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Agniswaraswami Temple, Kanjanur


    Kanjanur Shivastalam is associated with Sukran and is - one of the nine Shiva temples in the Thanjavur area linked with the Navagrahams. Maintained by the Madurai Adhinam, it Sukra - The Venus is located in a quiet hamlet in the vicinity of Tiruvaavaduturai, Suryanar Koyil and Tirumangalakkudi, near Tiruvidaimarudur and Kumbhakonam. This shrine is also referred to as Palaasavanam, Bhrammapuri and Agnistalam.

    Bhramma is said to have been blessed with a vision of Shiva's marriage with Parvati here. Agni is said to have worshipped Shiva here, hence the name Agneeswarar.

    Haradatta Sivacharyar of Vaishnava origins - originally known as Sudarshanar is said to have undergone ordeals to prove the tenacity of his devotion for Shiva to fellow Vaishnavites. Images of Agneeswarar and Karpagambal are also seen in the Varadarajar Temple at Kanjanur. Several legends pertaining to events in the life of Haradatta Sivacharyar pertain to this shrine.

About Venus - The planet of love:

    The planet Venus stands for our sense of aesthetics, the arts (especially music) and how we interact in our intimate relationships. Venus is often in the same sign as the Sun, since it can never be more than 45 degrees from the natal sun sign.When Venus is in the same sign as your Sun sign, there is a consistency in how you relate in your romantic relationships, as well as in your day to day relationships. When the Sun and Venus are in two different signs, there may be a marked difference in how you relate to your significant other, showing them a different side of you than is usually revealed to the outside world. Venus is associated with the signs of Libra and Taurus.

    Agniswaraswami TempleBy worshiping Venus, one can obtain propitiation from Sukra Dosha (adverse effect) To get rid of evil effect in ones life Venus has to worship on Fridays. She loves to be decorated with white cloths. Those who have a weak Venus in their chart or born on the 6 or any number that add up to 6 should wear a diamond ring.

About Temple:

    Sri Agniswara Swami Temple is situated on the north bank of river Cauvery. It is fifteen kilometers to the north east of Kumbakonam, Thanjavur district of Tamilnadu, India.

    This temple with a two prakarams has a five tiered Rajagopuram at its entrance. Haradatta Sivacharyar is said to have composed many works in sanskrit here. Images depicting legends related to Haradatta Sivacharyar are seen in this temple. There are also shrines to Maanakkanjaarar Nayanmaar and Kalikkaamar here.


    Stone images of Natarajar and Sivakami are seen in this temple in the Nataraja Sabha referred to as the Mukti Mandapam. The Shivatandavam here is referred to as Mukti Tandavam. Legend has it that Shiva blessed Paraasara muni with a vision of the cosmic dance - Mukti tandavam here.

    Inscriptions from the Chola and Vijayanagar periods are seen in this temple. Appar is said to have visited Kanjanur on his way to Tirukkodikka from Edirkolpaadi.


Sukra inside the temple Agneeswarar (Shiva), Karpagambal.

Offerings for worshipping the God:

    Sukira Bagavan is draped in White colour dress, offering White lotus, sealed beans and White cloth is believed to bring Sowbagyam , it will help devotees overcome impending marriage problems and solve Child issues.

Special Poojas:

    Six worship services are offered each day here. A festival commemorating Haradatta Sivacharyar is celebrated in the Tamil month of Thai each year. Mahasivaratri, Arudra Darisanam, Navaratri and Aadi Pooram are celebrated here.

Mantra for Venus:

Aum jung, hang sa bhur bhuvan swa kartike namah swa bhuvan bhur sa hang jung aum

Opening Hours:

7.00 A.M. to 12.30 P.M. and 4.00 P.M. to 8.00 P.M.