Sunday, June 12, 2016

Yathothkari Perumal Temple (Tiruvekkaa), Kanchipuram

Yathothkari Perumal Temple (Tiruvekkaa), Kanchipuram
The Tiruvekkaa or Yathothkari Perumal Temple located in Kanchipuram in the South Indian state of Tamilnadu, is dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. Constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture, the temple is glorified in the Divya Prabandha, the early medieval Tamil canon of the Azhwar saints from the 6th–9th centuries AD.

It is one of the 108 Divyadesam dedicated to Vishnu, who is worshipped as Yathothkari Perumal and his consort Lakshmi as Komalavalli. He is also called Sonnavannam Seitha Perumal (the one Sonna Vannam Seitha Perumal. The Only Divya Desam that features Lord Vishnu in a ‘Maaru Sayanam’. Lord Vishnu is seen sleeping in the opposite direction from Right to Left.

The temple is considered one of three oldest temples in Kanchipuram, the other two being Ulagalantha Perumal Temple and Pandava Thoothar Perumal Temple. The temple is believed to have been built by the Pallavas of the late 8th century AD, with later contributions from Medieval Cholas and Vijayanagar kings.

The temple has three inscriptions on its walls, two dating from the period of Kulothunga Chola I (1070–1120 CE) and one to that of Rajadhiraja Chola (1018-54 CE). A granite wall surrounds the temple, enclosing all the shrines. There is a three-tiered Rajagopuram, the temple's gateway tower, in the temple.

Yathothkari Perumal is believed to have appeared for Saraswati and Thirumalisai Alvar. Six daily rituals and three yearly festivals are held at the temple. The temple is maintained and administered by the Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamil Nadu.

It ranks 49th in 108 divyadesams. This temple is located in Kanchipuram and very close to Ashtabhuja Perumal Koil (50th Divyadesam) and 2 Kms from Varadaraja Perumal Koil (48th Divya Desam).

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The Temple
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Temple Opening Time
Temple is open from 07:00 am to 10:00 am and 05:00 pm to 08:30 pm.
Pooja Timings
·        Ushathkalam Pooja – 7 a.m.
·        Kalasanthi Pooja – 8:00 a.m.
·        Uchikalam Pooja – 12:00 p.m.
·        Sayarakshai Pooja – 6:00 p.m.
·        Irandamkalam Pooja – 7:00 p.m.
·        Ardha Jamam Pooja – 10:00 p.m.
Festivals & Religious Practices
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Literary Mention
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Yathothkari Perumal Temple
Ennaikaran, Kanchipuram,
Tamilnadu - 631501 
Phone: +91 4437209752
Mobile: 99747 61694
It is located 3 kms from Bus Stand on the way to Varadharaja Perumal Temple.
By Road:
The city of Kanchipuram is well connected with the other part of the states and it is few kms from the Quadrilateral National Highway. There are frequent bus services from Chennai and it takes 2- 3 hours to reach. The Chennai Metropolitan and the state express transport operate the services.
By Train:
Kanchipuram is connected with the southern part of the rail network and few trains are running through Kanchipuram. Suburban trains are running between Kanchipuram and Chennai beach on specified intervals.
By Air:
Chennai, the nearest international airport, is situated around 75 km away from Kanchipuram. Both public and private transport facilities are available at the airport.

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