A closeup view of the temple tower at Sri Jagannatha Perumal Temple
A closeup view of the temple tower at Sri Jagannatha Perumal Temple

Sri Jagannatha Perumal Temple is located near Kumbakonam, Tanjore district of Tamilnadu, dedicated to Lord Vishnu and also one of the 108 Divya Desam Temples. Sri Jagannatha Perumal Temple is also named as ‘Nathan Koil’ or ‘Thiru Nandipura Vinnagaram Temple’ built in a Dravidian style and it has a three-tiered structured Rajagopuram (gateway tower).

The mythology was that Lord Nandheeswarar (Holy Bull of Lord Shiva) was cursed by the Dwarapalakas (the guardians of Lord Vishnu’s residence) for disrespect shown towards them. Lord Nandheeswarar performed penance at Shenbaranyam by the advice of Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu was pleased by the penance made by Lord Nandheeswarar and relieved Him from the curse. And hence, Sri Jagannatha Perumal Temple is known as ‘Thiru Nandhipura Vinnagaram’ and even the Theertham (the temple tank) of this temple is called as Nandhi Theertham.

Specialty

The Primary deity of Sri Jagannatha Perumal Temple is Lord Jagannathan (Lord Vishnu) with Goddess Bhoodevi and Goddess Sridevi on either sides. The idol of Lord Nandheeswarar and Lord Brahma are located at the main sanctum of the temple. Sri Jagannatha Perumal Temple has been glorified in Nalayira Divya Prabandham, and hymns sung by Thirumangai Azhwar.

This is the holy place where Goddess Lakshmi performed penance to attain Lord Vishnu as Her consort. The Vimanam (temple tower) of Sri Jagannatha Perumal Temple is called Nandhi Vimanam. Thiru Nandhipura Sri Jagannatha Perumal Temple is similar to the temple in Puri, and hence this temple is also called as ‘Dakshina (south) Jagannath Temple’.

Pooja Timings

  • Ushathkalam Pooja – 7 a.m.
  • Kalasanthi Pooja – 8:00 a.m.
  • Uchikalam Pooja – 12:00 p.m.
  • Sayarakshai Pooja – 6:00 p.m.
  • Irandamkalam Pooja – 7:00 p.m.
  • Ardha Jamam Pooja – 10:00 p.m.

Festivals

  • Pavitrotsavam festival – July
  • Navaratri Utsavam – September or October
By Road

There are regular government and private bus services to Chennai, Thanjavur, Mannargudi, Tiruchirapalli, Chidambaram, Nagapattinam, Coimbatore, Madurai, Pondicherry, and Tirunelveli.[90] The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) operates daily services from Bangalore and Mysore to Kumbakonam.


By Train

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.


By Air

The nearest international airport is at Tiruchirapalli, which is 91 km (57 miles) from Kumbakonam.

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