• Vishnu

Agopila Varatharaja Perumal Temple

Overview


Ahobila Varadaraja Perumal temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, located in Balasamudram, Dindigul, Tamil Nadu. This temple is located 6 kms South of Palani Dhandayuthapani temple. This temple is 500 year old.


About The Temple


The temple in its current form and structure is believed to have been built in 1504 AD by Obula Kunda Nayak, who ruled this region. He was originally from Ahobilam and was keen to build a Perumal temple here. Indication of the centuries old existence is the strong granite structure of the complex housing Lord Varadaraja Perumal that is so symbolic of ancient temples. In memory of his home town, the Lord here came to be referred to as Ahobila Varadaraja Perumal.


About The Deity


Ahobila Varadaraja Perumal is seen in an east facing standing posture with Sri and Bhoo Devi by his side. The goddess name is Perundevi Thaayar.


Festivals


11day Brahmotsavam in Avani- Chariot Festival on Avani Revathi. There are four Vahanas that date back several centuries. During the Brahmotsavam, Lord Varadarajan goes out on a procession around the streets of Balasamudram on the Garuda Vahana, Hanumantha Vahana and Sapparam.

11day Era Pathu Utsavam in Margazhi following the Paramapada Vaasal opening. On Puratasi Saturdays, a bhajan takes place from 9pm on Saturday evening till 7am Sunday morning. On the moolam day in Margazhi, there is a special abhishekam for Anjaneya. A homam is performed in Vaikasi on the occasion of Narasimha Jayanthi. Every month, on Swathi there is a special Abhishekam for Lord Narasimha between 6:00 am and 7:30 am.


Interesting Facts


A special feature at the temple is the presence of ancient Dasavathara idols inside the Perundevi Thaayar Sannidhi. Another feature is the presence of 12 Rasis sculpted on a stone in the Maha Mandapa.


Significance


Visiting this temple and offering sincere prayers here is believed to relieve one from doshams. As a solution to real estate problems, a special pooja is performed with ground nut invoking the blessings of Varaha Perumal.


How to Reach Agopila Varatharaja Perumal Temple, Balasamudram

Air

The nearest airport is at Madurai.


Rail

The nearest railway station is at Palani.


Road

Town bus every 30minutes from Palani bus stand to Balasamudram. Also, mini buses ply between Palani and Balasamudram every half hour. Auto facility is available from Palani bus stand to the temple.


Temple Address


Agopila Varatharaja Perumal Temple,
Balasamudram, Dindigul District, Tamil Nadu,
India, Pincode – 624610.

Significance

Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-

  • Salvation
  • Wealth
  • Relief from diseases
  • Purchase of vehicles
  • Gain Knowledge
Shlokas

Achutham Keyshavam Rama Narayanam Krishna Damodaram Vasudevam Harim Shridharam Madhavam Gopika Vallabham Janaki Nayakam Ramachandram Bhajey

Meaning -Oh Lord who cannot be perished, who also has names like Keshava, Rama, Damodara, Narayana, Sridhara, Madhava, Krishna, Ramachandra the beloved of Janaki, let me say your name regularly.

Vasudeva Sutham Devam Kamsa Chanoora Mardhanam Devaki Paramanandham Krishnam Vande Jagathgurum

Meaning -I bow to you O Krishna, the ultimate guru, Devaki and Vasudeva's son, and the destroyer of Kamsa and Chanur.

Adharam Madhuram Vadanam Madhuram Nayanam Madhuram Hasitam Madhuram Hridayam Madhuram Gamanam Madhuram Mathuraa Dhipate Rakhilam Madhuram

Meaning -Meaning - Sweet are Your lips, sweet is Your face, sweet are Your eyes, sweet is Your smile, sweet is Your heart, sweet is Your gait, O Lord of Mathura, everything about You is sweet.

Alokya Mathur Mukha Madarena Sthanyam Pibantham Saraseeruhaksham Sachinmayam Devam Anantha Roopam Balam Mukundam Manasa Smarami

Meaning -I think of this Balamukundan as the one who looks lovingly at his mother's face while taking milk from her, who has eyes similar to the red lotus, who is the embodiment of truth and intelligence and other forms.

Timings

The temple is open from 08:00 am to 12:00 noon and from 04:00 pm to 08:00 pm.

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