June 12, 2010

Tiruvekka Yadhothakaari Temple, Kanchipuram, India

Yadhothakaari temple is one of 108 Divya Desams (108 divine adobes of Lord Vishnu), which is located near Rangaswamy tank, and it is very close to the famous Varadarajar temple in Chinna Kanchipuram of South India.

As per the legend, when Lord Brahma was performing a yagna in this place, his consort Saraswati in the form of river Vegavati started flooding this area. She did this to help demons who wanted to stop the yagna. As per the request from the Devas, Lord Vishnu lied down on Adi Sesha on the way of the river in three places - Parkadal (the milky ocean), Srirangam and in this place. Hence, this place was called as Vegavati anai (anai means "dam" in Tamil language), and then became Vegka and the temple is referred as 'Tiruvekka'.

Poigai Alwar was born on a lotus flower in the tank adjacent to this temple. As per the legend, Kanikannan, a disciple of Tirumazhisai Azhwar was banished from the kingdom by the then ruler when he refused to sing on the King. When Tirumazhisai Azhwar left the place in search of him, Lord Vishnu at the request of Azhwar, rolled Adisesha in his arms and followed Azhwar. Once Lord Vishnu left the place, the whole town faced several problems. The king realized his mistake and begged Azhwar to forgive and return back to hiskingdom. Azhwar then returned to the place requesting Vishnu once again to follow him. Since Vishnu did as asked by his disciple, he got the name ‘Sonnavannam Seitha Perumal’ (meaning the Lord who did as per the request by his devotee).

The highlight of this temple is that, Ranganath is in a unique resting posture with his head to the right side of the devotees and legs to the left side unlike the other temples. Devotees such as Peyalwar, Poigai Alwar, Tirumazhisai Alwar and Tirumangai Alwar sang hymns in praise of the deity of this temple.

The temple is not very big and there are only few shrines. The main shrine has Lord Ranganath (Sonna Vannam Seitha Perumal) in the reclining posture with Lakshmi near his feet. There is a separate shrine for Goddess Komalavalli. Andal idol is extraordinarily beautiful in this temple. I would say that this is one of the most beautiful idols of Andal I have ever seen. There is a shrine for Ram, Sita and Lakshman. Opposite to the main shrine, as usual, there is a small shrine of Garuda.

Happy travelling.

Site Name: Yadhothakaari Temple
1) Ranganath in the reclining posture on the right side
2) One of the 108 Divya Desam temples
3) Birth place of Poigai Alwar

Location: Kanchipuram, 75 kms from Chennai, Tamil Nadu state, India
Nearest Railway Station: Kanchipuram
Nearest Airport: Chennai (around 75 kms)
How to reach: Easily reachable by road and train
Hotel: A lot of luxury hotels and budget hotels are available
Restaurants: There are a lot of good restaurants in the city

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1 comment:

  1. I once visited this temple. I should visit again to admire the beauty of Andal vigraham.
    Thanks KK.