Sri Aandu Alakkum Ayan Perumal Temple, Kumbakonam

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009. Thiru Aadhanoor – Sri Aandu Alakkum Ayan Perumal Temple, Kumbakonam

Temple Location  & Location:

This temple is situated in Tanjore district, Tamil Nadu. 2 miles away from Swami Malai Railway station and in between Kumbakonam – Swami Malai when we travel through bus.

Sthala Puranam:

Actually in Tamil, “Pasu” means cow. Kaamadhenu which is known to be a cow which is said to be good to give all sorts of wealth. During Kurma Avatharam taken by Lord Vishnu, all sorts of good things come out of it, which is used to the world. One of those things is Kaamadhenu, which is gifted to Indiran, the king of swargha Lokam.

Pasu (Cow)=Aa + than + oor. “Aa” means cow. Since, the Lord gave Prathyaksham for Kaamadhenu, this sthalam is called as “Thiru Aathanoor”.

The lord gives seva along with Ranganayaki Thaayar in this sthalam in Kidantha thirukkolam and having Marakkaal (Which is used as a measuring tool) below his head and a writing instrument, Ezhuthaani and Palm leaf in his left head.

The lord who is suppose to be the Paramaathma, resides (Urayum) on all of the hearts, which is considered as the place of stay of him.

He is seeing all the activities of Jeevaathma by going in depth to call to cell. As the seva of this God, he holds of the leaf (Oolai Chuvadi) and a writing instrument, he calculates the good and bad activities of all the Jeevathmaas and based on the activities, he is ruling the Jeevathmaas. Because of this reason this Emperumal is called as “Aandu Alakkum Iyan”, as he keeps Marakkal, measuring instrument which is used as the measuring tool for measuring the good and bad activities.

His right hand is the hand which serves all the necessary things needed for the world (Padi alakkum Kai(hand)) and left hand for writing.

The sun which is arising above the Earth is one of the way he sees the world. The rays of the sun is the Eye of the God. All the things are happening only after his eyes are opened.

He is not only serving for the Humans, (Mankind) but also to the flowers, rivers, mountains, animals etc. By going indepth into their body as sun rays, he is taking them along their way.

Not even a single cell and its activities can escape from his suns rays in this world.

Because of reason, this shethram is called as “Aadhavanulla oor”, which is laterly called as “Aadhanoor”. Aadhavan means sun and at the same time as the name implies, the pushkarani here is soorya (Soorya means sun in tamil)pushkarani.

Being good (or) bad all the activities and the thinkings of a person should give him good and bad things. It will be even extended from his ancesstors also. What he does will be extended to their forth coming generation people. To write all this Good and bad activities calculations, he is having the writing tool is his hand.

The Jeevathmaa’s Karma palan is well explained by this perumal of this Thiru Aadhanoor shetram. The Emperumal is also called as “Padiyallakum Paramadhayalu”.

Only in this divya desam, the body (Thirumeni) of thiru mangai alwar reside inside the Garbhagriham (Where the moolavar is situated). But om rest of the temples, alwars will be outside the Garbhagriham.

This is one of the story said along with the sthalapuranam of this temple.


The Moolavar of this temple is Sri Aandu Alakkum Ayan (Aandallukumayan). Moolavar in Kidantha Kolam bujanga sayanam facing east direction. Prathyaksham for Thirumangai Alwar and Kamadhenu, the Cow.




1.       Surya Pushkarani

Pranava Vimaanam.

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