Vaikunta Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram
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Kanchipuram Diaries III

After visiting a couple of Shiva temples in Kanchipuram, we moved on to the Vaikunta Perumal and Varadharaja Perumal temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu. As you’ve probably guessed, Perumal means Vishnu 🙂 The Vaikunta Perumal Temple was built in the 8th century by the Pallava king Nandivarman II.  Lion pillars like the ones in the Kailashnathar temple make an appearance in this corridor as well.
Vaikunta Perumal Temple
Vaikunta Perumal Temple
Vaikunta Perumal Temple
Vaikunta Perumal Temple
Vaikunta Perumal Temple
An Iyengar priest at the temple
The Varadharaja Perumal Temple was built in the 11th century, when the Chola kings ruled over the region. Additions were made by later Chola and Vijayanagara rulers. The structure to the left of the above photo is a 100 pillared hall, an exquisite example of Vijayanagara architecture. The pillars are carved with scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata.
Varadharaja Perumal Temple
Varadharaja Perumal Temple
Varadharaja Perumal Temple
Varadharaja Perumal Temple
As with most temples, photography isn’t allowed in the innermost part of the shrine, where the idol of the main deity is. The walls and ceilings there are covered with gorgeous murals from the Vijayanagara period.
Varadharaja Perumal Temple
A small shrine on the way to the main one of Varadharaja Perumal. The temple was shutting down for lunch.
Varadharaja Perumal Temple
A small shrine under a peepal tree in the huge open corridor around the temple.
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5 Comments

  • Reply Madhu Gopalan December 10, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Thank you all very much!

  • Reply kanchipuram temples December 6, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    I am very glad to see the pictures in this post, They are lively. i like the ekamreswara temple pic.

  • Reply Anthony Francis November 22, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Beautiful as always. Keep up the good work!

  • Reply Anthony Francis November 19, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Beautiful as always! Keep up the good work.

  • Reply jaroslavd November 18, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Equally beautiful pics, Madhu. I especially like the shot of the priest looking between the columns – classic! The sculptures are amazing.

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