Tuesday, June 9, 2015

ParameshwaraVinnagaram(Vaikunta perumal Koil)- A Divya desam in Kanchipuram

  1. 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  IMG_0018

How to reach:

The temple is close to the Old Railway station of Kanchi and very easily found .It is well maintained

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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.

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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.

There are exquisite sculptures depicting the way the King ascended the throne and many more details which are all crumbling in spite of maintenanceIMG_0024IMG_0025IMG_0026IMG_0027IMG_0028IMG_0029

There is Adiseshan under  Banyan trees in the courtyardIMG_0042

The temple tank IMG_0043