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Yathothkari Perumal Temple, Thiruvekka Temple | TamilNadu, Kanchipuram

Dedicated to the holiness of Lord Vishnu stands the Yathkothkari temple, one of the oldest temples in the city of Kanchipuram. There are mentions about this temple in Silappatikaram (2nd-3rd century), Patanjali and Tolkāppiyam (3rd century). This is the Birth place of Poigai Alwar, who was one of the famous Vaishnavaite poets of the 7th century. The temple is one among the 108 divya deshams mentioned in the Divya Prbandham by Azhvar saints. The Pallavas are believed to have constructed the shrine, with contributions form the Cholas at the later stage. The inscriptions on the walls, indicate gifting of  land, gold, lamps etc by the various Chola kings.

Legend

The legend about the origin of the temple is associated with Goddess Sarswathi. Angry at Brahma at having chosen Lakshmi as superior over her, Sarswathi,tried to disrupt his 'yaagam' by taking the form of the fast flowing river of Vegavathi. During this time, Vishnu stopped her by sleeping across the river and blocking its flow. Saraswathi, on seeing Vishnu in her path, accepted her defeat. As Vishnu interfered the path of the river, the presidin...View more

Architecture

The temple has two open courtyards and a five tiered gopuram adorned with carvings. The central shrine of the temple has the image of presiding deity, "Sonnavannam Seitha Perumal". The unique feature of the main deity is that unlike other Vishnu temples, the lying posture of the Lord is from right to left. There is a shrine for Goddess Komalavalli. There are also shrines for Rama, Sita, Bhoomidevi and Garuda. The temple has a set of inscriptions ...View more

Darsan Info

Yathothkari Perumal Temple timings 8.00 AM-11.00 AM, 5.00 PM - 8.00 PM

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Location and Contact

Ennaikaran, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu 631501
+91 4437209752

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.

Darsan Dresscode

Devotees are advised to wear clean and conservative attire

Culture

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

Additional Info

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Temple Rituals

Pujas are offered twice a day in the Yathothkari temple.

Regular Offerings

Flowers, garlands, abhishekam are the regular offerings made to the Lord at Thiruvekka temple.

Special rituals

Every year the Lord along with Thirumazhisai Azhwar are taken as a procession to the banks of River Vegavathi in Tamil month of Thai on Maham star.

famous Festivals

April - Brahmotsavam
September - Aippasi Thiruvonam
December - Vaikunta Ekadashi

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