Arulmigu Varadaraja Perumal Temple is located at Kannangudi , Chidambaram Taluk, Cuddalore District, Tamil Nadu. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
About The Temple
Under the single-floored vimaanam, Varadaraja Perumal with conch and wheel (chanku and chakram) appears in the standing posture. At the ardhamandapam in front of the Swami sanctum is the ‘Monkey-Aanjaneyar’. He is without a crown like an ordinary monkey in the service of Lord Rama. He holds the rosary beads (japamaalai) between his joined palms. Opposite to Swami is Garudaalwar in a mandapam. Here are portrayed the Dasavathara pictures of Lord Vishnu. The consolidated ‘Naalaayira Divya Prabandam’ is also written on the wall.
About The Deity
The Lord is specially called ‘ Varam tharum Varadarajar’ – ‘Boon granting Varadarajar’ as He grants the boons asked. The tradition is that by worshipping this deity, one can enjoy Paradise while living and receive ‘moksa’ after life. Hence, there is no ‘Swarga Vaasal’ – ‘Paradise Door’ here. On the Vaikunta Ekadasi day, the sanctum’s doors are opened as ‘Swarga Vaasal’. The Lord goes out through this door. At that instant, we can worship together the utsava icon leaving the ‘Swarga Vaasal’ and the Prime Deity Varadarajar.
Legend and Stories
A Vishnu-devotee had an ache in the mind that there was no Vishnu temple in this place. He prayed to the Lord that a temple be built here. Once the Lord appeared to him in his dream and pointed at the nearby pond, and also made him know that there lay his image. Accordingly the bhakta went to the pond and found out the statue. He consecrated the statue here and erected a temple. The Lord was also named ‘Varadaraja Perumal’.
The idol of Perumal was consecrated on Hastam star day of a Vaikaasi month. On that day special pooja with thirumanjanam will be performed to the Lord. On all Fridays and on the Hastam star day of every month special thirumanjanam will be performed.
Guru Bhagawan’s grace in the horoscope alone will motivate marriage and beget children. This is called ‘Guru paarvai’ – Guru View. To receive this, devotees conduct ‘archana’ to the Lord, and worship by lighting lamps. Prayers are also conducted to acquire wealth and for the welfare of life and family.
Since Swami’s star is Hastham, this temple is the sacred remedial place for those who are born in this star. In order to ease out the problems created by the planets Guru, Sani, Raagu and Ketu, and also for the ill effects caused by the planetary movements, the Hastham-born people offer worship here. Devotees light lamps and pray to get married, beget issues and the family to become wealthy
The devotees perform thirumanjanam to the Lord and adorn Him with Tulsi garland. Sweet-rice is also offered.
How To Reach Arulmigu Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kannangudi
The Nearest Airports are at Tiruchirapalli, Chennai Airport.
The Nearest Railway Station is Chidambaram Railway Station.
This place is situated 4 kms from Chidambaram. The buses that ply to Sethiathoppu (Bus nos. 14, 18, 34, 43, 44) go via this place. The temple is near the bus-stop.
Arulmigu Varadaraja Perumal Temple,
via Keerappaalayam, Kannangudi,
Ennanagaram PO, Chidambaram Taluq,
Cuddalore District, Tamil Nadu, Pincode – 608602.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Remedial place for Hastam star people
- Marriage boon
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.
The temple is open from morning 7.00 till 9.00 and from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm.