Sarangapani Temple, Kumbakonam

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Sarangapani Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Vishnu, located in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, India. It is one of the Divya Desams, the 108 temples of Vishnu revered in Nalayira Divya Prabandham by the 12 poet saints, or Alwars. This temple is along Kaveri and is one of the Pancharanga Kshetrams.The temple is believed to be of significant antiquity with contributions at different times from Medieval Cholas, Vijayanagar Empire and Madurai Nayaks. The temple is enshrined within a huge granite wall and the complex contains all the shrines and the water bodies of the temple. The rajagopuram (the main gateway) has eleven tiers and has a height of 173ft. The Potramarai tank, the temple tank, is located opposite to the western entrance of the temple.Sarangapani is believed to have appeared for sage Hemarishi. The temple has six daily rituals at various times from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and twelve yearly festivals on its calendar. The temple chariot festival is the most prominent festival of the temple, celebrated during the Tamil month of Chittirai (March–April). The twin temple chariots are the third largest in Tamil Nadu, each weighing 300tonnes.
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  • Situated in the centre of Kumbakonam. The temple tower is 3rd highest in Tamilnadu. Lord Vishnu here is in Uddhana sayana(about to get up) posture. As the lord came here to marry her consort from Vaik...  more »
  • What an architecture, a must visit place in Kumbakonam. Had a pleasant and wonderful darshan of lord sarangapani.  more »
  • A must visit temple. Near 4,000 year old temple. Awesome sculptures. One of 108 Divya Desam Abode of Vishnu. Sung by 7 Azhwars. Main sanctum sanctorum is in the form of a chariot. Had a good darshan a...  more »
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  • Very Good Experience, Priest and administrative persons are helpful. Besides, Main Deity, should worship Lord Thirupathi, Perumal who hides himself in lower ground area.
  • This is 12th divya desam. Chariot shape temple. Very nice to see. Two vaasal to enter into moolasthanam. Dhakshinaya vaasal and Uthrayana vasal. Perumal is in Uthayana sayana kolam. It means he is positioned as about to wake up. He gave this darshan to Thirumazhisai azhwar.
  • Big gopuram is the evidence of architecture. 12th in 108 Divya Desam. Anadasayana Perumal. Take time to round the temple to witness the architect. Lot of peace after witnessing God. Must visit and it is in the centre of Kumbakonam.
  • Sarangapani moolavar and aravamudan utsavar came down on a Chariot to marry Hemambujavali thayar. More info on aravamudan.in
  • One of the oldest Vishnu temple in Kumbakonam. Very well maintained preserving the grandeur of the ancient architecture. It is a mesmerising experience to worship the pallikonda Perumal in the garbha Griha. The magnificence of the mulavar pallikonda Perumal has to be witnessed to be believed.

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