Sri Uppiliappan Temple is located at ‘Thiruvinnagar’ near Kumbakonam city, Tanjore district of Tamilnadu, dedicated to Lord Vishnu and also one of the 108 Divya Desam Temples. This temple has a five-tiered structure Rajagopuram (gateway tower), constructed in a Dravidian style. Sri Uppiliappan Temple is said to be contributed by the Chola Kings and Thanjavur Nayakars.
The mythology was that Goddess Tulasi Devi performed penance towards Lord Vishnu asking that she also wanted to be accepted by Lord Vishnu like Goddess Lakshmi. Lord Vishnu blessed her with a boon that Tulasi should go to the Thiruvinnagar village where Goddess Lakshmi would appear under the Tulasi plant at Thiruvinnagar. As said, the sage Markendeya was so worried that he had no children and he worshipped Lord Vishnu seeking Goddess Lakshmi, consort of Lord Vishnu, as his daughter.
Lord Vishnu was pleased by the Worship made by sage Markendeya and asked Goddess Lakshmi, His consort, to born as a daughter for the childless sage Markendeya and She was named as Bhoomi Devi. Years passed, and one day Lord Vishnu took the form of an old man, asked sage Markendeya that he wanted to marry his daughter Bhoomi Devi. Sage Markendeya replied him that his daughter is too young and she does not even know to cook food with proper proportion of salt.
The old man did not get convinced and argued further with the sage Markendeya that he won’t leave without marrying Bhoomi Devi. Markendeya prayed Lord Vishnu pleasing to sought out the solution for this problem. Finally Markendeya realized that it was Lord Vishnu who came in the form an old man and was happy to give his daughter’s hand in marriage. As a result Lord Vishnu here takes food without salt and hence called as Lord Uppiliappan.
The presiding deity of Sri Uppiliappan Temple is Lord Uppiliappan Perumal (Lord Vishnu), in standing posture with Goddess Bhoodevi and sage Markendeya. The presiding deity is also called by the names Lord Venkatachalapathy, Lord Thiruvinnagarappan, Lord Thanoppillaappan, Lord Uppiliappan and Lord Srinivasan. The other deities found in this temple are Lord Desika, Lord Anjaneya, Lord Rama, Goddess Sita,Lakshmana, Lord Hanuman, Lord Maniappan, and Azhwars etc. Uppiliappan Temple is glorified in Nalayira Divya Prabandham and hymns were sung by the various Azhwars like Periazhwar, Thirumangai Azhwar and Nammazhwar.
The Vimanam (tower) of this Uppiliappan Temple is called Suddhananda Vimanam which refers to “Pure happiness”. There is a hall made of marble found in the temple, which is considered as a home for the festival deities during festivals. It is said that one who worshipping Lord Vishnu with Tulasi petals will attain prosperity and fetch the total value of an ‘Ashwametha Yagna’.
The temple remains open from 6.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and in the evening from 4.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m.
- Thirumanjanam (Moolavar) Pooja – 11. 00 am
- Thirukalyanam Pooja – 3.00 pm
- Garuda sevai Pooja – 5.00 pm
- Oonjal Uthsavam Pooja – 6.30 pm
- Kannadi Palliyarai Pooja – 7.00 pm
- Chariot festival – March or April
- Vasanta Utsavam (spring festival) – May or June
- Pavitrotsavam – August or September
- Brahmotsavam – September or October
- Kalyana Utsavam – October or November
- Adhyayana Utsavam – December or January
- Float festival – January or February
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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