Sri Aandu Alakkum Ayan Perumal Temple, named as ‘Thiru Aadhanoor’ is located at Aadhanoor near Kumbakonam, Tanjore district of Tamilnadu, dedicated to Lord Vishnu and also one of the 108 Divya Desam Temples. Sri Aandu Alakkum Ayan Perumal temple is also known as Bhargava Kshetram. This temple has a three-tiered structured gopuram (temple tower) and is believed to be built by a Chola King. It is said that Kamadhenu (a divine cow) worshipped Lord Vishnu at this place. The Vimanam (roof over sanctum sanctorum) of Sri Aandu Alakkum Ayan Perumal Temple is called Pranava Vimanam.
The presiding deity of this Sri Aandu Alakkum Ayan Perumal Temple is Lord Aandu Alakkum Ayan (Lord Vishnu) in reclining posture facing the east direction and Thayaar (consort) is Goddess Ranganayaki. The Lord has a Marakkal (a measuring tool) under His head, Olai Chuvadi (palm leaf) and an Ezhuthaani (writing instrument) in His left hand. It is believed that the Lord Aandu Alakkum Ayan watches all the activities of Jeevathmaas (every individual soul) and said that the he rules the Jeevathmaas by calculating the good and bad activities of them, including plants and animals.
There are two pillars in the sanctum sanctorum of this temple which is similar to the pillars in Sri Rangam temple. The idols of Kamadhenu and Tirumangaialwar are also present in this temple. The Sthala Vriksham (temple tree) of Sri Aandu Alakkum Ayan Perumal Temple is Patali tree. The temple tank of Sri Aandu Alakkum Ayan Perumal temple is Surya.
The temple remains open from 7.00 a.m. to 12.30 a.m. and in the evening from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Vaikuntha Ekadasi – December or January
There are regular government and private bus services to Chennai, Thanjavur, Mannargudi, Tiruchirapalli, Chidambaram, Nagapattinam, Coimbatore, Madurai, Pondicherry, and Tirunelveli. The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) operates daily services from Bangalore and Mysore to Kumbakonam.
Kumbakonam is connected by rail with most important towns and cities in South India. The Mysore- Mayiladuthurai Express connects Kumbakonam with Mysore and Bangalore. There are regular express trains that connect Kumbakonam with major cities in the state like Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai and Tiruchirapalli.
The nearest international airport is at Tiruchirapalli, which is 91 km (57 miles) from Kumbakonam.
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