Agniswarar Temple, Kanjanur

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Agniswarar Temple
Agniswarar Temple, Kanjanur is located in Tamil Nadu
Agniswarar Temple, Kanjanur
Location in Tamil Nadu
StateTamil Nadu
Coordinates11°3′57″N 79°29′45″E / 11.06583°N 79.49583°E / 11.06583; 79.49583Coordinates: 11°3′57″N 79°29′45″E / 11.06583°N 79.49583°E / 11.06583; 79.49583
SanctumAgniswarar(Shiva) Karpagambigai(Parvathi)
Temple tankAgni Theertham, Parasara Theertham
ArchitectureDravidian architecture

The Agniswarar Temple (கஞ்சனூர் அக்கினீஸ்வரர் கோயில்)[1] is a Hindu temple in the village of Kanjanur, 18 kilometres north-east of Kumbakonam. The presiding deity is Sukra (Venus). However, the main idol in the temple is that of "Agniswarar" or Shiva. In concordance with the Saivite belief that Shiva is all-pervading, Sukra is believed to be located within the stomach of the idol of Shiva.

The Temple[edit]

The temple was built by the Medieval Cholas and renovated by the kings of the Vijayanagar Empire. The temple has a 5-tier rajagopuram surrounded by two prakarams(closed precincts of a temple). The temple is revered by the verses of Appar and hence referred as Padal petra stalam.


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.[2]


The temple is one of the nine Navagraha temples of Tamil Nadu and is a part of the popular Navagraha pilgrimage in the state - it houses the image of Sukra (Venus).[3][4]


  1. ^ ta:கஞ்சனூர் அக்கினீஸ்வரர் கோயில்
  2. ^ V., Meena (1974). Temples in South India (1st ed.). Kanniyakumari: Harikumar Arts. p. 32.
  3. ^ Suriya (2015). Jothirlingam: The Indian Temple Guide. Partridge Publishing. p. 92. ISBN 9781482847864.
  4. ^ "Navagraha temples". Thanjavur District Administration. Archived from the original on 2013-11-12. Retrieved 2013-07-07.