Sri Varadharaja Perumal Temple

Sri Varadharaja Perumal Temple

TamilNadu, Kanchipuram

Shrine: Varadharaja Perumal

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.

Origin: Origin unknown


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 requested 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 Varadarajaswamy 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. 

Darsan Info

Sri Varadharaja Perumal Temple timings :                                         

Morning :  6.00 - 12.30                             
Evening : 3.30 - 8.30 P.M
Garuda Seva, celebrated on the third day of the 10-day Brahmotsavam is celebrated with pomp and splendour. Lakhs of devotees throng to worship at the temple on the day.

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.

Language Spoken: Tamil

Location and Contact

39, SH58, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu

Contact Number : +91 4427269773

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

  • GRT Residency (044 2722 5250)
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    Sri Moushiga Hotel(097874 78454)
    Hotel Baboo Soorya (044 2722 2556)
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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. Four worship services are offered daily

Special Rituals

Thirumanjanam to Perumal is performed on every Friday and on Hustha star Days. Thirumanjanam are also performed at the shrines of  Chakrath Alwar, Thiruvananth Alwar  and Anjeneyar Sannadhi .

Pooja Timing

Sri Varadharaja Perumal Temple timings :                                         

Morning :  6.00 - 12.30                             
Evening : 3.30 - 8.30 P.M

Regular Offerings

Flowers, clothes


May - Brahmotsavam, Garuda Seva

July - Thiruaadipooram
October -  Navrathri
November - Thiru Karthigai
December -  Vaiunda ekadasi

  • Near Bus Stand

  • Kanchipuram
  • Nearby Airport

  • Chennai - 75kms
  • Nearby Railway Station

  • Kanchipuram
  • Taxi Stand

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