Sunday, August 17, 2014

Srivanchiyam Varadaraja Perumal Temple

Lord Vishnu undertook penance at Srivanjiyam to re-unite with Mahalakshmi
A visit to Srivanchiyam is complete only if you have darshan of both Vanchinathaswamy and Varadaraja Perumal

Located 1/2km West of Vanchinatha Swamy temple is the Varadaraja Perumal temple in Srivanchiyam.

Lord Vishnu’s penance
The story goes that Vishnu ignored the presence of Brigu Rishi and continued to be engaged in conversation with Goddess Lakshmi. Angered at being thus ignored, Brigu rishi kicked Vishnu on the chest. Accepting his mistake, Vishnu apologised to the rishi. However, this action of the Lord angered Lakshmi. Since she resided on his chest and the rishi had kicked him on the chest, Lakshmi expected the Lord to seek an apology from the rishi instead of him apologising to the rishi.

Vishnu came from Vaikuntam and undertook penance here in Srivanchiyam at the sacred pushkarani of the Vanchinathaswamy temple invoking the blessings of Vanchinathan in an effort to locate Mahalakshmi who had gone away from him angered at the above incident.

It was Lord Shiva who appeared before Vishnu and helped him re-unite with Maha Lakshmi. Since Lakshmi’s anger subsided here and she came back to Lord Vishnu, this place came to be called ‘Sri’ Vanchiyam.

Mahalakshmi is seen in a separate sannidhi on the western side at the Vanchinathaswamy temple in a tall standing posture facing East.

Garuda Sevai on Vaikunta Ekadesi around the four Mada Streets
Special Thirumanjanam on Thiruvonam day
Thirumanjanam on Puratasi Saturdays
Navarathri Utsavam

Parikara Sthalam for Mesha/Rishaba/Kadaga/Simha/Kanya dosham.

Quick Facts
Moolavar : Varadaraja Perumal in an east facing standing posture with Sri and Bhoo devi
Thaayar   : Mahalakshmi
Time        : 430pm-7pm
Contact    : Varadaraja Bhattar @ 94424 67631

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