Sarangapani Temple is a popular temple of Lord Vishnu, which is situated in the temple town of Kumbakonam. It is one of the Divya Desams, and this temple was mentioned in the sacred Vaishnavite text, Nalayira Divya Prabandham and this temple was praised by the Alwar Saints. This temple is also located nearby the holy River Kaveri.
The temple was beautified by the Cholas, Vijayanagar kings and Madurai Nayaks, and they also renovated and repaired this ancient Vishnu Temple. Lord Sarangapani had once appeared before sage Hemarishi, and offered his blessings. The temple follows six daily rituals at various timings, it functions from 5:30 a.m. and twelve yearly festivals are being celebrated at this temple. The temple chariot festival is considered to be the most famous festival, and it is celebrated during the Tamil month of Chittirai (March–April).
The Kumbabishegam ceremony of the temple was performed recently and this Sarangapani Temple is one of the biggest temples in Kumbakonam town. The main shrine of the temple contains the idol of Lord Sarangapani who can be seen in the form of resting posture. Apart from the main shrines, several other shrines can also be found inside the temple.
Sarangapani temple is as popular as Srirangam and Tirupathi temples. The temple is mentioned in various ancient Hindu divine texts, and this temple is also considered to be the earthly Vaikunta, which means, Vaikunta in the earth. The temple is one of the Mukti Stalams of Lord Vishnu.
The following festivals are being celebrated at this temple in a grand manner.
- Akshaya Tritiyai
- Chittirai Festival
- Sri Krishna Jayanthi
Saranga is the divine bow of Lord Vishnu, and Lord Sarangapani is the one who holds the divine bow, in order to protect his devotees from dangers and difficulties. He also kills our sins and diseases through his divine bow, and hence he is also called as Sri SarangaVishnu. Hence let us worship Lord Vishnu in the form of Saranga at this temple, and let us be blessed.
“OM SRI SARANGAPANIYE NAMAHA”