This is a temple meant for those born under the Kettai Nakshatram to visit. The Sri Varadarajaperumal Temple is based in the place for Pasupathikovil in the district of Thanjavur or Tanjore. The Moolavar is Varadarajaperumal, and the Goddess is Perundevi.
About the Temple
Those who are born under the Kettai star are advised to worship at this temple. It is noteworthy that Peria Nambigal was born under this star. His birth star day is grandly celebrated in the temple. The people born under this pray to the Guru for advancement in life. They offer white vastras, jasmine garlands and even light ghee lamps in his shrine. For the sake of the nivedhana, they offer vadas and adhirasam, both of which are popular dishes in Tamil Nadu. In order to light lamps, they use special oil that is prepared out of three herbs is available in the temple itself. People suffering from impaired vision, pray to Koorathazhwar.
About The Deity
The presiding deity is Perumal. He is called Varadarajaperumal . His consort is Goddess Perundevi.
Legend and Stories
Sri Ramanuja, along with his Guru Peria Nambigal and disciple Koorathzhwar stayed in Srirangam. A Chola King was jealous of the growing popularity of Sri Ramanuja, and sent his men to capture Sri Ramanuja. As they could not identify Ramanuja, disciple Koorathazhwar, posing as his Guru in white clothes offered himself to be arrested. Peria Nambigal and his daughter Tiruthzhai accompanied Koorathzhwar. The Chola king asked them to give in writing that his religion was greater than theirs. They refused. The king ordered his men to take off their eyes. Koorathzhwar punched his eyes himself. The king’s men blinded Peria Nambigal’s eyes. Tiruthuzhai brought them to this temple. Peria Nambi was 105 years old then. Perumal granted darshan to them and gave salvation to Nambigal. The Lord is praised as Varadaraja Perumal – Boon Giver God. Mother Perundevi Thayar graces with Lord. It is in this temple, Lord Varadaraja Perumal granted darshan and salvation to Sri Ramanuja’s Guru Peria Nambigal.
Margazhi Kettai in December-January and Purattasi Saturdays in September-October are celebrated in the temple.
Those born under the Jyeshta star pray for relief from adverse planetary effects. Those suffering from vision problems pray to Koorathazhwar in the temple.
Devotees offer white clothes (vastras), jasmine garlands with Vada and sweet Vada known as Adhirasam in Tamil. They light ghee lamps and also light lamps with oil prepared with three herbals called Marudani, Karisilankanni and Sembaruti in Tamil. This is considered to be more sacred and effective.
Nearby Place To Visit
Andalakkum Aiyan Temple
Padikasu Nathar Temple
Gajendra Varadhan Temple
Hara Shaba Vimochana Perumal Temple
Adhivaraha Perumal Temple
The Pasupathikovil is situated about 13 km from Thanjavur on the Kumbakonam bus route. The temple is half a km from the bus stop. The closest railways are in Papanasam and the closest airport is in Trichy.
Sri Varadarajaperumal Temple,
Pincode -614 201.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from adverse planetary effects on Jeshta star
- Vision problems
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 7.00 a.m. to 9.00 a.m. and from 5.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.