A part of Vishnu Kanchi and one of the 108 divyadehams, is the Vaikunta Perumal temple, where the divinity of Lord Vishnu is worshipped. The temple is believed to have been built by the Pallava king Nandivarman II (in the 6th century. Later the Cholas and Vijayanagar kings contributed in expanding the temple structure. Sri Ramanujar and Sri Manavalamamunigal are said to have been to the shrine. The temple is praised in the Divya Prabandha, the Tamil compilation of verses of the Azvar saints.
The ruler of this region of Vidharba desa, King Virocha due to a curse in his previous birth, did not have a heir. A staunch Shiva devotee, he prayed to Lord Kailasanatha in Kancheepuram. Lord Shiva blessed him that the Dwarapalakas of Lord Vishnu would be born as the king's sons. Though born to the royal family, the young princes continued to be devotees of Lord Vishnu and conducted a yagna for the welfare and prosperity of the people. Ple...View more
sed with them, Lord Vishnu granted them darshan as Vaikundanatha Perumal.This temple is part of Kanchipuram Divya Desam Yatra.
The Vaikunta Perumal temple, built in Dravidian architectural style, has three vertically aligned sanctorums, one on top of the other. The ground floor sanctum contains the primary deity of Vishnu in a seated posture, the one on the first floor has the sleeping idol of Lord Vishnu and on the topmost floor, is the standing form of this deity. The walls of the temples are adorned with historical and religious sculptures some describing the rule of ...View more
he Pallava dynasty. The lion pillars around the temple epitomises the expertise of that era.Picture Courtesy:"Parameswara Vinnagaram" by Sridhar.selvaraj - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Parameswara_Vinnagaram.JPG#/media/File:Parameswara_Vinnagaram.JPG
Chennai, the nearest international airport, is situated around 75 km away from Kanchipuram.
Kanchipuram is the nearest railway station and Chennai, a major rail head. Local trains run between Kanchipuram and Chennai at specified intervals.
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.
Devotees are advised to wear clean and conservative attire.
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.
The temple rituals at Vaikunda Perumal Temple are performed six times a day with each ritual having three step: alangaram, neivethanam and deepa aradanai.
Flowers, sarkara pongal, rice flakes are the common offerings made to Vaikunda Perumal.
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