Navagraha Temple famous for lord Shukra (Venus)

In Famous Temples of Tamil Nadu (India), Kanjanur is a village in the Thiruvidaimarudur taluk of Thanjavur district, Tamil Nadu, India. It is situated on the northern bank of the Kaveri River about 18 kilometres north-east of Kumbakonam. It is one of the nine Navagraha sthal of the Cauvery Delta and is famous for Lord Shukra (Venus).  Navagraha Temple famous for lord Shukra (Venus). As per mythology here ‘Nandhi’ (bull) made of stone ate grass. This has happened when one of the Brahmin inadvertently placed bands of grass on the cow-calf resulting in its death. And the Brahmin was wailing inconsolably fearing sin of killing cow. Haradatta, the utmost devotee of God Agneeswara asked the Brahmin to offer grass to the stone nandi.

Lord Agneeswara (Shiva)
Lord Agneeswara (Shiva)


God shiva is named as “Agneeswara” in this temple. Agni is said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here and hence the name Agneeswara. Goddess Parvati is known as Karpahambal. A separate temple is there for Haradatta.  Kanjanur is one of the nine Navagraha sthalas located in the Cauvery Delta region dedicated to planet Venus, called Sukra. Unlike other Navagraha temples, the main deity, Agniswarar in the form of lingam depicts Lord Sukra. Legend is that Siva blessed Parasara muni (sage) here with cosmic dance. It is believed that Shiva appeared in the form of Sukra to propitiate himself off the dosha of Sukran.

Lord Shukra (Venus)
Lord Shukra (Venus)

Temple History:

Once upon a time a Vaishnavite called Vasudevar was living in Kanjanur.  He had his son named Sudarshan.  Sudarshan was born in a Vaishnavite family he was a great devotee of Lord Shiva. Everyday morning, he starts his worship from Kanjanur to visit nearby Shiva temples. He Worship Lord Shiva in Thirumandurai, Thirumangalakudi, Thirukurangadurai (Aduthurai), Thiruvavadurai, Thiruvalangadu &Thirukodikaval and he will return back to Kanjanur for Artha Jama Pooja (Night pooja). For years this was his routine. The people of Kanjanur didn’t like this as he was born in Vaishnavite family and spending his all day in visiting Shiva temples.  Sudarshan is also known as Haradatta Sivachariyar.

Agneeswara Temple, Kanjanur
Agneeswara Temple, Kanjanur

Medieval Cholas built this temple and renovated by the kings of the Vijayanagar Empire. This temple has a 5-tier rajagopuram surrounded by two prakarams (closed precincts of a temple).  Appar revered this temple by his verses.

Legend Famous Temples of Tamil Nadu (India):

The Lord himself tasted the cooked salad of bottle gourd (Suraikai) to satisfy the beloved Suraikai Bhakthar. In this shrine, the insanity of Parasarar, the anaemia of Agni, the disease of Kamsan and the curse on Chandran were nullified. Brahma withessed the celestial wedding here. To get relief from the dosha of Sukkiran, devotees throng this shrine.

Transportation facility:

Nearest Railway Station is Kumbakonam & Mayiladuturai. Bus and taxi are also available from both of these places.


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