- Sri Lakshmi Varahaswamy Temple
hoary legend of this ancient Varaha kshetrd takes us to the time of Mahabali's
exemplary rule and his extra-ordinary devotion to Mahavishnu. Though belonging
to asurakula, he was a formidable emperor with a difference. His record of
righteous rule had no seconds, yet he was constrained to fight against Devas,
when his intervention was piteously prayed for by three of his asura fellow
kings - Mali, Sumali and Maliyavan. Soon after the war, although it was a
spectacular victory, he was struck with remorse-war against gods was an anathema
of deeper dye, and unforgivable sin undefinably. To atone the sin, he wandered
and wandered till he reached this holy Vataha Pushkarini extant at that time.
Bathing in it, he propitiated Mahavishnu to mitigating his excruciating mental
anguish. And lo! Mahavishnu in Kurmarupa gave darsan and fulfilled his desires.
he soulfully prayed for his eternal presence in this kshetra in the self-same
form. He uttered AMEN! as he emerged from Varaha thirtha, he was endearingly
called Varaha murthy and he was so in form. There are many fantastic legends eulogizing
the glory of this kshetra and each illustrates the Lord's infinite vatsalya for
It is a big temple occupying a vast area near sea shore, but has certain odd
features, like mahadwara sans tower. The icon of Mulavirat in standing posture
gives darsan with Akilavalli Tayar, his consort. There are many grand images in
well built niches like Ganapathy, Vishnu, Andal, Komalavalli Tayar, Acharyas,
Alwars etc. It has two sacred thirthas - Varaha thuUha and Kalyana pushkarini
for pilgrims' benefit. This kshetra has lavishly endowed by celebrated rulers
from time to time.
hoary Divya Desam has the special distinction of celebrating Kalyana mahotsav to
the deity everyday on a modest scale sans break, nor halt, with all due
ceremonies, regardless of expenditure and tedium. Hence the appropriate name
Nithya Kalayana Perumal for Utsava murthi. Intending sevarthis attend with kith
and kin and avail this auspicious event with unbounded joy. So festivity greets
the eyes, and ears get assailed with the notes of mangalavadya everyday and
around the year. It is indeed a miss-not sight and unforgettable Subhasamaya to
be awaited with baited breath.
The archamurti draped in rustling wedding robes and multi coloured garlands over
the dazzling jewels gives darsan and rains boons on the visitors. And found to
be extremely solicitous in fulfilling the desires of this asritavarga. He is in
sitting posture, facing east. The garbha griha is adorned with Kalyana Vimana.
The word 'Kalyan' overflows the souls on entering and worshipping of that
All-merciful Kalyana Perumal. He blessed Markandeya Maharshi with his darsan and
boons of his choice. Tirumangai Alwar offered mangalasasan eulogising the
Prasanna, mangalaprada attributes of the Lord. Nithyanaimithika worship is
offered with elaborate rituals and Brahmotsav celebrated in Vaisaka masa draws
huge crowds and it is a gala festival.
lies 2 km off Kovalam on the Madras - Mahabalipuram bus route of Tantil Nadu,
enjoying transport facilities from both ends.