Sri Deepa Prakasar Perumal Temple, Thiruthanka (Thoopul)

About the temple

The presiding deity is Sri Deepa Prakasar perumal or Vilakoli perumal in a standing posture. The temple is among the 108 divyadesams of Sri Vaishnavas under Tondai naatu divyadesams. There is a seperate sannadhi for Maragathavalli thayar. Also called Thoopul, it is the avathara sthalam of Sri Vedanta Desikar. There is a big sannadhi for Sri Vedanta Desikar in Gnana muthirai. Sri Desikar's life is depicted in pictures in the prakaram of the sannadhi.

Demons tried to disturb the Yagna being performed by Brahma by darkening the whole world. Lord Vishnu then is believed to have appeared as a bright light to ensure continuity of the yagnam and hence is called Deepa Prakasar and Vilakku oli perumal wherein vilakku oli means brightness in tamil.

The entrance to Sri Desikar sannadhi

How to reach

The temple can be approached by two ways..

1. Drive down straight from the Kanchipuram bus stand towards Varadaraja perumal temple, but dont take the right indicated by the direction board..Instead head straight and after crossing the turn for the SH 116,  you can see a gopuram in a small lane on the left..Go inside and it will lead to the temple

2. Travelling from Bus stand to Varadaraja perumal temple, just before Asthabujagaram temple take a right to Vilakoli temple street and keep travelling almost to the end. You can see the gopuram of Vedanta Desikar sannadhi a little bit inside in the right.


Deepaprakasar perumal
Maragathavalli thayar
Lakshmi Hayagreevar
Alwars and Acharyas

Vimanam and Pushkarni

The temple tank is called Saraswati pushkarni and the vimanam is known as Sreekara vimanam.

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