surrounded by green paddy fields and river Cauvery flowing through, Ganapathy Agraharam is small village and abode of Sri Maha Ganapathy. As per the legend this place during several centuries ago was dry land affected by drought.
The temple itself is small and beautiful. As you pass through the colourful main corridor you come across the Dwajasthambam. You can have a darshan of a small carved image of ganapathy in the dwajasthambam.
Inside towards the left of the main entrance to sanctum sanctorum, a large painting of Kanchi maha periyaval welcomes us.
Ganesha purana are depicted on the walls.
The Maha Ganapathy inside the sanctum sanctorum is around 5 feet high sitting majestically in a beautifully carved pedestal. His vahana ( carrier) mooshika ( rat) sits in a praying posture. His trunk is curved towards right and is known as Valampuri. During Tuesdays, Fridays and chaturthis the idol is adorned with silver kavacham and beautiful jewels.
There are many beautiful paitings around the praharam walls. To the south east of the temple is a small nandavanam(garden) with pupil and neem tree as the sthala vriksham.
The people of this village are so devoted to Maha Ganapathy that they gather on this temple on Ganesh Chaturthi day and they collectively celeberate the festival at the temple and offer the sweets and modaks instead of celeberating in their homes.
Temple location Ganapathy Agraharam is around 25 kms away from Kumbakonam town.
Temple Timings The temple is open from 6:00 AM till 12 noon and from 4:00 pm till 8:00 pm
How to reach?
There are bus services from Kumbakaonam. Autos are economical and charge within Rs 250 for a round trip from Kumbakonam. ( be preapred to shell out waiting charges ). If you drive your own car , it is a very scenic drive from Kumbakonam town.
Where to Stay?There are no hotels in Ganapathy Agraharam itself, but I would recommend the hotels in Kumbakonam. There are several budget hotels and deluxe hotels in Kumbakonam.
Other interesting places around Ganapathy Agraharam Kabisthalam, one of the 108 divya desams, Murugan temple in Swamimalai, Tiruvayaru are nearby.