About the temple
There are four divyadesams in a single temple complex. Lord Vishnu took the Vamana avatharam to stop King Mahabali's attempt to acquire Indra's swarga lokam and restore Indra's powers. When King Mahabali promised to give 3 feet of land to Lord Vishnu who was disguised as a dwarf Brahmin, Lord Vishnu measured the earth and sky with one feet, the heaven with the second feet and asked the King where to keep the third feet. Since the King was an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu he asked the Lord to keep the third feet on his head and the Lord did accordingly and sent the King to the nether world, thereby fulfilling his purpose of taking the Vamana avathara. The Lord took the form of Ulagalandha perumal to fulfill the King's wish to see the Lord in full form. The Lord also appeared in a smaller form as Adiseshan. The Lord here is also known as Ooragathaan. The Lord is more than 30ft high with the left leg at right angle parallel to the ground and right leg on Mahabali's head. The two steps taken by the lord are indicated by the two fingers stretched out in the left hand and one finger on the right hand as questioning the King where to keep the third feet.
The other three divyadesams in the same temple complex are
Thiru Neeragam - Lord Jagadeeswara,
Thiru Kaaragam - Karunakara perumal
Thiru Kaaravannam -Kalvar .
How to reach
The temple is at a walking distance from Kamakshi amman temple, Vaikunda perumal temple and the Kanchipuram main bus stand. click to enlarge the map
For maps on how to reach the other divyadesams in Kanchipuram, click here
Thiru Ooragam : Trivikrama/ Ulagalandha perumal/Ooragathaan and Amuthavalli thayar
Thiru Neeragam : Jagadeeswara perumal - utsavar and Nilamangai thayar
Thiru Kaaragam : Karunaka perumal and Padmamani/Ramamani thayar
Thiru Kaarvanan : Kalvar and Kamalavalli thayar
Alwars and Acharyas
Pushkarni and Vimanam
Thiru Neeragam : Akrura theertham and Jagadeeswarar vimanam
Thiru Kaaragam : Akraya theertham and Vamana vimanam
Thiru Kaarvanan : Gowrithadakam theertham and Pushkala vimanam
Thiru Ooragam : Naga theertham and Sarasreekara vimanam
Specialty of the temple
There are four divyadesams in a single temple complex.
Thirumangai azhwar praised three divyadesams - Thiru Neeragam, Thiru Kaaragam and Thiru Kaaravannam in a single paasuram along with Thiru Ooragam.
The Lord is said to fulfill the wishes of unmarried girls and childless couples.
The temple is open from 7 am to 12 pm in the mornings and from 4 pm to 8 pm in the evenings.
Temples in proximity