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Sri Sarangapani temple Kumbakonam

This temple is located in Kumbakonam and along the coast of Cauvery.
It’s one among the Pancha ranga sthethram . It’s one among the Cholanadu divyadeshams .

The Moolavar of this temple is Sri Sarangapani. Aara Amudhan, Abayaryaapthamiruthan and Utthanasayi are the other names of Moolavar. Prathyaksham for Hema Maharishi. Moolavar is in Udhyoga sayana posture (ie) he appears as though is getting up from sleeping position.

Thayaar:
Sri Komalavalli Thayar. Also called as “Padi Thanda Pathini” ie thayaar would never (leave out) or leave away from her chamber. She has her own seperate sannadhi in this temple.

Mangalasasanam:
Sri Aandal – 1 Paasuram.
Periyalwar – 3 Paasurams.
Thirumizhisai Alwar – 7 Paasurams.
Boothatalwar – 2 Paasurams.
Peiyalwar – 2 Paasurams.
Nammalwar – 11 Paasurams.
Thirumangai – 25 Paasurams.
Total – 51 Paasurams.

Pushkarani:
Hema Pushkarani (Potramarai Kulam).
Cauvery Nadhi.
Arasalaaru.

Vimanam:
Vaidega Vimaanam.

As per Hindu legend, the main deity, Lord Sarangapani , an incarnation of Lord Vishnu , appeared for a sage Hema Rishi , who performed penance in the bank of Potramarai tank . Once sage Bhrigu wanted to meet Vishnu at his residence , Ocean of Milk (Thiruparkadal) . The sage did not get the attention of Vishnu and in his anger , he kicked Lord Vishnu on his chest . Mahalakshmi who resides in Vishnu’s chest got angered as Vishnu did not show his anger towards the sage . She left Vaikunta and reached earth and took the form of Padmavathy . Lord Vishnu followed and married her . Padmavathy got her memories and was still angry with Lord Vishnu . To avoid her anger , Lord Vishnu resided in the underground chamber in the temple as Pathala Srinivasa . Meanwhile, the sage Bhrigu sought his apology and requested Mahalakshmi to be born to him as Komalavalli in his next birth . The sage was born as Hemarishi and performed penance to attain Mahalakshmi as his daughter . Lord Vishnu was pleased by the penance and he wished the sage to get Lakshmi as his daughter . Lakshmi emerged from the Potramarai tank among thousand lotuses and was thus named Komalavalli (the one who emerged from lotus) . Vishnu descended to earth as Aravamudhan in a chariot drawn by horses and elephants from his abode Vaikuntam . He stayed in the nearby Someswaran Temple to convince Lakshmi to marry him and the couple eventually got married . The name Sarangapani (“one who has the bow in his hand”) derives from the Sanskrit word Sarangam meaning bow of Vishnu and pani meaning hand .

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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