Saturday, July 28, 2018

Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Pasupathi Koil, Thanjavur

Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Pasupathi Koil, Thanjavur
Varadharaja Perumal Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located at Pasupathi Koil in Papanasam Taluk in Thanjavur District of Tamil Nadu. Presiding Deity is called as Varadharaja Perumal and Mother is called as Perundevi Thaayar. The temple is associated with Kettai Nakshathra and is called as Kettai Star Temple. Periya Nambi attained Salvation here.

Kulothunga, a Chola King, directed his people to sign a document that Lord Siva was the greatest. A Vaishnavite devotee refused to sign and asked the king to get Ramanuja to sign, if he really believed that Siva was the Supreme Lord. Accordingly, the king ordered for Ramanuja to be brought to his court. Anxious at the anger of the king and worried as to what could happen to his Acharya, Koorathazhwaan, disguised as Ramanuja, entered the court of the Chozha King and as expected, refused to sign. He was accompanied by his preceptor Periya Nambi. Angered at his refusal to sign and having found out his disguised form, the king ordered the plucking of his eyes.

Not wanting the king’s messenger to touch him, Koorathazhwaan did the unthinkable- he removed both his eyes with his own hands using his long sharp nails. The eyes of Periya Nambi, who was aged 105, were plucked. Unable to see and over burdened by his age, Periya Nambi struggled to make his way to Srirangam. Varadaraja Perumal appeared here at Pasupathi Koil and provided darshan to Periya Nambi who attained Moksham here. Later, Ramanuja is believed to have come here and built the temple and Sannidhi for Periya Nambi.

The Temple
Presiding Deity is called as Varadharaja Perumal. He is housed in the sanctum in standing posture facing east. Mother is called as Perundevi Thaayar. Lord Varadaraja Perumal and Mother Perundevi grace in the temple from separate shrines.

Temple Opening Time
The temple remains open from 7.00 a.m. to 9.00 a.m. and from 5.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
Margazhi Kettai in December-January, Special Pooja on Thiruvonam Nakshatram every month and Purattasi Saturdays in September-October are celebrated in the temple.
Jeshta starrers pray here for relief from adverse planetary effects. Those suffering from vision problems pray to Koorathazhwar in the temple. Devotees offer white clothes (vastras), jasmine garlands with Vada and sweet Vada known as Adhirasam in Tamil. They light ghee lamps and also light lamps with oil prepared with three herbals called Marudani, Karisilankanni and Sembaruti in Tamil. This is considered to be more sacred and effective. Those born in Kettai star are advised to worship in this temple as often as they could or at least on their birth star day.
Varadaraja Perumal Temple,
Pasupathikoil, Ayyampettai,
Papanasam Taluk,
Thanjavur District – 614 201
Mobile: +91 97903 42581 / 94436 50920
The Temple is located at about 600 meters from Pasupathikoil Bus Stop, 1.5 Kms from Pasupathikoil Railway Station, 4 Kms from Ayyampettai Railway Station, 3 Kms from Ayyampettai, 15 Kms from Thanjavur, 26 Kms from Kumbakonam, 13 Kms from Thiruvaiyaru, 12 Kms from Papanasam, 64 Kms from Trichy and 69 Kms from Trichy Airport.
The Temple is situated off the Thanjavur - Kumbakonam highway. Buses ply every 5 minutes between Kumbakonam and Thanjavur. One can get down at Pasupathikoil Bus Stop and can reach temple by walk. Also, one can also get down at the Pasupathi Koil Railway Station (Trichy – Kumbakonam Passenger trains stop here) and can reach temple by walk.