Weekend trip to Thanjavur-Kumbakonam Divyadesams

The Divya Desams are the 108 Vishnu temples glorified in the poems of the contemporary Vaishnava Alvars of Tamil Nadu, India. Divya means "premium" and Desam indicates "place" (temple). This package takes you to the divya desams of Thanjavur and Kumbakonam. Sri Vaishnavas never considers Nava grahas as moorthies to be worshiped. They surely respect them, and there is no doubt about that. But never worships them. This package takes you to Vaishanava Navagraha parihara sthalams.

Package Includes

  • Accommodation

  • Food

  • Cab

  • Sthalapuranam

Itinerary Temples

  • Thiru Thanjai Maamani, Thanjavur
  • Hara Saabha Vimochana Perumal Temple, Thirukandiyur
  • Jakath Rakshaka Perumal Temple(Thirukoodalur),Vadakurangaduthurai
  • Gajendra Varadha Perumal Temple,Thirukavithaalam(Kabisthalam)
  • Thiru Pullaboothangudi Temple, Pullabhoothangudi
  • Andalkumayan Perumal Temple,Thiru Aadhanoor
  • Sri Vittal Rukmini Mandir, Govindapuram
  • Kolavalvil Ramar Temple, Thiruvelliakudi
  • Sarangapani Temple, Thirukudanthai(kumbakonam)
  • Chakrapani temple, Kumbakonam
  • Neela Megha Perumal Temple, Thirukkannapuram
  • Bhaktavatsala Perumal Temple, Thirukkannamangai
  • Saranathar temple, Thirucherai
  • Ramanathaswamy, thirunaraiyur
  • Thirunaraiyur Nambi Perumal Temple,Natchiar Kovil
  • Nathan Kovil, Nandipura Vinnagaram
  • Thiruvinnagar Oppiliappan temple,Thirunageswaram

Full Itinerary

Thiru Thanjai Maamani, Thanjavur
  • Thanjai Mamani Koil is a set of three Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
  • ThePresiding Lord appears in a sitting posture. The Lord is Veera Narasimhar in Singaperumal Koil.
  • Sri Yoga Narasimha is in the front Mandap.
  • Sri Lakshmi Narasimha is in the prakara of Neelmega Perumal temple, Abhayavaradha Narasimhar on the Garudazhwar Vimana and Kambathadi Yoga Narasimha on the pillar of Thayar shrine.
  • Thus there are Five Narasimha Lords in the temple.
  • Lord Mahavishnu Himself is in the discus as Chakarathazhwar in Veera Narasimhar temple.
  • The idol is beautifully sculptured showing Lord placing His hand on an elephant.
  • Darshan of Chakarathazhwar is considered very important.
  • Brahmmotsavam is celebrated for three Perumals successively in the months of Panguni (March-April), Chithirai (April-May) and Vaikasi (May-June).

Hara Saabha Vimochana Perumal Temple, Thirukandiyur
  • Goddess of Wisdom Saraswathi graces with her Lord Brahmma, hence the temple has a special significance for the devotees
  • The statue of seated Brahman looks lovely appearing with folded hands in prayer holding flower and rosary. .
  • Since one head, out of the five heads of Brahman was plucked this place came to be known as ‘Kandanapuram’ or ‘Kandiyur’.
  • The Lord brought the Bael Tree from Mount Kailas for Sage Saathaathaapar; so this holy place is also called “ Aadi Vilvaaranyam”.
  • It is the fifth of the seven sapthastanas of Aiyarappar temple at Tiruvaiyaru.
  • In the Navagrahas’ sanctum the Sungod is seen with his two spouses.
  • Devotees worship this Lord to get rid off ‘Brahmahathi’ curse and to become beautiful.

Jakath Rakshaka Perumal Temple, Thirukoodalur
  • Jakath Rakshaka Perumal Temple or Thirukoodalur (locally called Aduthurai Perumal Temple).
  • The presiding deity here is Sri Jakath Rakshaka perumal.
  • There is a jackfruit tree behind the main sannadhi and there is a big conch (shanku) like formation on it that is said to have formed naturally when it was being planned to cut down a portion of the tree for renovation purpose. The formation is covered with turmeric for identification.
  • The gap seen in the sanctum close to the image of Jagath Rakshaka is believed to be the centre point of earth and all devas came together to worship him.
  • This is one of the Sri Vaishnava Navagraha Parihara Temples. Ketu parihara Sthalam.
  • As per Hindu mythology, demon Hiranyaksha fought with mother earth and went underground, called Patala. Vishnu was born as Varaha, an avatar in the form of a boar to pierced underground. . Since Vishnu protected the world here, he is called Jagath Rakshaka Perumal (in Tamil as Vaiyam Katha Perumal).
  • As per Hindu legend, King Ambarisha who immersed himself in the worship of Vishnu, failed to strengthen his army and lost his kingdom. While doing worship, he also did not observe the sage Durvasa who went along his way. The sage got irritated and cursed the king. The king went to Vishnu for rescue, who sent his discus to chase the sage. The sage surrendered to Vishnu and begged pardon. The king Ambarishan is believed to have built the temple and hence the presiding deity is also called Ambarisha Varadhar at this place.

Gajendra Varadha Perumal Temple, Thirukavithaalam(Kabisthalam)
  • Gajendra Varadha Perumal Temple is one of the five Pancha-Kannan (Krishnaranya) Kshetrams.
  • This is one of the Sri Vaishnava Navagraha Parihara Temples. Rahu parihara Sthalam.
  • The Primary deity is worshipped as Gajendra Varadha and his consort Lakshmi as Ramamanivalli.
  • Gajendra Varadha is believed to have appeared to Gajendra the elephant also called Indrajumnan, the crocodile called Koohoo, Sage Parasara and Sri Anjaneya.
  • The devotees have only to call the loudly “Aadhimoolame”. All their grievances will be redressed and wishes granted.
  • Hanuman, the monkey lieutenant of Rama, (avatar of Vishnu) also worshiped Vishnu at this place and hence the place came to be known as Kabisthalam
  • It is also noteworthy that of the 108 Divya Desas, only in this temple, Perumal had granted darshan two non-humans, an elephant and a crocodile.

  • Thiru Pullaboothangudi Divyadesam is one of the Sri Vaishnava Navagraha Parihara Temples. Budhan - Mercury parikara Sthalam.
  • Moolavar is being worshipped as Valvil Ramar, facing East and the Utsavar is worshipped as Raman.
  • This is the Only Divyadesam where Sri Ramar is blessing in Bala Sayana Posture with four hands holding HIS Bow, the Arrows and in addition to that Sangu and Chakra - The Conch and Discus.
  • Perumal is seen here in Thiru Pullabhoodhangudi along with Lord Brahma in HIS Lotus, Bhoo Devi, Anjaneya and Jatayu in the Sannidhi.
  • Usually Sri Rama blesses in HIS Standing Posture - Nindra Thiruk Kolam with HIS Bow and Arrows. But here, HE is seen in HIS Lying Posture - Kidantha Thiruk Kolam and that too holds additionally the Conch and Chakra alongwith HIS Bow and Arrows in HIS Four Hands. This is the one and only temple where we can see Sri Rama is seen with all HIS ornaments.
  • This temple is the Pithru Parika Sthalam.
  • Devotees believe that by praying here all the obstacles related to the marriage will be overcome.
  • Jatayu (king of the birds in the Ramayan) died here fighting Ravana. Lord Rama performed the last rites here for Jatayu. As Sita wasn’t there at the time to perform the rites along with Rama, Bhoomi Devi appeared in a Potramarai (Golden Lotus) to perform the last rites.

Andalkumayan Perumal Temple, ThiruAadhanoor
  • The lord presides in a reclining posture on adiseshan with shanku charka and Kamadhenu and Thirumangaiazhwar near the feet.
  • The thayar has a separate sannadhi, moolavar known as Kamalasini thayar and utsavar known as Ranganayaki thayar.
  • This is one of the Sri Vaishnava Navagraha Parihara Temples. Jupiter-Guru parihara Sthalam.
  • The temple is also known as bhargava kshetram.
  • It is believed that Kamadhenu worshipped Lord Vishnu here.
  • Lord Sriman Narayana here is seen in 'bhujanga sayanam' sleeping posture with an arm under his head. He is seen resting on a 'marakkal' (a measure to measure grains) and holding a writing instrument on his left, signifying that he measures not only food but good deeds to the living beings. Hence the Lord here is known as "Aaandu Alakkum (measuring) Ayyan".

Sri Vittal Rukmini Mandir, Govindapuram
  • Govindapuram is the final abode of Kanchi Shankaracharya Bodhendra Saraswathi whose samadhi is located here.
  • Sri Vittal Rukmini Mandir Located at Sri Vittal Rukmini Samsthan's premise is about a kilometer away from Sri Bhagavan Nama Bodhendral's Adhishtaanam at Govindapuram.
  • The Gopuram (main tower) of the Temple is 132ft tall. The sight of the huge Gopuram is a divine treat to watch.
  • All devotees will be compulsorily required to do Nama Japam at least for a few minutes, at an exclusively allotted place inside the Temple, before proceeding to have darshan of Lord Vittal and Rukmini.
  • All devotees visiting this Temple could enter the sanctum sanctorum and touch the Holy Lotus of Feet of Lord Sri Vittal and Rakumayi and touch, during specific timing of each day.
  • At certain timing of each day, devotees could perform Pradhakshnam of God and Goddess.

Kolavalvil Ramar Temple, Thiruvelliakudi
  • The Moolavar of this sthalam is Kola Valvilli Raman.Thiruvelliangudi is four yugas old.
  • He is giving his seva in Kidantha Thirukkolam in Bhujanga Sayam facing his thirumugham towards east direction..
  • Garudan in this Sthalam has Sangu and Chakkaram in his hands, which will be generally found on the hands of the Perumal.
  • This is the Parahira sthalam for Sukran or Venus.
  • Lord Shukra (Venus) also known as Velli was in penance on this place and because of this, the sthalam is called as "Velliankudi".
  • Since Lord Shukra, Lord Indra, Lord Brahma, Markandeya Maharishi, Parasara Maharishi, Mayan were all blessed by Lord Kola Valvilliraman specially here, if visited this sthalam gives all the Puniyam (Value of good deed's) gained by having Darshan at all the 108 divyadesams.

Sarangapani Temple, Thirukudanthai(Kumbakonam)
  • Sarangapani is the largest Vishnu temple in Kumbakonam and has the tallest temple tower in the town.
  • The central shrine of the temple houses the image of Sarangapani in pallikonda posture, with his head resting on his right hand.
  • This is one of the Sri Vaishnava Navagraha Parihara Temples. Sun - Suryan parikara Sthalam.
  • This is one among the Five Vishnu temples are connected with Mahamaham festival which happens once in 12 years in Kumbakonam.
  • The twin temple chariots are the third largest in Tamil Nadu.
  • Lord's consort also known as Kamala Valli Thayar has a separate sannidhi and there are Lord's paduka's(foot prints) in the outside prakaram where devotees offer worship.
  • Opposite to that, there is a shrine for Patala Srinivasa Perumal. Here one has to climb down a few steps to reach the shrine .The 2000 year old Sarangapani Aaraavamudhan temple
  • It is believed, will help get rid of one’s past sins, just as a trip to Kasi in the North.
  • Sarangapani temple consists of only one holy tank,known as "Porthamarai Kulam".
  • There is no swarga Vaasal at the Saarangapani temple. About 50000 people are expected to attend the Vaikunta Ekadesi festival.There are festivals all through the year at this temple.

Chakrapani temple, Kumbakonam
  • Chakrapani Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Vishnu.
  • The presiding deity, Chakrapani has 8 arms and Sudarshana Valli Thayar with a gracious visage are inspiring.
  • In the temple, Vishnu appears in the form of a discus or Chakra to put down the pride of Surya(the Sun), who subsequently became his devotee. Like Shiva, Lord Chakrapani has a third eye on His forehead.
  • Brahma, Surya and Agni are depicted as worshipping the Lord.
  • The temple is one of the most prominent temples in Kumbakonam.The important and peculiar point about this temple is that Vilva (Bilwa) archana which is normally performed in Shiva temples is also performed here for the Perumal (Lord Vishnu).
  • Satuardays are very special in this temple.
Additional Info
  • The Pickup and Drop point for this itinerary is Kumbakonam. All pilgrims are requested to reach this place before the trip starts. However all the the itineraries are customisable and the pilgrims can contact Gosthala to customize the trip details in advance.

Neela Megha Perumal Temple, Thirukkannapuram
  • Neela Megha Perumal Temple or Sowriraja Perumal Temple is located at Thirukannapuram.
  • The presiding deity is Neelamegha Perumal and his consort Lakshmi as Tirukannapura Nayagi.
  • There is a vibration in the sanctum sanctorum felt even now.
  • There is a small scar above the right eyebrow of the procession Lord.
  • As per Hindu legend, the presiding deity is believed to have appeared with a wig (called sowri locally) to save a devotee, leading to the name Sowrirajan.
  • This temple is one of the Panchakanna (Krishnaranya) Kshetrams and considered the foremost among the five temples.
  • Navagrahas carved in a single stone with relative zodiac signs are installed on the northern wall at the Rajagopuram entrance.
  • The temple is the place where Vishnu is believed to have represented himself in all the eight forms, the combination of the all the eight temples. The temple is also called Boologa Vaikundam.
  • People pray to Perumal seeking wedding and child boon.
  • As Lord’s view fall on the Navagrahas the nine planets in this Vaishnava temple, all adverse aspects of planets are removed.

Bhaktavatsala Perumal Temple, Thirukkannamangai
  • Bhaktavatsala Perumal Temple (Vishnu) is worshipped as Bhaktavatsala Perumal and his consort Lakshmi as Kannamangai Nayagi.
  • This temple is one of the Panchakanna (Krishnaranya) Kshetrams.
  • As per Hindu legend,when the Ocean of milk was churned by Asuras and Devas, various objects emerged out of it. At the end of it, Lakshmi, the consort of Vishnu emerged. She went on to Thirukannamangai to perform penance seeking the hands of Vishnu for marriage.All the Devas in the celestial world gathered here to witness and participate in the divine wedding of Lord Vishnu with Mother Mahalakshmi. They wished that this darshan should be available to them for ever. They took the form of honey-bees, build nests and stayed here to realize their wish.
  • Even today, a honey nest exists on the northern side of Mother’s shrine the antiquity of which is not known to anybody. This is a miracle in this Divya desam.
  • Local legend marks the places as Lakshmi Vanam, the forest where Lakshmi performed her penance here and as Krishna Mangala Kshetra as the divine wedding took place here.
  • Those seeking removal of obstacle in wedding proposals, child boon and job seekers go round Him for realizing their wishes.

Saranathar temple, Thirucherai
  • Lord Perumal ( Saranathan)grants darshan to devotees in a standing posture facing east.
  • This is the only temple where Lord Perumal graces the devotees with five consorts – Sridevi, Bhoodevi, Mahalakshmi, Saranayaki and Neeladevi.
  • The soil of the place contains high properties (Saram), hence Lord is called Saranathar and the place Tiru Charam which later changed as Tirucherai.
  • It has also a shrine dedicated to river Cauvery, which is unique feature among all Vishnu temples.
  • Devotees pray for relief from the consequences of sins committed. It is believed that worshipping Saranatha Perumal brings benefit of 100 baths in Cauvery.

Ramanathaswamy, thirunaraiyur
  • Ramanathaswami Temple also known as Mangala Saneeswarar Temple.
  • The presiding deity in the main temple is Ramanathaswami, facing east, and it is considered to be as holy as the one in Rameswaram. Many devotees who are unable to visit Rameswaram, make their offerings to the Lord here.
  • Saniswaran living with two wife and two child. The only place availalable saniswaran with family in the Universal. He also called as mangala saniswaran.
  • There is a separate shrine for Navagrahas with the Sun at the centre with his two Consorts, Ushadevi and Prathyushadevi, which is said to be a rarity. The other eight grahas are found around Sun.
  • Legend,Once the Sage Vahistar asked the king Dhasaratha to save the world from Saturn (Sani). Because, Sani moving from Rohini star to Karthigai star. If it has happen, the whole world will destroy. Therefore, the King Dhasaratha takes his all-divine weapons and reaches Rohini. On seeing Sani, he requested to separate the world for 12 years, Sani had attracted by Dhasaratha. Sani guided him to go thirunaraiyur and take dip on the temple pond. Dhasaratha obey and have a dip, at that time, the Sani appeared before him.

Thirunaraiyur Nambi Perumal Temple,Natchiar Kovil
  • Nachiar Kovil or Thirunarayur Nambi Temple where vishnu is worshipped as Srinivasa Perumal and his consort Lakshmi as Nachiyar.
  • This is one of the Sri Vaishnava Navagraha Parihara Temples. Mars-sevvai parikara Sthalam.
  • As per Hindu legend, the sage Medhavi was doing penance at this place. While taking a bath in the river, he found an image of Chakrathazhwar entwined with Yoga Narasimha. A divine voice asked him to install the image in his hermitage and worship it. The goddess Lakshmi, the consort of Vishnu chose to grow in the hermitage and appeared to the sage in the form of a small girl and requested him to take care of her. Vishnu traveled in search of Lakshmi on his vehicle Garuda, the eagle. Garuda found the presence of Lakshmi in the hermitage. Vishnu appeared to Medhavi, pleased by the latter's devotion and asked his daughter to be married to him. The sage happily married Lakshmi to Vishnu and requested him to stay in his place, which Vishnu accepted.
  • The Kal Garuda image in the temple used during the festive occasions is believed to increase in weight seeking 4, 8, 16, 32, 64 and 128 people in succession when the procession comes out of various gates from the sanctum to the main entrance of the temple.

Nathan Kovil, Nandipura Vinnagaram
  • Nathan Kovil or Thiru Nandipura Vinnagaram Temple where vishnu is as Srinivasan and his consort Lakshmi as Shenbagavalli.
  • This is one of the Sri Vaishnava Navagraha Parihara Temples. Moon- Chandran parikara Sthalam.
  • As per Hindu legend, Nandi, the sacred bull of Shiva, did not respect the Dwarapalakas, the gatekeepers of Vishnu. They cursed Nandi that his body would suffer oppressive heat. Nandi informed it to his lord Shiva, who advised him to do penance in Shenbaranyam. It is the place where Lakshmi, the consort of Vishnu was doing penance to get into the chest of Vishnu. Vishnu was impressed by the penance of Nandi and got his curse relieved. Vishnu also took Lakshmi in his chest. Devotees worship Shenbagavalli of the temple during the Tamil month of Aipasi and believe that their wishes will be fulfilled.
  • The temple is a symbol of unity between the two sects of Hinduism, namely, Vaishnavism and Saivism and Nandhi the sacred bull Shiva and image of Brahma are depicted in the main sanctum.
  • The temple is frequented by people seeking timely wedding, reunion of married couples, children, court verdicts and cure from neural issues.

Oppiliappan Kovil, Thiruvinnagar
  • Uppiliappan Temple, also known as Thiruvinnagar of Venkatachalapathy Temple is a temple dedicated to Hindu god Vishnu.
  • Uppiliappan is believed to have appeared for sage Markandeya and Hindu gods Bhoomadevi, Brahma and Shiva.
  • This is one of the Sri Vaishnava Navagraha Parihara Temples. Saturn -sani parikara Sthalam.
  • As per Hindu legend, once Tulasi did penance to attain closeness to Vishnu. Vishnu gave a boon to the plant that his consort Lakshmi would appear under her lap in Tiruvinnagaram. Tulasi appeared in the place where the temple is located.
  • This temple food is always done without salt in any food. No one should ever take anything that contains salt into this temple.
  • Breakfast for 2 persons.
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