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    6. Venus (Sukran)

    Located Place: Kanjanur (Its Near Kumbakonam).

    Deity: Agneeswarar Goddess: Karpagambal (Karpagambigai).

    Thala Virutcham: Pala & Purasu.

    Theertham: Agni Theertham & Parasara Theertham.

    Sanctum: Agneeswarar & Karpagambigai.

    Temple Worship time: 8.00 AM to 12.00 PM & 5.00 PM to 9.00 PM.

    Temple contact no: 0435-2473737.

    About Kanjanur:

    The Kanjanur village located near Kumbakonam south India. And the main deity is Agneeswarar and his consorts’ Kapagambigai. And it’s only one temple for Venus (Sukran) (Navagraha in Tamil nadu).

    Agneeswarar temple is also called to as “Palaasavanam “, “Kamsapuram”“Bhrammapuri “ and “Agnistalam”.

    And the temple constructed during the period of 10 th century. And constructed by chola. And renovated by Nayak.

    The temple is revered by the verses of Thirunavukarasar and hence referred as Padal petra stalam. (36th Place).

    The God of Natarajar and Sivakami are placed in this temple within the Nataraja Sabai or Mukthi Mandapam. The Shiva Thandavam (Dance ) here is remarked as Mukthi Thandavam. Legend has it that Shiva blessed Paraasara muni with a vision of the cosmic dance – Mukti thandavam here.

    Kanjanur related to Parihara sthalam and performing “Kalathira Dosha pariharam“.

    History:

    The God of Vishnu Performed a Vamana Avatharam, when Lord Vishnu took the form of a small boy (Vamana Avatharam) and he asked Bali for 3 Footsteps of land, Asura Guru Sukracharyar had doubts about the boy. When Bali denied to attentive his advice, and he took the form of a bee and hid in the mouth of the Kamandalam from which Bali would pour water to donate the three steps of land, having had his wish, Vamana took his huge form of Avatharam and measured out Fist step of land and second is the sky, and as the 3rd step, placed his foot on Bali, blessing him.

    However Sukracharya was angry with Vishnu, and cursed him. It is believed that Vishnu prayed to Shiva (Linga) at Kanjanur, where he was relieved of the curse. Shiva not only blessed Vishnu here, he promised to remain and bless those who came with prayers to Sukran, (Navagraha) temples in this area.

    And there is no “idol or image” of Sukran at Kanjanur. It is Shiva himself who takes the position of Sukran here.

    At Kanjanur, Shiva called as Agneeswarar, for Agni (the Fire of god) is said to have prayed to him at this place, and the goddess is called Karpagambal.

    “The lord is believed to have blessed Brahma with a vision of his marriage to Parvati at this shrine“.

    Special Feature:

    The deity is Shukra (Venus) in Kanjanur. However, the main deity in the temple is that of “Agneeswarar” Lord Shiva. In concordance with the Saivite belief that Shiva is all-pervading, Shukra is believed to be located within the stomach of the idol of Shiva. Shukra is the teacher of the demons and the author of Sankranti.

    Sukra is generally shown with four hands, one hand riding upon a golden or a silver chariot drawn by eight horses. Another hands hold a staff, third is rosary, a vessel of gold respectively while the fourth one is held in varada mudra.

    The God of Shukra, most beneficial planet after Guru (Brihaspati), bestows his devotees with wealth and prosperity. If in a person’s horoscope, Shukra is well placed, then the person enjoys better life and wealth.

    An unfavorably Shukra positioned in ones horoscope causes eye ailments, indigestion, and impotency, loss of appetite and skin problems.

    Sukra thosam:

    Lord Sukran is offered white cloth, lotus ,Mochai and Athithi(Fig) to Lord Shukra is offered white Lotus, white cloth, mochai kottai (common bean) and aththi (fig) to Relieve the problems caused by Shukra dosham.

    Friday is the Special Day for Sukran and Ambal.

    Festivals:

    All the important festivals of

  • The festival in association with Haradatta Sivacharya is celebrated in the month of Thai (January-Feburary).
  • Mahasivaratri, Aadi Pooram, Navaratri, and Arudra Darisanam.
  • Travel Information: Thirukadaiyur to Kanjanur 41 Km ( Hrs. 13 Min).