The Kaliyuga Varadaraja Perumal Temple is situated in Kallankurichi, in Tamil Nadu. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. An idol of Lord Hanuman was installed near the main deity. The temple is about 250 years old and was built by a man called Mangaan Padaiyaachi.
There are no idols as presiding deity in the sanctum sanctorum. Only a 12 feet tall post held by Sri Anjaneya is considered the presiding deity of the temple.
About the Temple
There is a 12 feet tall post in the sanctum sanctorum held by Sri Anjaneya which is considered the presiding deity. Pujas are performed only to this post. There is no Sorgavasal on the Vaikunda Ekadasi day as traditionally seen in Vaishnavite temples. Instead, procession deity is taken on procession. There is no separate shrine for Mother. As the presiding deity is believed to be in the post in the sanctum, it implies that Mothers too are with the Lord in the post. Procession deity Kaliyuga Varadaraja Perumal graces with Mothers Sridevi and Bhoodevi.
Legend and Stories
About 250 years ago, one Gopalan, belonging to Vanniya community was residing in Ariyalur Sidhalavadi. His son Mangan was managing a herd of cows. He found one of the cows in its advanced pregnant state missing and could not find it even after three day search. On the third night, Lord appeared in his dream and said that his cow was safe at a place two miles westward between a banyan and Mavilinga tree near a bush and that he could pick his cow and calf. Mangan was too happy to have his cow and calf at the place indicated by the Lord and found a post wet with the milk of the cow. He worshipped the post and returned home happily. On the seventh night then, Mangan heard the Lord telling him in the dream what great a fool was he to return home with his cow and calf only leaving the post which even great rishis could not see even after a penance of 8000 years. You have left behind a thing that has no end. You are not aware of the relationship between me and your ancestors who were worshipping Vishnu in Seethalavadi. They were bringing this post to build a temple but could not as the axis of the cart broke down on the way and they left me there. It is the wooden post you saw the other day. It is now your duty to install the post and begin the worship. I hid your cow only to remind you of your duty. I am Kaliyuga Perumal. So saying, Lord disappeared. Mangan took the command of the Lord on his head, brought the wooden post and built the temple. Kaliyuga Varadaraja Perumal thus came into being in Kallankurichi.
Chithirai New Year day falling almost on April 14, Chithira Poornima-Full Moon in April-May, Akshaya Tritiya in April-May with Lord coming in procession on Garuda Vahana, procession of Lord on Silver Garuda Vahana on Vaikasi Visaka star day in May-June, Aadi perukku in July-August, Gokhulashtami and Vinayaka Chaturthi in August-September, Purattasi Saturdays and Vijayadasami in September-October, Tirukarthika in November-December, Hanuman Jayanthi, two car processions for Anjaneya and the Lord with Mother on Sri RamaNavami day and Panguni Uthiram in March-April are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
How to reach Sri Kaliyuga Varadaraja Perumal Temple
The nearest bus stop and railway station are in Ariyalur. The nearest airport is in Trichy.
Sri Kaliyuga Varadaraja Perumal Temple,
Tamil Nadu - 621705
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Good agricultural yield
- Ear boring ceremonies
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 6.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 3.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.