Main god: sarangapani
God Vishnu offers darshan to enthusiasts as Sarangan alongside his consort Ranganayaki.
Sri Sarangapani Temple,
Kumbakonam – 612 001,
Chithirai Utsav in April-May; Thai Sankaraman Utsav in January-February; Vaikasi Vasantha Utsav in May-June; Masi float festival in February-March, Margazhi Vaikunda Ekadasi in December-January are the important festivals celebrated in the temple.
The temple is open from 7.00 a.m. to 12.00 and from 5.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
The temple is accepted to be of critical legacy, with commitments at diverse times from Medieval Cholas, Vijayanagar Empire and Madurai Nayaks. The temple is cherished inside of an enormous rock divider and the complex contains every one of the sanctums and the water groups of the temple. The Rajagopuram (the principle portal) has eleven levels and has a tallness of 173 ft (53 m). The Potramarai tank, the temple tank, is situated inverse toward the western passageway of the temple. Sarangapani is accepted to have showed up for sage Hemarishi. The temple has six day by day customs at different times from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and twelve yearly celebrations on its timetable. The temple chariot celebration is the most conspicuous celebration of the temple, celebrated amid the Tamil month of Chittirai (March–April). The twin temple chariots are the third biggest in Tamil Nadu, every measuring 300 t (660,000 lb). Sarangapani temple is viewed as third in the line of Srirangam and Tirupathi sanctuaries. The temple is worshipped in Divya Prabandham, the 7th–9th century Vaishnava ordinance, by Andal in one, Periyalvar in three, Bhoothathalvar in two, Thirumalisai Alvar in seven, Peialvar in two, Nammalvar in eleven and Thirumangai Alvar in 25 versesl. The temple is delegated a divyadesam, the 108 Vishnu sanctuaries that are respected in the Vaishnava group. According to a Hindu legend, Nathamuni, who aggregated Divya Prabandham by the twelve alvars, discovered just the initial ten verses sung on Aravamudhan. Nammalvar recounted the staying 3990 verses unknowingly while he was in profound contemplation and Nathamuni ordered every one of them. Pancharanga Kshetrams (likewise called Pancharangams, importance the ”five Rangams or Ranganathas”) is a gathering of five hallowed Hindu sanctuaries, devoted to Ranganatha, a divine being’s type Vishnu, on the banks of the Kaveri River. The five Pancharanga Kshetrams in the request of their progressive areas, on the banks of the Kaveri River are: The Srirangapatnam called the Adi Ranga, the first temple on the banks of the Kaveri River from the upstream side; the Srirangam (island in Tiruchirappalli) in Tamil Nadu known as Adya Ranga (the last temple), Appalarangam or Koviladi at Tiurppernagar in Tamil Nadu, Parimala Ranganatha Perumal Temple or Mayuram at Indalur, Mayiladuthurai and Vatarangam at Sirkazhi. The Sarangapani temple at Kumbakonam is specified set up of Vatarangam in a few references.
The Moolavar is Sarangan, and the thayar is Ranganayaki. God’s consort otherwise called Kamala Valli Thayar has a different sannidhi. Inverse to that, there is a sanctum for Patala Srinivasa Perumal. Here one needs to descend a couple ventures to achieve the altar. The fundamental temple has a lovely mandapam before the temple. The sanctum has two doors. One is known as the Uttarayana dwara and other one the Dakshinayana dwara as is in Tiruvellarai. The dakshinaya dwaram stays open from the Tamil month of Aadi to Marghazi (mid-August to mid-January) and the other entryway stays open from ( Mid-January-mid July) Thai – Aani.
Legend has it that there was a storm after the Dwapara Yugam; a pot of nectar and the seeds of creation were put in a pot (kudam) and set uncontrolled in the downpour. The floating pot settled at Kumbhakonam; and Shiva as Kiratamurthy, bearing a bow pierced the pot with a bolt, and spilt the nectar which streamed everywhere. The greater part of it streamed into what is presently the Mahamagam tank. It is trusted that all waterway Goddesses live in this tank. It is trusted that the nectar’s leftovers were blended with sand, and the Shiva lingam speaking to Aadi Kumbheswarar was made out of it. The Mahamagam tank is a scene of incredible celebration once in 12 years, in the month of Aquarius, when the moon and the planet jupiter adjust themselves in the zodiac indications of Leo. Several thousand people gather then to have a hallowed shower, when the celebration picture of Shiva from the Kumbheswarar temple is taken in parade to this tank on a silver rishabha vaahanam. Legend likewise has it Bhrigu muni entered Vaikuntham; and out of haughtiness kicked Vishnu on his mid-section, at having not been perceived and invited. Lakshmi left for the earth and settled on the banks of the Kumbhakonam tank. Bhrigu muni was renewed as Hema Rishi, and offered atonement; Lakshmi was reawakened as his girl, in the Mahamagam lotus tank, and he offered her in marriage to Sarangapani. Vishnu bears the Sarangam bow in his grasp. On the banks of the Mahamagam tank, are a few mandapams manufactured by Govinda Deekshitar (a priest of the Nayaks of Madurai who is additionally credited with building the Ramaswamy temple here at Kumbhakonam), for the gathering of divinities amid celebrations.