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Vaikunda Perumal Temple

Significance

Significance


Thiru Parameswara Vinnagaram or Vaikunta Perumal Temple is a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu, located in Kanchipuram in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

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

It is one among the 108 Divyadesam dedicated to Vishnu, who is worshipped as Vaikuntanathan and his consort Lakshmi as Vaikundavalli.

The region was once known as Vidharba Desa ruled by King Virocha.  Due to a curse incurred in his past birth, he had no issues.  A staunch Shiva devotee, he prayed to Lord Kailasanatha in Kancheepuram conducting a yajna.

Lord Vaikunda Perumal-Paramapada Nathar graces the devotees in standing, sitting and reclining form from under the Ashtanga-Mukunda Vimana.  Sanctum Sanctorum and the first prakara-corridor are of Kudavarai type built with sand rock.

The temple is called Mummada Koil.  Mother blesses the devotees from a shrine facing east in the front Mandap.  Divine serpent Adisesha is under a two joint trees in the prakara.

Lord Shiva made the Dwarapalakas of Lord Vishnu to be born as the kings sons. Though born as the princes, they continued to be devotees of Lord Vishnu and conducted a yajna for the welfare and prosperity of the people of this region. Pleased with them, Lord Vishnu granted darshan as Vaikundanatha to the princes.


About

About


 This Divya Desam is the celebrated Vaikuntha Perumaal Temple, built by the Pallava Emperors who also built the Kailasanathar Temple at Kanchipuram.The Moolavar here is Vaikuntha Nathan or Paramapada Naathan in a seated posture facing west, and Taayaar here is Vaikuntha Valli in a separate shrine.

This temple is regarded as a grand specimen of Pallava architecture. It has a  three layered Ashtanga Vimanam. The lowermost level enshrines the seated image of Vishnu, while the ones above enshrine Vishnu in reclining and standing postures respectively.

The images in the upper levels are not worshipped. (This is similar to the arrangement in the Koodalazhagar temple at Madurai).  This temple was constructed by Nandi Varma Pallavan II (717 - 779 CE) and it covers an area of about 3 acres. This is an ancient Pallava temple; the monolithic pillars in the inner prakaram are noteworthy.

Moolavar      :Paramapada Nathar (Vaikunda Perumal )

Amman / Thayar  :Vaikundavalli

Theertham    :   1000 theerthams

Agamam / Pooja:   Vaikanasam

Old year   :  1000-2000 years old

Historical Name    : Parameswara Vinnagaram

Do & Don't

Do & Don't


Do:


  • 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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