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Pandava Thoothar Perumal Temple



Pandavathootha Perumal Temple or Thirupadagam located in Kanchipuram in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu.

Constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture, the temple is glorified in theDivya Prabandha, the early medieval Tamil canon of the Azhwar saints from the 6th?9th centuries AD.

It is one of the 108 Divyadesam dedicated to Vishnu, who is worshipped as Pandava Thoothar Perumal and his consort Lakshmi as Rukmini.Only Divyadesam where the almighty Blesses in his 25 Feet Gigantic Viswaroopam.

Lord Krishna is praised as Pandava Dhootha Perumal as He played envoy to Pandava brothers.  He is mentioned as Dhoodha Hari in the epigraphs here.  He also granted vision and darshan to blind king Dritharashtra in this place.

Vaishnavite Acharya Arulala Perumal Emperumanar, also called Yajnamurthy visited here, held a debate with Sri Ramanuja and surrendered to him after 18 days.  Acharya Manavala Mamunigal also had visited this place.

Pandava Thoothar is believed to have appeared to Pandavas. Six daily rituals and three yearly festivals are held at the temple, of which the Krishna Janmasthami festival, celebrated during the Tamil month of Aavani.



Thirupadagam Sree Pandacapootha Thootha Perumal Temple - Where the almighty is Blessing in his Gigantic Viswaroopa Posture Facing East with 25 feet Height under Badhra Vimanam which can not be worshipped in any other temples and very near to the familiar Ekambareswarar Temple. Thirpadagam Divyadesam is connected with the Great Epic Mahabharatha.

The temple is considered one of three oldest temples in Kanchipuram, the other two being Ulagalantha Perumal Temple and Yathothkari Perumal Temple. The temple is believed to have been built by the Pallavas of the late 8th century AD, with later contributions from Medieval Cholas and Vijayanagar kings.

The temple has three inscriptions on its walls, two dating from the period of Kulothunga Chola I (1070 -1120 CE) and one to that of Rajadhiraja Chola (1018-54 CE). A granite wall surrounds the temple, enclosing all the shrines and two bodies of water. There is a four-tiered rajagopuram, the temple's gateway tower, in the temple.

The temple is open from 7.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.

Moolavar   :  Pandava Thoodha Perumal, Krishnan    

Thayar     : Sathyabama and Rukmini

Blessing Pose  : Sitting Pose Facing East Abaya Hastham

Vimanam    :  Vedakoti Vimanam, Badhra Vimanam

Theertham  : Mathsya Theertham

Kshetram   : Sathyavradha Kshetram

Do & Don't

Do & Don't


  • Do pray your Ishta Devata before pilgrimage to Temple.
  • Do contact Temple Devasthanam information centre for enquiry, temple information and for Pooja details etc.
  • Do reserve your travel and accommodation at Temple well in advance.
  • Do bath and wear clean clothes before you enter the temple.
  • Do concentrate on God and Goddess inside the temple.
  • Do maintain silence and recite your Istamantram to yourself inside the temple.
  • Do observe ancient custom and traditions while in Temple.
  • Do respect religious sentiments at Temple.
  • Do deposit your offerings in the hundi only.

Don't s:

  • Do not come to Temple for any purpose other than worshipping of God and Goddess.
  • Do not smoke at Temple.
  • Do not consume alcoholic drinks at Temple.
  • Do not eat non-vegetarian food in the Kshetram.
  • Do not approach mediators for quick Darshanam. It may cause inconvenient to others.
  • Do not carry any weapon inside the temple.
  • Do not wear any head guards like helmets, caps, turbans and hats inside the temple premises.
  • Do not perform Sastanga Pranama inside the Sanctum Sanctorum.
  • Do not take much time while performing Sparsa Darshanam to God in Garbhagriha.
  • Do not buy spurious prasadams from street vendors.
  • Do not encourage beggars at Temple.
  • Do not spit or create nuisance in the premises of the temple.

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