January 6, 2011

Sriperumbudur Adi Kesava Perumal Temple

Sri Adi Kesava Perumal Temple at Sriperumbudur in South India is one of the most important Vishnu temples in India. This is the birthplace of Ramanuja, the great Vaishnavite saint.

Sriperumbudur is an industrial town, which is strategically located on Chennai-Bangalore highway, at a distance of around 40 kms from Chennai, the city called as "Gateway to South India".

Sriperumbudur is famous due to two reasons. Sriperumbudur is the birthplace of Sri Ramanujar who is also called as Ethirajar, one of the most important Vaishnaivite saint. He was the founder of Visistadvaita philosophy. He belongs to the period of 12th century CE. Another reason why Sriperumbudur became famous in the recent time was due to the fact that the former Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated here.

This is a big and ancient temple located at the heart of the Sriperumbudur town. Lord Vishnu is named as Adi Kesava in this temple. He is found in the standing posture along with his two consorts Sri Devi and Bhoo Devi in the sanctum.

Near his sanctum, the shrine of Sri Ramanuja is found. Both the stone idol as well as the procession (metal/utsav) idol of Ramanuja are found in the same shrine. It is believed that the procession idol was made when Ramanuja was alive. It is also believed that the idol was embraced by Ramanuja himself.

The prakara has a separate shrine for the Goddess Ethirajanathavalli Thayar. It is rare to find the goddess named after her devotee. There is a separate shrine for Andal as well as Ram with Lakshman and Sita.

 The temple is full of mural paintings depicting various temples and forms of Lord Vishnu. The sculptures and the pillars in the temple are beautiful. You can find Yazhi, the mythical animal, in most of the pillars in this temple.

Outside the temple, there is a separate temple for Manavala Munigal and Ramanuja. The Ramanuja temple over here is considered as the actual birthplace of the saint Ramanuja. It is unfortunate that except for the main temple, all these adjacent temples generally remain closed.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: Adi Kesava Perumal Temple
Site Type: Hindu Temple
Location: Sriperumbudur, 40 kms from Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Highlights: 12th century temple; birth place of the great Hindu reformer and Vaishnaivite saint Ramanuja; one of the most important temples of Vishnu in South India
Nearest Railway Station: Chennai - well connected from the cities/towns all over India
Nearest Airport: Chennai has both national and international airports
How to reach: Easily reachable by road from Chennai
Hotel: Many luxury hotels and budget hotels are available in Sriperumbudur
Restaurants: Only few good restaurants are available in Sriperumbudur

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1 comment:

  1. similar temple was constructed @ NARASAPURAM WG dt by SRIMAN PUPPALA RAMANAPPA NAIDU garu in the year 1726.