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Andalukkun Ayyan Thiruaadhanur

Thiru Adhanur near Kumbakonam is one of the 108 Divya Desams dedicated to Lord Vishnu .
Andalakkun ayyan temple here is one of the Vaishnava navagraha parihara sthalams around Kumbakonam. It is a Guru parihara sthalam.

The main deity in this temple is Andalakkumayyan. He is present here facing East in Kidantha Kolam and Bujanga sayanam. He has been worshipped here by Brighu Maharishi, Kamadhenu, thirumangai Azhwar and Agni. His consort here is Ranganayaki Thayar also known as Kamalasini .The utsavar is Ranganathar.

According to legend , there was an affluent devotee who also wished to partake in religious endeavour of serving Lord Ranganathar . Some of those who worked under him exploited his bhakti to their advantage and swindled all his money , making him penniless . Pleased with his devotion , Vishnu appeared in his dream and promised to help him out of the situation. He instructed the devotee to bring along a marakkal and his workers, who cheated him, to the bank of the Kollidam , where he promised to pay the workers their dues. The Lord , in the guise of an old man , gave each of them a measure of sand from the bank of Kollidam according to the work done by them . Much to their surprise , it turned into precious stones for those who toiled and it stayed the same for those who shirked work . The workers who did not get anything were enraged and started chasing the old man. At this juncture , the Lord appeared in his original form and made the workers realize their mistakes . It is also believed that the presiding deity appeared for Kamadhenu , the holy cow and also for Thirumangai alwar .

As per another legend , the celestial deities Indra and Agni worshiped Vishnu at this place . Indra once insulted the sage Bhrigu when he placed the divine garland offered to him on his elephant Airavata . Bhrigu cursed him to lose all the powers . Indra did severe penance in the place to regain the powers . Agni, the fire god , was affected with Brahmbhathi Dosha , a curse inflicted on account of burning the head of Brahma handed over by Lord Shiva. He was propitiated off his curse by offering worship at this temple .

Published by Ranjini Madhavan

Iam a homemaker who like to travel to spiritual places and like to share my spiritual tours , pictures and my personal tour experiences .Though am not expressive to put it in words thought it would be easy for others who likes to travel these places so that they may know what all places to be covered and a sweet memories for myself.

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