Uttiramerur - Sri Sundara Varadar temple

About the temple

Lord Sundara Varadhar is the presiding diety of this very ancient temple. The temple is also called Chaturvedi Mangalam meaning that vedic chants could be heard all the time. The temple is a huge three tier structure similar to Thirukostiyur and Thirukoodal divyadesams. However it is interesting to note that in those divyadesams there is just one Lord while here there are four idols in first tier, four in second tier and one in third tier.

The temple is also called Pancha Varadha Kshetram as Lord Vishnu is believed to have given darshan to Pandavas here during their exile.

The temple is further known as nava murthy sthalam as this is the only Vaishnava temple with so nine idols of the Lord.

How to reach

The temple is about 85 kms from Chennai. After crossing Mamandur/ New Palar bridge/ Andal Azhagar college on the GST -about 65 kms, take a right to Uttiramerur. There is also a board showing directions to Uttiramerur and Tenangur.

One can combine a trip to Tenangur and Uttiramerur temples to cover both in half a day's trip.


First tier -

Sundara Varadhar
Achuta varadhar
Aniruddha varadhar
Kalyana Varadhar

Second tier -

Vaikunta Varadhar
Nara Narayana
Yoga Narasimha
Lakshmi Varahar

Third tier -

Lord Ranganathar

Seperate sannadhis -

Anandavalli thayar

Specialty of the temple

The temple has a beautiful three tier structure and the famous Ashtalakshmi temple in Besant Nagar, Chennai is said to be constructed based on this temple structure with four idols of lord in the first and second tiers and one in the second tier.

The Lord appears in a different posture in each of the three tiers - Lord Sundar varadar standing posture in the first tier, Lord Vaikunta varadhar in sitting posture in the second tier and Lord Ranganathar in sleeping posture in the third tier.

The presence of Lord Shiva idol and Brahma in Lord Ranganathar's sannadhi is a unique feature in the temple.

Temple timings and contact details

The temple is open in the mornings from 7 am to 12 noon and in the evenings from 4 pm to 8 pm.

Temples in proximity

Pandurangan Temple, Tennangur

About the temple

Tennangur was earlier known as Dakshin Halasyam. The temple has been beautifully constructed with a mix of different cultures in India. The idols of Panduranga-Ragumayi are mesmerising and one can sit admiring the Lord's beauty for hours together. The fiber glass paintings inside the sanctum are very beautiful and attractive.

Lord Lakshmi Narayana temple and Meenakshi- Sundareswar temple are also located a few meters away. Tennangur is the birth place of Goddess Meenakshi. A specialty of the Meenakshi - Sundareswarar temple is that the Navagrahas are present here with their consorts.  

Meenakshi temple

Lakshmi Narayana temple

How to reach

The temple is around 100 kms from Chennai and about 22 kms from Uttiramerur on the Kanchipuram Vandavasi route.

The temple can be seen on the right side just 6 kms before Vandavasi while coming from Kanchipuram/ Uttiramerur side and is about 500 metres from the main road.

The Lakshmi Narayana temple and Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple are close to the Main Pandurangan temple.

Specialty of the temple

Lord Panduranga gives darshan in different alankaras each day.

True to his name Rishikesha, the Lord takes control of all the senses of devotees who have a glimpse of him.

The temple is constructed with a mix of North Indian and South Indian style of construction - the gopurams being in South Indian style, the main sanctum in Orissa's Puri Jagannatha temple style and Lord Panduranga and Raghumayi are replicas of the idol as in Pandaripur- Maharashtra.

Temple timings and contact details

The temple is open from 6 am to 12 noon in the morning and from 4 pm to 8.30 pm. The contact details are GA trust - 044- 24993062, 24952498

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