Kumbakonam – Sri Ramaswamy Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Ramaswamy Temple

Period of origin

Before 1500 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Ramaswami

Thayar: Sita

Pushkarani: pottramarai kulam

Sthalapuranam:

Dasaratha King of Ayodhya was sad as he had no issues to look after the kingdom after him.  As advised by Guru Vasishta, he conducted a yajna called Puthrakameshti Yajna seeking child boon.  To establish Dharma on Earth Lord Vishnu was born to him as Rama from his first queen Kausalya.  Vishnu’s Adisesha and conch were born as Lakshmana and Satrugna to his their queen Sumitra. Bharatha representing Vishnu’s discus was born to the second queen Kaikeyi and was a symbol of Dharma himself.  Rama, Lakshmana, Bharatha and Satrugna were born on very auspicious days with Punarvasu, Pushya, Aslesha as their birth stars respectively.  All the four brothers were a living and practical example in human forms of the rule of Vedas.  Rama and Lakshmana were close to each other while Satrugna was close to Bharatha. Bharatha, an outstanding example of the political dharma of the days, ruled Ayodhya as its acting Governor of Rama from the Nandhi Grama placing Rama’s sandals on the throne.  He ruled till the return of Rama from his exile after 14 years.

Their wives excelled their husbands in upholding Dharmas. No power on earth could separate the brothers.  They were united by soul and mind.  Lord Sri Rama in the temple appears as on the Coronation Day in Ayodhya with His consort Mother Sita who suffered untold suffering during their exile, Lakshmana who was only happy to share the hardships of jungle life along with his brother, Bharatha and Satrugna whose sacrifice deserves all praise and Sri Anjaneya who was the soul of Rama in deciding His final victory over Ravana.  After Ayodhya in U.P. this is the temple in Kumbakonam in the coronation style, a pilgrim town known for its famous temples and Theertha importance.

Lord Sri Rama and Mother Sita are seated together in the sanctum sanctorum in wedding posture.  In Other temples they grace from their separate shrines. Devotees believe that praying in this temple would bring them a match with a sacrificial quality for the sake of the other.  Satrugna is on the left of Lord with a Samara fanning his brother, Bharatha holding the Royal Umbrella and Hanuman on the right and Lakshmana appears with his bow as usual.

Sri Anjaneya graces here with a Veena against his usual appearance with a club.  He is free here from the war mind and singing the glory of Lord Rama.  This also shows that Sri Hanuman is not only an erudite scholar but a good musician too. He is holding the Ramayana epic in one hand.  It is said that He is singing the Ramayana story.  The temple has all the features that Ramayana tells us and is a feast to Rama bhaktas.

Sri Rama Navami is celebrated in the temple with special pujas in March-April – Panguni Tamil month. On the Masi Maga day in February-March, Lord Sri Rama and Mother Sita visit the Maga Magam Temple Tank for a bath and offer Theertha Prasad to devotees.

Route:

The temple is at the southern end of the Big Bazaar Street in Kumbakonam

Temple Timings:

6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.

Temple Telephone Number:

0435 2401788

Temple Address:

Sri Ramasamy Temple,

kumbakonam-612001,

Thanjavur

Koonthalur – Sri Jambukaranyeswarar Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Jambukaranyeswarar Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Jambukaranyeswarar

Ambal: Ananda Valli

Sthala Theertham: Kumara Teertham

Sthala Virksham: Vilvam

Thirupuzhal : Arunagrinathar

Sthalapuranam:

Lord Siva of Koonthalur is known as Jambukaranyeswarar and His consort’s appellation is Ananda Valli.  The legend has it that a strand of Sita Devi’s hair fell here while she was bathing in the tank and hence this place is called Koonthalur. This is the place where a fox worshipped Lord Siva and hence Lord Siva is known as Jambukaranyeswarar.

Although the presiding deity of this temple is Lord Siva, Koonthalur is more popular as a Murugan Temple. The holy tank Kumara Teertham was created by Lord Kumaraguruparan. Lord Murugan’s shrine in this temple is in the eastern corner which is unique, with Ganesha’s shrine to our left and Murugan’s shrine to our right. In this temple Murugan’s shrine is also on the highest platform. Another special feature of this temple is the Saneeswaran’s shrine opposite Lord Murugan. Lord Murugan here graces devotees with His consorts Valli and Devasena and His peacock facing the left.

Arunagirinathar, in one of his Kandar Alankaram verses, proclaims that adverse planetary effects cannot harm us so long as Lord Murugan’s grace is upon us. Propitiation of Koonthalur Kumaraguruparan relieves us of the malefic influence of Saneeswaran (Saturn) caused by our past karma. Lord Murugan is enshrined in the eastern side of the temple casting a sideward glance towards Lord Saneeswara enshrined in the north eastern corner of the temple.

Sage Roma Rishi worshiped Jambukaranyeswarar and did penance here for several years. He could transform the hair strands of his beard into gold and used this mystic power to help the poverty stricken people of that area. Lord Siva decided to play a divine sport on His devotee, so one day Roma Rishi found he was unable to bring out gold from his beard. Upset at this, he shaved off his beard and went straight to the temple without taking a bath Since it was imperative for the body to be unblemished by dirt before entering the temple, Lord Murugan and Lord Ganesha, stopped him at the threshold. But Lord Siva Himself came out of His abode to give darshan to His devotee and proved mental purity is more important than physical cleanliness.

Saint Arunagirinathar has extolled Koonthalur Kumaragurubaran in one of his Thiruppugazh hymns beginning with ‘haraiyinil vegu vazi sarndha  mudanai. The first part of the song is full of self-condemnation. Arunagirinathar, taking upon himself all the vices, misdeeds and short comings of others, rues his indulgence in carnal pleasures and earthly delights. He pleads with Lord Murugan to bless him with His devout worship. In the second part the saint elucidates Lord Murugan’s valour and praises His benevolence. “You are the nephew of Lord Rama whose single arrow pulverized the powerful sword held by the twenty shoulders of ten-headed Ravana.  You direct the scholars who deliberate on the sagas of your devotees, celestials, sages and philanthropists towards the path of liberation. You obliterated the demons who did not supplicate at your feet bedecked with jingling anklets, and the demons who violated the rules of warfare. “Oh! Lord of Koonthalur! You are the master of Lord Siva, who happily consumed the deadly poison and retained it in His throat.”

Route:

The temple is at a distance of 20 kilometers from Kumbhakonam city en route to Poonthottam

Temple Timings:

7.30 am to 11 pm and 5 pm to 7 pm

Temple Address:

Sri Jambukaranyeswarar Temple

Koonthalur

Poonthottam (via)

Nachiyar Kovil (P.O)

Kumbakonam

Thanjavur dts

Komal – Sri Rajagopala Swamy Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Rajagopala Swamy Temple

Period of origin

Before 1500 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Raja Gopalan

Thayar: Rukmini and Satyabama

Sthalapuranam:

Lord Sri Krishna manifests Himself in Komal as Raja Gopala along with His consorts Rukmini and Satyabama. Furthermore, the Lord also gives darshan in His Venugopala and Madanagopala forms in this temple, thus making it a treat for Krishna devotees everywhere. This sacred Komal land is very dear to Lord Krishna.

Once Sri Brahma, in an act of arrogance and defiance, used his maya power of delusion to hide the cows of Brindavan that were so lovingly tended to by Lord Sri Krishna. This resulted in much chaos amidst the villagers, but Lord Krishna decided to teach Brahma a lesson by creating a brand new set of cows. Seeing this power of creation wielded so effortlessly by the young Sri Krishna, Brahma realized his folly and begged forgiveness at the Lord’s feet. He also restored the cows that he hid with his mayashakti.

Brindavan now had a bit of a problem on its hands. It had twice the number of cows all of a sudden – the Gokula cows hid by Brahma and the Gopala cows created by Lord Sri Krishna. But this problem was just a stage set up by the Lord who transcends time and place for yet another divine leela. In a trice, the Lord magically transported the Gokula cows and the Gopala cows to the southern and northern halves of Komal and tended to them in this village made sacred by His blissful and playful presence!

Once when the Universal Mother Parashakthi took the form of a cow in Komal, Lord Sri Krishna took form yet again as Gopala to stand guard.

There was also a time when Mothers Lakshmi, Saraswathi and Parvati took human forms in Komal to personally experience the vagaries of the human heart, mind and body and the problems arising there from. They did this to show us that it is by suffering through problems that one can overcome the karma that caused them in the first place. The Mothers then blessed humankind with remedies through the Siddhas.

The enthusiastic participation of rama nama writers and the untiring efforts of the volunteers have ensured Rama Nama pradishta at this temple for 36 crores time on the year 2009.

Route:

Komal is 8 km from the branch road in Kuttalam on the Kumbakonam-Mayiladuthurai route. Bus and auto facilities are available from Kuttalam.

Temple Timings:

6 am to 12 pm and 4 pm to 8 pm

Temple Telephone Number:

95002 84866

Temple Address:

Komal – 609 805,

Kuttalam Taluk,

Nagapattinam.

 

Avarani – Sri Ananthanarayana Perumal Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Ananthanarayana Perumal Temple

Period of origin

Before 1500 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Ananthanarayana Perumal

Thayar: Alangaravalli Thayar

Pushkarani: Chakara Theertham

Sthalapuranam:

Here The Lord laid in the pose of having Marakal (container to mesure rice), which show the symbolic way he protects his devotes who comes to this temple.

This famous ancient Vaishnava kshetra blesses the ardent devotees with the darsan of a colossal size of Lord Ranganatha measuring thirty feet in length. Its resemblance to the Anantha Padmanabhaswamy of Tiruvananthapuram in the immensity of size and posture does not end there itself, but continued in other features like the garbhagriha having three doors to enabling the devotees to view Him from head to feet. The face of the Mulavirat is made visible from the first door, chest from the second and legs and feet from the third. And lo! He is also called Anantasayana Perumal. The superb artistry of the sculptors deserves equal veneration, since its proportions, polish, decoration are exemplary and inimitable. The legends are many and they converge on one point, that it is in this holy kshetra, Mother Sita embellished herself with all the jewels left here before going to further South. On the return journey to Ayodhya, after dushtasamhara she took them back. Among Maharshis Brighu and Markandeya worshipped this Lord and achieved their object. The temple has given equal importance to Saivate gods as evidenced by the Saivate symbols at several places, thereby establishing abheda between Hari and Hara, says the priest exuberantly. It is a very big temple with vastness in everything like towers, courtyards together with a great number of mandaps for parivaradevathas and imposing towers. Agamic worship is offered with due veneration. And the annual festivals are conducted with great eclat luring huge crowds.

Route:

3 km from sikkal busstand

Temple Timings:

6 am to 12 pm and 4 pm to 7 pm

Temple Address:

Sri Anthanarayana perumal Temple

Avarani

Sikkal (P.O)

Tiruvarur

 

Senthalai – Sri Meenkshi Sundreswarar Temple.

Name of the Temple

Sri Meenkshi Sundreswarar Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Sundareswarar

Ambal: Meenakshiamman

Sthala Theertham: Chandra Theertham

Sthala Virksham: Vagai Maram

Sthalapuranam:

In ancient period this place was called as chathurvethimangalam,it is also called as Tiruperumthurai. As the lord is worshiped by a Ghantharva sthree named chandrarekai this place came to known as chandrarekai alis Senthalai. Twenty episode of lords fame has been said in Brahamakaivantham ancient book, in that it has been said that   in Kritha Yuga this Temple stands i n the name of Bhramaraniyam, in Tritha Yuga called as Jambukachivaram, in Dhuvabra yuga called as Brikathkacham, in Kali Yuga called as Chandrarekai (Senthalai).

A unique factor in this temple is as evidence of Ghantharva sthree worshiped lord; one can witness a hand print appears on the left side of somaschandrar idols head this happens only on January rathasabthami day. On that day the temple will be filled with devotees.

As per legends, Bhramadeva made a great yaga to the lord here, hence to please with his sin, he built this great temple and made kudamooluku which was contacted in great manner it is said that as River Cauvery came in fast to witness Bhramadeva’s Pooja she tumbled the vessels all around so she is called as Kudam(vessels) uruti (tumbled) river.

Once upon a time , Madurai Ruler was attracted by Buddhism, he converted into it as a result he stopped all poojas in Madurai Meenakshi amman temple and locked it, dispersed queen left Madurai and settled at senthalai. One day lord appeared in her dream an instructed her to renovate this temple ,and also said has he also shifted with her, the lord will be called as Sundhareswara and ambikai is called as Meenakshi.

Inside the premise we can see seprate shries for lord Vishnu, Bhram andSabthakanni,

Route:

The temple is about a kilometer from Varagore temple.

Temple Timings:

7 am to 12 pm and 4 pm to 8 pm

Temple Telephone Number:

Temple Address:

Sri Meenakshi Sundreswarar Temple

Senthali (Po)

Nadukavery (via)

Thiruviyaru (TK)

Thanjavur Dts

Nallicherry (Nandi mangai) – Sri Jambunatha Swamy Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Jambunatha Swamy Temple

Period of origin

Before 1500 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Jambunatha

Ambal: Akhilandeswari

Sthala Theertham: Cauvery

Sthala Virksham: Vilvam

Sthalapuranam:

One of the seven Saptha matrika temples associated with Kaumari. The Siva temple Lord Jambunatha facing West  and Goddess Akhilandeswari  is located 1/2 kilometres away from the Agraharam – on the North.  The Lord faces the burial ground, 1 kilometre on the West and bestows his divine vision during cremation to attain Moksha by the deceased. This is a rare arrangement, not available in most of the villages or Towns . Lord Siva is also worshipped by Sun God in February and March for third days continuously in the evening. His rays falling on the top, middle and bottom portions respectively of the Sivalingam . Nandikeswara worshipped the deity  and did penance here to obtain panchakeshara siddhi, which he could not get at Thiruvaiyaru  about 6 kilometres from here. This village originally called Nandi Mangai according to sthalapuranam, is now known as Nallicherry.

Waves of spiritual ecstasy roll over Lord Nandiswara, the divine vehicle of Lord Shiva, as Siva’s kazhal, the leg ornament brush Nandi’s sides. But Lord Nandishwar also longed for the touch of Shiva’s lotus feet on his body. So Nandeeswara conducted 1008 Pradosham poojas with utmost sincerity and devotion. As a result of this sincere puja, Lord Siva satisfied devoted Nandi’s longing at this Nandhimangai temple.

The village is one of the Sapthasthalas forming seven Holy Kshetras in and around where the annual SapthaSthanam festival is held in the month of Panguni . The Dieties from the main temple Chakkarappalli are taken in a procession in very huge “kannadippallakkoo” weighing more than 2000 Kgs by bearers on bare foot over more than 40 Kms in two days nonstop except for few hours halt at Kudamurutti river sands for the fireworks show at 4 am . This was the only major unique festival of the area which was / will be well remembered by young and old and was eagerly awaited upon . The huge crowd of pilgrims going on foot along with the pallakkk is absent today as all the color and glitter of those days. Being celebrated these dayson a low level with hardly any public fund and interest.

Route:

The temple is located at Nallicheri on the road which branches left from the Aiyampettai – Thanjavur road past the Pasupathi Temple. It is near both Soolamangalam and Ayyampettai.

Temple Timings:

7 am to 12 pm and 4 pm to 7 pm

Temple Address:

Sri Jambunatha Swamy Temple

Nallicherry

Aiyampettai (P.O)

Kumbakonam (Taluk)

Thanjavur dts

 

Thanjavur – Sri Prasanna Venkatesan Perumal Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Prasanna Venkatesan Perumal Temple

Period of origin

Before 1000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Prasanna Venkatesan

Thayar: Alamelumangaia, Padmavathi Thaayar

Pushkarani: Cavery

Sthalapuranam:

A beautiful old temple situated in the heart of Thanjavur is the Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal Koil. Built during the period of Achutha Nayakar by Maratha King Pratap Singh, the temple is right in the centre of the famous four Raja Streets of Thanjavur. In earlier times, the Lord was called ‘Malai Eriya Perumal‘.

It is believed that Lord Vishnu appeared one night in the dreams of Pratap Singh as Venkatesa Perumal. Answering the King’s prayers, Lord is said to have asked the King to pick up the idol of the Lord along with the Thaayar lying behind in the temple tank and install at the temple here. One has to climb about 10 steps to reach the temple. Believed to be a Prarthana Sthalam, Prasanna Venkatesan Perumal is said to solve all the problems of devotees.

On the Northern side of the temple Vishwaksenar Sannidhi. There area also sannidhis for the 12 Azhvaars, Adi Kesavaperumal and Krishnan with Rukmani and Satyabhama. About 100 yards to the East of this temple is the South Facing Lord Ranganatha temple.

One of the highlights in the year, is the special kutcheri every evening at 6pm for 15 days beginning Aadi Amavasai. On the 10th day, the Utsava deity, decorated in a special alankaram is taken out on a street procession.

It is said that Muthuswamy Deekshithar, one of the Sangeetha Mummurthigal, composed Sri Prasanna Venkatesa Bhajegam in Vasantha Bairavi Raagam in praise of this Lord.

Chitrai Utsavam, Puratasi Brahmotsavam, 18 Garuda Sevai, Aipasi(Revathi Nakshatram)and Aavani(Thiruvonam) Thiru Kalyana Utsavam, Margazhi Adhyana Utsavam During Hanuman Jayanthi in Margazhi, Lord Hanuman is taken out on a street Procession.

Route:

This temple situated in the heart of Thanjavur,it is right in the centre of the famous four Raja Streets of Thanjavur.

Temple Timings:

7am-11am and 5pm-830pm

Temple Telephone Number:

04362 224008

Temple Address:

Sri Prasanna Venkatesan Perumal Temple

Nalukal Mandapam

Mella vethi

Thanjavur

Vaduvur – Sri Kothandaramaswamy Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Kothandaramaswamy Temple

Period of origin

Before 1500 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Kothandaramar, RajaGopalan

Thayar: Sita, Rukmini, Satyabhama, Shengamala Thaayar

Pushkarani: Rama theertham

Sthala Vriksham: maghizha maram

Sthalapuranam:

Here the main deity, Sri Kodhandaramar along with Sri Seetha Piratti, Lakshmanar and Hanuman appear in ‘Thirukalyana kolam’ and this temple is particularly special since the utsavars also appear in this same state. The original Perumal in this place is Sri Gopalan with Goddesses Rukmini and Sathyabhama. The other holy names for Vaduvur are Vagularanyam (magizhankadu), Bhaskara Kshetram and Dhakshina Ayodhi. Vagula maram (maghizha maram) is the sacred tree of this sthala.

When Rama spent 14 years in the forest and was preparing to leave for Ayodhya, the rishis prayed in earnest asking him to stay with them. The feeling of separation from His holy presence melted their hearts. Torn between duty and love, Rama sent them away for the time being and starts thinking about their request. He then created His own enchanting divine form as a deity and left it outside the ashram.

The rishis who came to see Rama and Seetha the next day were spellbound by the beautiful deity. They were fascinated by its magnificence and went inside the ashram to repeat their entreaty to Rama. Rama asked them whether they wanted Him or the statue placed at the threshold. The rishis, enamored by the deity’s beauty and still under its spell, told Him that they wanted the deity.

Rama, with a smile, agreed to their request and leaving the statue behind, left for Ayodhya. Later, the natives of Thirukannapuram brought the deity and established it in their village. Time passed by and later they themselves, during a certain period, took the Ramar deity and the deities of Seetha, Lakshmana, Bharatha and Hanuman themselves and made it to Thalai Gnayiru, a village near Thiruthuraipoondi and buried them under a tree.

Years rolled by and it was the time when Sarabhoji King ruled Thanjavur. One day, Lord Rama appeared in the king’s dream and told him to unearth the deities from Thalai Gnayiru. He asked the king to establish and worship the deities. The king awoke and proceeded immediately, with his entourage, to Thalai Gnayiru and unearthed the deities. When the king and his entourage were preparing to leave, the natives of the place prevented the king from taking the deities. The king managed to convince them and as compensation left the deities of Bharatha and Lakshmana behind with them. He took possession of Rama, Seetha and Hanuman statues and on his way rested at Vaduvur.

The people of the village (known for their unity) came to know about the idols and pleaded with the king to establish the deities in their Rukmani-Sathyabhama samedha Gopalan temple. Initially, the king refused but when the villagers threatened to jump from the tower of the temple and commit suicide, he relented. He allowed them to establish the idols and since then Rama has been the main deity in the Gopalan temple.

Later, the deity of Lakshmana was also sculpted by the people of Vaduvur. It appeared like a woman and so the villagers established it as Sundari Amman and built a separate temple for her. They sculpted another deity of Lakshmana and today Rama with Seetha and Lakshmana stand majestically to bless the devotees at this temple.

It is said Kanva Maharishi worshipped in this temple and was blessed with the darshan of Sri Kodandaramar. Likewise, Kulasekara Perumal also was blessed with the Lord’s darshan.

10 day Panguni Brahmmotsavam in March-April following Sri Rama Navami is celebrated in the temple.

Route:

24 kms South East of Thanjavur off the Pattukottai Highway and 14kms West of Mannargudi

Temple Timings:

8 am – 12 noon, 4.30 pm-8.30 pm

Temple Telephone Number:

04367 225398

Temple Address:

Sri Kothandaramaswamy Temple

Vaduvur

Mannargudi Tk.

Thiruvarur District.

Pincode : 614 019

Govindakudi – Sri Gomukthiswarar Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Gomukthiswarar Temple

Period of origin

Before 1500 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Gomukthiswarar

Ambal: Mangalambika

Sthala Theertham: Shera Thadakam

Sthala Virksham: Vilvam

Sthalapuranam:

This Temple is located in between kumbakonam and avoor. The historical name of this place is Gomukthiswaram now it’s known as govindakudi, This temple was constructed by early Cholas and renovated by chettiar community it is believed that the linga installed by sage vasistar.

As  per legends, Vasistar was visiting south region Siva Temple, when he crossed this place he got a inner feel to stay here. As it was the commend of Lord Siva he stayed there and installed a ling for his daily pooja, for the routine ritual he need many pooja things, he got everything except milk he was in deep sad on seeing his position lord send kamadenu(sacred cow) to this place and provided milk for anointing the lord, thus kamadenu reached this place, hence this placed as called  Go (Cow) mukththiswaram (stayed place).

And in the premise we can see a sepreate shrine for sree sulani one of the navadurga. devottes prays here for their welfare and family problem to be get solved offering pomegranate flower and nine gee deepam.

Route:

Bus facilities from Dharasuram available to this place, This temple is on the kumakonam to avoor main Road.

Temple Timings:

6 am to 11 pm and 4 pm to 7 pm

Temple Address:

Sri Gomukthiswarar Temple

Govindakudi

Dharasuram(P.O)

Kumbakonam

Thanjavur Dts.

 

ஸ்ரீ மகா கணபதி ஆலயம் கணபதி ஆக்ரஹாரம்

ஸ்ரீ மகா கணபதி ஆலயம்
கணபதி ஆக்ரஹாரம்

கணபதி ஆக்ரஹாரம் இந்த கிராமத்தின் பெயர் இவ்வூரில் அமையப் பெற்ற புகழ்பெற்ற
ஸ்ரீ மஹா கணபதி ஆலயத்தின் பெயராலேயே அழைக்கப்படுகிறது.

அகஸ்திய முனிவரால் இந்த ஆலயம் நிறுவப்பட்டது,
முனிவர் கௌதம மகரிஷி வழிபட்டுள்ளார்.

ஸ்ரீ கணபதி அக்ரஹார மக்களால் மிகவும் சக்தி வாய்ந்த கடவுளாக வணங்கப்படுகிறார்.

ஸ்ரீ காஞ்சி மகாபெரியவாவுக்கு மிகவும் பிடித்தமான ஆலயம்.

பொதுவாக, முருகனின் வாகனமாகத்தான் மயில் கருதப்படுகிறது. ஆனால், இக்கோயிலில் உள்ள கணபதிக்கும் மயில்தான் வாகனமாய்த் திகழ்கிறது. எனவே, இந்தக் கணபதியை மயூரிவாகனன் என்றும் அழைக்கிறார்கள்.

கணபதி அக்ரஹாரம், பெரிய கிராமம். காவிரி சுழித்துக் கொண்டோடும் எழில் கொஞ்சும் பூமி. தெய்வங்களும், ஞானிகளும், மகரிஷிகளும் விரும்பி தங்கிச் செல்லும் தீர்த்தக் கட்டத்தைக் கொண்டது. மூன்று ஸ்நான கட்டங்களிலும் மடம் உண்டு. அவற்றில் கீழ் துறையிலுள்ள மடம் பெரியது. இங்கு விஜயம் செய்யும் துறவிகள் பலரும் கீழ்த்துறை மடத்தில் தங்குவார்கள். சாதுர்மாஸ்ய, வியாஸ பூஜைகள் நடக்கும். சங்கர ஜெயந்தி உற்சவமும் கொண்டாடப்படும். சங்கர ஜெயந்தி சமயத்திலும், சாதுர்மாஸ்ய சமயத்திலும் பல வித்வான்கள் கிராமத்திற்கு வருகிறார்கள்.

பல நூற்றாண்டுகளுக்கு முன்னர் இந்த இடம் வறட்சியால் பாதிக்கப்பட்ட உலர்ந்த நிலமாக இருந்தது.

அகலியையின் கணவர் கௌதம மகரிஷி தனது ஆசிரமத்தை விட்டு வெளியேறிய நேரம். (அகலியை சாபத்தால் ஒரு கல் ஆக ஆக்கிய நேரம்) பின்னர் இந்த கிராமத்திற்கு வந்தார். கிராமத்தைச் சேர்ந்த மக்கள் கௌதம மஹரிஷி அவர்களின் மாண்பை உணர்ந்து, மழை கடவுளை
அழைத்து மழையை பெய்விக்க வேண்டினர்.
நிலத்தை வளமான நிலமாக மாற்றுவதற்காக அவரைக் கெஞ்சி மழையை பெய்விக்க வேண்டினர்.

அத்தகைய ஒரு வறட்சி காரணமாக கௌதமர் ஆச்சரியப்பட்டார், மகரிஷி அகஸ்தியரால் வணங்கப்பட்ட ஒரு கணபதி, மண்ணில் புதையுண்டு போய் இருப்பதை உணர்ந்தார்.

மாலைக்குள் அந்த சிலையைத் தேடி எடுத்து வர கிராம மக்களை அவர் கேட்டுக்கொண்டார்.
சந்திரன் மாலை வரும் முன் சிலையை வெளியே கொண்டு வந்தனர் மக்கள் கௌதமரும் சடச்சார மந்திரத்துடன் கணபதியை பிரதிஷ்டை செய்தார்.
பிரதிஷ்டை செய்தவுடன்
மழை மேகங்கள் உருவாகி கிராமத்தில் ஒரு பெரிய மழை பெய்தது . மகா கணபதியை தினமும் தரிசனம் செய்ய காவிரியும் தன் பாதையை மாற்றிக்கொண்டாள்.
அந்த கிராமம் வழியாக தனது பயணத்தைத் தொடர்ந்தாள். கிராமம் வளமானதாக ஆனது.
மகா கணபதியால் கிராமம் வளர்ந்ததால், அது கணபதி அக்ரஹாரம் என பெயரிடப்பட்டது.

ஸ்ரீ ஸ்ரீ மகா கணபதி கோயில்

சிறிய கோவில்
அழகான கோவில்.
வண்ணமயமான முக்கிய நடைபாதை வழியாக நீங்கள் துவாஜஸ்தம்பம் வந்தால் துவாஜஸ்தம்பத்தில் கணபதி ஒரு சிறிய உருவமாக செதுக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது. அவரை தரிசித்து பின்

காஞ்சி மஹா பெரியவரின் பெரிய ஓவியம் பக்தர்களை வரவேற்கிறது. கணேச புராணம் சுவர்களில் சித்தரிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது.

கருவறையில் உள்ளே மகா கணபதி, அழகிய செதுக்கப்பட்ட பீடத்தின் மீது 5 அடி உயரமாக அமர்ந்துள்ளார்.
அவரது மோசிக வாகனம் ஒரு பிரார்த்தனை நிலைப்பாட்டில் அமர்ந்திருக்கிறது.
கணபதியின் தும்பிக்கை வலது நோக்கி வளைந்திருக்கிறது.
வலம்புரி விநாயகராய் அறியப்படுகிறார்.

செவ்வாய்க்கிழமைகளிலும் வெள்ளி கிழமைகளிலும் மற்றும் சதுர்த்தி அன்றும் ஸ்ரீ மகாகணபதி வெள்ளி கவசம் மற்றும் அழகான நகைகள் கொண்டு அலங்கரிக்கப்படுகிறார்.

பிரகார சுவர்கள் சுற்றி பல அழகான
ஓவியங்கள் தீட்டப்பட்டுள்ளன.

ஆலயத்தின் தென் கிழக்கே ஒரு சிறிய நந்தவனம் (தோட்டம்) உள்ளது.
அந் நந்தவனத்தில் வன்னி மற்றும் வேப்ப மரம் கோவிலின் ஸ்தல விருட்சமாக உள்ளது.

ஸ்ரீ விநாயகர் சதுர்த்தி தினத்தன்று இந்த கிராமத்தில் ஒரு தனித்துவமான முறை நடைமுறையில் உள்ளது,
யாரும் வீட்டினில்
களிமண்ணால் செய்யப்பட்ட விநாயகர் சிலையை வைத்து
விநாயகர் சதுர்த்தி பூஜையை செய்வதில்லை .
அதற்கு பதிலாக ஒவ்வொரு வீட்டிலும் தயாரிக்கப்பட்ட கொழுக்கட்டைகள் இந்த ஆலயத்திற்கு எடுத்து வரப்பட்டு பூஜை செய்த பிறகு பிரசாதமாக வீட்டிற்கு எடுத்துச் செல்கின்றனர்.

திருவிழாக்கள்

விநாயகர் சதுர்த்தி இந்த ஆலயத்தில் மிகவும் பிரசித்தி பெற்றது.
வருடாந்த ‘பவித்ரோத்சாசம்’, மாதாந்திர சதுர்த்தி பூஜை பெரிய
அளவில் கொண்டாடப்படுகிறது.

கும்பகோணத்தில் இருந்து 25 கி.மீ.
கும்பகோணத்தில் இருந்து
சுவாமி மலை கபிஸ்தலம் பின்னர்
கணபதி அக்ரஹாரம்.
காலை 6 மணி முதல் 12 மணி வரை, மாலை 4 மணி முதல் இரவு 8 மணி வரை கோவில் திறந்திருக்கும்