Haradatta Sivacharyar of Vaishnava origins - originally known as Sudarshanar is said to
have undergone ordeals to prove the tenacity of his devotion for Shiva to fellow
Vaishnavites. Images of Agneeswarar and Karpagambal are also seen in the Varadarajar
Temple at Kanjanur. Several legends pertaining to events in the life of Haradatta
Sivacharyar pertain to this shrine.
The Temple: This temple with a two prakarams has a five tiered
Rajagopuram at its entrance. Haradatta Sivacharyar is said to have composed many works in
sanskrit here. Images depicting legends related to Haradatta Sivacharyar are seen
in this temple. There are also shrines to Maanakkanjaarar Nayanmaar and Kalikkaamar here.
Stone images of Natarajar and Sivakami are seen in this temple in the Nataraja Sabha
referred to as the Mukti Mandapam. The Shivatandavam here is referred to as Mukti
Tandavam. Legend has it that Shiva blessed Paraasara muni with a vision of the cosmic
dance - Mukti tandavam here.
Inscriptions from the Chola and Vijayanagar periods are seen in this temple. Appar is
said to have visited Kanjanur on his way to Tirukkodikka
Festivals: Six worship services are offered each day here. A festival
commemorating Haradatta Sivacharyar is celebrated in the Tamil month of Thai each year.
Mahasivaratri, Arudra Darisanam, Navaratri and Aadi Pooram are celebrated here.