Sunday, June 12, 2016

Yathothkari Perumal Temple (Tiruvekkaa), Kanchipuram – The Temple

Yathothkari Perumal Temple (Tiruvekkaa), Kanchipuram – The Temple
Thiruvekka Sri Yathothkari Perumal temple is one of the 108 Divya Desams of Lord Vishnu situated in Kanchipuram. This temple of Lord Vishnu located near Rangaswamy Tank, Chinna Kanchi and it is just 1 km away from Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple. Yathothkari Perumal Temple is considered as one of the very oldest temples in Kanchipuram, which is said to be built in the 8th Century AD.

As one enters the Sannidhi, one feels that there is something wrong, something different, that one is not normally used to seeing in Vishnu temples. It takes a little time for one to realize that Lord Vishnu, here at Thiruvekka, is seen in a different sleeping posture from right to left (Maaru Sayanam) with his head resting on the left hand.

In all other Divya Desams, where the Lord is represented in a sleeping posture, he can be seen sleeping from left to right with his head resting on his right hand.

The central shrine of the temple has the image of presiding deity, "Sonnavannam Seitha Perumal" sported in Bhuganja Sayanam posture. There is a separate shrine found in this temple for Goddess Komalavalli, the consort of Lord Yathothkari. The Utsavar (processional image) is called Vegasethu.

The temple has separate shrines for AzhwarsRama along with Seetha and Hanuman and Garuda. The vimana of the central shrine is called Vedasara Vimana. It is believed that Perumal was lying left to right as in other temples, but on hearing Thirumalisai Azhwar sing, he turned his lying posture from right to left.

Moolavar and Thaayar:
The Moolavar of this sthalam is Sri Yathokthakari. Other names are Sonnavannam Seitha Perumal and Vegasethu. Moolavar is Kidantha Kolam (Bhujanga Sayanam), facing in West direction. 

Prathyaksham for Brahma Devan, Poigai, Bootham Alwar, and Kanikannan.
This perumal is found in sleeping posture from right side to left. This is also one of the Specialties of this Shetram. 

Thaayar: Komalavalli Nachiyaar. 
Made with the combination of precious metal in which gold has a major part.
·        Dwaja Sthambham
·        Andal Sannidhi
·        Alwar Sannidhi
·        Kodanda Ramar Sannidhi
·        Komalavalli Thayar Sannidhi
·        Sri Yathokthakari Perumal Sannidhi
·        Pillai Logachariar
·        Poigai Pushkarani
·        Vedasara Vimanam
Poigai Alwar, an incarnation of Panchajanyam, the divine conch of Lord Vishnu appeared on the lotus bud in a pushkarani in Tiruvekka.
In this sthalam only, Manavala Maamunigal explained his “Sri Bhashyam” to the world.

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