Sri Pandava Thootha Perumal Temple is also called as ‘Thiru Paadagam’ located in Kanchipuram district of Tamilnadu, dedicated to Lord Vishnu and also one of the 108 Divya Desam Temples. Sri Pandava Thootha Perumal Temple is built in a Dravidian style of structure and has a four-tiered Rajagopuram (temple tower). This temple is believed to be built by Pallavas and later it is said to be contributed by Chola dynasties and Vijayanagar kings. The temple is surrounded by granite walls and the main entrance of Sri Pandava Thootha Temple has a rectangular scheme and faces the east direction.
Sri Pandava Thootha Prumal Temple is associated with Mahabharatam, one of the two major epics of India (the other one is Ramanayanam). Lord Sri Pandava Thoothar is said to be appeared to the Pallava King who built this temple and he is said to be blessed by the Lord. Sri Pandava Thootha Perumal Temple is considered as one of the three very oldest temples in Kanchipuram. The three oldest temples in Kanchipuram are:
- Ulagalantha Perumal Temple
- Yathothkari Perumal Temple
- Pandava Thootha Perumal Temple
The presiding deity of this temple is Lord Pandava Thoothar (Lord Vishnu) seen seated in Arda Padmasana Posture (Half lotus pose) with His right leg bent to the base and the Goddess of this temple is Goddess Rukmini, the consort of Lord Pandava Thoothar. The right palm of Lord Pandava Thoothar represents Abhaya Mudra (a symbolic hand gesture) for protection and left arm represents Varada Mudra for blessing. The other main deities of this temple are Lord Arulala Permula Emburamanar, the disciple of Ramanuja, Lord Narasimha, Lord Arulalaperumal, Lord Chakrathalwar and the images of the Azhwars.
Sri Pandava Thootha Perumal Temple is glorified in Nalayira Divya Prabandham, the Vaishnava canon, and hymns were sung by the saints Peyazhwar, Bhoothathazhwar, Thirumazhisai Azhwar and Thirumangai azhwar. The Vimanam (tower above the sanctum sanctorum) of Sri Pandava Thootha Temple are Bathra Vimanam and Vetha Kodi Vimanam. The Pushkarani (temple tank) of this temple is called Matheesya Pushkarani.
- 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.
- Krishna Janmasthami Festival – August or September
- Karthigai Festival – November or December
- Navaratri Festival – October
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.
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.
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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