May 26, 2016

Tiru Uraga Perumal Temple - Kundrathur

Site Name: Tiru Uraga Perumal Temple
Site Type: Hindu ancient temple
Location:   Kundrathur, Near Chennai, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: An ancient Vishnu temple in the site of Subramanya
Nearest Railway Station: Chennai
Nearest Airport: Chennai
How to reach: Well connected by road from Chennai
Hotel: A lot of options across Chennai
Restaurants:  A lot of options across Chennai 

Kundrathur is a peaceful locality near Chennai city. The village is popular mainly due to its hilltop Murugan temple. The village has so many temples beyond Murugan temple. Let us explore one such lesser known and ancient temple named Tiru Uraga Perumal temple in this article.


Legend:

As per the legend, Kulotunga Chola had a disease. Lord Vishnu appeared in his dream and asked him to visit Tiru Uraga Perumal temple in Kanchipuram. The King did accordingly and got his disease cured. As an act of gratitude, the King built a temple for Tiru Uraga Perumal in Kundrathur. While constructing the temple, Vishnu appeared to him in the form of Tirupati Venkatachalapati and hence the idol was made as the replica of Tirupati temple.


History:

It is believed that the temple was built by Kulotunga Chola II. The pillars and other additions were done by Vijayanagara Kings.


Temple Layout:

The temple has a colorful and magnificent Raja gopura with a lot of beautiful stucco idols. 

The sanctum enshrines the gigantic seven feet tall idol of Tiru Uraga Perumal. The Goddess is found in a separate shrine in the prakara. She is called as Tiruvirundavalli.

Andal graces from a separate shrine. There is another sub-shrine for Ram, Sita and Lakshman with Hanuman facing towards them. Few more idols such as Ramanuj and Vishwaksena are also found in this temple.

The flag staff, bali peetha and Garud are found facing towards the main shrine.

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