Sri Vijayaraghava Perumal Temple, Thirupukuzhi



About the temple

The temple is among the 108 divyadesams of Sri Vaishnavas and comes under Tondai naatu divyadesams in Kanchipuram. This is the only divyadesam that is a bit far from other 14 divyadesams of Kanchipuram. The presiding deity is Sri Vijayaraghava perumal in a sitting posture and thayar in a seperate sannadhi is called Maragatavalli thayar.

Since Jatayu which belongs to the eagle family called Pul was buried in a pit called kuzhi in tamil here, the place got its name of Thiruppukuzhi


Specialty of the temple

1. Thayar sannadhi is to the left of the temple whereas thayar sannadhi is always to the right of the temple.

2. Lord Vijayaraghava perumal gives darshan with Sridevi and Bhoodevi in reverse positions in the main sanctum. Not able to bear the smell of the last rites performed to Jatayu, Sridevi thayar is said to have moved the left of the Lord and remained so. Sridevi thayar's head is slightly slanting towards the Lord.

3. Sri Rama is said to have performed the last rites of Jatayu- the bird that died while trying to save Sita from being kidnapped by Ravana, at this place and hence there is a sannadhi besides the Jatayu pushkarni for Jatayu. Sri Rama couldnt perform the last rites of his father Dasaratha and derived consolation by performing Jatayu's rites and giving moksham to the bird.

4. It is a popular temple for those women wanting to be blessed with children. Lentils are roasted and then soaked in water. This is tied to the cloth in the woman's lap and if it sprouts, the woman is said to be blessed with children soon. This process is done on Amavasya days in the thayar sannadhi.

5. The horse mount called Kuthirai Vahanam is very famous as it spins on an axis. When the carpenter who made it was asked to make one more for another temple, he refused and let the mount remain unique. As a mark of respect, the Lord on the horse mount visits the house of the carpenter during the yearly festival.

6. Sri Ramanujar learnt Vedanta from his guru Sri Yadavaprakasar in a mandapam in this temple.

How to reach

The temple is around 80 kms from Chennai on the Chennai- Bangalore highway. Just after Balu chetty chatiram, proceeding further on the highway the temple is just a few mtrs away on the left while coming from Chennai. There is also a board indicating the location of the temple. Click to enlarge


Temple tank and vimanam

The temple tank is called Jatayu theertham and the vimanam in known as Vijayakoti vimanam.

Temple timings

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

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Sri Aadhi Varaha Perumal Temple, ThiruKalvanoor in Sri Kamakshi amman temple, Kanchipuram



About the temple

The temple is among the 108 divyadesams of Sri Vaishnavas and comes under Tondai naatu divyadesams in Kanchipuram. It is one of the three most popular temples in Kanchipuram- the others being Sri Ekambareeswarar temple and Lord Varadaraja perumal temple. It is one of two temples in Kanchipuram where a divyadesam is inside a Shaivite temple. The main sanctum is of Sri Kamakshi amman and the presiding deity for the divyadesam is Sri Aadhi Varaha perumal. Thayar is known as Anjilaivalli thayar.




It is believed that Parvati when penanced under a mango tree in Kanchi to be reunited with Lord Shiva, she took Lord Vishnu's help. Hence, there is a shrine for Lord Vishnu in Sri Kamakshi amman temple. Also Lord Vishnu is said to have overheard the conversation between Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Parvati and hence Parvati is said to have called him as Kalvan - the other name for Lord Vishnu in this temple. Lord Vishnu is seen in standing, sitting and sleeping postures in the northern side of the temple tank.



How to reach

The temple is at a walkable distance from Kanchipuram bus stand, Thiru ooragathan temple and Sri Ekambareshwarar temple. ... Click to enlarge




Temple tank and vimanam

The temple tank is called Nithya pushkarni and the vimanam is known as Vamana vimanam.

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Sri Pavala vannan perumal - Thirupavalavannan


Pachai vannar perumal temple


Pavalavannan perumal temple


About the temple

The temple is among the 108 divyadesams of Sri Vaishnavas and comes under Tondai naatu divyadesams. This is the first temple normally visited by those visiting Kanchipuram based divyadesams as the temple is open for less time. The divyadesam is a combination of two temples- Pacchai vannar and Pavala vannan. Amongst all the divyadesams, this is the only one where Lord Vishnu has been praised for his colour by Thirumangai alwar. Lord Pavalavannan is in standing posture and there is a seperate sannadhi for Pavalavalli thayar. A few metres away is Pachai vannan perumal temple where the Lord appears in a sitting posture on Adiseshan.

How to reach

The temple is close to Kamakshi amman temple and Kanchipuram railway station. 


Sannadhis

Pavala vannan perumal
Pavalavalli thayar
Andal
Acharyas and Alwars

Temple tank and vimanam

The temple tank is called Chakra theertham and the vimanam is known as Pavala Vimanam.

Temple timings

The temple is open in the mornings from 7.30 am to 11.30 am and in the evenings from 5 pm to 8 pm.

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Sri Azhagiya Singar Perumal Temple, Thiruvelukkai




About the temple

The temple is among the 108 divyadesams of Sri Vaishnavas and comes under Tondai naatu divyadesams. The presiding deity here is Sri Azhagiyasingar (Naarsimhar), also called Mukunda nayakar in standing posture. Thayar is called Velukkaivalli or Amritavalli.

After Narasimha avatharam, Lord Vishnu appeared as Narasimha again to safeguard the people who were being troubled by asuras. The Lord chased the asuras away and decided to stay here out of his own desire to continue protecting people from evil forces. Hence the place got its name as Velukkai- where Vel means Wish and irukkai means stay.



How to reach

There are two routes to reach the temple..

1. Take the road straight from Kanchipuram bus stand towards SH 116. Instead of taking the right for the SH, go straight and take the left to Vilakoli perumal street. After a few metres, there is a mandapam on the left- take a right turn just opposite this mandapam as indicated in the map..the temple tank is visible on the left and the temple is just next to it.

2. On the way to Varadaraja perumal temple from the bus stand, take the right just before Asthabujagarm temple towards Vilakoli perumal street. After a few metres, take the left to the temple as indicated in the map.



Sannadhis

Azhagiya singar Perumal
Amritavalli thayar
Andal
Alwars and acharyas

Temple pushkarni and vimanam

The temple tank is called Kanaka saras and the vimanam is known as Kanaka vimanam.

Temple timings

The temple is open in the mornings from 7 am to 10.30 am and in the evening from 5 pm to 7.30 pm.

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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.



Sannadhis

Deepaprakasar perumal
Maragathavalli thayar
Andal
Lakshmi Hayagreevar
Desikar
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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Thiruparameshwara Vinnagaram- Sri Vaikunta perumal temple, Kanchipuram




About the temple

The presiding deity of the temple is Sri Vaikunta naathan perumal or Paramapada nathan perumal in a sitting posture and thayar in a seperate sannadhi is known as Vaikuntha valli thayar. The temple is among the 108 divyadesams of Sri vaishnavas and comes under Tondai naatu divyadesams. The temple is among the very few temples with Ashtanga vimanam-the others being Thirukoshtiyur, Thiru Koodalazhagar and Uttiramerur. Although the upper tiers are not accessible now, the presiding deities there are in standing and reclining postures. Sri Ramanujar and Sri Manavalamamunigal are said to have been to the temple.

Lord Vishnu is said to have appeared here to bless the children of King of Vidarbha - Pallavan and Vallavan who performed Ashwamedha yagnam at this place. The children are believed to be the reincarnation of Vishnu's Dwarapalakas.

The architecture of the temple is very beautiful and the temple is presently under the care of the Archeological survey of India.


How to reach

The temple is at a walkable distance from the Kanchipuram bus stand and Thiru Ooragam temple.


Sannadhis

Paramapadha nathan perumal
Vaikuntha valli thayar

Temple pushkarni and vimanam

The temple tank is called Airammadha theertham and the vimanam is known as Mukunda vimanam.

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Sri Gajendra varadha perumal - Asthabujakaram



About the temple

The presiding deity of the temple is Sri Adikeseva perumal, also known as Gajendra Varadhan. The temple is among the 108 divyadesams of Sri Vaishnavas and comes under Tondai naatu divyadesams. There is a seperate sannadhi for Alarmelmangai thayar/Padmasini. The Lord gives darshan here with eight arms holding eight weapons namely conch, bow, mace, discus, sword, shield, arrow and flower. The utsava moorthy has four hands with mace and spear in the hands.  


The place is popular for the Gajendra Moksham story. An elephant called Gajendra used to pick lotus flowers from the pond and offer it to the Lord. Once a crocodile caught hold of his leg and the elephant called Lord Vishnu for help. The Lord then gave pratyaksham to the elephant and threw his disc at the crocodile to save the elephant. Also, it is believed that the Lord gave Peyalwar an opportunity to witness the Gajendra Moksham event at this place once again. The temple is said to be the only divyadesam in Kanchi with a Swarga Vaasal. Another story associated with this temple is that Lord Vishnu took the form with eight hands holding eight weapons to kill the ferorious snake sent by Saraswati to disturb the homa being performed by Brahma.


How to reach

The temple is at a walkable distance from Yatotkari perumal temple and on the way from Kanchipuram bus stand to Varadarajar perumal temple.



Sannadhis

Gajendra Varadhan
Padmasini thayar
Andal
Anjaneya
Boo Varahar
Garudar
Peyalwar

Temple pushkarni and vimanam

The temple tank is called Gajendra pushkarni and the vimanam is known as Gaganakriti vimanam.

Temple timings

The temple is open in the mornings from 7.30 am to 12 noon and in the evenings from 4.30 pm to 8 pm. 

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