Saturday, June 16, 2007

Divya Desams around Kumbakonam

Route map courtesy: Balaji Hariharan

11 Divya Desams around Kumbakonam

Saint poets, Azhvaars  were ardent devotees of Lord Vishnu. These saint poets composed verses in Tamil and revitalized the religious spirit sparking off a renewal of devotional worship, referred to as the Bhakti movement. The Azhvaars visited temples and sung praises in the name of Vishnu. Such temples have come to be known as Divya Desams. The compilation of the verses (known as Paasurams) is the revered Naalayira Divya Prabandam(4000 in all). There are 108 Divya Desams in all, 40 of these temples are in the Chola region (Trichy-Tanjore-Kumbakonam belt).

You will find that in all these temples, Vishnu is represented in one of three postures – reclining, standing or seated posture. (Detailed version on each of these temples will also feature separately in the blog)

1. Sarangapani(ThiruKudanthai) Temple

One can start off with the Aravamudhan Sarangapani temple in the heart of Kumbakonam town. This temple has the third tallest temple tower (150ft) after Srirangam(236ft) and Srivilliputhur(192 ft) in Tamil Nadu. Also, after Srirangam(11) and Tirupathi(10), this temple has the maximum number of Azhavaars (7 of them here) singing praise of the Lord. Another highlight of the temple is that it is the home to one of the biggest temple chariots in Tamil Nadu. It is at this temple that the Vaishnavite savant Natha Muni got the inspiration to compile the works of the famed 4000 verses of the Azhvaars, after listening to the Tamil hymn 'Aravamudhe' composed by Nammalwar.

One of the mandapams at the Sarangapani temple is believed to have been built in 7th Century AD by the famous Pallava King Mahendra Varma. This temple was later renovated by the famous Vijayanagara King Krishnadevaraya.

The main sanctum has been conceived like a chariot with wheels drawn by horses and elephants and is truly a splendid sight to watch. A visit to this temple, it is believed, will help get rid of one’s past sins, just as a trip to Kasi in the North, would.

The Chittirai Chariot(April-May) procession of the Sarangapani temple is of great significance.
Contact: Soundararaja Bhattar @ 94863 10896

2. Oppiliappan Temple

About 6 kms from Kumbakonam off the Kaaraikal road near ThiruNageswaram, it is believed that Lord Srinivasa here has similar powers to that of the Lord at Tirupathi and hence those who are unable to go to Tirupathi visit this temple. The Lord here is considered as the brother of Tirupathi Lord Srinivasa. This is the only Divya Desam where prasadams do not contain salt and hence the name ‘Oppiliappan’(Lord without Salt). Legend has it that any one bringing salt within this temple will go to hell. Some of the inscriptions at this temple date back to the period of Rajendra Chola, the great Chola king.

Local town buses ply between Kumbakonam and Oppilappan Temple.
Contact: Kannan Bhattar @ 94865 68159

3.Nachiyar Temple in Thiru Naraiyur

Located about 10kms from Kumbakonam, the Nachiyar temple at Thiru Naraiyur is our next stop. This temple can be reached easily from Oppiliappan temple. Every year in the month of Margazhi, there is a one of its kind procession where Lord Srinivasa is taken out on a stone Garuda mount. The mount is said to grow exponentially in weight as it is carried out of its sanctum. While 4 people are enough to carry him out of his Sannadhi, the mount increases in weight as it comes out of every layer and by the time the Lord is out on to the last layer of the temple, it requires as many as 64 people to carry him. This is an experience not to be missed at this temple. This is a temple of special significance for Lord Garuda and he is said to be very powerful here. At this divya desam, Naachiyaar (Goddess) gets the place of primary importance, unlike most other divya desams, where the main deity is the Lord. Another feature is that the idols of all the 108 divya desams can be seen here.
Contact: Gopi Bhattar @ 94435 97388

4.Thirucherai Saranatha Perumal

The Saranathan temple in Thirucherrai is 5 kms away from Nachiyar Temple and is close to Kudaivasal town. This is the only divya desam where the Lord provides darshan along with five Goddesses(Sridevi, Bhooma Devi, Neela Devi, Maha Lakshmi and SaraNayaki).
Contact: 0435 2468 175

From Thirucherai, one has to take a 45 minute drive back to Kumbakonam town.

5. Nathan Koil Nandipura Vinnagaram

The Nathan temple in Nandhipura Vinnagaram is about 5kms from Kumbakonam near Korukkai/Pateeswaram. Legend has it that Nandi performed penance here to seek atonement for insulting the Dwarapalakas of Vishnu and hence the name Nandipura Vinnagaram. It is also believed that Pallava King Nandivarma built this place and also created the temple here. An interesting feature is that Vishnu, who originally faced the east, turned westward to look at the spectacle of King Sibi saving a bird. An image of Nandi can be seen on one of the walls.

Lack of Attention from Vaanamaalai Mutt
This is under the administration of Vaanamaalai Mutt but despite the terrific commitment of the Bhattar, who does the daily rituals without fail even when there are no devotees, this is quite a neglected temple- something the Vaanamaalai Mutt must pay immediate attention to. Lack of attention from the Mutt has meant that that this temple, unlike Nanguneri Divya Desam, does not attract too many devotees, even on weekends. And add to this, the poorly paid bhattar, and it makes a very sad scene.
Contact: Prabhakara Bhattachar 98430 95904

6. Pulla Boothangkudi- Jataayu Moksham

From Kumbakonam, off Swami Malai, on the Kumbakonam -Thiruvaikaavur road, is Pulla Boothangkudi. This Divya Desam’s legendary tale dates back to the time of Ramayana. The Eagle King, Jatayu, an old friend of King Dasharatha (father of Raama) had fought a valiant battle trying to rescue Sita from Raavana, before the Lankan king cut off its wings. It is believed that parental curse will go away if one visits this place as Raama, who had not performed the last rites for his father, made up by performing his (Jataayu’s) obsequies, thus giving moksham to the Bird. In the Raamayana, this episode is referred to as the death of the 2nd father.

This is the only Divya Desam where Raama is in reclining posture and can be seen with all his ornaments and four hands. Interestingly, Goddess Sita is not seen with the Lord, as this temple relates to the time when Raama is separated from her.

The priest believes that many devotees have got employment after visiting Yoga Narasimhar (a separate sannadhi within the temple), so much so that the devotees have named it the Udyoga Narasimhar. This temple is administered by Ahobila Mutt.

This temple has been beautifully redone and has an air of freshness to it, especially with Gopal Bhattar’s friendly attitude towards devotees and his detailed explanation of the history of the temple.
Contact: Gopal Bhattachar @ 94435 25365

7.Adhanur Ranganatha Perumal

This temple is very close to Pulla Bhoothangkudi. Legend has it that Kamadhenu, the sacred cow(she grants all wishes), had undertaken penance here and hence you would find sculptures of Kamadhenu and her daughter Nandini here. It is believed that Lord Anjaneya stayed here for a few days on his way back from Sri Lanka to Ayodhya.
Contact: Seshadri Bhattachar @ 0435 2000503

8.Kapisthalam – Gajendra Moksham

Located about 10kms from Kumbakonam on the Thiruvayaru road, this is the only Divya Desam where Lord Vishnu provides Darshan to two animals- Crocodile and Elephant. Legend has it that Vishnu, on his Garuda Vaahanam (a vehicle of the Lord), rescued Elephant (King) Gajendra from the clutches of the Crocodile(the Asura) on the banks of the river by hurling his Chakra at the Crocodile. This episode is known as Gajendra Moksham and is enacted every year during the month of Panguni (March-April). This is one of the ‘Pancha Krishna Kshetrams’ (5 Krishna Kshetrams).

Temple in Terrible state
This temple is under the administration of AG Lakshmana Moopanar family and is currently in a terrible state, completely neglected. It is a wonder how the Bhattar is managing the day to day affairs, with meager monthly salary. All the devotees who visit this Divya Desam have wondered as to why the Moopanar family is not doing something to renovate the temple, which has a rich history.
Contact: O.S. Seshadri Bhattachar- 04374 223434

9. Koodalur Jagath Rakshagan

5 kms west of Kapisthalam on the road to Thiruvayaru is Thiru Koodalur. It is believed that (River) Cauvery displayed her grief to Lord Jagathrakshagan here that all the impurities were being washed at the river and that she was feeling that the river here was becoming impure and unclean. With Lord’s grace, Cauvery regained all her glory at this place.
Buses ply at frequent intervals between Kumbakonam and Thiruvaiyaru (narrow road along the banks of Cauvery)

Currently, some renovation activities is taking place.
Contact: Venkatesa Bhattachar- 04374 244279


The next divya desam on this route is Kandiyur, about 3 kms from Tiruvaiyaru on the Thanjavur road. The deity here is called ‘Hara Saabha Vimosana Perumal’ as Lord Shiva got cleansed of Brahmma’s curse (Hara is another name of Shiva). This temple is a ‘Pancha Kamala Kshetram’(Lord Kamalanathan, Goddess Kamalavalli, Kamala Pushkarani, Kamala Vimaanam and Kamala Kshetram). The place is called Kandiyur in memory of Lord Shiva, also known as Kandeeswarar, who got salvation from the Brahmma’s curse.

Thirumangai Azhvaar’s only Paasuram at Kandiyur goes thus “ Pindiaar Mandai Endhi, Pirar Manai…………….” meaning - Vishnu rid the curse on Shiva, who went begging everywhere with Brahmma’s skull as a begging bowl. Other than worshipping the Lord, is there a way to salvation” sings Thirumangai Azhvaar .

Buses ply every 5-10 minutes between Thanjavur and Thiruvayaru
Contact: Sriram Bhattachar- 98653 02750

11. Thanjai Maa Mani Temple

Our final stop on this Divya Desam journey is at three temples within a km of each other on the banks of Vennar River on the outskirts (North) of Thanjavur. These three temples together make this (one) divya desam. Legend has it that Lord Garuda flew over here and still guards this place. Hence it is believed that there are no snake threats here. The temples date back to the period of the Nayaks of Madurai. The three temples are administered by the Thanjavur palace

From Thanjavur, one can take the Rock Fort Express back to Chennai via Trichy.

Narasimhan Bhattar@ 93441 47850

Where to Stay
For stay in this temple town, there are a number of economical, medium and deluxe hotels around the Sarangapani temple. (Siva International, Hotel Green Park, VPR Lodge)

What should you look for

Do not miss the ‘Kumbakonam Degree coffee’ while here
A special sweet at Hotel Venkatramana on Big Street
Kumbakonam is know for Beetal leaves


Malini Venkatesh said...

Hello Prabhu.
Thank you so much for a detailed blog. I have a couple of questions about the temple visit since I plan to take my parents alongwith who are elderly. Are the temples in this region easily accessible? Hoping none are on a hill or have too many steps to be climbed before reaching the main garbha gudi i.e. perumal's sannidhi? Also can all these temples be covered completely in 2 days if I take a taxi?

Thanks in advance, pls. email me at

PRabhu S said...

Yes, they are easily accessible if you take a taxi.

No Hill temples. Not too many steps to climb in any of these temples.

Yes these can be covered easily in two days.

Taxi contact in Kumbakonam: 99945 46416 (Saravanan)

Taxi contact in Thanjavur: 94435 88102 (Senthil)


Kala Subramanyam said...

Hi I plan to visit divya desam in and around kumbakonam and Tanjore. As I am coming by car from chennai is call drivers who r trained available my travel is from 17 for 2 days.

PRabhu S said...

Are you looking for a car driver in Kumbakonam/Thanjavur? or are you looking for a driver in Madras.


Kala Subramanyam said...

At kumbakonam

PRabhu S said...


Please contact Shri. Saravanan, who runs a cab in Kumbakonam, on 99945 46416.

I have spoken to him.

He will organise a driver for you there.


Anu said...

Thanks for an excellent blog that provides a lot of details. Planning to a 2 day trip with 2 10 year olds to Thanjavur and Kumbakonam from Trichy. What would be a suggested temple tour route and itinerary. Would you be able to help ?

PRabhu S said...


Thanks for your kind words.

am assuming you will be taking a car and then coming back to Trichy at the end of the 2nd day. And am assuming you want to do a Divya Desam Trip around Thanjavur and Kumbakonam.

7am-8am Thanjai Maa Mani Koil(3temples)

815am-8.45am Kandiyur

915am-945am- Thiru Koodalur ( via Thiruvayaru from Kandiyur)

10am-1030am- Kapisthalam

11am-1130am- Pulla Bhoothangudi

1145am-1215pm- Athanur.

1245pm-4pm - Rest at Kumbakonam
(Let know if you would like a place to stay)


5pm-8pm: Sarangapani/ Ramaswamy/Chakrapani/Aathi Varaha Perumal temple within Kumbakonam


Day 2 Morning

7am-745am - Thiru Kannapuram

815am-9am Thiru Kannamangai

930am-10am- Thiru Cherai

10.15am-11am Nachiyar Koil

11.15am-12noon- Oppiliappan Koil

1230pm - Lunch at Kumbakonam

Return to Trichy....

Do let know if this works..

Let know if you need any other information/ local car/auto/Bhattar Support


ravilocanadas said...

Hello prabhu. I need your help I'm going to kumbakonam on 30th March at morning will be there. So m spent time for only 1day. Pls guide and need to taxi.. I col to that number that given contact mr Sarvanan bt not In the line

ravilocanadas said...

Hello prabhu.
Thank u for the details. We need a help from you. M cm with my family to kumbakonam on 30th morning. I will be there for only one day. So pls guide me. And pls give me a contact of taxi. Bcz you gv the saravanans number we can't get.

PRabhu S said...

that number of Saravanan will work.
request you to try again today.

In the morning, you can visit Oppiliappan, Nachiyar Koil, Thiru Cherai, Thiru Kannamangai Divya Desam from 7am-12noon.

In the evening, you can finish Pulla Bhoothangudi, Athanur, Chakrapani, Ramaswamy and Sarangapani Divya Desam from 4pm-9pm.


Bala r said...

very nicce piece of information.. we r planning for two days program around kumbakonam tepmles.. can u please guide us..

PRabhu S said...

You can contact Saravanan (cab). He will take you around at the appropriate time.

If you have a car of your own, below is the suggested option that you could consider:

1st half: Thiru Koodalur, Thiru Kapisthalam, Pullabhoothangudi and Athanur Divya Desams

2nd half: Sarangapani, Ramaswamy, Chakrapani, Varaha Perumal, Nathan Koil

Day 2 1st half: Thiru Kannapuram, Thiru Kannamangai, Thiru Cherai, Nachiyar Koil and Opppiliappan Koil


Mrs.J.Ganesan said...

hello Prabhu
I and my husband are going to come kumbakonam for four days. During this period, we want to visit divyadesams, swamimalai tanjore, and divyasesams around seerkazhi.Is it possible with in four days? we are senior citizens.Please provide the timetable for four days and give us the details of taxi and accomodation.we will come there on 4 th july.thanking u.

PRabhu S said...

Saravanan - Taxi Kumbakonam: 99945 46416

Senthil - Taxi Thanjavur: 94435 88102

You can contact either of them and they will take you around the divya desams in Thanjavur and Kumbakonam.

Seerkazhi is a little away.

You can reach Seerkazhi say by train from Kumbakonam and you can use a local auto/taxi to cover the divya desams in half a day there.

You can contact Satish Bhattar on 94439 85843 at Thiru Nangur and he will take care of auto/car around Seerkazhi DDs.

You can contact Soundararaja Bhattar at Kumbakonam on 94863 10896 reg accommodation. He will take care of that.

Yes, you can cover all of these in 4days.


Anonymous said...


We are coming in own car from chidambaram to kumbakkonam. After finishing chidambaram temple by 1 pm , we can proceed towards kumbakkonam for 2 nights stay . Can you pleas guide us the order of temples that we can see as we are with old parents and kids . Appreciate your guidance

PRabhu S said...

1st evening:


Varaha Perumal

( All are within a km of each other. Hence you can finish bath/tiffin at Kumbakonam at 4pm after arriving from Chidamabaram and visit these 4temples)

Day 2 morning:


Thiru Kannamangai - 8am-9am
Thiru Cherai - 930am-1015am
Nachiyar Koil-1030am-1130am
Oppilappan- 1145am
(all these four are in one route farthest being Kannamangai. Hence drive there first up in the morning starting at 7am from Kumbakonam)

back in Kumbakonam at 1pm

2nd evening - 4pm-9pm

Start at 4pm...
1. Koodalur(25kms on Thiruvayaru road)- 430pm-5pm
2. Kapisthalam - 515pm-545pm
3. Thiru Mandangudi( Thondaradi podi Azhvaar Avathara Sthalam - 2kms west of Pullam Bhoothangudi)- from Kapisthalam there is a short cut to Mandangudi- 615pm- 645pm
4.Pullam Bhoothangudi - 7pm-730pm


(all these are in the same route)

Back in Kumbakonam by 845pm

Day 3 morning: (i.e if you are staying back 3rd morning - else you can finish Nathan Koil after Oppiliappan by talking to the Bhattar and requesting him to keep the temple open)

7am - Nathan Koil (near Darasuram/Patteswaram)


Anonymous said...

Hi sir
My parents are planning to visit divya desams near thanjavur kumbakonam mayiladuthurai n nagai from chennai...can u pls suggest a plan for
them..also they are planning to stay fr 3 days in kumbakonam..Note : im not considering the temples in sirkazhi for this trip as they may bcum very tiresome..Also need a cab @ nominal rate for these 3 days to take them around ..expecting your reply sir

PRabhu S said...

Day 1 - 1st Half - 7am-12.30pm ( all these in one route)

Nachiyar Koil
Thiru Cherai
Thiru Kannamangai
Thiru Kannapuram

Day 1 2nd half - 5pm-9pm - with kumbakonam

Varaha Perumal
Nathan Koil

Day 2 - 1st Half - 6am-1pm
(all these in one route) Thanjavur-Thiruvayaru-Kumbakonam route

Thanjai Maa Mani- 3temples
Thiru Mandangudi
Pulla Bhoothangudi

Day 2: 2nd half - 5pm-9pm - around Mayavaram

Thiru Indhalur

Train back from Mayavaram to Madras

2days should do.

3 days could become hectic....But if they want to do these in 3days, we can slow down accordingly.

Saravanan ( Cab owner) knows all these places and will take on the right route and at the right time. He will also charge reasonably.


PRabhu S said...

Day 1 - 1st Half - 7am-12.30pm ( all these in one route)

Nachiyar Koil
Thiru Cherai
Thiru Kannamangai
Thiru Kannapuram

Day 1 2nd half - 5pm-9pm - with kumbakonam

Varaha Perumal
Nathan Koil

Day 2 - 1st Half - 6am-1pm
(all these in one route) Thanjavur-Thiruvayaru-Kumbakonam route

Thanjai Maa Mani- 3temples
Thiru Mandangudi
Pulla Bhoothangudi

Day 2: 2nd half - 5pm-9pm - around Mayavaram

Thiru Indhalur

Train back from Mayavaram to Madras

2days should do.

3 days could become hectic....But if they want to do these in 3days, we can slow down accordingly.

Saravanan ( Cab owner) knows all these places and will take on the right route and at the right time. He will also charge reasonably.


Anonymous said...

I spoke to Saravanan (cab owner) and Thanks for the reply sir.

Anonymous said...

Hi sir,
We visited all the divya desams around kumbakonam, thanjavur,nagai n thirunangur.
As you suggested we went with saravanan cab owner who was very helpful throughout the trip.. He knows all these places well n also plans very well as per our requirement...He took us to other famous temples on the way to divya desams..Along with 33 divya desams he took us to 20 famous temples (all in just 4 days)... He charges reasonable amount only..
Thank you so much sir for providing the suggestions which greatly helped me to plan for this trip...

PRabhu S said...

Good to hear this, Madam.


Anonymous said...

Hello Mr.Prabhu,

Your blogs on the Divya Desams have been extremely helpful by providing insightful details. Recently we visited Tanjore, Kumbakonam, Thiru Nangur, Mayavarum, Thiru Nagai, Sirkazhi/Chidambaram and covered 33 divya desams (could not have darshan at Thiru kapisthalam) in 4 days. We went with Saravanan for Cab services as suggested by you and encouraging feedback from other devotees.

Though I had made a detailed plan for this trip based on your inputs and also from other sites, I didn't really need to use it. Saravanan assured me on Day 1 that he would cover 34 Divya desam and kept his word. Not only that, we could visit additional 20+ other famous temples during the trip. What we liked about Saravanan was his passion/devotion in giving the details of some of the famous temples, and in a way played the role of guide as well.

We took the help of Sathish (through Madhav Bhattar of Thiruvellankulam Annan Koil) during our trip without whom we wouldn't have covered Thiru Nangur divya desams to a plan. We stayed at Kumbakonam for the entire trip. Perhaps, we could have covered few more temples if we stayed one night at Mayavaram. Indeed, a very satisfactory trip for me and my family.

Thank you for your very useful blogs and help to devotees. Appreciate it


PRabhu S said...

Good to hear.

Thank You Sir for the kind words


Satya said...

Hello - traveling from Thirunagari to Srirangam by car on Friday. Will be reaching Kumbakonam around 11AM. We want to reach Srirangam before 6PM. Please suggest what divya desams can be covered in this short period.

PRabhu S said...

If you are coming to Srirangam for Panguni Uthiram, better take your time and reach there 8pm/9pm.

6pm will be too crowded and you will have to wait near Northern Gopuram, unless you have made special arrangement.


11am to 1pm

Sarangapani, Ramaswamy and Chakrapani
at Kumbakonam.

4pm Kapisthalam Gajendra Varadar

445pm Thiru Koodalur Jagathrakshagan

530pm Koviladi Appakudathan Divya desam
(Thiruvayaru to Kallanai route)


Chandra Aiyangar said...

Sir. I have to visit Thirukarukavur. We will be leaving this Saturday morning from chennai by car and we want to back in chennai by Sunday late night. We would like to visit divyadesams near kumbakonam. Can you suggest suitable i route to cover maximum temples, including thirukarukavur.
Thanks in advance
Chandra Aiyangar

PRabhu S said...

Saturday Evening
4pm-6pm –thirukarugavur
630pm-7pm- Oothukadu Kalinga Narthana Temple
(this is about 15mts by car from Thiru Karugavur)
730pm-830pm Patteeswaram

Sunday morning:

6am: Oppiliappan Temple
7am: Thiru Cherai Saranathan Temple
8am: Nachiyar Koil
930am Nathan Koil ( Nandipura Vinnagaram) – There is a short cut to the temple from Nachiyar Koil

1030am Chakrapani Temple
1115am Ramaswamy Temple
12noon-1230pm Sarangapani Divya Desam

Lunch at 1pm at Green Park ( 1km from Sarangapani Temple)

You can head back to Bangalore at 2pm


Raja Santanam said...

Dear Sir,
Thank you for posting all the details about Divya Desams in and around Kumbakonam and Tanjore. We have plans to visit Kumbakonam. A really useful blog. Please keep up the service.

PRabhu S said...

Thank You for the kind words.


Raghav said...

Thanks for such a detailed account.
I'm planning a trip to visit the Divya Desams in the Thanjavur/ Kumbakonam belt between 29-31st July (I'll be travelling on the 28th night by train from Chennai to either of Thanjavur or Kumbakonam, whichever you recommend as a better starting point for covering the Divya Desams). On 31st afternoon, I wish to travel to Kalyanapuram and on 1st morning/afternoon travel back to Chennai (preferably by the Cholan express).

Would it be possible for you to suggest an itinerary for the same? I'll be travelling solo (in case it helps you provide a plan accordingly).

Thanks in advance!

Anonymous said...


Very good information. Very helpful to all devotees.
I plan to be in kumbakonam in October 2015 for a day between 7.00 am to 7.00 pm to visit the Divya Desams. Arriving from myladuturai at 7.00 am by train.

I will need to take the train to trichy from tanjore by 7.00 pm.

Please suggest the route to be followed. My mother will be with me ( senior citizen).

I can contact sarvanan as per your direction. How much will the cab charge be. Approximate.

Thank you


PRabhu S said...


Oppiliappan - 730am-830am
Thiru Cherai - 9am-930am
Nachiyar Koil - 10am-11am

Nathan Koil (there is a short cut from Nachiyar Koil to Nathan Koil)
- 11.15am-12noon


4pm - 630pm

Aathi Varaha Perumal

( all are within a km of each other)

The cab will be as reasonable as you can get in Kumbakonam.
( refer my name if you so wish, though that is not required. Or you may just say you got his number online)


vadai69 said...

Dear Mr Prabhu

Excellent work you are doing and May God Bless you for this wonderful effort. Scholors say Adiyarku Sevai seivathe mikka unnadha sevai and you are blessed to do this.

With Warm regards
Irumbanur Vadaiyem

PRabhu S said...

Thank You for the kind words.

Geetha anand said...

We are very much impressed by your details......we planned to visit kumbakonam this weekend.....kindly let us know good accommodation and also a cab with reasonable charges for two days....

Prabhu.S said...

Places to stay:

Andavan Ashram just behind Sarangapani Koil Temple Tank is available next week Monday-Friday. - GOOD ROOMS

ac 800 per day

Non AC 400 per day

Phone: 0435 2401185

It will be good....Lot of traditional people opt for this place...

2. If you are going by train, retiring room at Kumbakonam stations is another option. There are AC/Non AC rooms/ Family room. That is a safe place to stay.

Cab: Contact Saravanan @ 99945 46416. He will charge you a fare rate.
You can refer my name, if you so wish. Not referring is also fine...


Srinivasan Iyengar said...

Dear Shri.Prabhu,
My wife and self would like to visit Divyadesam and Abhimanastalams temples at Kumbakonam,Tanjore,Nagapatinam,Mannargudi during first week of Jan2016.Arriving at Kumbakonam from Chennai on 7 th Ja,leaving Mannargudi on 10 th Jan.Can you suggest the following
1.Good guide to take us to all Divyadesams in a planned manner
2.Taxi at Kumbakonam,the same can be used to go to Tanjore and Mannargudi.
3.Planned to stay at Raya's grand at Kumbakonam.
4.?Schedule of visits
Looking forward your reply on my email Or
Thanking you,

PRabhu S said...

You may talk to Saravanan ( Cab). He will take you around Kumbakonam, Thanjavur, Mannargudi and Nagai. He knows all these temples.

He will charge a fair rate.

Day 1 morning ( Jan 7):

Aathi Varaha Perumal

Day 1 evening - 4pm-9pm

Pulla Bhoothangudi
Thiru Mandankudi ( 1km from Pulla Bhoothangudi) - Thondaradi Podi Azhvaar Avathara Sthalam
Nathan Koil

Day 2 ( Jan 8) 1st half ( 6am-12noon)
Oppiliappan (6am)
Nachiyar Koil
Thiru Cherai
Thiru Kanna Mangai

Day 2 2nd half (4pm-9pm)

Thiru Kannangudi
Thiru Nagai
Thiru Kannapuram
Mudikondan Ramar

Day 3 Jan 9 ( 8am-12noon)

Thanjai Maa Mani

2nd Half (4pm-9pm)

Punnai Nallur Ramaar


If you are planning to return on 10th Jan night from Mannargudi, then you may do Therezhendur / Thiru Velliyankudi / Oothukadu on 9th 1st half.

You can then do Kapisthalam......on 9th 2nd half
and do Punnai Nallur, Vaduvur, Mannargudi on 10th 1st half...

Hope this helps


RAGHAVAN said...

my family of 4 sr..citizens wish to cover vaishnava divyadesams in and around Kumbakonam and sirkali,We are starting from Chennai in taxi on 23rd instant 7 am. Mr Prabhu please suggest which place to start from and sequence of travelplaces with timings of visit and place to stay. we have three days at our disposal. kindly mail information, thanks RAGHAVAN

Prabhu.S said...

Day 1;

Singiri Kudi - Narasimhar: 9am-930am (10 kms after Pondy just off the Cuddalore Highway)
10am -11am: It will be 9th day Desikar Avathara Utsavam at Thiruvahindrapuram Divya Desam
(if you are not keen on the above two, then you can reach Sirkazhi by 1030am)

1030am -11am Thadalan Divya Desam
11.30am – 1230pm: Thiruvali and Thiru Nagari
1pm-5pm: Thiru Nangur Temples
(can talk to the Bhattars to see if they can keep it open during this time / you may also talk to them)

Indhalur Divya Desam:6pm
Vaanamutti Perumal, Kozhi Kuthi ( 6kms from Mayavaram) – 7pm-730pm
Therezhendur: 8pm-830pm

Night Stay at Kumbakonam

Day 2: 8am-12noon

Athanur 8am
Pullam Bhoothangudi 830am
Thiru Mandangudi (Thondarapodi Azhvaar Birth Place) – 2kms from the above place – 9am
Kapisthalam- 945am
Koodalur- 1030am
Oothukadu – 1115am
Nathan Koil- 12noon

Day 2 : 4pm-9pm:

Aathi Varaha Perumal

6am : Oppiliappan
730am: Nachiyar Koil
9am : Thiru Cherai
10am : Kodaivasal
11am : Thiru Kannamangai

If you are okay, you can return to Madras from Kannamangai via Kannapuram, Sirupuliyur Divya Desam.

You can stay at Andavan Ashram behind Sarangapani Temple :0435-2401185

or at Iyengar Guest House: 99449 63800
( You will like this. cost: approx: Rs. 1000 per day)


Raggavan said...

Dear Prabhu sir, thanks for the prompt response to my request for the guidance. I talked to the Bhattacharya of Sirkazhi and Annan koil who had suggested to take a guide with us from Annan koil and from what they said we find that 1pm to 5pm no temple will be open. therefore we advanced our time by an hour, starting from Chennai ADYAR at 6 am. Hope with your best wishes we would be cowering all diva desams in and around Kumbakonam and Sirkali, thanks in advance, Raghavan

PRabhu S said...


Very Happy to hear this.

My prayers for your good darshan.


Geetha anand said...

Hello sir.....
We visited kumbakonam in the beginning of this month.....we visited opiliappan,nachiyar koil,thirucherai,kanamangai,kannapuram, athanur,aduthurai,....all
Now want to visit Tanjore.....we want to know the divyadesams in and around Tanjore.....just two days stay only.....
If we puyup in Tanjore will it be OK.....
Please guide us sir......

PRabhu S said...

Yes, you can stay in Thanjavur:

Thanjavur Railway Station has very good retiring rooms or there are a number of hotels within a km of the station:

1. Thanjai Maa Mani Divya Desam ( 3 temples)

2. Kandiyur Divya Desam ( 5kms from above)

3. Kalyanapuram Srinivasa Perumal Temple ( 2kms from above)

4. Punnai Nallur Kothandaramar ( 6kms from Junction)- Saligrama Ramar

5. Vaduvur Ramar - 25kms from Thanjavur

6. Perumpuliyur Sundararaja Perumal Temple ( 4kms from Thiruvayaru)- historical temple ( from Kalyanapuram this is 6kms via Thiruvayaru)

7. Varagur Venkatesa Perumal temple ( 15kms from Kandiyur)


Geetha anand said...

hello sir....
We are planning for two days......The temples which u said can be visinted in one day i hope so...... so please guide us for two days sir........

PRabhu S said...

If you are going up to Varagur and if you are doing it by car, you may also visit Senthalai Anantha Padmanabhaswamy Temple( - This is just under 15kms from Varagur.


Koviladi Appa Kudathan Divya Desam (12kms from Senthalai) and Anbil Divya Desam ( about 10kms via short cut new bridge)

(Varagur, Senthalai, Koviladi and Anbil are close to each)

the next day:

You may visit Gandharvakottai ( - 30kms towards Pudukottai


Malayadipatti (

-this is 20kms from Gandharvakottai ( if you are using car)

You can cover Gandharvakottai and Malayadipatti in one half of a day

for the 2nd half of day 2, you can visit:

Thittai Perumal temple (


Melattur Perumal temple (

both of these are on the same route

But this will work only if you are going by car.

If you aren't, you can try Thanjavur- Kumbakonam passenger train and get down at Thittai station. Auto from there to the temple will cost Rs. 50.

However, from here to Melattur, buses will be infrequent.


RAGHAVAN said...

Dear Prabhu sir,
with your good wishes and prayers we completed the tour of DD in kumbakonam and Sirkazhi.
The guidance and timings given by you was very useful and precise. Thanks. Now we 4 sr. citizens wish to go to D/D of Malai Desam and Pandiya Desam and Guruvayoor. Kindly guide us with similar guidance as to which place we need to fix as our center and the timings to be followed by us during this tour. We wish to go by train from Chennai and go to Guruvayoor first. We have 4 days at our disposal Also suggest whether Oct.3rd week will be ideal for the trip. Thanks in advance. Raghavan

Prabhu.S said...

Kerala Divya Desams:

From Guruvayoor, you may visit Thiru Naavai and Thiru Vithuvakodu ( near Pattambi) both on the Shoranur- Mangalore rail route

By Car, this will take less than one hour from Guruvayoor.

After finishing Thiru Naavai and Thiru Vithuvakodu, you may take a train from Thiru Naavai or Pattambi or Shoranur to Kochi for the 1st night stay at kochi).

If you start back from thiru Navai at 11am/12noon, you should be able to reach Kochi by 3/4pm.

If you use a cab at Kochi, you can visit the two DDs around Kochi - Thiru Kaatkarai and Thiru Moozhikalam on the 1st evening.

You may stay at Kochi on the first night:

From Kochi, you may take an early morning train to Chengannur Railway Station ( say 4am/5am train)

There, you may use the cab services of Mohan @ 99466 73868 to cover 6 Divya Desams ( Thiru Puliyoor, Thiru Chittaru, Aranmula, Thiruvan Vandur, Thiruvalla and Changanacheri)- a number of late night / early morning trains ply on that route from Kochi.

Since the temples open at 430am/5am, it would be good to reach the first temple by 5am ( Thiru Puliyoor) on the 2nd morning so you will be able to cover these 6 temples by 1030am/11am.

From Chenganacheri, you can take a train / bus to Trivandrum after 12noon/1pm after lunch - you will be able to reach Trivandrum in 3-4 hours
( buses are very fast on that route and there are some nice deluxe buses)

You may visit Thiru Ananthapuram DD on Day 2 evening.

On day 3 morning, you can take a train from Trivandrum to Marthandam. From Marthandam you may take an auto or bus to Thiru Vattaru
(I can organise an auto service there to pick you from Marthandam and to drop you back at Marthandam)

After that you can visit Thiruvan Parisaram near Nagercoil on the 3rd morning before 1130am.

If interested you may visit Suchindram/ Kanyakumari on 3rd evening and you may take the KK express back to Madras.

Or you may visit Thiru Kurungudi and Vanamamalai and return the next day.

PS: I visited all these Divya Desams by bus/ train...

Can organise Cab in any of these places if you so wish.

94440 40748

viji 1984 said...

Hi Sir, We r reached 14th 2 clock nit stay thirukarukavur bcoz we r planing to 15th mrg pooja at this temple return only nit train , so please tell the plan 108 dd temples and other famous temple near kumbakonam

PRabhu S said...


On your way back from Thiru Karugavur, you may visit:

Oothukadu Kalinga Narathana temple ( Samprokshanam will take place later this month) - 8kms from Karugavur


Avoor Pasupatheeswarar temple ( A Mada Koil built by Ko Chenganan Chozhan) - 2 kms from Oothukadu

If you reach before 12noon, you may also visit Patteeswaram
( 4kms from Avoor)

Nathan Koil Divya Desam - 3kms from Patteeswaram

( You may visit any of these 4 four temples after Thiru Karugavur in the first half of the day. All these four are on the Karugavur - Kumbakonam return route)


2nd Half: 4pm to 9pm

Sarangapani Divya Desam
Ramaswamy Temple
Chakrapani temple
Aathi Varaha Temple

( all these four temples are within a km of each other in the heart of Kumbakonam)

viji 1984 said...

Thank u sir and please tell 14th 2 pm to nit any possible to visit temples