Sri Adi Kesava Perumal temple, Sri Ramanujar Koil Sri Adhikesava Perumal Temple

Sri Adi Kesava Perumal temple, Sri Ramanujar Koil Sri Adhikesava Perumal Temple

TamilNadu, Kanchipuram

Shrine: Adi Kesava Perumal

In the holy city of Kanchipuram, stands the Adi Kesava Perumal temple, where the divinity of Lord Vishnu is worshipped. The temple was praised in the hymns of the Alwar saints as the 108 sacred abodes of Vishnu, making it one of the divyadesams. The shrine is the birthplace of Ramanujan, a revered Vaishnavite saint, credited with popularising Vaishnavism in the country. It is said that Ramanujan transferred his powers to an idol and gave it to his disciple before his death and it is this idol that is installed in the temple. The gold plated shrine in front of the hall of Ramanuja is the contribution of the Maharaja of Mysore.

Origin: Origin unknown


The legend regarding the temple revolves around the Boodha Ganas, who requested Lord Vishnu to relieve them from a curse by Lord Shiva.  Vishnu created a spring here through a serpent named Anantha. He gave his darshan to the Bhoodha Ganas from the bank of the theertha which relieved them of the curse. To show their gratitude, the Bhoodha Ganas erected this temple for Adi Kesava Perumal.

This temple is part of the famous Kanchipuram Divya Desam Yatra.


The temple is built in Dravidian style of architecture with intricately and colourfully sculpted tiered gopuram. There is a mandap in front of the temple where Sri Ramanuja was born. The deity of the Lord is in granite and in the standing posture. There is a shrine for Garuda facing Adi Kesava. There is a vast temple pond next to the shrine with a small stone manadapa in the centre.

Darsan Info

Sri Adi Kesava Perumal temple timings 6.30 AM to 12.00 AM and from 4.00 PM to 8.30 PM. After the Thirumanjanam of Lord Ramanuja, the clothes of the idol is given as prasadham to the devotees. It is believed that this cloth will cure many diseases.

Darsan Dresscode: Devotees are advised to wear clean and conservative attire. Western dresses are not allowed in the temples of Tamil Nadu


Sriperumbudur is the birth place of Sri Ramanauja, one of the greatest Vaishnava saints of all times. He was a Hindu theologian, philosopher and spiritual leader. The former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated here in 1991.

Language Spoken: Tamil

Location and Contact

SH 57, Ramanujar Nagar, Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu

Contact Number : +91 4427162236

Ways to Reach

By Air
Chennai, the nearest international airport, is situated around 35 km away from Sriperumbudur. Buses and taxis are easily available.
By Train
Kanchipuram and Chennai are the nearest railway stations.                                                By Road
Sriperumbudur is well connected with the other part of the states like Chennai, Kanchipuram et. 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 priests perform regular pujas and rituals to the deity. The temple has six various rituals performed through the day.

Special Rituals

Every Saturday the moolavar is docorated with flower in different "avatharams".

Pooja Timing

Sri Adi Kesava Perumal temple timings 6.30 AM to 12.00 AM and from 4.00 PM to 8.30 PM
Viswaroopa : 06. 30 AM
Kaala Shanthi Pooja : 07.00 AM
Uchchi Kaala Pooja : 09.00 AM
Sayaratchi Pooja : 05.30 PM
Raakkaala Pooja : 07.00 PM
Aravanai Pooja : 08.30 PM

Regular Offerings

Flowers, clothes, ghee lamps, milk abhishekam to Ramanujam.


March - Masi Pooram(Feb/March)
April - Panguni Uthiram(March/April)

  • Near Bus Stand

  • Sriperumbudur
  • Nearby Airport

  • Chennai - 35kms
  • Nearby Railway Station

  • Kanchipuram, Chennai
  • Taxi Stand

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