Saturday, March 19, 2016

Uppiliappan Temple, Thirunageshwaram, Kumbakonam, Thanjavur

Uppiliappan Temple, Thirunageshwaram, Kumbakonam, Thanjavur
Uppiliappan Temple, also known as Tiruvinnagar of Venkatachalapathi Temple is a temple dedicated to Hindu god Vishnu, located near Thirunageshwaram, a village in the outskirts of the Kumbakonam in the state of Tamilnadu. Constructed in Dravidian style of architecture, the temple is glorified in the Divya Prabandha, the early medieval Tamil canon of the Azhwar saints from the 6th–9th centuries AD. It is counted as the 60th among the 108 Divya Desams dedicated to Vishnu. Vishnu is worshiped as Uppiliappan and his consort Lakshmi as Bhumi Devi.



The temple is believed to be of significant antiquity and is believed to be initiated by the Medieval Cholas of the late 8th century AD, with later contributions at different times from Thanjavur Nayaks. The temple has two inscriptions dating from the Chola period. The temple has a five-tiered Rajagopuram (gateway tower) and enshrined within a granite wall. The complex contains all the shrines and water bodies associated with it.




Uppiliappan is believed to have appeared for sage Markandeya and Hindu gods Bhoomadevi, Brahma and Shiva. The temple observes six daily rituals and three yearly festivals. The chariot festival, celebrated during the Tamil month of Chittirai (March–April), is the most prominent festival of the temple. The temple is maintained and administered by the Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamil Nadu.





This is one of the 108 Divyadesas of Lord Perumal and has the added reputation of being the birth place – Avatara Sthala of Mother Bhoomadevi. Near to this temple Thirunageshwaram Naganathar temple is situated. 



Among 108 Divya Desam, This sthalam had a no salt in prasadham for lords. This perumal had a separate Suprabhatam like Thirupathi Venkatachalapathi. 



It is one of the well-known and well visited Divya Desam temples and is considered to be a Prartanaistalam. The name Oppiliappan refers to the presiding deity who is considered comparable to none.



Nammalvar refers to Vishnu as Ponnappan, Maniappan, Mutthappan, Ennappan and Tiruvinnagarapapan. The lord is 8 ft. tall with Bhoomidevi on the right and Markandeya maharishi on the left. “Maam Ekam Saranam Vrija’ is written on the left hand of the lord. Lord never leaves the temple without Bhoomidevi Thayar since he had promised Markandeya maharishi that he would never leave his daughter Bhoomidevi Thaayar alone while asking her hand in marriage.



Location
The Oppiliappan Koil (Tiruvinnagaram) is located at Thiru Nageswaram near Kumbakonam in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu. The easiest approach is by a taxi, auto, or bus from Kumbakonam town which is about 4 miles from here. Kumbakonam can be reached from different parts of Tamil Nadu by bus or train. 



Legends
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History
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Greatness of Temple
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Temple Architecture
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Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and from 4.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Pooja Timings & Fee Structure
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Festivals & Religious Practises
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Literary Mention
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Prayers
It is believed that praying to Lord and Mother in the temple would ensure unity among the couples and cultivate in them the quality of tolerance. Devotees perform Thirumanjanam to Lord.
Annadhanam
The Honourable Chief Minister's Annadhanam Programme is successfully being conducted in this temple and about 100 pilgrims are being feed every day. The annual deposit for feeding the pilgrims for one day is Rs.15,000/- and exemption is available for donations under Sec. 80G ( 2 ) ( 9 ) ( V ) of the Income Tax Act.
Contact
This temple is administrated by The Hindu Religious & Charitable Endowments Department, Tamilnadu.
Arulmigu Oppliyappan Temple,
Thirunageshwaram - 612 204
Thanjavur District
Phone: 0435-246 3385,246 3685.
Head Clerk: 94860 58667.
If you have problem getting the office number, you can reach Sri Govindaraja Bhattar, Paramparai Archakar at the Sannidhi, at (0435) 246 3522. 
Connectivity
The temple in Tirunageswaram is 6 km far from Kumbakonam. Bus facilities are available. The temple is located at Thirunageshwaram post, close to Kumbakonam in Tanjore district of Tamilnadu. Buses, autos and private vehicles are available to reach Oppiliappan temple from Kumbakonam. Kumbakonam can be reached from different parts of Tamil Nadu by bus or train. Staying facilities are available at Oppiliappan temple as well as Kumbakonam.
By Bus:
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.
One can take the Kumbakonam-Karaikal bus and get down at Thirunageshwaram. There are local town buses to OppiliAppan Temple. Auto: Auto from Kumbakonam bus stand to Oppiliappan temple would cost Rs. 80/-(one way)
By Train:
Nearest Railway Station is located at Thirunageshwaram & 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.
By Air:
The nearest international airport is at Tiruchirapalli, which is 91 km (57 miles) from Kumbakonam.

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