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Sri Pachai Vannar Temple and Sri Pavalai Vannar Temple

TamilNadu, Kanchipuram

In Kanchipuram, stands the two temples of Pachai Vannar and Pavalai Vannar, two shrines standing opposite to each other, two places of holiness where the Lord is mentioned by his colour. He is seen in emerald green at the Pachai Vannar and coral coloured at the Pavalai Vannar. The temple of Pavalai Vannar was praised in the hymns of the Alwar saints as the 108 sacred abodes of Vishnu. Though Pachai Vannar temple is not mentioned in the hymns, both these temples are believed to constitute the divyadesam. The temples are said to have been built by the Pallava king Nandivarman II, with later contributions from Cholas and Vijayanagar kings.


The legend  regarding the Pavala Vanna Perumal temple revolves around a yagna conducted by Lord Brahma. Goddess Saraswathy, angry that she was not a part of it, sent demons to create obstruction. Lord Vishnu, battled the demons and ensured that the yagna proceeded smoothly. The God here is coral in colour. In the Pachai Vanna Perumal shrine, it is believed that the Lord gave boon to Sage Bhrigu that Mahalakshmi will be born as his daughter, ...View more


The temples are built in traditional Dravidian style of architecture with tiered gateway gopurams adorned with sculptures. Lord Pavalavannan is in standing posture with a separate shrine for Pavalavalli thayar. A few metres away is Pachai Vannan perumal temple and here the Lord is in a sitting posture on Adisheshan.

Darsan Info

Timings : Sri Pavalai Vannar temple timings 7:00 AM till 10:00 AM and from 5:00 PM till 7:00 PM. Though Pachai Vannar is not a divyadesam, both these temples usually considered as a single divyadesam and worshipped together. Devotees believe that if one visits one temple, visiting the other is mandatory

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Darsan Dresscode

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


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.

Location and Contact

Periya, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu

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

  1. GRT Residency (044 2722 5250)
    Sri Hari Residency(091505 31322)
    Sri Moushiga Hotel(097874 78454)
    Hotel Baboo Soorya (044 2722 2556)
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Temple Rituals

The priests perform regular pujas and rituals to the deity.

Regular Offerings

Flowers, clothes

Special Rituals

Devotees perform special Tirumanjanam to Lord and Goddess

Famous Festival

June - Vaikasi Brahmotsavam(May/June)

December - Vaikunta Ekadashi

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