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108 Dhivya Desam - Thirukkapisthalam

Location : Kapistalam (Papanasam) near Kumbakonam
Perumaal : Gajendra Varadan
Thaayaar : Ramaamanivalli
Theertham : Gajendra Pushkarini, Kapila Theertham

Paasuram : Thirumazhisai
Vimaanam : Gaganaakriti Vimanam
Travel Base : Thanjavur

Description: This Dhivyadesam is located at a distance of 3km from Paapanasam near Thanjavur, Kumbhakonam.

Deities: The moolavar here is Gajendra Varadan, in a reclining posture facing east and the Taayaar is Ramaamanivalli or Potraamaraiyaal. There are also shrines to Andal and Santanakrishnan.

Legend has it that Vishnu saved Gajendran, the king of elephants from the clutches of a crocodile, upon hearing his prayers. A similar legend also holds at the Varadaraja Perumal temple at Kanchipuram. Vaali and Sugreevan (Kapi - monkey) are believed to have worshipped Vishnu here hence the name Kapistalam.

Festivals: Gajendra Moksham is enacted in the month of Pankuni. Other festivals celebrated here include Vaikuntha Ekadasi, Rama Navami and Akshaya Tritiyai.