Varadaraja Swamy Temple, Chennai
Varadaraja swamy Temple is one of the most popular Vishnu temples in Kancheepuram, Tamilnadu. This temple is also called Vishnu Kanchi or Perumal Koil. It is on Hastagiri (elephant Hill) and it has dieties of Varadaraja swamy and Perundevi. Another importance of this temple is it has beautifully carved Gold and Silver plated lizards, sun and moon on the ceiling attached to the main temple which was installed by Indra the King of Gods. This temple is very famous for the lizard. When a lizard falls it has some evil effects to us and it is believed that if we touch this golden lizard shrine any evil effects are forbidded. The diety of Varadaraja Swamy is in standing position and this is second biggest idol of Tirumala Tirupathi Venkateswara Swamy temple. The three temples Eekambaranathar, Kamakshi and Varadaraja swamy are called as abode of trio (Mumurtivasam).
The story behind this temple is once Lord Brahma was doing Ashvamedha Yaaga in Kancheepuram without Saraswathi his consort. Godess Saraswathi got angry and want to destroy the yagna. So she came in the form of a river (called Vegavathi). Immediately Brahma surrendered before Lord Narayana requesting him to save from this danger. He stopped vegavathi by lying down aross the river. Later Brahma and Saraswathi continued the Yaaga, and after completion, Lord Narayana came out from Yaaga Agni (Holy Fire) and appeared in a beautifull form as Varadaraja Swamy along with his consorts Sridevi and Bhoodevi in Vimana. As per the wishes of Brahma Lord Vishnu remained in the same place as Varadaraja Swamy.
The 100 pillar hall in this temple is a special attraction which was built during Vijayanagara empire with sculputures of Ramayana and Mahabarata. The sculpture and architecture is very beautiful and it is all carved on one stone. The temple is built with so many other sub dieties of Alwars and a Garuda sannidhi temple. ( Garuda is the vehicle of Lord Vishnu).
A beautiful, attractive temple with a good architecture, to be visited to get the boons of Lord Varadaraja Swamy.
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