Uppiliappan Temple, Kumbakonam

Uppiliappan Temple is a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, located in Kumbakonam of Tamil Nadu. The temple is praised in the DivyaPrabandham, a sacred vaishnavite text. It is one of the 108 DivyaDesams dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Here Lord Vishnu is worshiped as Uppiliappan and Mata Lakshmi as Bhumi Devi.The temple is believed to have been constructed by the Chola Kings during the 8th century AD, and it was subsequently renovated by the great ThanjavurNayaks.

This temple was visited by many Vaishnavite saints and they have sung songs in praise of Lord Vishnu. As per ancient Tamil proverb, Lord Uppiliappan is praised as Lord Oppiliappan, which means he has got great significance than the other deities.

Uppiliappan is believed to have given darshan for sage Markandeya , Mata Bhoomadevi, Lord Brahma and Lord Shiva.

The temple follows six daily rituals and three yearly festivals. The chariot festival, is grandly celebrated during March–April, is the most famous one. Here Naivedyam for the Lord is offered without adding salt and distributed it to the devotees. By consuming the holy Prasad, all of our mental and physical diseases will be removed from our body, and we will get spiritual energy. Those who visit Kumbakonam must compulsorily visit this ancient temple, in order to get the grace of Lord Vishnu.

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