Sanjeevirayar Ayyangarkulam

Sanjeevirayar, Ayyangarkulam

Other Temples, Kancheepuram Taluk


Sanjeevi Raya Hanuman, facing north



Other Deities

Garuda, Rama Lakshmana and Seetha

Sanjeevirayar Ayyangarkulam is a large temple with 3 Prakarams. The temple is entered from the south, but mostly from the north passing a 24 pillared Mantapam on the banks of the temple pond. This mantapam has about 85 different forms of Hanuman carved on the pillars. Inside on a wall, you find inscriptions of the ‘Sri Hanumath Vimsathi’ which was composed by Tathacharya. In the Sanctum Sanctorum is Lord Hanuman as Sanjeevirayar. In the Prakaram behind the sanctum sanctorum stands a lone idol of Garuda. This beautiful idol is about 6 feet tall with folded hands in prayer. There is also a large ancient stone utensil (Uruli) and a stone table said to be used for mixing Tamarind Rice. The temple tank in the north is a large one with steps leading down. Beyond this is a large lake called Thatha Samudram. This lake actually includes the temple pond in it and when full should submerge the pond fully. The temple itself extends into this lake and steps are present on all the three sides. On the other side of this lake, further north is a stepwell built during the Vijayanagar Period. The well includes an underground Mantapa with some beautifully carved pillars and as a whole is an amazing architectural feature. Lord Varadaraja of Kancheepuram visits this stepwell during the full moon day of the Tamil month of Chithirai (mid April to mid May) when the water is drained out for the popular annual ritual called Vasantotsavam. In the lake is also found eating plates carved out of stone.

Holy Water (Theertham) – Temple Tank, Thatha Samudram

Sacred Tree (Sthala Vriksham) – No information


Sanjeevirayar Iyergarkulam was built by Kotikanyadanam Lakshmikumara Tathacharya, the royal preceptor of the Vijayanagar Emperor Venkata Raya II (1586–1614 CE). He also built a large pond of about 150 acres that is known as “Thatha Samudram” after him. The name of this place Ayyangarkulam is also after Tathacharya. He was appointed as the Manager of all the Divya Desam Temples in the Vijayanagar Empire.


It is believed that when Hanuman was carrying the Sanjeevi hill to revive Lakshmana in the Ramayana, a piece of the medicinal hill fell here at Sanjeevirayar Ayyangarkulam. Tathacharya while traveling here with the rich royal gifts he had brought from the king as an offering to Varadaraja Perumal decided to spend the night here with his men. At night a group of bandits turned up to loot him and miraculously a large group of Monkeys came to attack and drive them away. Overwhelmed by this sight he sang Hymns in praise of Lord Hanuman called ‘Sri Hanumath Vimsathi’ and decided to build this temple.


Sanjeevirayar Ayyangarkulam is about 10 kilometers southwest of Kancheepuram. Take the road to Cheyyar and after crossing the Paalar river take a right into the old Arcot Road and you will reach Ayyangarkulam after about 1.5 kilometers.

Stay and Food

None locally. Closest is Kancheepuram where a number of Hotels and Restaurants are available. However if you have carried a picnic lunch you will find the Mantapa at the backside of this temple a delightful place to eat and rest. Just make sure you don’t litter around.

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