A view infront of the entrance at Sri Azhagiya Singa Perumal Temple (Thiruvelukkai)
A view infront of the entrance at Sri Azhagiya Singa Perumal Temple (Thiruvelukkai)

Sri Azhagiya Singa Perumal Temple is situated in Kanchipuram, Tamilnadu. This temple is one of the 108 Divya Desam Temples, which are dedicated to Lord Vishnu and also named as ‘Thiruvelukkai’. Sri Azhagiya Singa Perumal Temple has a four-tiered Rajagopuram (temple tower). The mythology says that Goddess Lakshmi (the consort of Lord Vishnu) and Goddess Saraswati (the consort of Lord Brahma) had a tough argument on who is superior among them. They decided to make it clear by asking Lord Indira, the king of celestial deities. Lord Indira gave the judgment that Goddess Lakshmi is the superior Goddess.

Goddess Saraswati was not satisfied with the decision and asked Lord Brahma about this, and Lord Brahma too chose Goddess Lakshmi to be the Superior Goddess. Goddess Saraswati got disappointed and started avoiding Lord Brahma. During this crucial time, Lord Brahma did a severe penance towards Lord Vishnu and performed an Aswametha Yagna which is usually done long with His consort Goddess Saraswati. This bought the anger of Goddess Saraswati to the peak. Goddess Saraswati decided to disturb the yagna of Lord Brahma and interrupted it in various ways but Lord Vishnu prevented it every time.

And Goddess SaraSwati sent a demon called Kapalika to disrupt the Yagna. Lord Vishnu took the form of Narhari to kill the demon. This is the place where Lord Vishnu resided at happily and hence this place is called as ThiruVelukkai, where Vel refers to “wish” and Irukkai refers to “residence”. It is said that Lord Vishnu appeared to the sage Bhrigu Maharishi in the form of Azhagiya Singar.

Specialty

The presiding deity of Azhagiya Singa Perumal Temple is Lord Sri Azhagiya Singar, in Yoga position, facing the east direction. There is a separate shrine found for Goddess Amruthavalli, the consort of Lord Sri Azhagiya Singar and for Garuda, the vehicle of Lord Vishnu. Sri Azhagiya Singa Perumal Temple is glorified in Nalayira Divya Prabandham, the old canon, and the hymns were sung by the saints namely Peyalvar, Bhoothathazhwar, Thirumazhisai Azhwar and Thirumangai azhwar.

Sri Azhagiya Singa Perumal Temple is built in a Dravidian style of architecture and the walls are surrounded with granite. The Pushkarani (temple tank) of Sri Azhagiya Singa Perumal Temple is called as Kanaga Saras and Hema Saras Pushkarani. The Vimanam (the tower above the sanctum sanctorum) of Sri Azhagiya Singa Perumal Temple is called as Kanaka Vimanam.

Sri Azhagiya Singa Perumal Temple is built in a Dravidian style of architecture and the walls are surrounded with granite. The Pushkarani (temple tank) of Sri Azhagiya Singa Perumal Temple is called as Kanaga Saras and Hema Saras Pushkarani. The Vimanam (the tower above the sanctum sanctorum) of Sri Azhagiya Singa Perumal Temple is called as Kanaka Vimanam.

Pooja Timings

  • Ushathkalam Pooja – 7 a.m.
  • Kalasanthi Pooja – 8:00 a.m.
  • Uchikalam Pooja – 12:00 p.m.
  • Sayarakshai Pooja – 6:00 p.m.
  • Irandamkalam Pooja – 7:00 p.m.
  • Ardha Jamam Pooja – 10:00 p.m.

Festivals

  • Vaigunda ekathesi – December or January
  • Garuda Savai – May or June
  • Thri Aadipuram – April
  • Hanumath Jayanthi – April or May
By Road

The city of Kanchipuram is well connected with the other part of the states and it is few kms from the Quadrilateral National Highway. There are frequent bus services from Chennai and it takes 2- 3 hours to reach. The Chennai Metropolitan and the state express transport operate the services.


By Train

Kanchipuram is connected with the southern part of the rail network and few trains are running through Kanchipuram. Suburban trains are running between Kanchipuram and Chennai beach on specified intervals.


By Air

Chennai, the nearest international airport, is situated around 75 km away from Kanchipuram. Both public and private transport facilities are available at the airport.

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