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    Ragu (Dragan’s Tail)

    Located Place: Kabisthalam (Gajendra Varthan Kovil) located near Kumbakonam

    Deity: Gajendra Varathar (Vishnu) Goddess: Ramamani valli, Ponthamarayal (Lakshmi) .

    Thala Virutcham: Magizhamboo

    Theertham: Gajendra Puskarani, Kabila Theertham

    Agama/Pooja: Vaikanasa Agama

    Historical Name: Thirukavithalam

    How to reach: within 19 km from kumbakonam Bus Stand.

    Old Year: 1000 – 2000 years old

    Temple Worship time: 7. 00 AM to 12.00 PM & 5.00 PM to 7.30 PM

    Temple contact no: 04374- 223 434

    About Thirunageswarm (ThiruVinnagaram):

    The Village Kabisthalam located near Kumbakonam, Tamilnadu, south India. And the main deity is Gajendra varathar (Vishnu) and his consorts Ramamani valli (Lakshmi) and it’s only one of the temple for Ragu (Navagraha in Kumbakonam).

    “Gajendra Varadha Perumal Temple in Thirukkavithalam, a village in the outskirts of Papanasam in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is dedicated to the Hindu god Maha Vishnu”.

    It is one of the 108 Divyadesam dedicated to Vishnu, who is worshipped as Gajendra Varathar and his consort Lakshmi as Ramamani valli.

    The temple is Constructed by Cholas and renovated by Madurai Nayak. Separate shrines for the consort of Oppiliappan Perumal (Vishnu), and the Deity is Bhumi Devi (Lakshmi).

    The temple is glorified in the Divya Prabandha, the early medieval Tamil canon of the Azhwar saints from the 6th–9th centuries AD. It is one of the 108 Divyadesam.

    This temple is one of the Panchakanna (Krishnaranya) Kshetrams.

  • Loganatha Perumal Temple Thirukannangudi.
  • Gajendra varadha Temple Kabisthalam.
  • Neelamegha Perumal Temple Thirukannapuram.
  • Bhaktavatsala Perumal Temple Thirukannamangai.
  • Ulagalantha Perumal Temple Thirukkovilur .
  • Kannan refers to Krishna, the avatar of Vishnu, while panchameans five and Kshetrams refers to holy places. Four of the five temples are situated in Chola Nadu (Thanjavour) , Tamil Nadu.

    There are five similar temples located in North India, called Pancha-dvarakas. Krishna is not the presiding deity in any of the temples. The processional deity, Krishna, led to the derivation of the names of these places. In Kabisthalam, Kannan is referred as "reclining Lord in the river banks".

    It was earlier not clear on whether the verse refers to the temple. But it has been concluded that the verse "Aatrankarai Kidakkum Kannan" meaning the Lord on the banks of the river refers to Gajendra Varadar in this place.

    Religious scholars consider this place is a unique Vishnu temple as he descended to rescue to an animal, while he appeared in all other places to rescue sages, celestial bodies or demons.

    History:

    The King Indrajumman was a staunch lord Vishnu devotee. He will ever be drowned in the thoughts of lord Vishnu and would not be anything without prayer to the lord. During his meditation none would call on him on him and too would not grant audience to any.

    It’s happened that during his Pooja time, sage durvasa known for his temperament came to see him but had to wait .as he could not meet the king for a long time. He entered his kudil the mediating room and stood before him.

    The angry sage shouted that the king would be born an elephant in as he was proud of his Bakthi.the king woke up from his meditation and sought the pardon of the sage holding his feet. Durvasa took pity on him and and said that even as an elephant.

    He would still be a staunch Vishnu devotee and added that a crocodile would hold his leg while bathing in a tank perumal would rush to his rescue when he cried Aadimoolame. The sage said that he would be relieved of the curse and attain salvation.

    A Damoon, kohoo by name was residing in a tank and had the habit of pulling the legs of those coming for a both and harshed him which he did to sage Agastya too. The angry sage cursed him to become a crocodile. When begged for the relief. The sage told to the demon that he would be relived of the curse when he caught the legs of Gajendra.

    Lord Vishnu would rush there to secure the elephant when his discuss would hit him and the curse would disappear. The curse of two sages met in kabila theertham east of the temple. When Gajendra cryed “ Aadhimoolame “ for relief from the grip of the crocodiles teeth , lord rushed, cut the crocodile and protected Gajendra and granted salvation thus goes the story.

    Festivals:

  • There are weekly, monthly and fortnightly rituals performed in the temple.
  • The Gajendra Moksha Leela celebrated in the Tamil month of Adi (July–August).
  • Brahmmotsavam are the major festivals celebrated in the temple, along with all Vishnu related festivals.