Sri Gajendra Varadha Temple

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Sri Gajendra Varadha Temple is situated in Kabisthalam, in Thanjavur District, Tamil Nadu. This is temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu known as Gajendra Varadha Perumal here with his consort Goddess Lakshmi worshipped as Ramanavalli.

Significance of the temple:

The temple is one of the Divyadesam - one of the 108 Vishnu temples. Devotees who pray to the Lord here is believed to attain moksha. The devotees have only to call out loudly “Aadhimoolame” and All their grievances will be redressed and wishes granted. Puja is offered :

  • To banish obstacles from their lives
  • To bless them with a child
  • To help them achieve happiness and peace in their everyday lives;
  • For success and prosperity

Temple Legend:

As per Hindu legend, King Indrajuman, who immersed himself in the worship of Lord Vishnu, failed to strengthen his army and lost his kingdom. While doing worship, he also did not observe the sage Durvasa who went along his way. The sage got irritated and cursed the king to be born as an elephant in his next birth. The king apologized to the sage for his negligence and moved by his innocence, the sage wished that he would continue to be a Vishnu devotee as an elephant and that Vishnu would bestow him goodwill. There was a demon by name Koohoo in the temple tank at this place, who troubled all who took bath in the tank. He was cursed by a sage to be born as crocodile in his next birth. The elephant Gajendra continued as a Vishnu devotee Gajendra used to pick lotus flowers from the pond and offered it to the Lord daily. One day when the he was picking the lotus from the temple tank, his leg was grabbed by the crocodile. The elephant cried in rescue calling the name "Adimulam" and Vishnu sent his discus to fend off the crocodile. Both the elephant and crocodile turned to their human form by the grace of Vishnu. Since Vishnu appeared heard to save the elephant Gajendra, he came to be known as Gajendara Varadar.

Lord Hanuman also worshiped Vishnu at this place and hence the place came to be known as Kabisthalam (kapi in Tamil indicated monkey)

Temple Festivals:

  • Gajendra Moksha Leela iss celebrated during the month of Aadi
  • Chariot festival during the Tamil month of Vaikasi (May–June) on Vaikasi Vishakam Day
  • Brahmotsavam

Temple Timings:

  • Morning: 07:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Evening: 05:00 PM to 07:30 PM

Note: 

  • The Price of the Puja includes service charges, prasad, packing and courier cost and any other incidental charges
  • We are not agent of any temple, our representative will perform the puja on your behalf and collect the prasadam.
  • You will receive the prasadam between 15 - 30 days