Friday, July 8, 2011

Tiruvinnagaram- Uppiliappan temple, Kumbhakonam , Tamilnadu

This an important divya desam of Vishnu and the Lord here resembles the Tirupati Balaji. This the place where He married Boodevi , the daughter of Markendaya Muni. Here She is enshrined in the sanctum itself.  The legend is that as Boodevi cooked food for the Lord with out salt when he appeared as an old man to marry  her so as to avoid marriage to an old person. But the  Lord accepted the food and revealed himself as Vishnu and married Boodevi. In this temple salt is not used when offerings are made to God, hence the name uppila..appan (Uppu means salt in Tamil)

There is also a shrine for Aanjaneya just outside the sanctum.

This temple is 7 Kms from the town of Kumbhakonam.A must see for those who visit Kumbhakonam as the beauty of the idol adorned with silks and jewels cannot be described in words.
The temple is just one Km from Tiru Nageshwaram - the temple famous for Rahu , one of the nine planets . Shall post soon about that too.
How to reach- Kumbhakonam well connected with rail, road . Nearest airport is at Trichy.
 Accommodation- Good hotels are available in Kumbhakonam town itself.


30 comments:

Kiran Bajaj Sawhney said...

Absolutely magnificent.

Team G Square said...

Nice temple and nice legend .

chitra said...

Thanks Kiran.

chitra said...

TGS,
Thanks.

R. Ramesh said...

u r donig such a gr8 job buddy...real proud of u..

R. Ramesh said...

doing:)

Mridula said...

The related stories are as fascinating!

KParthasarathi said...

I have visited this magnificent temple.It is good to see the pictures again.Thanks

Asha said...

I have been to this temple and the main deity is so rich and beautiful that i could not take my eyes off the idol. Though I did not have the prasadam here. like you said salt is not added but I heard eventually it tastes as though salt is added.

Beautiful photos chitra. so well shot. it looks as though the pictures are alive.

chitra said...

Rameshji,
Thanksngo....

chitra said...

Mridula, thanks.

chitra said...

KP, thnaks.
Asha,
I tasted the prasadam and we do not feel it is saltless.

raji said...

nice description o uppaliyappan.nice story also.

chitra said...

Raji, thanks.

EC said...

Have been there several times...love the peace in the temple..nice coverage

....Petty Witter said...

Another fascinating post, thank you.

chitra said...

EC, thanks.
PW, Thanks

Arti said...

Beautiful post as always Chitra... Always wait for your posts, they transport me to Southern India seamlessly!!
Have a wonderful Sunday:)

Abhilash said...

Chitra, the temple looks really good. I have never heard about this before. The pictures are also good.

chitra said...

Arti,
thanks a lot.
Abhilash,
thanks.

sm said...

beautiful
like it

Martina said...

So full of details this temple - one can look and look for hours. Hope your day is lovely Chitra! xx

chitra said...

sm, thanks
Martina, thanks dear. Hope your day also fills with cheer.

? said...

These temples seem to have undergone extensive renovations...

chitra said...

?.
Could be , inside it looks pretty bright and new.

Sridharan said...

Nice to revisit through this post Chitra..!

babu said...

This is our Kula deivam and we hail from Village Kabisthalam, some 25 Kms East on Kumbakonam - Tiruvaiyaaru Road.

kjkj said...

Hi

Very nice and informative post, kindly request you to let me know if there are any buses direct from outside Trichy International Airport till Uppiliappan temple, and what will be the charges ?

Also please let me know the contact number of any known good, reputed driver or travels who can take me from Trichy Airport till Uppiliappan temple, and the approximate costs ?

Thanks for your help

chitra said...

kjkj- You will have to take a bus to Kumbhakonam first.From Kumbhakonam this temple is about around 5-7 Kms. You can even hire an auto to reach the temple.Almost all the hotels in Kumbhakonam have travel desk and would help you in organizing your tour. You can also visit the nearby temples like Rahu temple and Nachiyar koil. http://www.kumbakonamhotels.co.in/cheap-hotels-in-kumbakonam.htm..Hope this link will help you in locating..a good accommodation and transport.

chitra said...

http://hotels.bookingsonline.in/hotel/hotel-venkkatramanaa's-residency/233