Thirukandiyur Sri Hara Saabha Vimocchana Perumal Temple is situated in kandiyur village of Thiruvayaru, Thanjavur district of Tamilnadu. This temple is dedicted to Lord Vishnu and also one of the 108 Divya Desam Temples. Sri Hara Saabha Vimocchana Perumal Temple is said to be built by the Chola Kings in the 8th century AD, a Dravidian style structure and it is later contributed by Vijayanagar kings and Madurai Nayakars. The whole temple is surrounded by granite wall and the Rajagopuram (temple tower) of the temple has five-tiered structure.
The legend says, Lord Shiva was cursed for the sin of cutting one of the Lord Brahma’s heads, and the head got stuck in his hand as a curse of Lord Brahma. And to get relieved from the sin He had to beg for food in Kabaalam (something like grail). The sin of Lord Shiva was partially released when He worshipped Lord Vishnu at ‘Bhikshadana’. And Lord Shiva fully relieved from His sin when He worshipped Lord Vishnu at Thirukandiyur when taking a holy dip in the temple tank which is called ‘Kamala Pushkarani’.
The Kabaalam got filled by Goddess Lakshmi, the consort of Lord Vishnu, at Thirukandiyur and hence the temple is known as Hara Saabha Vimocchana Perumal Temple, which is built by Lord Shiva. And it is said that Lord Shiva built a temple for Himself near the Hara Saabha Vimocchana Perumal Temple. It is believed that Lord Chandra (the moon), Sage Bhrigu, and King Mahabali got relieved from their sins after visiting Lord Vishnu at Hara Saabha Vimocchana Perumal Temple.
The presiding deity of this temple is Hara Saabha Vimocchana Perumal (Lord Vishnu) in standing posture. The other deities of this temple are Goddess Lakshmi worshipped as ‘Goddess Kamalavalli’, the consort of Lord Vishnu, Lord Narasimha, Goddess Andal, Lord Sudarsana and Azhwars. Sri Hara Saabha Vimocchana Perumal Temple is respected in Nalayira Divya Prabandham and hymns were sung by the saint Thirumangai Azhwar. And it has a specialty that the idols of Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva, and Lord Brahma are placed in the single temple and hence called as ‘Mummoorthigal’ (Three Lords) Sthalam.
It is believed by all the devotees that the sins will get relieved after visiting this Sri Hara Saabha Vimocchana Perumal Temple. And this temple is also called by the names Kandiyur, Kandana Kshetram and Pancha Kamala Kshetram. Sri Hara Saabha Vimocchana Perumal Temple is said to be the very oldest temple which was in existence from the Treta Yuga (the second Yuga among the four Yugas). The Vimanam (the tower above the sanctum) of this temple is called Kamalakkruthi Vimanam, which looks like a lotus flower.
- Ushathkala Pooja – 7 a.m.
- Kalasanthi Pooja – 8:00 a.m.
- Uchikala Pooja – 12:00 p.m.
- Sayarakshai Pooja – 6:00 p.m.
- Irandamkala Pooja – 7:00 p.m.
- Ardha Jama Pooja – 10:00 p.m.
- Panguni Brahmmotsavam – March or April
- Aipasi Pavithra Utsavam – October or November
- Vaikunta Ekadashi – December or January
- Karthikai Deepam – November or December
Thanjavur is well-connected with Chennai, Coimbatore, Tiruchirapalli, Karaikal, Madurai, Tirunelveli, Kumbakonam, Pattukkottai, Bangalore, Ernakulam, Marthandam, Nagercoil, Tirupathi, Thiruvananthapuram, Ooty and Mysore through regular bus services.
Thanjavur railway station is an important railway junction of Southern Railways. Thanjavur is connected by rail with most important cities and towns in India like Chennai, Bangalore, Mysore, Ernakulam, Trissur, Palakkad, Coimbatore, Erode, Tirupur, Tiruchirapalli, Salem, Karur, Madurai, Tirunelveli, Rameswaram, Tiruchendur, Karaikal, Dharmapuri and weekly trains to Vishakapatnam, Tirupati, Vijayawada, Goa, Vizianagaram, Nagpur, Jabalpur, Allahabad, Varanasi, Bhubaneshwar and to all main cities.
A full-fledged Air Force Station is operational at Thanjavur which has several Fighter (aircraft) including Sukhoi jets. The Air Force Station is set to start function as a major Air base. The nearest INTERNATIONAL Airport is the Tiruchirapalli International Airport which is about 50 km from the city.
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