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Hara Saabha Vimocchana Perumal Temple



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

Do & Don't

Do & Don't


  • Do pray your Ishta Devata before pilgrimage to Temple.
  • Do contact Temple Devasthanam information centre for enquiry, temple information and for Pooja details etc.
  • Do reserve your travel and accommodation at Temple well in advance.
  • Do bath and wear clean clothes before you enter the temple.
  • Do concentrate on God and Goddess inside the temple.
  • Do maintain silence and recite your Istamantram to yourself inside the temple.
  • Do observe ancient custom and traditions while in Temple.
  • Do respect religious sentiments at Temple.
  • Do deposit your offerings in the hundi only.

Don't s:

  • Do not come to Temple for any purpose other than worshipping of God and Goddess.
  • Do not smoke at Temple.
  • Do not consume alcoholic drinks at Temple.
  • Do not eat non-vegetarian food in the Kshetram.
  • Do not approach mediators for quick Darshanam. It may cause inconvenient to others.
  • Do not carry any weapon inside the temple.
  • Do not wear any head guards like helmets, caps, turbans and hats inside the temple premises.
  • Do not perform Sastanga Pranama inside the Sanctum Sanctorum.
  • Do not take much time while performing Sparsa Darshanam to God in Garbhagriha.
  • Do not buy spurious prasadams from street vendors.
  • Do not encourage beggars at Temple.
  • Do not spit or create nuisance in the premises of the temple.

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