Venkatachalapathy Swamy Temple (Oppiliappan Temple)

Thirunageshvaram, Kumbakonam(Tk)


Main Deity  : Sri Venkatachalapathy Swamy/ (Vishnu)

Ambal : Sri Bhoomadevi

Other Deities : Oppiliappan, Maniappan, Ennappan, Markandeyan, Ramar, Seetha, Lakshmanan, Hanuman

Temple Tree : Thulasi (Basil plant/ Ocimum tenuiflorum)

Prominence of the Shrine : This shrine is the 13th among the 108 Dhivya Desam. This shrine is celebrated as ‘Vaikundam’ and ‘South Tiruppathi’. The Lord here is believed to be the brother to Thiruppathi Venkatachalapathy. Hence any type of prayer or offering or vow to the Lord at Tiruppathi can be offered here. Devotees offer at this shrine celestial Marriage, Thirumanjanam, Garuda Sevai, taking around Golden Chariot etc. and fulfill their vows. While the Perumal is taken around the streets, he is taken along with His consort Thayar. There is no separate shrine for Thayar here. Every month on the day of ‘Sravanam’, as the ‘Sravana Deepam’ is taken along, the devotees are offered ‘holy presage’ (foretelling) called ‘Arulvakku’. Among the 108 Dhivya Desam, only in this shrine, Perumal worshipped with offering without salt. Marriages are conducted in large number here.

Temple History : The temple history is explained in ‘Brummanda Purana’. Once upon a type Markandeyan was worshipping lord Vishnu here and found a small girl (who was Goddess Sri maha Lakshmi) under a Tulsi plant. Goddess lived in Markandeyan’s home for many years. One day Lord Maha Vishnu arrived here and asked Markandeyan to give her daughter (Maha Lakshmi) to marry him. Markandeyan said that she is still a kid so she may not know proper cooking and if she forgets to add salt in the food then you will get angry. Lord Vishnu replied back saying that he will accept the food without salt also. From that day, the Prasad to the god is offered here without a salt.

who worshipped here : Markandeyan, Garudan, Cauvery

Poets who sang its praise : Thirumangai Azhwar, Poigai Azhwar, Peyazhwar

Temple Timings : 6.00 am to 12.30 am - 4.00 pm to 9.00 pm

Pooja Details : Six times a day

Temple Festivals : Vaikasi – Vasantha Uthsavam – 6 days,

Aavani – Pavithra Uthsavam – 5 days,

Purattasi – Brahmotsavam – 10 days,

Aippasi – Thirukkalyana Uthsavam – 12 days,

Margazhi – Irappathu, Pagal pathu – 20 days,

Thai – Theppa Uthsavam – 5 days,

Panguni – Brahmotsavam – 12 days.

Nearest Town : Kumbakonam

Address : Sri Venkatachalapathi Swamy Temple,
Oppiliappan Kovil, Thirunageswaram (Po.),
Kumbakonam (Tk.),
Thanjavur (Dt), PIN – 612 204.

Telephone No : 0435-2463385

Hotel Near Venkatachalapathy Swamy Temple (Oppiliappan Temple), Thirunageshvaram :

1.Sivamurugan Hotels(6.7km from Temple)

60 Feet Main Road, | Near New Bus Stand,

Kumbakonam 612 001, India

Ph: 096000 00384


2.Sara Regency (9.1km from Temple)

45/1 Chennai Road, Kumbakonam 612002, India

Ph:082200 05555


3.Quality Inn VIHA (5.6km from Temple)

New Railway Road, Kumbakonam,

Tanjore, Tamil Nadu 612001

Trichy Road, Namakkal

Ph:0435 255 5555


4.Hotel Green Park (7.3km from Temple)

No. 10, Lakshmi Vilas Street,

Kumbakonam, South India - 612001.

Ph :(0435) - 2402853 / 2403914


5.Hotel Vinayaga - Kumbakonam(5.7km from Temple)

132C, Kamaraj Road,

Kumbakonam- 612 001

Tamilnadu, India

Tele : +91 435 240 03 56

Telefax : +91 435 240 03 57

Mobile: +91 822 001 9 122

Reservation No: +91 4296 272 110

Restaurant Near Venkatachalapathy Swamy Temple (Oppiliappan Temple), Thirunageshvaram :

1.Venkatramanaa Hotel

No 40, TSR Big Street, Kumbakonam HO,

Kumbakonam - 612001, Near Gandhi Park

Ph : +(91)-9442130736


2.Sri Balaji Bhavan

1, Sasthra College Road,

Kumbakonam HO, KUMBAKONAM - 612001

Ph : +(91)-435-2424578


3.Hotel Shanmuga Bhavan

16, Kumbeswarar South Street,

Kumbakonam HO, KUMBAKONAM - 612001



4.Gowri Shankar Hotel

No 47, John Selvaraj Nagar,

Kumbakonam HO, Kumbakonam - 612001

Ph : +(91)-9443131276 ,+(91)-435-2431177

 tel  : (91)-435-2430736


5.Rayas Garden Restaurant

No 18 Rayas Hotel, Head Post Office Road,

Kumbakonam HO, Kumbakonam - 612001

Ph :+(91)-435-2423170, 2423171, 2423172, 2423173"


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