Saturday, July 23, 2016

Sundaravarada Perumal Temple, Uthiramerur, Kanchipuram

Sundaravarada Perumal Temple, Uthiramerur, Kanchipuram
Sundaravarada Perumal Temple in Uthiramerur, a village in the South Indian state of Tamilnadu, is dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. The Temple was constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture, the temple. Vishnu is worshipped as Sundaravarada Perumal & his consort Lakshmi as Anandavalli. The temple was originally built by Pallavas, with later additions from the Cholas, Pandyas, Sambuvarayas, Vijayanagara Rayas and the Nayaks.





A granite wall surrounds the temple, enclosing all its shrines. The temple has a five-tiered Rajagopuram, the gateway tower. The temple tank is located adjacent to the temple, outside the main entrance. Unlike other temples, the temple has three sanctums in a two tiered structure and three shrines in three cardinal directions in the lower level. Sundaravarada Perumal is believed to have appeared for ArjunaNakula and Sahadeva, the Pandava princes in Mahabharata, while Anandavalli for their wife Draupadi.





The temple follows Vadakalai tradition of worship. Six daily rituals and many yearly festivals are held at the temple, of which the Brahmotsavam during the Tamil month of Chittirai (April - May), Pavitrotsavam during Adi (July - August) and Sri Jayanti in Avani (August - September) being the most prominent. The temple is maintained and administered by the Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamilnadu.





Uthiramerur village is located about 85 kms from Chennai off the GST Road. Uthiramerur is well connected by road with buses plying from Chennai and Kanchipuram. This is an ancient village well known for its temples, architecture, sculptures and stone inscriptions. The main temple here is for Sri Sundara Varadaraja Perumal which is said to be built in 750 AD during Pallava rule. A king called Nandivarman Pallavan has donated this whole town to 1200 Vedic scholars who settled down here. Those days this place was called as Uthiramerur Chaturvedimangalam.





Later it has been renovated by Rajendra Chola in 1013 AD and again renovated by Krishnadevaraya in 1520 AD. This is one of and most ancient and wonderful temples filled with architectural brilliance with great sculptures all around. Uthiramerur is also known as the birth place of democracy. The stone inscriptions in this town explains how constitutions were laid for democratic administration and also about electoral systems etc., People here have followed the election system called “Kudavolai” system for electing their favorite leaders in the local elections and the rules for nominating in elections and the voting systems which is the fore runner for today’s electoral systems.





This is currently the most visited temple in the town, with regular pooja and other rituals. It belongs to Pallava period and with liberal patronage over time it is well maintained. However, the mandapam in the front is in a dilapidated condition and is used as Gosala. In this temple the main deity is Sundara Varada Perumal in the standing posture in the ground floor. On the first floor of the vimana he is in the sitting posture as Vaikunda Varadar and on the second floor as Ranganatha in lying posture.





Legends
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History
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The Temple
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Temple Opening Time
The Temple is open from 7 A.M – 12 noon and 4 P.M – 8 P.M
Religious Practises & Festivals
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Contact
Sundaravarada Perumal Temple,
Uthiramerur, Kanchipuram
Tamilnadu, India
Mobile: +91 94423 11138 / 97510 35544
Mobile: +91 94863 69455 / 94430 68382
Connectivity
Uthiramerur is well connected by bus from Tambaram. Tambaram to Uthiramerur is about one and half hours journey. Plenty of buses are there – roughly every half an hour. After Mamandur on the GST, the bus takes a right turn. Once we leave the GST, it is pristine country side with occasional granite factories. The town is very busy and has very good bus facilities to Kanchipuram and Chengalpet.
This temple is situated very close to the Bus Stand. The temple can be reached through Kancheepuram-Uthiramerur buses running via Magaral. The temple is 22 km far from Kancheepuram. 
Uthiramerur can be reached either from Chengalpet side from the NH 45. It is about 18 kms from Bukathurai. Take the right on the highway after Andal Azhagar engineering college. The road ends at Uthiramerur in front of the Sundara Varada Perumal temple.

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