Pandava Thoothar Perumal Temple

Pandava Thoothar Perumal Temple

TamilNadu, Kanchipuram

Shrine: Pandavathootha Perumal

In the land of thousand temples, Kanchipuram, stand the ancient temple Pandavathootha Perumal Temple or Thirupadagam dedicated to Lord Krishna. Here, the Lord Krishna is worshipped as Pandava Thoothar Perumal and his consort Lakshmi as Rukmini. Believed tohave been built by the Pallavas of the late 8th century AD, with later contributions from Medieval Cholas and Vijayanagar kings, the temple is considered as one of the three oldest temples in Kanchipuram. It is one of the 108 divyadesam dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple is maintained and administered by the Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of  the Government of Tamil Nadu.  

It is assumed that the temple is 1000 - 2000 years old. It is believed that the temple has been built by the Pallavas of the late 8th century AD, with later contributions from Medieval Cholas and Vijayanagar kings


Many years after the Kurukshetra war, King Janamejaya, the great-grand son of Arjuna, went to Sage Vaisampayana to hear the story of his ancestors. Sage Vaisampayana told him the story of how Lord Krishna on his mission to avoid the war had gone to Duryodhana as an envoy of Pandavas. On being humiliated, Krishna revealed his celestial form, the Vishwaroopa to the blind Dritharashtira, father of the wicked Duryodhana and warned him of the consequences. After hearing the story, Janamejaya keen on having the darshan of the Lord in his celestial form performed severe penance at this place. Pleased with his devotion, the Lord rewarded him with his darshan.

This temple is part of Kanchipuram Divya Desam Yatra.


The temple is built in Dravidian architectural style. A granite wall surrounds the temple, enclosing all the shrines and two bodies of water. The temple has a four-tiered rajagopuram. The central shrine of the temple has a 25ft idol of the presiding deity Pandava Thoothar. Seated in Arda Padmasana posture the Lord is seen with his right leg bent to the basement. The shrine of Rukmini is located to the south of the main shrine. The temple tank, Matsya Theertham is located on the north-eastern side of the temple.

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Darsan Info

Temple timings :7.00 AM to 11.00 AM and from 4.00 PM to 7.30 PM
People born in the Nakshatra of Rohini are said to get prosperity and wellbeing by visiting the temple of Sri Pandava Thoothar Perumal

Darsan Dresscode: Devotees are advised to wear clean and conservative clothing


Kanchipuram, in the state of Tamil Nadu is one of the important religious places in India and a holy pilgrimage site for both Saivites and Vaishnavites. Historically, it was a centre for education and popular for the architectural beauty of its temples. Silk saree weaving is a major industry and Kanchipuram pattu(silk) is famous all around the country.

Language Spoken: Tamil

Location and Contact

Thirupadagam, Pandava Perumal Koil Street, Kancheepuram 631502

Contact Number : +91 4427231899

Ways to Reach

By Air
Chennai, the nearest international airport, is situated around 75 km away from Kanchipuram.
By Train
Kanchipuram is the nearest railway station and Chennai, a major rail head. Local trains run between Kanchipuram and Chennai at specified intervals.
By Road
The city of Kanchipuram is well connected with the other part of the states. There are frequent services, state buses as well as Chennai Metropolitan buses from Chennai.

Additional Info

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Place Name Jan - March April - June July - Sept Oct - Dec
Max-Temparture 32oC 37oC 35.5oC 30.3oC
Min-Temparture 22.3oC 26.6oC 25.6oC 22.6oC

Temple Rituals

The temple rituals are performed six times a day at Pandava Thoothar Temple with each
ritual having three step: alangaram, neivethanam and deepa aradanai.

Ushathkalam - 7:00 AM
Kalasanthi - 8:00 AM
Uchikalam - 12:00 PM
Sayarakshai - 6:00 PM
Irandamkalam - 7:00 PM
Ardha Jamam - 10:00 PM

Special Rituals

Those doing Anga Pradikshana at Pandava Thoothar Temple are said to be relieved of any problems affecting them. 

It is believed that worshipping the Lord on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Rohni star days,
Ashtami the eighth day from new moon or full moon days and on the eighth day of the 
month will be blessed with all prosperity and health.

Pooja Timing

Pandava Thoothar Temple timings :7.00 AM to 11.00 AM and from 4.00 PM to 7.30 PM

Regular Offerings

Flowers, Garlands, vastra (clothes) are the regular offerings made to Pandava Thoothar.


September - Janmashtami (Aug/Sept)
November - Diwali, Karthikai
December - Vaikunta Ekadashi

  • Near Bus Stand

  • Kanchipuram
  • Nearby Airport

  • Chennai - 75kms
  • Nearby Railway Station

  • Kanchipuram
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