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Sri Adikesava Perumal Temple

Sri Adi Kesava Perumal TempleKancheepuram is a land of temples, with its numerous Shiva, Vishnu, Shakti temples and holy environment Kancheepuram is rightly said to be the “temple city” of India.  Adikesava Perumal Temple or also called as the Ashtabujakaram temple is one of the many Vishnu temples in Kancheepuram.

It is said that once 12 great Tamil poets and saints, known as Alvars, in Kanchipuram were living in between 4200 BCE - 2700 BCE. These saints were fully immersed in the praise of Lord Vishnu and in their poems they mentioned 108 Divya Deshams or holy places where Lord Vishnu resided. These holy places were essentially temples, 105 of them located in India, one in Nepal and other two are out of bound of mother Earth. Adikesava Perumal Temple is one of the 108 Divya Deshams dedicated for worship of Lord Vishnu. Adikesava Perumal Temple is also known as Ashtabhujakaram due to the eight hands of deity of Lord Vishnu residing in the temple.  Adikesava Perumal Temple is 500 to 1000 years old and the place where the temple was erected was earlier known as Bhoodhapuri.


Arulmigu Adikesavaperumal & Sri Bhashyakara Swamy Temple,
Kanchipuram. Pin: 602105 Tamil Nadu
Telephone: 91 44 - 27162236

How to reach Adikesava Perumal Temple

Bus: The Kancheepuram central Bus stand is just two km away from the temple. Bus no. 76C and 576 C runs between Koyambedu to Sriperumpudhur. Bus no. S583, S583B, S583D, S583C runs between Tambaram to Sriperumpudur.

Sri Adi Kesava PerumalLegend behind Adikesava Perumal Temple

The Legend of Adikesava Perumal Temple is very interesting. It is said that once Lord Brahma was performing yagya (rituals) in Kancheepuram alone without his better half Lordess Saraswati. In those days yagya was to be performed both in the presence husband and wife. Since Lordess Saraswati was not called she became furious and in the form of river Vegavathi she tried to drown the yagya place. Seeing the furious form of the river Lord Brahma went to Lord Vishnu’s recue and asked to rescue him. Lord Vishnu killed all the demons sent by Lordess Saraswati to destroy the Yagya, and finally when Lordess Saraswati sent ferocious snake to destroy the yagya Lord Vishnu took the form of Ashtabhuja Perumal holding 8 different weapons to kill the snake.

Another legend states that once the Bodh Ganas, which were the army like divisions of Lord Shiva, were cursed upon by the Lord. The Bodh Ganas went to Lord Vishnu for help, Lord Vishnu created a spring in Kancheepuram through a serpent named Ananha , gave darshan to the Bhoodas from its bank and relieved them of the curse. The Bodh Ganas were very grateful of the Lord and thus they built this temple Adikesava Perumal. The place came to be known as Bhoodhapuri .

Adikesava Perumal Temple entry timings

The temple is open on all days from morning 06:00 am to 12:00 pm and in the evening from 04:00 pm to 09:00 pm.

Adikesava Perumal Temple Puja timings

Puja is conducted three times a day and every Saturday the main deity of the temple is decorated with flowers.
Below are the details of the Puja conducted:

Viswaroopa – 06:30 am
Kaala Shanthi Pooja – 07:00 am
Uchchi Kaala Pooja – 09:00 am
Sayaratchi Pooja – 05:30 pm
Raakkaala Pooja - 07.00 pm
Aravanai Pooja – 08:30 pm

Adikesava Perumal Temple Puja Fees

Thirumanjana Fees - Rs.100/-
Special Enterance fees- Rs.25/-
Milk Abishekam fees- Rs.30/-
Kalaspadosa Fees - Rs.10/-
Archanai Ticket - Rs.5/-
Nei Deepam - Rs.3/-

Architecture of Adikesava Perumal Temple

The Adikesava Perumal Temple was built during the Pallavas hence the architecture style reflects the Pallava art. The main deity here is that of Lord Vishnu present in the form of Sri Adikesava which is of 22 feet in height. People have to climb 18 steps to view Sri Adikesava Perumal in sleeping position in which his head is in the south and feet in the north direction, the position which is called as Bujanga Sayanam. Other deities are that of Goddess Lakshmi who is known as goddess Pankajavalli Thayar in this temple and is enshrined in the temple complex. Goddess Pankajavalli Thayar is facing east and is situated to the right of the principal sanctum holding a Lotus flower in her left hand contrary to the popular belief that Goddess Lakshmi has lotus always in her right hand. The mandapam or hall also known as Otraikkal Mandapam in Tamil Nadu has been carved out of a single rock which is of 18 feet in width and 3 feet in height.

A separate large shrine has also been built surrounding the images of the famous saint Sri Kurattazhvan who was a Srivaishnava Acharya. In the sanctum, the main idol of Sri Kurattazhvan is made up of stone. The pillared mandapam or hall has a number of beautiful sculptures and murals displaying different incarnations of Lord Vishnu which is extremely enchanting to watch. The other shrines in the temple courtyard are for Chakrattazhvar or Sudarsana, situated opposite the Kurattazhvan sannidhi and one for Vira Anjaneya.

A unique feature of this temple is that it is built in such a way the sun rays falls directly into the shrine of Adhi Kesava perumal in the month of Puratasi and Panguni for a week.

Adi kesava Perumal TempleFestivals celebrated in Adikesava Perumal Temple

Some of the festivals celebrated in this temple are Masi Pooram in the month February-March, Panguni Uthiram in the month of March – April, Chitrai in the month of April – May, Tirumanjanam , Vaikunta Ekadesi in the month of May – June, Koorath Alwar etc.

Temples nearby Adikesava Perumal Temple

Kamakshi Amman Temple
Aatcheeswarar Temple
Kachi Anekadhangavadeswarar Temple
Deivanayaka Easwarar Temple
Satyanathaswami Temple
Kalva Perumal Temple

Hotels near Adikesava Perumal Temple

Hotel Tamil Nadu
Address: MGR Kovalam Road, Near Lighthouse, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, India
Telephone: 91-4652-246257

M.M. Hotel
Address: No. 65-66, Nellukara Street, Kanchipuram, India
Telephone: 91-44-2723 0023

M S K Guest House
Telephone: 91-44-2766 5773, 98946 22805

K P Guest House
Telephone: 91-44-2766 1119, 99945 322 89

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