The centre of attraction in Vishnu Kanchi is the temple of
Varadarajaswami situated on the top of Hastigiri or Elephant Hill. One has to ascend 24
steps up the hill to reach the sanctum sanctorum. Lord Varadaraja is in standing posture
facing towards the west with his gracious look. The figure is huge in size with four hands
holding the insignias of Sankha, Chakra, etc., and richly decorated with costly jewels. It
is said in Brahmananda Purana that the entire creation came to a standstill once
because of the pollution of the mind of Brahma, the Creator. To get rid of this mental
pollution he entered into deep meditation on the banks of the holy Ganga to purify
himself. He heard an invisible voice wherein he was directed to perform one thousand yagas
to bring purity to his mind.
As the number was overwhelming for him to perform during a
lifetime, he intelligently selected Satyavrata Kshetram. As the most sacred place where
performance of one yaga gets the merit of a thousand. Brahma had previously got into an
altercation and misunderstanding with his consort Saraswati.