Rajagopalaswamy Temple Kumbakonam Thanjavur - History, Timings, Festivals & Address

Rajagopalaswamy Temple Kumbakonam Thanjavur

Rajagopalaswamy Temple Kumbakonam Thanjavur

Rajagopalaswamy Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located in Kumbakonam Town in Thanjavur District in Tamil Nadu. Presiding Deity is called as Rajagopala Swamy and Mother is called as Sengamalavalli. The temple is one of 5 Vaishnava Temples connected with the Mahamaham festival, which takes place in Kumbakonam every 12 years. There is another temple in the same name at Thoppu Street in Kumbakonam.

Rajagopalaswamy Temple Kumbakonam Thanjavur History

The Temple is believed to be around 500 years old. The Mahasamprokshanam of the temple was held on 19 June 2015.

Rajagopalaswamy Temple Kumbakonam Thanjavur

This Temple is facing towards east with three tiered Rajagopuram. Presiding Deity is called as Rajagopala Swamy. He is gracing from the sanctum with his consorts Rukmini and Sathyabama. His posture is similar to Mannargudi Rajagopala Swamy. Mother is called as Sengamalavalli. She is housed in a separate shrine. Her Shrine is situated to the right side of the sanctum.

There is a shrine for Srinivasa Perumal to the left side of the sanctum. He is gracing the devotees with four hands holding Shanga and Chakram. There are shrines for Anjaneya and Garuda in the Temple premises. Theertham associated with this Temple are Potraamarai Tank, Cauvery River and Arasalaru.

Rajagopalaswamy Temple Kumbakonam Thanjavur Festivals

Aadi Pooram, Navaratri, Masi Brahmotsavam, Akshaya Tritiya, Garuda Sevai and monthly Rohini Star days are the festivals celebrated here.

Religious Significance

Maha Maham Festival

Shiva Temples

Twelve famous Shiva temples in and around Kumbakonam participate in the famous Maha Maham festival during which Theerthavari happens in the Mahamaha Tank. This festival is celebrated once in 12 years in Kumbakonam.
These 12 Shiva temples are:
1. Kasi Viswanathar Temple, Kumbakonam
2. Aadhi Kumbeswarar Temple, Kumbakonam
3. Someswarar Temple, Kumbakonam
4. Nageswarar (Vilvavaneswarar) Temple, Kumbakonam
5. Kalahasteeswarar Temple, Kumbakonam
6. Gauthameswarar (Upaveethanathar) Temple, Kumbakonam
7. Koteeswarar Temple, Kottaiyur
8. Sakkottai Amirthakalasa Nathar Temple, Kalayanallur
9. Banapureeswarar Temple, Kumbakonam
10. Abhimukeswarar Temple, Kumbakonam
11. Aadhi Kambatta Visvanathar Temple, Kumbakonam 
12. Ekambareswarar Temple, Kumbakonam
Of them 10 temples are in Kumbakonam. The processional deities of these temples come to this tank during festival days.

Vishnu Temples

Also, 5 Vaishnava temples from Kumbakonam also participate in this festival. However, the Theerthavari happens in the river Kaveri instead of the Theerthavari in Mahamaha tank.
These Vaishnava temples are:
1. Saarangapani Temple, Kumbakonam
2. Chakrapani Temple, Kumbakonam
3. Ramaswamy Temple, Kumbakonam
4. Rajagopalaswamy Temple, Kumbakonam
5. Aadhi Varaha Perumal Temple, Kumbakonam

How to Reach Rajagopalaswamy Temple Kumbakonam Thanjavur?

The Temple is located at about 2 Kms from Kumbakonam Bus Stand and 3 Kms from Kumbakonam Railway Station. Kumbakonam is well-connected by road and rail with the rest of India. Kumbakonam is located at about 6 Kms from Thirunageswaram, 8 Kms from Patteeswaram, 9 Kms from Thiruvidaimarudur, 9 Kms from Nachiyar Koil, 15 Kms from Papanasam, 34 Kms from Mayiladuthurai, 35 Kms from Thiruvaiyaru, 40 Kms from Thanjavur, 42 Kms from Thiruvarur, 88 Kms from Trichy, 101 Kms from Trichy Airport and 283 Kms from Chennai.

There are regular government and private bus services to Chennai, Thanjavur, Mannargudi, Trichy, Chidambaram, Tiruppur, Mayiladuthurai, Nagapattinam, Coimbatore, Palani, Thoothukudi, Madurai, Sivagangai, Puducherry and Tirunelveli. The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) operates daily services from Bengaluru and Mysuru to Kumbakonam. 

Rajagopalaswamy Temple Kumbakonam Thanjavur Address

Rajagopalaswamy Temple
Nallicheri, Thanjavur 
Tamil Nadu - 614 206.

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