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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    Kala from Chennai 5 Days ago

    Moghanaraja 1726@gmail.com

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    R BALASUNDARAM from BANGALORE 7 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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    prasathfrom kancheepuram 39 Days ago

    15th july 2019

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    E Balasubramanyam from chennai 15 Days ago

    At hi varadhar raising date.

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    Kumar swamifrom kumarswami.929@gmail.com 5 Days ago

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

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    E Balasubramanyam from chennai 15 Days ago

    At hi varadhar raising date.

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    Kala from Chennai 92 Days ago

    Moghanaraja 1726@gmail.com

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    P DHANAVATHI from KARUR 92 Days ago

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

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    prasathfrom kancheepuram 39 Days ago

    15th july 2019

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    N S Padmanabhan from Kalyan(Maharashtra State) 203 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 203 Days ago

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

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    Renu from Delhi 238 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 450 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 9 Days ago

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

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    Lavanyafrom Chennai 9 Days ago

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

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    Srinivasa from Chennai 450 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 9 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 588 Days ago

    Wonderful coverage on Atti Varada.

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