Sri Varadaraja Perumal temple
Moolavar : Varadarajar
Urchavar : Devadhirajan
Amman / Thayar : Perundevi
Thala Virutcham : Iluppai
Theertham : Chandrapushkarani
Agamam / Pooja : –
Old year : 500-1000 years old
Historical Name : Vedapuri
City : Pondicherry
District : Pondicherry
State : Pondicherry
10 days Theerthavari, Brammotsavam in the month of Vaikasi (May-June), 5 day Pavithra festival in Avani (August-September), 25 day Ramar festival in Chithirai (April-May), 10 day Adipooram and Gajendra Moksha in Adi month (July-August) Vaikunda Ekadasi in Margazhi (December-January), Thai Poosam in January-February) Kodandaramar festival in Masi month (February-March) and a festival for the Mother – Thayar in the month of Panguni (March-April) are the festivals so grandly celebrated in the temple. Also the Saturdays and Navarathri in Purattasi month (September-October) are celebrated. The temple will wear a festive look on Deepavali, Pongal, New year days of both Tamil and English Calendars. Karthika Light festival in November-December.
Infant children are given the first rice feeding known as Annaprasanam in the temple. They bring the child to the temple and feed in front of him so that the child would grow with the blessings of the lord and become great in life. Pushkarani: There are 83 spring holes in Pushkarani holy spring. There are also 12 wells. The water is green in colour as it contains an acid. Scientists had confirmed the acid content. Bathing in this water cures fever, headache etc.
The temple is opened from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Pondicherry-605 001.
Infant children are given the first rice feeding known as Annaprasanam in the temple. They bring the child to the temple and feed in front of him so that the child would grow with the blessings of the lord and become great in life.
The Lord responds every prayer of the devotee. All appeals for children, marriage and other matter are placed at the feet of the Lord by the devotees. Those facing litigations and cases in the court, those aspiring a government job, couples separated due to some reason or other are sure that Lord Varadaraja is the solution to all their problems.
Offerings in the Hundi, performing Thirumanjanam to the Lord, offering Tulsi garland, lighting Deeps with ghee, offering Vahanas (vehicle) such as Garuda (the divine eagle), offering clothes, decorating the Lord with sandal paste etc. are the commitments people undertake to realize their expectations. They also feed the poor.
Greatness Of Temple:
Lord Varadaraja was found from the earth. He is in a standing form, majestically 5 feet tall whose beauty is such that no painting skill can draw him perfectly. The smile is so enchanting drawing the devotees. This is an associate temple related to the temple in Thiruvahindipuram, one of 108 Divyadesas. There is a mirror room in the temple. The temple is full of the various forms of Lord Vishnu in the 108 Divyadesas, not to be seen in other Perumal Temples in the state.
It is noteworthy that the idols of Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, Hanuman, Navaneethakrishnan, Santhanagopalan and Venugopalan were found in a place called Vainthi Kuppam in the year 1902.
Sundara Anjaneyar was found in the land of one Alagananda Mudaliar. The Devotees can worship the two great Vaishnava Acharyas, Nikamanda Mahadesikan and Manavalamamuni together in the temple. The temple is 800 years old.
There is no discrimination of Vadakalai, Thenkalai sects in the Sri Vaishnava culture. The two great weapons of Lord Vishnu, Sudharsana (discus) and the panchajanya the conch are carved on the two sides of the Poornakumba in the temple.
The Vasantha Mandapa in the temple was built by a Muslim. While many temples were destroyed during the alien invasions, this is the one temple that has survived the onslaught of the enemies.
In olden days, the temple was small in size surrounded by Bodhi Trees (Arasamaram) with Sri Narasimha as the deity. According to hearsay, the temple grew bigger with the efforts of the devotees. Narasinga Perumal is now in a temple built in the circular path in the temple facing west.
When the Vedapureeswarar temple was destroyed by the French troops on 8-9-1748, a devotee Anandaranga Pillai took pains to gather all the idols from the debris and requested to protect them in the Varadaraja Perumal and Kalahatheeswarar temple, according to a note in his diary. During the Muslim invasion, many idols were kept safe in this temple. The antiquity of the temple could be well understood from these incidents. In the olden days, it is said that the temple was in the Manimadam style.
Pondicherry Sri Varadarajaperumal temple is 160 Kms from Chennai, 40 from Villupuram, 23 from Cuddalore. Pondicherry is linked with all important places in Tamilnadu. Frequent bus facilities are available from Chennai. As the temple is situated in the heart of the city, devotees would find it very easy to visit the temple and worship the Lord
Near By Railway Station :
Nearest railway station is Pondicherry
Near By Airport :
Comfortable private lodges are available in Pondicherry, the charges ranging from Rs. 200 to Rs. 800.
Near by temple:
Yazh Moori Nathar