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Thirukkavithalam Sri Gajendra Varadha Perumal Temple | TamilNadu, Thanjavur

Gajendra Varadha Perumal Temple in Thirukkavithalam, a village in the outskirts of Papanasam in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is dedicated to the Hindu God Maha Vishnu. It is one of the 108 Divyadesam dedicated to Vishnu, who is worshipped as Gajendra Varadha and his consort Lakshmi as Ramamanivalli. The temple is one of the five Pancha-Kannan temples, where Krishna, an avatar of Vishnu is given prominence over the presiding deity. The temple is maintained and administered by the Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamil Nadu.

Legend

According to the legends, King Indrajuman, who immersed himself in the worship of Lord Vishnu, failed to strengthen his army and lost his kingdom to enemies. One day while doing worship, Indrajuman did not notice the sage Durvasa who came to see Indrajuman. The sage got angry and cursed the king to be born as an elephant in his next birth. Upon apologizing, sage Durvasa took pity on Indrajuman and blessed Indrajuman that he would continue to be a...View more

Architecture

Gajendra Varadha Perumal Temple is built in Dravidian architecture style. A brick wall surrounds the temple, enclosing all its shrines and bodies of water. The temple has a five-tier rajagopuram and a single precinct. The prime deity, Gajendra Varadhar is enshrined in the sanctum, in a reclining posture, called Bhujanga sayanam. The vimana (roof above the sactum) is called Ganganakrutha Vimanam which represents the architecture of medieval period...View more

Darsan Info

Temple is open from 7.00 AM to 12.00 PM & 5.00 PM to 7.30 PM

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Darsan Dresscode

Male devotees have been advised to wear dhoti, shirt, pyjama or pant and shirt while women and girls should wear saris or churidhar or 'pavadai' with half-sari. Devotees wearing lungi, bermudas, jeans and tight-leggings would not be allowed.

Culture

Tamil Nadu is home to many natural resources, classical arts, classical music, classical literature, Hindu temples of Dravidian architecture, hill stations, beach resorts, multi-religious pilgrimage sites, and eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Kabisthalam is one of the most beautiful village in all over Tamilnadu.

Language Spoken:Tamil

Location and Contact

Thirukkavithalam Sri Gajendra Varadha Perumal Temple, Mela Kapistalam Post, Papanasham Taluk, Tanjai District, Kumbakonam to Thiruvarur Route, Near 22nd Km, Kabisthalam, Tamil Nadu 614203
+91 4374225434

By Air
The nearest international Airport is the Tiruchirapalli International Airport which is about 50 km from the city.

By Train
Thanjavur railway station is an important railway junction of Southern Railways. Thanjavur is connected by rail with most important cities and towns in India like Chennai, Bangalore, Mysore, Ernakulam, Trissur, Palakkad, Coimbatore, Erode, Tirupur, Tiruchirapalli, Salem, Karur, Madurai, Tirunelveli, Rameswaram, Tiruchendur, Karaikal, Dharmapuri and weekly trains to Vishakapatnam, Tirupati, Vijayawada, Goa, Vizianagaram, Nagpur, Jabalpur, Allahabad, Varanasi, Bhubaneshwar and to all main cities.

By Bus
Thanjavur is well-connected with Chennai, Coimbatore, Tiruchirapalli, Karaikal, Madurai, Tirunelveli, Kumbakonam, Pattukkottai, Bangalore, Ernakulam, Marthandam, Nagercoil, Tirupathi, Thiruvananthapuram, Ooty and Mysore through regular bus services.

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Temple Rituals

The temple rituals are performed six times a day:
Ushathkalam at 7:00 AM,
Kalasanthi at 8:00 AM,
Uchikalam at 12:00 PM,
Sayarakshai at 6:00 PM,
Irandamkalam at 7:00 PM and
Ardha Jamam at 8:00 PM.
Each ritual has three steps: Alangaram (decoration), Neivethanam (food offering) and Deepa aradanai (waving of lamps) for both Gajendra Varadhan and Ramanavalli. During the last step of worship, nagaswaram (pipe instrument) and tavil (percussion instrument) are played, religious instructions in the Vedas (sacred text) are recited by priests, and worshippers prostrate themselves in front of the temple mast.

Regular Offerings

Devotees perform Tirumanjanam to Perumal and offer vastras.

Special rituals

There are weekly, monthly and fortnightly rituals performed in the temple.
The devotees have only to call the loudly "Aadhimoolame".  All their grievances will be redressed and wishes granted.

famous Festivals

The Gajendra Moksha Leela celebrated in the Tamil month of Adi (July/August), Chariot festival during the Tamil month of Vaikasi (May/June) on Visakam star and Brahmmotsavam are the major festivals celebrated in the temple, along with all Vishnu related festivals.

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