A view infront of the Thirukaaragam Sri Karunakara Perumal sannithi (sanctum sanctorum)
A view infront of the Thirukaaragam Sri Karunakara Perumal sannithi (sanctum sanctorum)

Sri Karunakara Perumal Temple, Thirukaaragam is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and also one of the 108 Divya Desam Temples is situated inside the temple premises of ‘Ulagalandha Perumal Temple’ at the Kancheepuram city of Tamil Nadu. This Ulagalandha Perumal Temple houses four temples of ‘108 Divya Desam Temples’ on it own.They are named as ‘Thirukkarvaanam’, ‘Thirukaaragam’, ‘Thiruooragam’ and ‘Thiruneeragam’.

Sri Karunakara Perumal Temple is associated with the sage named Kaaraha. It is said that the sage Kaaraha performed penance towards Lord Vishnu to obtain knowledge and he blessed with the knowledge by Lord Vishnu. The word ‘Kaar’ represents Black clouds, which gives rain to enrich the world. As a result, the Lord does not expect anything but only the true devotion towards Him. Sri Karunakara Perumal Temple is situated very close to Kamakshi Amman Temple.


The presiding deity of this Sri Karunakara Perumal Temple is Lord Karunakara Perumal, seated on Adisesha, facing towards the south direction and the Goddess of this temple is Goddess Padma Mani Nachiyar also called as ‘Ramamani Nachiyar’. The Vimanam (tower above the sanctum sanctorum) of Sri Karunakara Perumal Temple is called Vamana Vimanam or Ramaya Vimanam.

The Pushkarani (temple tank) of Sri Karunakara Perumal Temple is called Akraya Pushkarani. Sri Karunakara Perumal Temple is glorified in Nalayira Divya Prabandham, the Vaishnava canon, and hymns were sung by the saint Thirumangai Azhwar.

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.


  • Brahmotsavam Festival – January or February
  • Vamana Jayanthi Festival – August or September
  • Navaratri Festival – October
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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