- This is one of the ancient monuments in this city being maintained by the ASI.It is Divya desam No.42. The temple was built by Nandi varma Pallava
How to reach:
The temple is close to the Old Railway station of Kanchi and very easily found .It is well maintained
Legends Of the temple:
The King viroacha of the land here then known as vidharba desa was issueless. He then prayed to kailasanathar at the Shiva temple and was given a boon by Lord Shiva that Jaya and Vijaya who were the Dwarapalakas of Mahavishnu would be born as his kids.The princes both were very religious and used to do Vishnu puja.They both performed Ashwamedha yagna and Vishnu appeared as vaikuntanatha to them and stayed here
View of the main temple from the Gopuram.
The Thayar Mahalakshmi is facing East in the first praharam seen above.
The lord is seen in a Siting Posture in the main praharam. There are2 other Vigrahas as Ranganathar behind and as a standing lord. The Ranganathar sannidhi is opened only on Ekadashi days and the Standing Lord is not offered daily Pujas as there is no access to climb the temple.
The King Nandivarman II was a Contemporary of Sri Thirumangai alwar who has sung 10 songs on this lord and also immortalised the king in his verses.