• Vishnu

Pavalavanna Perumal Temple


This temple is located close to a railway station near the Sri Kamakshi Amman temple in Kanchipuram. Legend says that both the Pacchai and Pavala Vannan perumal must be revered, without leaving any of them. Inverse to Pavala Vannar Sannadhi, is the Pacchai Vannar Sannadhi found. Inspite of the Mangalasasanam not done in Pacchai Vannar sannadhi, both these two temples are considerded to be the single and must be adored as a solitary Divya desam. Pacchai vannar, who is additionally called as "Maragatha vannar" clarifies in this sthalam that he is the hamsam of Lord Shiva and Pavala Vannar as the hamsam of Para sakthi. So it is said that by revering these two sthalams in the meantime, we adore both The Moolavar of this sthalam is Sri Pavala Vannar. Additionally called as "Paramapatha Nathan" - Moolavar in Irundha Thirukkolam on Aadhiseshan confronting his thirumugham towards West Direction.
Prakthayaksham : For Brighu Maharishi, Aswini Devathai and for Parvathi.
Thaayar : Sri Pavala Valli. Seperate sannathi for Thaayar.

About the Temple

The idol graces the temple shining emerald green in a standing form. Mother has the attributes of three Mothers. Just opposite here is the Pavala Vanna Nathar temple, (red as a coral) one of the 108 Divya Desas. Worshipping Perumals – Pachai Vanna Nathar and Pavala Vanna Nathar is a rare darshan opportunity for the devotees.Lord Vishnu appears green as emerald, hence praised as Pachai Vanna Perumal – Pachai Vannam-emerald green. As He granted darshan to sage Marichi alone, Mothers are not with Him in the sanctum sanctorum. Mother Mahalakshmi blesses the devotees from a separate shrine. Generally Sri Chakra is installed in temples either opposite Mother’s shrine or nearby. Here, Sri Chakra is installed in the shrine itself. Mother blesses Her devotees in three forms, Sri Chakra Rupini, Mahalakshmi and Sita. Divine serpent Adisesha, serving Lord as His bed in the Milk Ocean was born as Lakshmana in Ramavatara accompanying the Lord in His great mission of establishing Dharma. Thus, Lord honoured Adisesha in His Ramavatara as His brother. When He granted darshan to Marichi, he could not become Adisesha here. He begged the Lord to give him the chance of bearing Him. Obliging him, Lord appeared on his head in the form of Jyoti. Hence, Nagadeepam (lamp on Naga-serpent) is kept in Mother’s shrine. This Jyoti story has another backing too. Lord Brahmma conducted a yajna without inviting His consort Saraswati. Angry Saraswathi caused hindrance to the Yajna in the form of a jyoti. Lord Vishnu came there in the same Jyoti form and helped Brahamma to complete the rituals. Hence, Nagadeepam is considered the very form Lord Vishnu in the temple.

About the Deity

The presiding deity is Shiva. He is called as Pachai Vannar. His consort is known as Maragathavalli.

Legend and Stories

Legend has it that Marichi Maharshi was a staunch devotee of Vishnu. He had a doubt. Why Lord Vishnu, though being highest of all, should take an avatar as a human-Ramavatara? Even so, why and how He let Ravana abduct Mother Sita? He wanted to have the answer from Lord Himself directly. Lord granted darshan to the Rishi. The Rishi put forth his questions. He asked, “is it you who incarnated as Rama? How you could afford to let Ravana to abduct Mother Sita? Could this happen without your knowledge? Was it necessary that you had to travel long to Lanka to rescue Her with the help of Sri Anjaneya, can’t you do it individually yourself?” The Lord explained. “This was an avatar to please everyone who loved me. Lord Shiva is very fond of me who incarnated as Sri Anjaneya. Many joined me in my mission. I enjoyed the company of all who loved me.” Adding, Lord further explained the family dharma that sons should respect and obey father and mother. Brothers should live in unity and how they should respect their sisters-in-law. How the characters of both men and women should be in order. This avatar was to set the rules for an ideal family.” Lord gave darshan to Sage Marichi as Pachai Vanna Perumal. Sage had his doubts cleared.


Vaikasi Viszkam in May-June; Aani Thirumanjanam in June-July and Vaikunda Ekadasi in December-January are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

Prasad and Offering

Those seeking wedding boon offer Archana Mala, perform Tirumanjanam, offer nivedhana with Parivattam and Sowrimudi used mostly by women with short hair. Other commitments include offering vastras, tulsi garlands, and pujas with dressing-alankaras. Two time puja is dedicated Sri Anjaneya with Vadamala. Devotees also contribute for the renovation of the temple.


Those facing concern about the welfare of children, adverse aspects of serpent planets and doubtful attitudes pray to Lord Perumal. Devotees perform special Tirumanjanam to Lord and Mother.

Nearby Place To Visit

Kamakshi Amman Temple
Aatcheeswarar Temple
Kachi Anekadhangavadeswarar Temple
Deivanayaka Easwarar temple
Satyanathaswami Temple
Kalva Perumal Temple


The temple is a kilometer from the Kancheepuram bus stand. Kancheepuram has the closest railway station, and the nearest airport is in Chennai.

Temple Address

Sri Pachai Vanna Perumal Temple,
Kancheepuram 631 502.


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

  • For a happy and prosperous family life

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.


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