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Temples & Legends of Tamilnadu
Preface Author
Introduction Kanyakumari
Gandhi Mandapam Maruda Malai
Suchindram Nagercoil
Tiruchendur Alwar Tirunagari
Srivaikuntam Nanguneri
Krishnapuram Tirunelveli
Papanasam Sankaranayinar Koil
Srivilliputhur Tirupparan- kunram
Madhurai Rameswaram
Darbhasayanam Tiruvadanai
Avadayar Koil Kaliyar Koil
Azhagar Koil

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Tiruchirapalli Tiruvanaikkaval
Srirangam Tanjore
Punnainallur Tiruvalanchuzhi
Swamimalai Dharasuram
Saktimuttam Patteswaram
Mannargudi Vedaranyam
Tirunallar Karaikal
Tirukkadaiyur Mayavaram
Vaitheeswaran Koil Pullavane- swaram
Chayavanam Tiruvengadu
Shiyali Chidambaram
Tiruppatiripuliyur Tiruvannamalai
Kiratamar- jareswaram Madurantakam
Cheyyur Kancheepuram
Tirukkazhuk- kunram Mahabalipuram
Tirupporur Tiruvadantai
Tiruvanmiyur Mylapore
Triplicane Vadapalani
Tiruvottiyur Tirumullaivayil
Tiruvallur Tiruttani
Uppilliappan Koil Kumbakonam
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KANCHEEPURAM

Finding Brahma engaged in celebrating a sacrifice, Saraswati wanted to spoil its merits by washing away the sacrificial area, and transformed herself into the form of River Vegavati. Brahma started fervently praying to Lord Vishnu to save him from this predicament by arresting the flow of the river. Mahavishnu came in the form Yathoktakari Perumal and laid he flat against the course of the fast-flowing river, Just then Brahma concluded his yaga and Mahavishnu emerged out in the form of Varadarajaswami. Brahma requested him to bless his devotees for all time to come at this place and Mahavishnu conceded to his request and remained manifested there in physical form. It is believed that Mahavishnu appeared to Brahma in Krita Yuga, to Brihaspati in Dwapara Yuga and to Adhi Sesha in Kali Yuga.

From the foregoing it is apparent that the image of Varadarajaswami is nothing but the self-manifestation of Vishnu in the physical form. Nammazhwar, Bhooth- azhwar, Vedanta Desika, Poigai Azhwar and Kuratazhwar and Appayya Dikshitar have all sung in praise of Lord Varada - rajaswami. The Tatacharyas connected with this temple were very orthodox in the observance of religious rites and rituals to their meticulous perfection as prescribed in the scriptures. The same system of religious observance has been handed down to their posterity and isstill observed. 'The Brahmotsava with its chief item the Garudotsavani, which takes place in May - June every year, attracts lakhs of devotees from all comers of the country.

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