Sarangapani Temple - Kumbakonam
The Sarangapani temple is located in Kumbakonam and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It has the largest temple tower in the city and is one among the 108 temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The name of the temple came when Lord Vishnu came with a bow in his hand to ask for the Goddess Lakshmi in marriage. Sarangam means bow and pani means hand.
Sarangapani Temple - Kumbakonam - Tamil Nadu
Specialty Of The Temple
The Lord is seen in his reclining form blessing his devotees while under the Vaideeka Vimana. It is a popular belief that whatever prayed for in this temple is granted. This temple is considered to be one of the temples in the Nalayira Divya Prabandham.
History Of The Temple
As legend goes the Sage Hema rishi performed penance to lord Vishnu who blessed the sage with a daughter who was Goddess Lakshmi incarnate. She emerged from a lotus flower of the Potramarai tank where the sage was penancing and was thus named as Komalavalli (one who emerged from a Lotus).
Lord Vishnu descended from his home Vaikunta to marry the Goddess and stayed at a temple nearby to woo her. Eventually the sage gave his daughter’s hand in marriage to Vishnu who married her with one hand holding a bow.thus came the name of the temple.
The temple is open for worship from 7.00 am to 12.00 pm and 5.00 pm to 9.00 pm
Dress Code Of The Temple
There are no dress code for this temple but any attire that covers the whole body is considered appropriate.
Vaikunda Ekadasi, the Chithirai festival and the Vaikasi Vasantha festival are celebrated in this temple and special pujas are done to honor the god here.