Navagraha Temples at Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu



6. Agniswarar Temple


It is a Hindu temple in the village of Kanjanur, 18 kilometres north-east of Kumbakonam. The presiding deity is Sukra (Venus). However, the main idol in the temple is that of “Agniswarar” or Shiva. The temple was built by Chola Kings.Lord Siva blessed ParasaraRishi here with cosmic dance. Lord Shiva and Parvati in Kanjanur are worshipped as Agneeswarar and Karpagavalli Amman. Lord Shiva Himself is worshipped as Sukran and therefore the absence of a separate shrine for the Navagraha, Sukra.


Unlike other Navagraha temples, the main deity, Agneeswarar in the form of lingam depicts Lord Sukra. A special feature of the Linga of Agneeeswarar is that it absorbs all the oil poured on it during the process of Abishekam. By visiting this holy temple, all of our problems will come to an end, and we will get great pleasantness in our mind, and will be relieved from mental tensions and worries.

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