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Thirupuleeswarar and Vaikuntanatha Swamy Temple

Overview


This temple is situated in Voyalur, located just before the big Palar Bridge, 4 KM away from Kalpakkam. The temple is on the left side of the East Coast Road while going from Chennai, at about 300 meters inside. The temple was constructed by Mahendra Varma Pallavan during 400 AD. It has lots of inscriptions in Sanskrit and Pali.


About the Temple


Thirupuleeshwarar and Vaikuntanathar Swami Temple is said to be built by Raja Simha Pallavan in 723 AD. However, some historians believe it was built prior to that. This is a twin temple of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu within the same compound. Lord Shiva here is called Thirupuleeshwarar or Vyakrapuleeshwarar and His consort Angayarkanni Ammai. In the sanctum, behind the Shiva Lingam, is the relief sculpture of Somaskanda. The Shiva temple section has Gaja Prushta Shivalayam architecture, meaning that the rear part of the sanctum is curved forming a semi circle. Lord Vishnu here is called Vaikunta Perumal and his consorts Sridevi and Bhoodevi. There are separate shrines for Lord Muruga and Lord Vinayaga situated behind the Shiva and Vishnu shrines.


Accessibility


Airport

The nearest airport is Chennai International airport.

Railways

The nearest railhead is Kanchipuram railway station. Chennai, Pondicherry, Nagercoil and Madurai are the railheads connected to it.

Road

The distance from Chennai is negligible (2 hrs) and the road is in good shape. Bus services are private or government operated. There are guided tours by operators in Chennai.


Temple Address


Thirupuleeshwarar Vaikunda Perumal Temple,
Kanchipuram.

Significance

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

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

Daivi Hyesa Gunamayi Mama Maya Duratyaya Mameva Ye Prapadyante Mayametam Taranti Te

Meaning -According to this sloka, the heavenly maya of God is very complicated, but those who worship God will be able to overcome it.

Balam Balavatam Caham Kamaragavivarjitam Dharmaviruddho Bhutesu Kamo'smi Bharatarsabha

Meaning -According to this sloka, God is the isolated and aloof strength of the controlling and virtuous craving in men.

Ye Caiva Sattvika Bhava Rajasastamasasca Ye Matta Everti Tanviddhi Na Tvaham Tesu Temayi

Meaning -According to this sloka, though the only source of satva, rajas and tamas (good, obsessive and dark) elements is God, they are not present within the God or the deity.

Tribhirgunamayairbhavairebhih Sarvamidam Jagat Mohitam Nabhijanati Mamebhyah Paramavyayam

Meaning -According to this sloka, the entire world doesn't recognize the eternal God beyond them, because they are consumed by the elements of satva, rajas and tamas (good, obssessive and dark).

Timings

The temple is open from 5:00 AM to 8:00 PM

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