord Krishna are placed in Tamilnadu and also includes in ‘108 Divya Desam Temples’ which are revered by ‘Azhwars’.

The four of the five temples (Pancha Kannan Kshetrams) are located in and around Kumbakonam and Nagapattinam of Tamilnadu state, which was called as Chola Nadu in medieval times. And the matter of fact is that Lord Krishna is not the presiding deity in any of these five holy temples. Instead, Lord Krishna, the processional deity, just led to the derivation of the names of these five holy temples. The Pancha Kannan Kshetrams are:

Lord krishna is also named as Lord Kannan (The eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu)
Lord krishna is also named as Lord Kannan (The eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu)
  1. Sri Loganatha Perumal Temple, Thirukannangudi
  2. Sri Gajendra Varadha Perumal Temple, Thirukavithalam
  3. Sri Neelamega Perumal Temple, Thirukannapuram
  4. Sri Bhaktavatsala Perumal Temple, Thirukkannamangai
  5. Sri Ulagalantha Perumal Temple, Thirukovilur
A closeup view of the Loganatha Perumal Temple entrance tower at Thirukannangudi
A closeup view of the Loganatha Perumal Temple entrance tower at Thirukannangudi

Sri Loganatha Perumal Temple, Thirukannangudi

Sri Loganatha Perumal Temple is located at Thirukannangudi, Sikkal, Nagapattinam district of Tamilnadu, dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The presiding deity of Loganatha Perumal temple is Lord Loganatha Perumal (Lord Vishnu), in standing posture facing the east direction. The idol of Garuda (the vehicle of Lord Vishnu), at this temple is seen in a different posture that the hands of Garuda is placed around its body.

A distant view of Sri Gajendra Varadha Perumal Temple, Thirukavithalam
A distant view of Sri Gajendra Varadha Perumal Temple, Thirukavithalam

Sri Gajendra Varadha Perumal Temple, Thirukavithalam

Sri Gajendra Varadha Perumal Temple is located in Thirukandiyur village of Thiruvayaru, Kabisthalam, Thanjavur, Tamilnadu, dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The presiding deity of Gajendra Varadha Perumal temple is Lord Gajendra Varadhar (Lord Vishnu), in a reclining posture. Unlike other temples, the Gajendra Varadha Perumal Temple is surrounded by brick walls enclosing all the shrines.

A distant view of Sri Neelamega Perumal Temple (or) Sri Sowriraja Perumal Temple
A distant view of Sri Neelamega Perumal Temple (or) Sri Sowriraja Perumal Temple

Sri Neelamega Perumal Temple, Thirukannapuram

Sri Neelamega Perumal Temple is located in Thirukannapuram, Nagapatnam district of Tamilnadu. The temple is also called as Sowriraja Perumal Temple. Neelamegha Perumal temple is revered as one of the 108 Divya Desam temples, dedicated to Lord Vishnu. And houses the presiding deity Lord Vishnu, who is worshiped by the name Lord Neela Megar.  Neelamegha Perumal temple is considered as one of the holy centers of Salvation listed in Vaishnava mythology.

A closeup view of the tower at Thirukkannamangai Sri Bhaktavatsala Perumal Temple
A closeup view of the tower at Thirukkannamangai Sri Bhaktavatsala Perumal Temple

Sri Bhaktavatsala Perumal Temple, Thirukkannamangai

Sri Bhaktavatsala Perumal Temple is situated in Tirukkannamangai, Tiruvarur district of Tamilnadu. Bhaktavatsala Perumal Temple is revered as one of the 108 Divya Desam temples, dedicated to Lord Vishnu. And Lord Bhaktavatsala Perumal (Lord Vishnu) is the presiding deity of this temple. Bhaktavatsala Perumal Temple is also called as the Saptamrita Kshetram (seven elements of nature) Kshetram.

A distant view of Sri Ulagalantha Perumal Temple (Thiruvikrama Perumal Temple) at Thirukovilur
A distant view of Sri Ulagalantha Perumal Temple (Thiruvikrama Perumal Temple) at Thirukovilur

Sri Ulagalantha Perumal Temple, Thirukovilur

Sri Ulagalantha Perumal Temple also called as Sri Thiruvikrama Perumal Temple, situated in Tirukkovilur, Villupuram district, Tamilnadu, dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The presiding deity of Ulagalantha Perumal temple is Lord Trivikrama or Lord Ulagalantha Perumal (Lord Vishnu). The located place of this temple is said to be the place where the first three Azhwars, the great saints Poigai Azhwar, Bhoothathazhwar and Peyazhwar attained salvation.

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