The 1000 year old Rajendra Chozha period temple near Periya Palayam has interesting Ramayana and Narasimha Sculptures
40kms North West of Madras off the Calcutta National Highway N0.5 is the 1000 year old Adi Kesava Perumal temple in Vada Madurai, Periya Palayam. While largely unknown, the Vada Madurai temple has inscriptions dating back to the period of the Great Chozha King- Rajendra I and Rajendra Chozha II as well as several sculptures relating to the Ramayana.
Ancient Rama Idol
One of the highlights of the temple is the ancient 1000 year old image of Rama and Baratha made in copper. Inscriptions indicate that Rajendra I (Gangai Konda Chozhan) donated 50acres of land for betel leaves & nuts cultivation to be dedicated to Lord Rama as a wedding gift to the Lord. One finds the entire story of Ramayana in beautiful little artistic sculptures inside the Mandapam.
3 Tier Garuda
The 3 Tier Garuda Sannidhi found at the Vada Madurai is a special feature.
Raja Simha Stones at the temple entrance
While there are not many inscriptions relating to the Pallava connection to the temple, at the entrance one finds 5 RajaSimha stone Sculptures welcoming the devotees.
Some of the interesting ones are the fight between Rama/Lakshmana and Lava-Kucha, Rama and the 10 headed Ravana depicting the very end of the battle in Lanka.
The entrance does not have the typical temple tower indicative of a Vishnu temple and is only a ‘Mottai Gopuram’
Rama Navami Kalyana Utsavam
Puratasi Saturday are special here
Moolavar: Adi Kesava Perumal, East Facing Standing Posture with Sri Devi and Bhoo Devi
Goddess : Adi Lakshmi Thaayar (Separate Sannidhi)
Utsavar: Ancient Rama alongside Baratha (New idols of Lakshmana and Sita are more recent additions)
Temple Time : 630am-12noon and 5pm-8pm
Priest : R. Balaji Bhattar @ 97887 81862
Address: Adi Kesava Perumal Koil, Vada Madurai Village
Othukottai Taluk, Tiruvallur District 601 102
How to Reach
Vada Madurai is 40kms North West of Madras.
One can take the Madras-Madhavaram-Red Hills Road (Nellore-Calcutta NH 5), drive about 27kms and take a left towards Periyapalayam (13kms).
1km before Periyapalayam take a left (Vengal-Tiruvallur Road) to reach Vada Madurai (1km from this junction)
One can also reach Vada Madurai via Thiru Ninravur ( 21kms from the Divya Desam)