Uppiliappam Temple, Thanjavur

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  • 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
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About Uppiliappam Temple, Thanjavur

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 Information

  • 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 by Public Transport

  • Nearest airport is at Trichy.
  • Nearest railway junction is Kumbakonam.
  • Nearest bus stoppage is at Thirunageswaram.

Restaurants Near Uppiliappam Temple

  • Thanmayi Restaurant
  • Shrathas Restaurant
  • Murugan Cafe
  • Durga Bhavan
  • Diamond Restaurant
  • Hotel Karthik
  • Sewel Amitha

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Things to Know Before Visiting Uppiliappam Temple

  • 52.44% of people who visit Thanjavur include Uppiliappam Temple in their plan

  • 68.22% of people plan their visit to Uppiliappam Temple between 4 PM - 5 PM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Uppiliappam Temple

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Uppiliappam Temple

People normally club together Airavateswara Temple and Gagaikonda Cholapuram while planning their visit to Uppiliappam Temple.

People also prefer to end their day with Uppiliappam Temple.

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Uppiliappam Temple, Thanjavur Reviews

  • It is not clear from the inscriptions and records as to when the temple was initiated, but there are inscriptions from the Medieval Cholas period indicating generous gifts to the temple. There are two inscriptions recorded from the Naganathar Temple in Tirunageswaram. The epigraph numberered 211 of 1911 on the northern wall of the central shrine indicates gift of gold jewel worked in gems and pearls to the temple from the Chola king Parakesarivarman alias Rajendra Chola I (1012–44 CE). The second inscription numbered 218 of 1911 on the southern wall of the same shrine indicates a gift of land to the temple

  • 13th of the 108 Divyastalams of Sri Perumal. Divine place very Near to Thirunageswaram temple. He said to be the elder brother of Sri Tiruppati Sri Venkateswara. No good hotels available.Car parking by the side of the temple

  • Temple is located in kumbakonam and bus facilities to temple is ok .Divine and good holy experience. Temple got a holy pond where we can take bath.but it need to be cleaned and also elephant who bless the devotes on the entrance. Its crowded on Saturdays and some important days, devotees .staying near temple is bit difficult as we found difficultly in finding a good room.

  • This temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara the beauty of Chola construction the temple is also dedicated to Lord Rama There is even an elephant where we can feed it 😊😊 It is situated in the outskirts of kumbakonam Govinda Govinda

  • great Vaishnvite temple. a must visit if one visits kumbakonam. only 5 kms from kumbakonam bus terminus/railway station.

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