Sunday, November 4, 2012

Thiruvooraga Perumal Koil Kunrathur

Kunrathur is a southern Suburb of Chennai between Poonamallee, Porur and Mangadu.It is famous for its

murugan temple  See link below


The Nagaimugai amman Kandaeshwarar Temple

The Thirunageshwaram temple Rahu Sthalam built by Sekkhizar

The Perumal temple is situated at the foot of the hillock of Murugan temple and the Shiva temple

How to reach:

Kunrathur can be easily reached from Porur .Just follow the extension of Arcot road you will reach the town in 4 kms or you can also reach it from Mangadu/poonamallee or also from Sripermbudur . Kunrathur can be reached from Thiruneermalai from GST road side and from Sriperumbudur on the Kodambakkam Sriperumbudur highway.

Legend of the temple:

The temple was built by the  King Kulathunga Chola about 1000 years ago as a thanks giving in gratitude for having been relieved of a spell cast on him. He prayed to Kanchi Thiruvooraga Perumal at Kanchipuram who appeared in his dream and directed him to build the temple in Kunrathur facing west and the Lord was to be in the standing posture like in Tirupathi.IMG_1056

As you enter you can see the Dwajastambam and the main praharamIMG_1045

There are variety of carvings on the gate posts depicting the dasavathara  but the entire structure inside has been rebuilt from scratchIMG_1047


The main sannidhi has a tall Maha Vishnu with four Arms as in Tirumala with Sridevi and Bhudevi on his chest. The Vigraham is 7 feet tall and is on a Lotus pedestal. He is showing abhayahastha with his right hand and has the Conch and Chakra in his other two hands.The left lower hand is on his waist.

For a detailed pic see Shantiraju’s excellent blog and pics at

The Lord is facing the west.

To the left of the lord’s sannidhi is the small sannidhi of Thiruvirundhavalli Thayar, facing east.

There is a small sannidhi for Thumbikai alwar here (Ganapathy) in the thayar sannidhi

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The Northern side has a spacious mandapam with sannidhis for Andal, Seetha sametha Rama and Anjaneya has a separate sannidhi



Rama and Lakshmana have the Bows in their left hands and the Arrows in their right hands.

In front of this sannidhi  is Hanuman Sannidhi posture seen below




The rajagopuram from inside