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I found a very useful post in one of the blogs on temples giving the Bus routes for all important temples around Kumbakonam. I sought the permission of Mr. Ganesh Raman who has kindly let me publish here on this site. The original blog can be found here. Thank You, Mr. Ganesh Raman.

TEMPLE PLACE BUS NUMBERS TO VISIT
AIRAWATHESWARAR KOIL DARASURAM 8, 11, 12, 14, 25, 29, 35.
DURGA TEMPLE PATTEESWARAM 8, 11, 25
ABATHSAGESWARAR KOIL ADUTHURAI 1, 17, 27, 33, 46, 54, 64
SAPTHARISHEESWARAR KOIL AMMACHATRAM 1, 17, 27, 33, 46, 54, 64
KAMBAGARESWARAR KOIL THIRUBUVANAM 1, 17, 27, 33, 46, 54, 64
MAHALINGASWAMY KOIL THIRUVIDAIMARUDUR 1, 17, 27, 33, 46, 54, 64
NAGANATHASWAMY KOIL THIRUNAGESWARAM 13, 15, 22, 23, 58, 60
SURIYA BAGHAVAN KOIL SURIYANAR KOIL 2A, 54
KABARDEESAR KOIL THIRUVALANCHULI 12, 14, 29, 43, 48
SWAMINATHA SWAMI KOIL SWAMIMALAI 1, 16, 30
UPPILIPPAN KOIL THIRUNAGESWARAM 13, 15, 22, 23, 58, 60
SENJADAIAPPAR KOIL THIRUPANADAL 2, 9, 34.
DURGA TEMPLE AMMANKUDI 15, 49
MAHAMARIAMMAN KOIL VALANGAIMAN 5, 20, 21, 32, 36, 50
SRINIVASA PERUMAL KOIL NACHIARKOIL 3, 4, 13, 28, 39, 41, 45
SARANATHA PERUMAL KOIL THIRUCHERAI 3, 13, 45, 60
VANADURGA KOIL KATHIRAMANGALAM 2A.
VENKATACHALAPATHY KOIL VAPPATTUR 2, 9, 34
THIRUPADALVANAM KARUPPUR 2, 2A, 9, 19, 34, 34A.
ABATHSAGESWARAR KOIL ALANGUDI Mannargudi route Buses
SATCHINATHA SWAMI KOIL THIRUPURAMBIAM 6, 18
VINYAGAR KOIL GANAPATHI AGRAHARAM 25, 42.
KARPARAKSHAMBIGAI KOIL THIRUKARUKKAVUR 11, 29
PASUPATHEESWARAR KOIL PANDANALLUR 44, 54
Place Location PRINCIPAL DEITY
AADANOOR 9 Kms. from Kumbakonam on the Thiruvaiyaru Road ANDALUKKUMAYYAN
AMMANKUDI 20 Kms from Kumbakonam KAILASANADAR
AVOOR 10 Kms from Kumbakonam to Thanjavur via Melatur PASUPATHEESWARAR
AZHAGA PUTHUR 5 Kms from Kumbakonam on the Thiruvarur Road SORNAPUREESWARAR
(ARISIRKARAI PPUTHUR)
DARASURAM 4 Kms from Kumbakonam on the Thanjavur Road AIRAVADESWARAR
ENKAN 32 Kms from Kumbakonam on the road to Thiruvarur (Near Kudavasal) LORD SUBRAMANYA
GANAPATHIAGRAHARAM 25 Kms from Kumbakonam on the road to Thiruvaiyyaru. LORD VINAYAKA
HARIDWARAMANGALAM 28 Kms from Kumbakonam PADALESWARAN
INNAMBOOR 3 Kms from north from Puliyanchery which is on the Kumbakonam – Swamimalai road EZHUTHARINATHAR
KAPISTHALAM Near Swamimalai on the Kumbakonam-Thiruvayyaru Road GAJENDRA VARADAN
KONERI RAJAPURAM (THIRUNALLAM) 4 Kms from pudur, a stop on the Kumbakonam-karaikkal road UMA MAHESWARAR
(BOOMI NATHAR)
KOTTAIYOOR (KOTEESWARAM) 6 Kms on the Kumbakonam-Swamimalai Road KOTEESWARAR
KUDAVASAL (KUDAVAYIL) 20 Kms from Kumbakonam on the road to Tiruvarur KONESWARAR
ADHI KUMBESWARA SWAMI IN Kumbakonam Town ADHI KUMBESWARAR
TEMPLE
NAGESWARASWAMI TEMPLE IN Kumbakonam Town NAGESWARA
SOMESWARAR TEMPLE IN Kumbakonam Town SOMESWARA
KASI VISWANATHAR TEMPLE IN Kumbakonam Town KASI VISWANATHA
BANA PUREESWARA TEMPLE IN Kumbakonam Town BANA PUREESWARA
SARANGAPANI TEMPLE IN Kumbakonam Town SARANGAPANI
CHAKRAPANI TEMPLE IN Kumbakonam Town CHAKRAPANI
RAMASWAMY TEMPLE IN Kumbakonam Town LORD RAMA
KUTTALAM 26 Kms from Kumbakonam on Mayiladuthurai Road UKTHA VEETHEESWARAR
MANNARGUDI 36 Kms from Kumbakonam Via Needamangalam SRI RAJA GOPALA
MAYILADUTHURAI 35 Kms from Kumbakonam MAYURANATHAR
NANNILAM(MADHUVANAM) 30 Kms from Kumbakonam on the road to Nagore MADUVANESWARAR
NALLOOR 2 kms from Vazhapazhasalai, which is on Kumbakonam- Thanjavur Road KALYANA
SUNDARESWARAR
NATCHIAR KOIL 12 Kms from Kumbakonam on the SRINIVASA
Tiruvarur Road
OOTHUKADU 20 Kms from Kumbakonam on the Thanjavur Road via Melatur VEDA NARAYANAR
PASUPATHI KOIL Around 30 Kms from Kumbakonam on the Thanjavur Road BRAHMA PUREESWARAR
PATTEESWARAM DHENUPUREESWARAR
PAZHAYARAI Near Patteswaram SOMESWARAR
POOVANOOR It is in between Needamangalam and Mannargudi on Kumbakonam-Mannargudi road PUSHPAVANESWARAR
SENGANOOR Near Thirupanandal on Kumbakonam-Madras Road SATHYAGIRINATHAR
SIRUGUDI (SOOTCHUMAPURI) 3 Kms from Katakambadi on the Kumbakonam – Natchiar Koil Road SOOTCHUMA
PUREESWARAR
SWAMIMALAI 8 Kms from Kumbakonam on Thiruvayyaru Road SWAMINATHA SWAMI
THERAZHUNDOOR 10 Kms from Mayiladuthurai on Kumbakonam-Mayiladuthutrai Road KOSAGAR
THIRUCHERAI 15 Kms from Kumbakonam on Kumbakonam – Tiruvarur Road SARANATHATPERUMAL
THIRUKKANNAMANGAI 36 Kms from Kumbakonam on Kumbakonam-Tiruvarur Road Via Kudavasal BAKTHAVATSALAR
THIRUKKARUGAVOOR 7 Kms from Papanasam, which is on the Kumbakonam- Thanjavur Road GARBAPUREESWARAR
THIRUKKODIKKAVAL Situated in the Kumbakonam-Kadiramangalam Road KOTEESWARAR
THIRUMANANCHERI 8 Kms from Kuttalam, which is 10 kms from Mayiladuthurai on Kumbakonam-Mayiladuthurai road KALYANA SUNDARAR
THIRUMANGALAKKUDI 2 Kms from Aduthurai, which is 15 kms from Kumbakonam on Kumbakonam- Mayiladuthurai Road PRANAVARADESWARAR
THIRUMARUGAL About 9 Kms from Nannilam on the Road to Nagore MANIKKAVANNAR
THIRUNARAIYOOR On the Kumbakonam- Tiruvarur Road SIDDHANADESWARAR
THIRUNEELAKKUDI On the Kumbakonam-karaikkal Road near Thirunageswaram NEELAKANDESWARAR
THIRUPPAMPURAM 2 kms from Karkathi which is on the Kumbakonam- Karaikkal Road SESHAPUREESWARAR
THIRUPANANDAL 19 Kms from Kumbakonam on Madras Road SADAIYAPPAR
THIRUPURAMBIYAM 4.5 Kms from Innambar, which is 3 Kms from north from Puliyanchery which is on the Kumbakonam Swamimalai road. SATCHINATHAR
THIRUBUVANAM 5 Kms from Kumbakonam on Kumbakonam- Mayiladuthurai Road KAMBAHARESWARAR
THIRUVAIGAVOOR 4.5 Kms from Thirupurambiyam VILVAVANESWARAR
THIRUVALANCHUZHI 6 Kms from Kumbakonam on Kumbakonam – Swami malai Road via Dharasuram KARPAGA
NATHESWARAR
THIRUVANCHIYAM On the Kumbakonam – Nagoor Road, near Nannilam VANCHIHINGESWARAR
(SRIVANCHIYAM)
THIRUVAVADUTHURAI 2 Kms from Narasingampettai, which is at 16 kms from Kumbakonam-Mayiladuthurai Road MASILAMANEESWARAR
THIRUVEEZHIMAZHAI Near Eravancheri on the Kumbakonam-Peralam Road NETHARAR
PARESWARAR
THIRUVIDAI MARUDOOR 6 Kms from Kumbakonam on Kumbakonam-Mayiladuthurai Road MAHALINGESWARAR
THIRUVISANALOOR 8 kms from Kumbakonam YAGANANDESWARAR
UPPILIPPAN KOIL 10 Kms from Kumbakonam-Karaikkal Road OPPILIYAPAN
VALANGAIMAN 12 Kms from Kumbakonam on Manargudi Road MARIAMMAN

I still remember the first time I visited this temple about twenty years ago.  I stumbled on this temple while I was on my way to Suryanar temple from Kuthalam, when I just took this right turn by mistake.  Almost immediately I realized that this was not Suryanar temple.  Just as I was about to turn back I saw the temple gopuram and decided to visit the temple.  It was around 11.30 in the morning and the temple was closed.  After enquiry at the only shop there I went to the temple priest’s house and requested him to open the temple.  He obliged and told me that this was Sukra sthalam.  What a change from then and now!!!

Kanjanur is the sthalam for Sukran.  At this Shiva temple Agneeswarar is the presiding deity and his consort is Karpagambal.  Agni is said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here and hence the name Agneeswarar.  There are quite a few Shivalingams in the praharam, including one supposedly installed by Kamsa.

Agneeswarar Temple. Kanjanur

Agneeswarar Temple. Kanjanur

There are quite a few stories associated with this temple as follows;

When Lord Vishnu asked Bali for 3 steps of land in Vamana Avataram, Sukracharya tried to dissuade Bali from granting the boon.  He took the form of a bee and blocked the mouth of the Kamandalam (a type of Jar, usually carried by rishis) from which Bali would pour water to signify the grant of the boon.  Vishnu used a dharba to clear the blockage in the Kamandalam and in the process blinded Sukracharya in one eye.  Vamana then took the Vishwaroopam and covered the whole universe in two steps.  The 3rd step was placed on Bali.  An angry Sukracharya, cursed Vishnu.  After severe penance to Shiva here, Vishnu was relieved of his curse.

An interesting connection between Valleeswarar Koil in Mylapore and this story is as follows.  Sukran after being blinded in one eye undertook a pilgrimage of Shivalayams to get back his sight.  It was at Valleeswarar temple in Mylapore that he got back his sight.  Offer prayers to Shiva at Valleeswarar Koil in Mylapore to get rid of eye ailments and to be blessed with good eyesight.

There is another story of how Vishnu incurred Sukracharya’s wrath. Sukracharya was the son of Brigu Maharishi.  Once during a war between the devas and asuras, Brigu Maharishi’s wife, was accidentally beheaded by Vishnu’s chakram (discus).  An angry Sukracharya cursed Vishnu.  As a result of the curse, He was born as Sudarsanar to Vasudeva, a Vaishnava Brahmin.  Sudarsanar was a staunch Shiva devotee and was popularly known as Haradatta Shivacharyar.  There are stories of the ordeals undergone by Haradatta to prove his devotion for Shiva. Images pertaining to these are seen in this temple and also in the Vishnu temple in the village. Haradatta used to spend much of his time meditating before the Dakshinamurthy.

Dakshinamurthy is always seen with a demon being crushed under his feet. The demon signifies ignorance.  It means that Dakshinamurthy leads us from ignorance to the knowledge of self.  Instead; you can find the image of Haradatta worshipping Dakshinamurthy, which is a unique feature of this temple.

Image of Haradatta worshipping Dakshinamurthy, Agneeswarar Temple. Kanjanur

Image of Haradatta worshipping Dakshinamurthy, Agneeswarar Temple. Kanjanur

There is an interesting story associated with the Nandi here.  A poor Brahmin was afflicted by pasu dosham because a calf had expired when he threw a bundle of grass at it. The Brahmin as advised by Haradatta offered a clump of grass to the stone Nandi. To everybody’s astonishment, the stone Nandi is supposed to have consumed the grass.  It is said that since this Nandi is eating the grass the tongue is not seen hanging outside.

Sukracharyar was imparted the knowledge of Amirtha Sanjeevini Mantra by Lord Shiva.  This Mantra can bring the dead back to life.  Sukracharya used this mantra in one of the deva-asura wars and revived the slain asuras. One being approached by devas for help, Lord Shiva is said to have swallowed Sukracharya in a fit of rage. Sukracharyar meditated on Shiva inside His stomach.  Karpagambal prevailed on Shiva to let Sukracharyar out. Hence Sukran is very devoted to the Ambal and is Her favourite. Shiva also conferred on Sukracharya the status of a celestial planet here.  There is no idol for Sukran here. Shiva blesses those who come with their prayers to Sukran.

Brahma is said to have been blessed with the vision of Shiva’s marriage with Parvati.

Pooja:

He is the second most beneficial planet after Guru.  If Sukran is favourably placed in a person’s horoscope, the inmate will be blessed with prosperity, beautiful wife, own house, vehicle, fame & marriage.  The person will also be very influential.  An unfavourably positioned Sukran in ones horoscope causes eye ailments, indigestion, and impotency, loss of appetite and skin problems. Lord Sukran is offered white Lotus, white cloth, mochai kottai (common bean) and aththi (fig) to alleviate problems caused by Sukra dosham.  Friday is the day of Sukran and worship on Fridays is considered very special.  Sukran is also Ambal’s favourite and the special day for Ambal is Friday as well.

Recite the following Mantras facing South-East

Sukra Moola Mantra: Aum dram drim draum sah shukraya namah

Shukra gayatri: om rajathapaya vidmahae Bhrigu suthaya dheemahi tanno shukra: prachodayaath

Other Sukra Sthalam:

Velleeswarar Temple, Mylapore, Chennai.

Velleeswarar Temple at Mangadu, Chennai

Other Temples nearby:

Suryanar Koil – Sun Temple

Sri Sarabeswarar Temple at Thiruvhuvanam,

Sri Mahalinga Swami Temple at Thiruvidaimaruthur,

Sri Kalyanasundara Swamy Temple at Thirumanancheri

Location:

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Kanjanur is 18 Kms from Kumbakonam and 26 Kms from Mayiladudurai. It is just 3 Kms from Suryanar Kovil and 5 Kms from Adudurai.  There are bus services to this place from Mayavaram, Aduthurai, Thiruvidaimarudhur etc.

Boarding & Lodging:

This is a very small village and do not expect any facility here.  It is best to stay at Mayavaram or Kumbakonam.  If hungry, as usual, the temple prasadam is a good option.

Temple timings: 6 A.M. to 12.00 P.M. and 4 P.M. to 9 P.M.

Temple Address:

Arulmigu Agneeswarar Alayam
Kanjanur
Kanjanur Post
Via Thugali
Tiruvidaimarudur Taluk
Thanjavur District
PIN 609804

Phone Number: 04435 247 3737

The Sivasuryanarayana temple at Suryanar Koil is one of the Navagraha temples and is dedicated to Suryan.  This temple dedicated to Suryan has shrines for each of the other planets as well.  The legend says that Kalava Munivar had the rare ability to see the future.  One fine day, he realised that he was soon going to be affected by leprosy.  Since the Navagrahas controlled all the aspects of ones life, he prayed to the Navagrahas and sought to be saved from the disease.  Pleased by his devotion, the Navagrahas granted his wish.  On coming to know of this, Brahma was furious because nobody had the right to change the destiny of a person.  He cursed all the nine planets that they will have to undergo what Kalava munivar was destined to, and hence all the nine planets were affected by leprosy.  The Navagrahas apologised and requested to know how they could overcome this curse.  Brahma advised them to go the Thirumangalakudi and worship Prananatheswarar, at Vellerukkakadu, who alone could help them.  After worshiping Prananatheswarar and his consort Mangalambigai, they installed an idol of Vinayakar a little away from there and started their penance.  By God’s grace they attained papa vimochanam (salvation from their sin).

Kalava Munivar, for whom the Navagraha had undergone all the trouble, as a mark of gratitude, raised a temple at the same spot where the Navagrahas had performed their penance.

The presiding deity in this west facing temple is Suryanarayana in a chariot like vimaanam, representing the sun’s chariot.   Sivasuryanaraya is in a standing position with his two consorts, Usha & Prathyusha (Chaya).  There are also shrines dedicated to Kasi Viswanathar, Visalakshi and Guru Bhagavan in the sanctum.  Shrines for the other celestial bodies are located outside of the sanctum.  Vellerukku (Madar Plant) is the sthala vriksham.  Pillayar made out of the Vellerukku is sold in the shops here.  It is a very prized possession and protects from the evil forces.

Thirumangalakudi

Once King Kulothunga’s Minister Alaivanar was building a temple from the tax collected without obtaining the King’s permission. The King had him beheaded when he came to know about this. As his death wish, the minister requested that he be cremated in Thirumangalakudi.  His wife prayed to the Mangalambikai at Thirumangalakudi and brought back her husband to life.  Women pray to the Goddess here for long life and the well being of their spouse.

Method of Worship

Devotees are first required to have the darshan of Prananatheswarar and Mangalambigai at Thirumangalakudi before visiting Suryanar Koil.  This temple is just 1 km from Suryanar Koil, and is situated in the same village.  The method of worship at this temple is very different from other temples.  We should first worship the Kol Vinai theertha vinayakar.  He is called by this name because He helped the navagrahas get rid of their problems.  Thus, Kol Vinai Theertha Vinayakar is a VERY IMPORTANT deity.  We then worship the Nataraja in narthana mandapam.  Then at the main sanctum worship Visalakshmi & Kasi Vishvanthan (this is a small lingam on your left hand side as you approach Suryan’s Shrine) before worshiping Suryan.  After worshiping Suryan, worship Guru Bhagavan who is facing Suryan.  Now, the circumambulation or the pradarshanam procedure is very different from other temples.  We now go in an anticlockwise direction and worship Saneeswaran, Budhan, Angarakan, Chandran, Kethu, Shukran and Rahu before worshiping Chandikeswarar.  Then we proceed in a clockwise direction and return to worship Kol Vinai Theertha Vinayakar.  This may seem very confusing but there are signboards at the temple to guide the devotees.  After this prostrate or do a namaskaram near the dhwajasthambam.  Then it is recommended to do 9 pradarshanams of the outer praharam.   I have made a layout diagram for your reference.

Suryanar Temple Layout

Pooja

A favourably positioned Sun in the horoscope manifests as intelligence, perception, strength of will and character in the inmate. It creates endurance, stamina, vitality, positive spirit, direction, courage, conviction, confidence, leadership, independence and straight- forwardness.

An unfavourably positioned Sun results in lack of intelligence, poor perception, weakness of will and character. Surya’s worship benefits include strength, health, good eyesight, intelligence, relief from skin ailments and long life. Cool water is used for Abhishegam.  Offerings of wheat & archana with red lotus please him. Devotees who are unable to visit any of the other Navagraha temples can perform the necessary parihara poojas to the respective planet at this temple.

On Sundays, attired in clean red clothes, offer lotus flower to the God, facing the east and recite the following mantras

Surya Moola Mantram: Aum hram hrim hraum sah suryaya namah.

Surya Gayathri: om ashwadhwajaaya vidmahae padma hasthaaya dheemahi tanno surya: prachodayaath

Other Sun Temples

Sri Aanandhavalli sametha Sri Agatheeswarar Kovil at Kolapakkam near Chennai.

Gnayuru Gramam 10 Kms from Red Hills near Chennai

Sun Temple – Konark

Suryanarayana Swamy Varu temple at Arasavalli village, 1 km from Srikakulam in Andhra Pradesh.

Location

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21 kms from Swamimalai

18 kms from Kumbakonam, on Kumbakonam – Mayavaram route.

3 Kms from Aduthurai which is on Kumbakonam – Mayavaram route

23 Kms from Mayavaram.

Other Temples Nearby

Kanjanur – Sukran Sthalam is just 3 kms from here

Thiruvidaimarudhur

Thirupananthal

Boarding & Lodging

 

 

This is a small village.  There are no hotels here.  You will have to stay at either Kumbakonam or Mayavaram.  Delicious prasadam is available at the temple.

Temple Timings: 6:00 AM to 12:30 PM and 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

TempleAddress

Arulmigu Siva Suriyaperuman Temple,

Suriyanarkoil,

Thirumangalakudi P.O

Thiruvidaimaruthur T.K.

Thanjavur D.T.

Ph : 0435-2472349

As per Indian Astrology the planetary positions determine a person’s destiny. It is commonly understood that Navagraha means nine planets – Nava meaning nine and graha meaning planet. However, graha in Sanskrit may also mean influence.  Hence, according to some it is not nine planets but nine influences. Whatever is the case, they are the nine biggest influences on the destiny of a person. There are nine temples (one for each Graha) located within a radius of 60 kms of Kumbakonam in TamilNadu.  It is a belief that performing shanthi or parihara puja for the particular Graha(s) and its Lords will yield quick and timely results.

 

These temples are

 

  • Sivasuriyanarayana Temple (Suryan, Sun) at Suryanar Koil near Aduthurai
  • Kailasanathaswamy Temple (Chandran, Moon) at Thingalur near Thiruvaiyaru
  • Vaitheeswaran Temple (Chevvai, Mars) at Vaitheeswaran Koil or Pullirukkuvelur near Sirkali
  • Swetharanyeswarar Temple (Budhan, Mercury) at Thiruvengadu near Poompuhar
  • Abathsahayeswarar Temple (Guru, Jupiter) at Alangudi near Needamangalam
  • Agneeswarar Temple (Shukran, Venus) at Kanjanur near Aduthurai
  • Dharbaranyeswarar Temple (Saneeswaran, Satrun) at Thirunallar, Karaikal
  • Naganathaswamy Temple (Rahu, North Lunar Node) at Thirunageswaram near Kumbakonam
  • NaganatharTemple (Kethu, South Lunar Node) at Keezhaperumpallam near Poompuhar

 

While the first seven planets as in the list above have a day of the week assigned to them, Rahu and Kethu have no special days assigned to them.  Instead, one and a half hours each day of the week is assigned to each of them.  Thus we have one and a half hours of Rahukalam and one and a half hours of Yamagandam, everyday, which are assigned to Rahu & Kethu respectively.

 

I have been visiting these temples regularly over the past few years.  I shall soon be writing about each one of them in subsequent posts.