Sri Aadhi Varaha Perumal Temple is located inside the temple complex of Kanchi Kamakshi Amman temple, Kanchipuram, Tamilnadu. Sri Aadhi Varaha Perumal Temple is named as ‘ThirukKalvanoor’ and also revered as one of the 108 Divya Desam temples, dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Sri Aadhi Varaha Perumal temple is glorified in Nalayira Divya Prabandham, a Vaishnava canon, and mangalaasanam (devotional songs) were sang by the 12 azhwar saints.
The legend says that when Goddess Kamakshi, one of the forms of Goddess Parvati, and Goddess Lakshmi were taking bath in Kama Koshtam pond, Lord Sriman Narayanan was said to be hiding behind a pillar and hearing on what they were speaking about. Goddess kamakshi found that Lord Sriman Narayanan is hearing to them by hiding himself. As a result, Goddess kamakshi gave Him a playful punishment by making Him stand, then sit and finally to reside down.
And hence near to that temple tank the images of Lord Vishnu in the standing posture (Nindra Kolam), sitting posture (Irundha Kolam) and sleeping posture (Kidandha Kolam) are traceable. And since Lord Sriman Narayan was hearing to them without knowing them, Goddess Kamakshi was said to have named Him as “Kalvan” and hence the temple is called as Thirukkalvanoor. The presiding deity of Sri Aadhi Varaha Perumal temple is Lord Aadhi Varaha Perumal (Lord Vishnu), found in a standing posture. And the goddess of this temple is Anjilai Valli Naachiyar.
The other important deities of this temple are Lord Anjaneyar, and Garuda, the bull mount of Lord Vishnu. The Pushkarani (temple tank) of Sri Aadhi Varaha Perumal temple is called as Nithiya Pushkarani and Vimanam (tower above the sanctum sanctorum) of this temple is called as Vaamana vimanam.
The temple remains open in the morning from 5.30 AM to 12.00 noon and in the evening from 4.00 PM to 9.00 PM.
- Annual festival (chariot and float festival) – March to April
- Navaratri – October
- Aadi Pooram – July to August
- Aippasi Pooram – October to November
- Sankara Jayanthi – May to June
- Vasanta Utsavam – May to June
Kanchipuram which is 75-km away from Chennai is well connected by a network of roads. There are frequent buses from the city to Chennai, Bangalore and other places. For local transportation bicycles can be hired from the shops near the bus stand. Cycle Rickshaws and auto rickshaws are also available on hire to move in and around the city.
The nearest railway station is Kanchipuram station. There are various Trains for Kanchipuram which are available from Chennai, Chengalpattu, Tirupati, and Bangalore.
The nearest airport to reach Sri Aadhi Varaha Perumal temple is Chennai International airport.
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