Agneeswarar Temple – Kanjanur


Kanjanur Agneeswarar Temple.

Agneeswarar Temple lies 18 Kms from Kumbakonam while travelling towards Poombuhar. The deity of Shiva showed himself in wedding attire to Brahma, so the devi is in his right side. God Agni, got his ailments cured by praying to the lord here, hence the name Agneeswarar for the deity in this particular temple. In most of the temples, the history will say that the lady was in penance to marry the God. But in this particular temple, the God was in penance to marry the Devi. It is said that bachelors visiting this temple will get married soon.

Brahaspathi and Sukkiran learned under the same Guru Aangirasa. While Brahaspathi was accepted as supreme teacher of Devas, Sukkiran became the supreme teacher of Asuras. With a very hard penance, he got the trick of resurrecting dead people from the God. He was also present in Mahabali’s court when Mahavishnu in his Vamanavathar asked for three feet of land to the king. Sukkiran stops Mahabali from accepting the offer. But Mahabali is a man of his words. Before he could cement his words by sprinkling holy water, Sukkiran takes a form of bee and stops the water from coming out of the vessel. A worried Mahavishnu takes a grass and in the pretense of chasing the bee out hurts Sukkiran and blinds him in an eye. That is how Mahavishu gets his Sukkiradhosham.

Mahavishnu prayed here to get rid of the Sukkiradhosham since then whoever has sukkira dosham in his horoscope and visits this temple is blessed with good marriage, great wife and kids, a own house, good artistic side etc

Devas were fighting an Asura named Andhagasuran. His troops were coming back to life, thanks to Guru Sukkiran even after the Devas killed them. The clueless Devas complained about this to Lord Shiva and he for time being swallowed Sukkiran to make Devas win the battle. Because of that Sukkiran do not have a seperate sannithi in the temple. All the prayers that is supposed to happen for Sukkiran will happen for the main deity as Sukkiran was inside Lord Shiva.

The Gopura faces South. When we enter the temple, you can see the separate sanctum of Lord Ganapathi to our left and Kashi Viswanatha and Visalatchi Devi to our right. The first sanctum in the temple is Devi Karpagambigai. Next is Agneeswarar. Both these sanctums face east.

The temple which has its own history is also one of the Navagraha temple which specializes in Sukkiran. Kanjanur is a very small village. You cannot find a stay or a good eatery in Kanjanur. But you can stay in Hotel Sadhabishegam and cover most of the Navagraha temples with ease.


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