Hara Saabha Vimochana Perumal Temple in Thirukandiyur, a village in the outskirts of Thiruvayaru in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu.
Constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture, the temple is glorified in the Divya Prabandha, the early medieval Tamil canon of the saints from the 6th and 9th centuries AD. It is one of the 108 Divyadesam dedicated to Vishnu, who is worshipped as Hara Saabha Vimochana and his consort Lakshmi as Kamalavalli.
The temple is believed to have been built by the Medieval Cholas of the late 8th century AD, with later contributions from Vijayanagar kings and Madurai Nayaks. A granite wall surrounds the temple, enclosing all its shrines and its bodies of water. The temple has a 5-tiered rajagopuram, the temple's gateway tower.
Hara Saabha Vimochana is believed to have appeared to Hindu gods Brahma and Shiva, and King Mahabali. Six daily rituals and four yearly festivals are held at the temple, of which the Panguni Brahmostavam, celebrated during theTamil month of Panguni (April-May), is the most prominent.
The temple priests perform the pooja (rituals) during festivals and on a daily basis. As at other Vishnu temples of Tamil Nadu, the priests belong to the Vaishnavaitecommunity, a Brahmin sub-caste. The temple rituals are performed six times a day: Ushathkalam at 7 a.m., Kalasanthi at 8:00 a.m., Uchikalam at 12:00 p.m.,Sayarakshai at 6:00 p.m., Irandamkalam at 7:00 p.m. and Ardha Jamam at 10:00 p.m.
Thirukandiyur Divya desam Hara Shaba Vimochana Perumal temple is located about 11 KM from Thanjavur on the way toThiruvayaru.
This temple is being familiarly known as Kandiyur in memory of Lord Shiva, also known as Kandeeswarar, who got the salvation from the curse of Brahmmahathi Dhosham beacause of plucking the fifth head of Lord Bramha Devar.
This is the sacred place that relieved Lord Shiva Himself of His dosham. Hence, all the dhosams being faced by devotees will disappear if they come and pray here in Thirukandiyur Divyadesam, where the almighty is blessing as Hara Shaba Vimoshana Perumal with his consort Pooranavalli Thayar, who is also worshipped as Kamalavalli Nachiar. The Temple Vimanam is Kamalakruthi Vimanam.
According to the scriptures, the temple was built by Emperor Mahabali and is located between Kudamurutti and Vennar Rivers. It has a three-tiered Rajagopuram facing East with two prakarams. After Garudamandapam and Mahamandapam, Devotees can worship Harasapa Vimoshana Perumal in his Standing Posture.
The temple pushkarini Kapala Moksha Pushkarani is on the western side of the temple. Just opposite to it is the Padma Theertham alias Mahabali Theertham, there are shrines for Lord Narasimhar, Sudharsanar, Sree Andal, and the Azhwars in outer prakaram. Kamalavalli Nachiyar is blessing in the separate shrine