The temple is situated in ‘Thiruooragam‘ in Kanchipuram and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and also one of the 108 Divya Desam Temples. This temple is said to be one of the famous Divyadesam next to Sri Varadharajar Temple. This Divyadesam is found in Big Kanchipuram and is closely situated near to Sri Kamakshi Amman Temple.
About the Temple
This temple is said to be built by the Pallavas and was later contributed mostly by the Chola dynasties, Vijayanagar Kings and Madurai Nayakars. Ulagalantha Perumal Temple is built in a Dravidian style of structure and has a three-tiered Rajagopuram (temple tower) with seven Kalasams (a pot like structure), one of the prominent symbol of Hindu temples. The legend says that the authority of Lord Indra, the lord of heaven was taken by the demon King Mahabali. The demon king Mahabali with his severe penance won the praise of the world and he considered himself as the all-powerful in the whole world and heaven. And it is said that Lord Vishnu took Vamana Avatar (the fifth incarnation of Lord Vishnu), to restore the authority of Lord Indra. In Vamana avatar, Lord Vishnu is called as ‘Thrivikraman‘.
About the Deity
The presiding deity of this temple is Lord Ulagalantha Perumal also called as Thrivikraman stands at a height of 35 feet with his right leg at a right angle to the body and parallel to the ground, placed on the head of the demon King Mahabali. The two left hand fingers of Lord is seen stretched out, which indicates that he took two steps to measure the world. And one finger of His right hand refers to the question that Lord posted to the demon king, where he could place His third step.The Goddess of this temple is ‘Amudhavalli Thayaar‘ (Goddess Lakshmi) and the festival deity of this temple is Lord Loganathan.
Legend and Stories
In his Mangalasasanam, Tirumangai Azhwar had specifically mentioned the name of the Lord of this temple as Karvaanathu Ullai Kalva – “you are in Karvaanam stealing the hearts of the devotees.” Hence, this temple assumes greater significance than the other two. Historians are unable to conclude whether Tiru Neeragam and Tirukarakam had come to join Tiru Ooragam when Azhwar came here to submit his Mangalasasanam. Or did Azhwar sung his hymns at different places. When the temples met together, are questions still not solved.
Vaikunda Ekadasi in Tamil Margazhi covering December-January is grandly celebrated in the temple.
Ushathkalam Pooja – 7 a.m.
Kalasanthi Pooja – 8:00 a.m.
Uchikalam Pooja – 12:00 p.m.
Sayarakshai Pooja – 6:00 p.m.
Irandamkalam Pooja -7:00 p.m.
Ardha Jamam Pooja – 10:00 p.m.
Devotees pray here to develop human qualities and shed their egos. Devotees perform Tirumanjanam to Perumal offering new vastras.
Nearby Places to Visit
Kanchi Kamakshi Devi Temple
Sri Simha Dhakshinamoorthi Vyagrapuriswarar Temple
Madambakkam Sri Lakshmi Narayana Perumal Temple
Vaikunda Perumal Temple
Kanchi Varadaraja Swami Temple
Chennai houses the nearest international airport, and is situated around 75 km away from Kanchipuram. Both public and private transport facilities are available at the airport. Kanchipuram is connected with the southern part of the rail network and few trains are running through Kanchipuram. Suburban trains are running between Kanchipuram and Chennai beach on specified intervals. The city of Kanchipuram is well connected with the other part of the states and it is few kms from the Quadrilateral National Highway. There are frequent bus services from Chennai and it takes 2- 3 hours to reach. The Chennai Metropolitan and the state express transport operate the services.
Sri Ulagalanda Perumal Temple,
Pincode -631 502.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- For peace and happiness
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.
7 a.m. to 12 p.m.4 p.m. to 8 p.m.