Kandu Ullam Magizhndha Perumal Temple, Padagacheri, Thiruvarur
|Deity:||Kandu Ullam Magizhndha Perumal|
|Architectural style:||Dravidian architecture|
|Address:||Kandu Ullam Magizhndha Perumal Temple,Padagacheri Post, Valangaiman Taluk,
Thiruvarur district – 612 804
|Phone||+ 91 43746 2815253 / +91 97517 34868 / 99528 48340 / 98400 53289|
Kandu Ullam Magizhndha Perumal Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located at Padagacheri in Thiruvarur District of Tamilnadu. Presiding Deity is called as Kandu Ullam Magizhndha Perumal. Mothers are Sridevi and Bhoodevi. River Vettaru runs in north-south direction in this hamlet. Also, here at Padagacheri is an ancient Shiva Temple and a Bala Dhandayuthapani temple on either side of the Perumal temple.
Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Aadi Pooram in July-August and Vaikunda Ekadasi in December-January are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
The devotee is all happy even at the darshan of Perumal here. He/she is blessed with child. Also, the devotee gets back the money lent to others and standing overdue. Devotees perform Tirumanjanam to Perumal and mothers and offer vastras.
Legend / Local stories
Kandu Ullam Magizhndha Perumal:
The legend has that, when Ravana caged Sita, she had the strong hope that Lord Sri Rama would certainly come and rescue her. With a view to offer them clues, she dropped her jewels on the way and one such place was Padagacheri. Padagam means anklet. Lakshmana confirmed that it was the anklet of Mother Sita. When Rama asked how he could be so sure, Lakshmana said that he used to worship the feet of his sister-in-law every day and that he knew it was her anklet. Seeing the anklet Rama was happy and this seeing and being happy also is one of the reasons of Perumal being called Kandu Ullam Magizhndha Perumal (Kandu – Seen, Ullam – heart, Magizhndha – Happy). As Padagam (anklet) fell here, the place came to be known as Padagacheri.
Padagacheri Ramalinga Swamigal:
Padagacheri village was the home of an enlightened soul Ramalinga Swamigal. Ramalinga Swamigal, a mendicant, whose mission was to renovate temples and build new ones. Padagacheri Mahan, as he is referred to, would visit every house in the village and collect money for this purpose. Endowed with healing powers, he is said to have cured people of many ailments. His name is associated with the massive annadhanam that he would organize on full moon days and during festivals.
A mutt is built at the place and Annadhanam-feeding the poor – is grandly celebrated on the Aadi Pooram day in July-August being his Samadhi day. It is noteworthy that even in those days, when basic facilities were not available, he fed more than one lakh people. His Jeeva Samadhi is in Thiruvotriyur near that of Saint Pattinathar. It is said that during the feeding, many dogs would appear in human form, eat the food and disappear miraculously. This miracle happens even now. He attained salvation in the year 1949 on the Aadi Pooram day.
How to Reach:
The Temple is located at about 6 Kms from Valangaiman, 12 Kms from Needamangalam, 16 Kms from Kumbakonam, 5 Kms from Alangudi, 26 Kms from Mannargudi, 40 Kms from Thiruvarur, 36 Kms from Thanjavur and 95 Kms from Trichy. From Valangaiman, you have to proceed for about 4 kms in the Needamangalam route and then take a diversion towards west (right side) for another 2 kms to reach the Temple.
Padagacheri is located on Kumbakonam – Alangudi Route. The place can also be reached from Kumbakonam on the Valangaiman route also. Take the Mannargudi bound bus from Kumbakonam and get down at Padagacheri, From the bus stop, take the right road (westwards) and walk over a km to reach the temple. Nearest Railway Station is located at Needamangalam and Kumbakonam. Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.
Kandu Ullam Magizhndha Perumal Temple,
Padagacheri Post, Valangaiman Taluk,
Thiruvarur district – 612 804
Phone: + 91 43746 2815253
Mobile: +91 97517 34868 / 99528 48340 / 98400 53289