KAPISTALAM (KUMBAKONAM), TN,

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One of the 108 Temples and Celestial Abodes of Vishnu revered by Tamil Hymns of the Alwars of the 1st millennium CE

LOCATION: Kapistalam (Papanasam) near Kumbakonam(Chola Naadu)

VISHNU: Gajendra Varadan

THAYAAR: Ramaamanivalli

THEERTHAM: Gajendra Pushkarini, Kapila Theertham

PAASURAM: Tirumazhisai

VIMAANAM: Gaganaakriti Vimanam

TRAVEL BASE: Kumbhakonam

DESCRIPTION: This Divyadesam is located at a distance of 3km from Paapanasam near Thanjavur, Kumbhakonam. This shrine is referred to as Krishnaranyakshetram.

The five panchakrishna kshetrams are Tiruvazhundur, Tirukkannankudi, Kapistalam, Kannapuram and Kannamangai.

DEITIES: The moolavar here is Gajendra Varadan, in a reclining posture facing east and the Taayaar is Ramaamanivalli or Potraamaraiyaal. There are also shrines to Andal and Santanakrishnan.

TEMPLE: This temple with a 3 tiered gopuram and a single prakaram faces east.

LEGENDS: Legend has it that Vishnu saved Gajendran, the king of elephants from the clutches of a crocodile, upon hearing his prayers. A similar legend also holds at the Varadaraja Perumal temple at Kanchipuram. Vaali and Sugreevan (Kapi – monkey) are believed to have worshipped Vishnu here hence the name Kapistalam.

FESTIVAL:  Gajendra Moksham is enacted in the month of Pankuni. Other festivals celebrated here include Vaikuntha Ekadasi, Rama Navami and Akshaya Tritiyai.

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