In the holy city of Kanchipuram, stands the divyadesam temple of Sri Varadaraja Perumal, praised by the Alwar saints in their hymns. The temple along with Ekambareswarar Temple and Kamakshi Amman Temple in Kanchipuram is popularly known as Mumurtivasam (abode of trio). This temple was renovated and expanded during the reign of Kulottunga Chola I, and his son Vikrama Chola. The later Chola kings also contributed to the renovation of the structure. It is said that during the Mughul invasion, the main deity was taken to Udayarpalayam, Trichy. Robert Clive, a British General is described as having donated a valuable necklace to the Lord.
The legend regarding the temple revolves around a yagna conducted by Lord Brahma. Goddess Saraswathy, angry that she was not a part of it, decided to create obstruction. She too the form of Vegavathi, a fast flowing river to destroy the yaga shala. Lord Vishnu lay down across the flowing river to stop its flow. Sarswathi, not having the power to cross the Lord, surrendered herself. At the end of yagna, Lord Varadaraja appeared and Brahma re...View more
uested him to stay in the place and bless his devotees which he agreed to.This temple is part of the famous Kanchipuram Divya Desam Yatra.
The Temple is huge and showcases the artisanship of the bygone eras. Built in Dravidian style, it has a tiered gopurams at the entrance. The temple has five prakarams. One of the prominent architectural marvel in the temple is the huge stone chain sculpted in a single stone. The pillared mandapams, sculptures, carvings, mural paintings epitomises the architectural brilliance of the Chola and Vijayanagara empire. The shrine of Varadara...View more
aswamy is on a small hillock. Carved lizards in gold adorn the sanctum. There are shrines for Narasimha and Goddess Perundevi Thayar along with other Gods and Alwars.
Devotees are advised to wear clean and conservative attire. Western dresses are not allowed in the temples of Tamil Nadu
The priests perform regular pujas and rituals to the deity. Four worship services are offered daily