One of the 108 Temples & Celestial Abodes of Vishnu revered by the Tamil hymns of the Alwars of the 1st millennium CE

Location: Tirukkandiyur near Tiruvaiyaru
Chola Naadu)
Vishnu: Harasaapavimochana Perumaal
Taayaar: Kamalavalli
Theertham:Kapaala Theertham
Paasuram :Tirumangaialwar
Vimaanam:Kamalakriti Vimanam
Travel Base:Thanjavur
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Description: This Divyadesam is located at Tirukkandiyur, considered to be one of the Saptastanams of the famed Panchanadiswarar temple at Tiruvaiyaru, revered by the Tevaram hymns. In Tirukkandiyur, is the Tirukkandiyur Veerattam, the Shivastalam associated with the legend of Shiva having removed the 5th head of  Bhrama.

Deities: The Moolavar here is Harasaapavimochana Perumaal, in a standing posture facing East. Perumaal is also known as Brighunathar or Balinathar. The Utsavar is Kamalanathan. Taayaar here is known as Kamalavalli. Also here are shrines to Narasimhar and Chakkarattalwar.

The temple: Crowned with a 3 tiered Rajagopuram, this east facing temple has two prakarams. Across from this temple is the Tirukkandiyur veeratta Shivastalam.. Kamalavalli Nachiyaar is housed in a separate sanctum. There are also shrines to Narasimha, Garuda, Aandaal and the Alwars here. There are shrines to Bhrahma and Saraswati in the Shivastalam.

Legends; It is believed that the fifth head of Bhrama plucked out by Shiva, stuck to his palms; and it came unstuck only after Vishnu and Lakshmi offered alms into the stuck skull, hence the name Hara Saapa Vimochana Perumaal. The same legend is held at Tirukkarambanur and at Tirukkurunkudi.

This temple has two prakarams and a ragaopuram. Four worship services are carried out each day. The annual Bhramotsavam is celebraed in the month of Pankuni.

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