Athi Varadar in Varadaraja Perumal Temple

Kanchipuram, is one of the seven holy cities in India. Kanchipuram means, Puram-a city where “Ka” (Bramha), “anchi” (worshipped) Lord Vishnu. At one time there were around one thousand temples in this city of temples. Now, the number has been reduced to one hundred. You need at least four hours to go around the city and visit the temples that are spread across.

Varadaraja Perumal Temple

One of the most popular temples in Kanchipuram is the Sri Varadaraja Temple built by the Kings of Vijayanagara dynasty in the 12th century. This Vishnu temple is one of the major Vaishnava temples in South India that is ranked at par with the temples in Tiruparti and Sri Ranganath. The idol of Lord Varadaraja who resides in the temple is said to be installed by Lord Bramha himself. Varadaraja means “the King who gives benedictions”, where varada means “bestower of benedictions and raja means “King”.

Legend Behind Varadaraja Perumal Temple

The story goes that once Lord Bramha was asked by his wife Saraswati to declare who was greater between her and Goddess Lakshmi. Bramha replied saying Lakshmi was more powerful than Saraswati. Hearing the reply, Saraswati was angry and she left Bramha. At that time Lord Bramha was planning to perform a Yajna. Saraswati refused to participate in the yajna. Bramha went ahead and started the sacrifice alone which angered Saraswati. Saraswati took the form of River vegavati and came rushing to the place where the Yajna was being performed. When Bramha appealed for help, Lord Vishnu laid across the river to stop the flow. Every attempt by Goddess Saraswati to stop the Yajna was foiled by Lord Vishnu. At the end of the Yajna, Lord Varadaraja emerged from fire. Lord Bramha asked Sri Varadaraja to be in Kanchipuram and take care of the devotes. Once Sri Varadaraja agreed, Lord bramha asked Visvakarma, the architect of the demigods make the idol.

The original idol of the deity called Utsava Murti, was made of wood that came out from the sacrificial fire of Yajna. The wooden idol was destroyed during the muslim invasion. Since a broken idol cannot be worshipped, the idol is kept in the silver casket and kept immersed in the temple tank called Anantha-Thirtham. This tank is built to the north of the temple with 100 pillars. And in the place of the wooden idol, a granite idol was installed in the Garbha mandapam of the temple.

Raising of Athi Varadar

The idol called Athi Varadar is taken out of the temple tank once in every 40 years and displayed to the public and worshipped for 10 days before putting it back in the silver casket and immersed in the temple tank. Devotees can have a once in a lifetime experience and take the blessing of original murthi during these 10 days. Last time this event took place in the year 1979. So the next will be in the year 2019. The expected start date is July 15th which falls on Monday.  Many vaishnavas from near and far away place plan to visit this event and take the blessings of Athi Vardaar.

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    G Shanmugam from Guduvanchery 19 Hours ago

    Any online booking for aadi athi varadar special arshan for public, if it is available please notify me.

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    G Shanmugam from Guduvanchery 19 Hours ago

    Any online booking for aadi athi varadar special arshan for public, if it is available please notify me.

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    seethalakshmi santhanam from Ullagaram chennai 4 Days ago

    Is there any special seva tickets through online bookings. to see athivardar perumal from 1st July 19 to 17th August 19

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    seethalakshmi santhanam from Ullagaram chennai 4 Days ago

    Is there any special seva tickets through online bookings. to see athivardar perumal from 1st July 19 to 17th August 19

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    Prema Narasimhan from Chennai 4 Days ago

    Can I have darshan of Athi Varadar Swami on 1 July itself

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    Prema Narasimhan from Chennai 4 Days ago

    Can I have darshan of Athi Varadar Swami on 1 July itself

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    selvarj from vellore 6 Days ago

    how to dharshan for athi varadar

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    selvarj from vellore 6 Days ago

    how to dharshan for athi varadar

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    R Ganesh Kumar from Hosur 13 Days ago

    Govindhaaa... Gooovindha... Please give me exact dates and time for dharshan of our Lord 40 feet Athi varadharaja perumal

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    R Ganesh Kumar from Hosur 13 Days ago

    Govindhaaa... Gooovindha... Please give me exact dates and time for dharshan of our Lord 40 feet Athi varadharaja perumal

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    Gangadhar Reddy from HYDERABAD 16 Days ago

    Can you please give me exact dates of Athi varadaraja perumal raising times?

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    A Gopalanfrom Chennai 10 Days ago

    When was Athi Varadar last raised from the Teppakulam

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    A Gopalanfrom Chennai 10 Days ago

    When was Athi Varadar last raised from the Teppakulam

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    E Balasubramanyam from chennai 22 Days ago

    At hi varadhar raising date.

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    Kumar swamifrom kumarswami.929@gmail.com 36 Days ago

    Kindly give exact date of raising of atthi vardhar Perumal in kanchivaram. Kumar swami

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    Venkat Narayanafrom Adilabad 28 Days ago

    From17.4.2019 to 40days we can have darshan

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    Venkat Narayanafrom Adilabad 28 Days ago

    From17.4.2019 to 40days we can have darshan

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    Bhagifrom Bengaluru 22 Days ago

    July 1 to August 18

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    Bhagifrom Bengaluru 22 Days ago

    July 1 to August 18

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    Sudarshan D S from Bangalore 22 Days ago

    I have been lucky to have the Dartshan of the Lord Almighty in 1979.I need to know the dates in 2019 when the public is able to have the darshan of the Almighty Sri Athi Varadaraja Perumal Swamy.

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    shashi rekha from mysore 22 Days ago

    please let me know the exact date of atti varadargetting out of the well for darshanam.and also is there any seva we can do .details of the seva and amount.. darshanam timings and is there any special ticket.l

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    Latha narasimhan from Chennai 25 Days ago

    Want to know the timings of having darshan of athi varadar and also any special entrance and special poojas that can be performed

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    Latha narasimhan from Chennai 25 Days ago

    Want to know the timings of having darshan of athi varadar and also any special entrance and special poojas that can be performed

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    Latha narasimhan from Chennai 25 Days ago

    latha_narasimhan@yahoo.com

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    Karthikfrom Kanchipuram 22 Days ago

    June month second week till date not confirmed

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    Latha narasimhan from Chennai 25 Days ago

    latha_narasimhan@yahoo.com

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    Geetha R from Chennai 26 Days ago

    Namskaram. Kindly let us know the online booking for Athi Varadhar darisanam.

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    Sreedharan from Chennai 27 Days ago

    Pl direct me,how to book the serva dharsan of lord athi varadhar.

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    Sreedharan from Chennai 27 Days ago

    Pl direct me,how to book the serva dharsan of lord athi varadhar.

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    Kala from Chennai 36 Days ago

    Moghanaraja 1726@gmail.com

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    R BALASUNDARAM from BANGALORE 38 Days ago

    I had Sri Athi Varadaraja perumal darshan in 1979, likely to have darshan in 2019. Please let me know when Sri perumal will kept darshan for public. How to have darsha.

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    Venkatfrom Adilabad 28 Days ago

    From17.4.2019 to 40days we can have darshan

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    Venkatfrom Adilabad 28 Days ago

    From17.4.2019 to 40days we can have darshan

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    Kala from Chennai 123 Days ago

    Moghanaraja 1726@gmail.com

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    P DHANAVATHI from KARUR 123 Days ago

    Dear SirI want to know the festivels in sri varadharajar aTemple...(Athivaradhar )

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    prasathfrom kancheepuram 22 Days ago

    15th july 2019

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    N S Padmanabhan from Kalyan(Maharashtra State) 234 Days ago

    Dear Sir, I want to know the Festivels in Sri Varadharajar Temple From April 2018 tp march 2019 with details of Festival name and importance etc.Recently i was in the temple for one day package.So I cannot above collect the details in Hurry to see other temples etc. Regards, N S Padmanabhan

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    Seshadrikannan from Bangalore 234 Days ago

    We need to more information about the ancient athi varadaraja perumal pooja details

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    Renu from Delhi 269 Days ago

    I am waiting for this divine moment . I came to know about this yesterday only . Shall definitely pray to HOD GOD VARDARAAJA PERUMAAL to bless me with this Divine Darshan . Thank u so very much 🙏

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    Vamsi from USA 481 Days ago

    Dear friend, I have been waiting for this event from 2005. Hope VaradaRaaja Perumaal bless all of us to take HIS darshan on this festive day.Namaste.

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    Lavanyafrom Chennai 40 Days ago

    It is said from July 1st 2019 we can get darshan of Athi varadar Perumal.

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    Lavanyafrom Chennai 40 Days ago

    It is said from July 1st 2019 we can get darshan of Athi varadar Perumal.

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    Srinivasa from Chennai 481 Days ago

    I was born in 1978, my mom took me to this temple in 1979 when i was just few month old. In 2019 I must visit this place and hopefully I am still alive for the 3rd time. And theres a saying if you attend 3 times in life, you get Motcham.

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    Lavanyafrom Chennai 40 Days ago

    It has been announced from July 1st 2019 the festival starts and we can have darshan of Athi Varadhar.

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    Srikrishna from Delhi 619 Days ago

    Wonderful coverage on Atti Varada.

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