Uppiliappam Temple79 Votes Currently Open [Closes at 09:00 pm]
- Address: Arulmigu Venkatachalapathy Swami Thirukoil, Tirunageswaram, Kumbakonam- 612204, Thanjavur, India
- Timings: 06:00 am - 09:00 pm Details
- Phone: 0435-2463385
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Historical Site, Architecture
This temple is said to be a 1000 years old or even more than that. There is no proper evidence of when it was formed but there are many proofs of the Chola kings worshipping in this temple. Legendary story behind this temple is that Bhoomadevi approached Perumal and said that she also deserved a place in his heart as she was nothing less than Mahalakshmi. Perumal in turn told her that she would be born as the daughter of sage Markandeya and she would be known as Tulsi. According to this one fine day when the sage was offering his daily prayers he saw a little girl in the form of Bhoomadevi playing beside the Tulsi plant. He adopted her and named her as Tulsi. Soon after that one day an old man who was actually Lord Vishnu came and told the sage that he wanted to marry his daughter. As expected the sage simple rejected the offer and replied that his daughter was too small in his comparison and could not even cook with proper dose of salt. The old man then said that he was ready to eat food without salt also but he would not leave without marrying Tulsi. This is when Sage Markandeya realized that it was the Lord himself and happily married his daughter to him. This is when Lord Vishnu appeared in his actual form. From this time only Lord Vishnu is worshipped with a garland of tulsi leaves as she stayed in his heart.
This is the actual reason for the name of this temple as ‘Uppil’ means without salt. This temple is also known as Oppiliappam Temple as ‘Oppi’ means the unbeatable. Till now the food served to the deity here is cooked without salt.
The temple has a five tiered gateway structure all made of Granite. The premises contain all the shrines and tanks attached to it. The Sahasradhari plate and pot are made of gold for special prayers. There are golden sword, diamond crown and gold arm for the image of Hanuman. The shrine over the main temple is also coated with gold. The main temple has the standing idol of lord Uppiliappam. The other halls are for the idols of Tulsi and sage Markandeya. The holy birth spot of Bhoomidevi is also there in the Northern part of the temple premises.
There are two marble halls in the complex, one in which the festival deities are kept for rest and the other in which the Dolotsavam is celebrated. Along with these halls there are shrines of Rama, Lakshmana, Sita and Hanumana.
There is also a hall for yagnas, a library, and a hall for storing festival vehicles. There is a hall with eight beautifully carved pillars where the functions during the Annual Float festival. There is also a different shrines for day-to-day prayers.
Outside the temple complex there are two marriage halls, two gardens with pretty flowers and two places for parking big and small chariots. The chariot festival is the main festival celebrated during the month of Panguni for nine days.
Uppiliappam Temple Travel Tips
- The temple celebrates a number of festivals including RamaNavami and Holi.
- Photography is allowed inside.
- Wearing shoes is also allowed inside the temple premises.
- Beware of the crowd during festival times.
How to Reach Uppiliappam Temple
- Nearest airport is at Trichy.
- Nearest railway junction is Kumbakonam.
- Nearest bus stoppage is at Thirunageswaram.
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32.92% of people who visit Thanjavur include Uppiliappam Temple in their plan
50% of people start their Uppiliappam Temple visit around 06 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Uppiliappam Temple
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Uppiliappam Temple
Uppiliappam Temple Reviews & Ratings
peaceful temple to visit. I m going to this temple from my childhood days... u will feel relaxed in ur mind. don't miss this place. . . .
It's one of the oldest temples in Southern India. Vishnu is the main deity. Very powerful God. But priests are not polite. A bit tough. As well it is coming under Govt Hindu Endowment Board. So their domination is spoiling the temple and devotees. Since this is a very big temple with poor maintenance and cleanliness. No wheelchair. No proper car parking facilities.
it's basically my personal favourite temple. One of the best temples of Tamilnadu.. Only place where SALT is not allowed inside the premises as well as all items prepared here do not use SALT.
Neat and tidily kept temple. Very calm and ☮️ place for experience the inner peace. Wonderful visit if you're in Kumbakonam.
A piece of History standing tall next to temple city. This will make you feel you are midst of the chola regime . if you go there during weekdays evenings, it will be peaceful and soul enriching experience. sit there for a while , where you will get your inner cells recharged.