104 & 105 T.S.R. Big Street,
Kumbakonam – 612 001.
Chakrapani Temple is dedicated to God Vishnu located in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, India. This temple is located in the North of Big Street, and 2 km away towards North West from the Kumbakonam Railway Station. Vishnu appears in the form of a discus or Chakra to put down the pride of Surya (the Sun), who subsequently became his devotee. Like Shiva, Lord Chakrapani has a third eye on His forehead. The temple is one of the most prominent temples in Kumbakonam.
The temple has six daily rituals at various times from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The 10 day Brahmotsavam in Chitirai (April – May), Chariot Festival, Pavitrotsavam, the Float festival or Theppotsavam in Vaikasi are the important religious events celebrated at this temple. Five Vishnu temples are connected with Mahamaham Festival which happens once in 12 years in Kumbakonam.
The temple is one of the prominent Vishnu temples in Kumbakonam. In 1620, when Govinda Dikshitar, divan-administrator for the Nayaks, constructed the Ramaswamy Temple, Kumbakonam, he added a commercial corridor between the new temple and the older Chakrapani temple. The temple has granite walls enclosing all the shrines and is pierced by a five-tiered Rajagopuram, the gateway tower. The temple is noted for its exquisite pillars. The presiding deity, Chakrapani is sported with eight arms, each having a weapon and is housed in the central shrine in an elevated structure.
Chakrapani is spotted with a third eye on his forehead. The Eastern and Western entrances of this temple are known as “Thatchinaya Vayil” and “Utharavana Vayil” respectively and the outer Prakara of this temple is made in the form of a balcony. There is a bronze image of King Serfoji II worshiping the lord as he is said to have cured an illness by the grace of this God. A Panchamukha (five-faced) Hanuman is erected in the prakaram (outer precincts of the temple). Agampara Vinayakar, Panchamuga Aancheneyar and Vijayavalli are the important idols located in this temple.
Chakra Padithurai Bus Stop