Kshetram Markandeya Kshetram.
Perumal (Lord) Moolavar – *Oppiliappan* ( Incomparable) Posture: Standing Thirumugamandalam: East. On the right hand is embedded in diamonds – “Mam ekam Saranam Praja” – the Charma Sloka. Uthsavar: Srinivasan.
Thayar(Lakshmi) *Bhoomidevi (Bhoomi Nacchiyar)* is on the right side of the Lord with folded hands in Tiruk-Kalyana Form.
Pushkarni Ahoratra Pushkarini, Aarti Pushkarini.
Vimanam Vishnu Vimanam, Suddhananda Vimanam.
Pratyaksham Cauvery, Markandeya, Peria Tiruvadi (Garuda) , Dharmadevta.
Mangalasasan Peyazhwar(2), Nammazhwar(11),Tirumangai Azhwar (34) Total – 47 pasurams.
Vishesh The appearance is similar to that of the Lord of Tirupathy and is considered as His elder brother. Those Unable to go to Tirupathi can do their prarthana here. Markandeya maharishi is seen on the left side of the Lord. As per wishes of the wife of Markandeya the prasad is offered without salt, hence called Uppilliappan. It is believed that those who take salt or salted food inside the temple will go to hell. Monthly Sravana nakshatram and the Aypasi Brahmotsavam are very important days.
Route About 6.5 kms from Kumbakonam and about 1.5 kms from Tirunageswaram station.
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