Holding a stick, beads and lotus in his hands, Sukran, the sixth graha represents comfort, luxury, beauty, prosperity. He is also Sukracharya, the Guru of Asuras and an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva. In the Agneeswarar temple Sukran is believed to be in the Lingam of the Lord. The temple constructed during the Cholas also show inscriptions from the Vijayanagara era. Legend has it that Shiva blessed Paraasara muni with a vision of the Mukti Tandava here. Haradatta Sivacharyar is said to have composed his works in sanskrit here and many of his stories are associated with the temple . Appar, the Tamil saint poet is said to have visited Kanjanur to worship the Lord.
The deity is called Agneeswarar as Agni is believed to have worshipped Lord Shiva here. It is here in this shrine that Brahma had the vision of Lord Shiva's marriage to Parvati Devi. Legends describe that Sukracharya who used his knowledge of Mritasanjivani vidya to empower the asura army was swallowed by Lord Shiva. He stayed in siddha state until Parvathy convinced her husband to let him go. Hence, there is no separate shrine for Sukran here, a...View more
he is believed to exist in the abdomen of Shiva. It is also believed that Sukaracharya payed penance to the Lord here after he was blinded in one eye.This Temple is part of the famous Navagraha Yatra.
Agneeswarar temple is built in the Dravidian style of architecture.There are inscriptions from Cholas and Vijayanagara empires in the shrine. The raja gopuram is a five tiered structure adorned with intricate carvings in bright colours. The Lingam idol is 'swayambhu'.The Nataraja idol of Shiva in the Mukti-Tandava pose is situated in the Nataraj Sabha Mandap. The stone cut walls, the courtyards, the long halls with an array of pillars symbolises ...View more
he architecture of the ancient eras.
Devotees are advised to wear clean and traditional clothing. Western attire are not allowed in the temples of Tamil Nadu
Kumbakonam has a salient place in the history of South India as it served as the capital for medieval Cholas. The place is known for its temples and monasteries. The place is famous for Mahamaham festival celebrated at the Mahamaham tank once in 12 years.
By rail : Kumbakonam is the nearest railway station and is well connected to other parts of the state.
The priests perform the regular temple rituals. Six prayer services are offered daily at Arulmigu Agneeswarar Temple
White cloth, white lotus, mochai, diamond
|February - Haradatta Sivacharyar festival (Jan/Feb)|
|March - Maha Shivratri|
|October - Navratri|
|November - Karthika|