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Agneeswarar Temple-Kanjanur, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu (276 Shiva Sthalangal)

Agneeswarar Temple at Kanjanoor or Agniswara Swami Temple at Kanjanur is one of the nine Temples of Navagraha in Tamil Nadu and is aligned with Lord Sukran (Planet Venus), the sixth of Navagraha Planets. Also known as Sukran Navagraha Sthalam, Agniswarar temple is situated approximately 18 km from Kumbakonam and 2 km east from Sooriyanayanar Kovil, on the Kallanai – Poompuhar road, in Tamilnadu.

  • Moolavar:  Agneeswarar
  • Thayaar: Karpagambikai.
  • Location: Kanjanur, Tanjore, TamilNadu.

In Kanjanur Lord Shiva and Parvati are worshipped as Agneeswarar and Amman Karpagavalli. Lord Shiva Himself is worshipped as Sukran, and hence the lack of a single Navagraha, Sukra, temple. Unlike other temples in Navagraha, the main deity,Agneeswarar portrays Lord Sukra in the shape of a lingam. One unique feature of Agneeeswarar’s Linga is that it absorbs all the oil that was poured on it during the Abishekam process.

The Temple of Agneeswarar is also known as Palaasavanam, Bhrammapuri, and Agnistalam. Kanjanur is called the 36th in the Tevara Stalams sequence situated at Chola Nadu north of the Kaveri River.

Asura Guru Sukracharya had reservations about the boy during the Vamana Avatharam, when Lord Vishnu took the shape of a tiny boy and asked Bali for 3 steps of ground. When Bali ignored his advice attentively, he took the form of a bee and hid in the Kamandalam ‘s mouth from which Bali would pour water to donate the three measures of the land; Having had his wish, Vamana took his vast form of Avatharam and measured the earth and the heavens, and put his foot on Bali as the third step, blessing him.

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