This divya desam is around 10 kms from Tanjore and about 4 kms from Tiruvayaru. The Lord here is called Sri Hara Saba Vimochana Perumal. The temple is situated between Kudamurutti and Vennar rivers, has got two prakarams(corridors around the temple). It has a three-tier Rajagopuram facing east.
The legend behind the temple is that Paramewaran (Shiva) plucked the fifth head of Brahma and hence was cursed with Brhamahathi dosham. The skull of Brahma was stuck in his hand and could not get rid of it. As per his curse ,unless he filled the skull with rice by way of alms, he will not be able to get rid of the skull. He went around asking for 'bikshai' ( begging for food) and it never got filled. He approached Lord Vishnu and Mahalakshmi filled the kabalam (skull) with rice and got filled. As he went around asking for bikshai, He is also called as 'Pikshandavar'.However, the skull stuck to his hand did not fall off. Lord Narayana asked him to go to ThiruKandiyur to completely get rid of the curse. Hence Shiva went to Thiru Kandiyur to Kamala pushkarani and took a bath and got rid of the saabham (curse).After that this pushkarani came to be known as Kabala theertham.
Parameswaran then built a temple for Lord Narayana and also built a temple for Himself, closeby.Brahma was also housed in a separate temple closeby, but according to history ,the temple got dilapidated and in course of time and the idols of Brahma and Saraswati were moved to the Siva Temple.
The Moolavar of this sthalam is Sri Hara Saaba Vimochana perumal. Moolavar is in nindra(standing posture) thirukkolam facing the East. Utsavar is called as Kamalanathan
Prathyaksham for Agastyar
The Thayaar in this sthalam is Kamalavalli
Pushkarani Kabala moksha pushkarani,Kabala theertham, Padma theertham, Kudamuruti river.
Mangalasasanams The temple is revered by the verses of Thirumangai azhwar.
Temple location It is situated in the main road of Thirukandiyur village
Temple Timings It is normally open from 7 am –12.30pm and 4.30pm-8.30pm