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History and Significance of Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram 

Lord Varadaraja Perumal in His standing posture facing west blesses the devotees with all mercy. As Perumal granted a boon – Varam in Tamil – to Lord Brahmma pleased with His Yajna, He is praised as Varadaraja Perumal. The place derived the name Athigiri as Iravadam elephant lifted Perumal as a Mount. Athi-Mount. The 24 steps in the temple represent the number of letters of Gayatri Mahamantra. Two sons of Sage Bringi were the disciples of Sage Gautama. They did not notice that two lizards had fallen into the water they brought for their mentor’s puja. Gautama cursed them to be changed as lizards. When they sought a relief, the Rishi said it lies in Kancheepuram. After a long journey around the world, they reached Kancheepuram and begged Lord Perumal for salvation. Perumal said that their soul would reach Him while their mortal coil would remain in lizard forms. Those who worship the lizards would be relieved of all adverse aspects on them, added Perumal. He also said that Sun and Moon would be witnesses to this boon. There are two long Mandaps under the tank north of the 100 pillar mandap in the temple, where the 40 feet long Athi Varadaraja Perumal in his reclining posture is placed. The wooden idol is brought out for the darshan of the devotees once in forty years. Special Pujas are offered to Perumal.

History of Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram

Lord Brahmma conducted a yajna at Kanchi to purify Himself. He avoided His consort Mother Saraswathi and did the yajna with His other consorts Gayatri and Savitri. Enraged Saraswathi flowed in spate as River Vegavati. Lord Perumal, at the request of Brahmma checked the floods by placing himself across the river in reclining posture. After the yajna was over, Perumal appeared from the Flames of the Yagna. There are 24 steps to reach Athigiri.

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  1. Dhan Veer says:

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