Uppiliappan Temple, Main deity Lord Vishnu in a standing posture with the Conch and the Disc similar to Tirumala Temple. Lord can be seen here with Abhaya Hastham (Boon giver). Bhoomi Devi and Sage Markandeya will be seen on either side of the deity. Temple is one of the 108 Divya Desams (Holy abodes of Lord Vishnu)
Uppiliappan Temple Legends
As per the Legends, Sage Markandeya was blessed with a girl child who emerged from the Earth after a strict penance, who was named as ‘Bhoomi Devi’. The child was so devoted to the Lord that He wanted to marry her. Markandeya submitted his daughter before the Lord and said that his daughter was so young and did not know how to cook. He also said that the Lord might well have to eat food without salt! So gracious was the Lord that he assured Bhoomi Devi’s father that henceforth he would avoid salt and eat food prepared without Uppu (Salt). Hence the name ‘Uppiliappan’.
Vaishnavite saints Poigai Azhwar, Peyazhwar, Thirumangai Azhwar and Nammazhwar have composed 47 verses called Pasurams on this temple and its presiding deity.
Devotees are not allowed to take Salt or any food item with Salt after Garuda Shrine.
Uppiliappan Temple Timings
Morning Hours: 6:00 am – 1:00 pm
Evening Hours: 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Uppiliappan Temple Address
Arulmigu Venkatachalapathi Swami Thirukoil,
Oppiliappan Koil, Thirunageswaram,
Kumbakonam, TamilNadu.Pincode – 612204
How to reach Uppiliappan Temple?
- The nearest airport is at Tiruchirapalli which is 114 km away.
- Temple is 5 km from Kumbakonam Railway station. Kumbakonam station is well connected with Southern India.
- Direct buses to Kumbakonam is available from all parts of TamilNadu.
Uppiliappan Temple Gallery
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Reference Link: Temple History