A view behind the 'Sri Vijayaraghava Perumal Temple' at Thiruputkuzhi
A view behind the 'Sri Vijayaraghava Perumal Temple' at Thiruputkuzhi

Sri Vijayaraghava Perumal Temple is located at ‘Thiruputkuzhi’, a small town nearly about seven miles west of Kanchipuram city of Tamilnadu, dedicated to Lord Vishnu and also one of the 108 Divya Desam Temples. Sri Vijayaraghava Perumal temple is related to the great Hindu epic ‘Ramayanam’. The mythology was that Lord Rama, the seventh avatar of Lord Vishnu and plays a very important role in Ramayanam, left all the properties and Kingdom and went to temple as said by His father. In the forest, Goddess Sita, the consort of Lord Rama, found a beautiful golden deer. Being fascinated towards the golden deer, Sita requested Lord Rama to catch it for Her. Lord Rama and Lakshmana went out in search of the deer.

They were unaware of the fact that the deer was a demon sent by the demon king Ravana to persuade Lord Rama and Lakshmana, so that he could take away Goddess Sita. As by his plan, the demon king Ravana abducts Goddess Sita to Sri Lanka. On his way to Sri Lanka, Jatayu, the eagle bird tried to save Goddess Sita by fighting with the demon but the bird was injured by the demon king Ravana and fell down on the earth. When Rama and Lakshmana returned back to the place, they saw Jatayu, which was injured. The bird narrated them what was happened and dies. The last rites was done by Lord Rama as suggested by Jatayu. As Jatayu belongs to the family of Pul, a separate family of eagle, it was buried in a pit, which is known as Kuzhi in Tamil language, and hence the place is called as ‘Thiruputkuzhi’.

Sri Vijayaraghava Perumal Temple has a separate Sannidhi for Sri Ramanuja, the Hindu theologian, philosopher, and scriptural exegete, and he is seen by Vaishnavism as the most important Acharya (teacher) of Vaishnava tradition who strictly followed Nathamuni, a Vaishnava theologian who collected and compiled the ‘Nalayira Divya Prabandham’ and Yamunacharya, a Vishistadvaita Philosopher at Srirangam. Sri Ramanuja is respected by Hindus in general as the leading expounder of Vishishtadvaita, one of the classical interpretations of the dominant Vedanta school of Vedic philosophy.

Specialty

The presiding deity of Sri Vijayaraghava Perumal Temple is Lord Vijayaraghava Perumal (Lord Vishnu). Vijayaraghava Perumal temple houses a separate shrine for Goddess Margathavalli Thayar. This temple contains also a separate sannidhi for Jatayu, the eagle bird. The Pushkarani (temple tank) of Vijayaraghava Perumal temple is called as Jatayu Pushkarani. The Vimanam (the tower above the sanctum sanctorum) of this temple is called as Vijaya Koti Vimanam. Sri Vijayaraghava Perumal Temple has been revered as Nalayira Divya Prabandham, a Vaishnava canon, and hymns were sung by Thirumangai Azhwar, the saint of South India.

Pooja Timings

The temple remains open in the morning from 07.00 am to 12.00 p.m. and in the evening from 04.00 p.m. to 07.00 p.m.

Festivals

  • Teppa Utsavam (Float festival) – January or February
  • Brahmmotsavam Festival – February or March
  • Sri Raama Navami – April
  • Pavithra Utsav Festival – August or September
  • Navarathri Festival – September or October
  • Thirukarthikai Festival – November or December
By Road

Kanchipuram is around 75 kms from Chennai off the Chennai- Vellore/ Bangalore highway via SriPerumbudur. Kanchipuram is well connected by several bus services from Chennai.


By Train

Kanchipuram railway station is the nearest station serves with trains from Chennai and to all other major cities.


By Air

Chennai seem to be the nearest airport.

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