Kanchipuram Sri Vaikunta Perumal Temple or Thiru Parameswara Vinnagaram is dedicated to Sri Vishnu, located in Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu State. It is one among the 108 Divyadesam dedicated to Sri Vishnu, who is worshipped as Vaikuntanathan (Lord Paramapadanathan) and his consort is Sri Lakshmi as Sri Vaikundavalli.
Built in the Dravidian architectural style, the temple is glorified at Divya Prabandha, the first medieval Tamil canon of the Azhwar saints from the 6th-9th century AD. Sri Ramanujar and Sri Manavalamamunigal would have been in the temple. Sri Thirumangai Alvar made Mangalasasnam to the praise of the Lord here (10 Pasurams).
The Vaikasi Brahmotsavam, celebrated during the Tamil month of Vaikasi (May-June), and Vaikunta Ekadashi celebrated during the Tamil month of Margazhi (December-January) are the two major festivals celebrated in the temple. Verses from Nalayira Divya Prabandham are recited by a group of temple priests amidst music with nagaswaram (pipe instrument) and tavil (percussion instrument).
Kanchipuram Sri Vaikunta Perumal Temple Timings:
Morning: 7:30 AM to 12:00 Noon
Evening: 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Kanchipuram Sri Vaikunda Perumal Temple History:
According to Hindu legend, the area where the temple is located was called Vidarbha Desa and was ruled by a king named Viroacha. Due to her misdeeds during the previous birth, Virocha did not have children. He prayed in the temple of Kailasanathar, Kanchipuram and Shiva, the deity who presided over the temple gave the blessing that the Dvarapalas (the guardians) of the temple of Vishnu would be born to him as children. After that, two boys named Pallavan and Vallavan were born to him. Both boys dedicated themselves to Vishnu and performed Ashwamedha Yagna for the welfare of the people of his kingdom. When these two were doing Yagnam, Perumal Sri Vishnu gave his Seva to Irundha Thirukkolam. He gave his Seva as “Paramapadha – Sri Vaikundanathan”. For this reason, the Sthalam is called the Vaikuntha Perumal temple.
This Sthalam also tells us how the relationship between Vaishnavam and Saivam is to be treated. King Veerochana worshiped Lord Shiva for the child, but it was the Vishnu Bhakta who was born. Therefore, it is clearly stated that there should be no quarrels (or) misunderstanding between caste and it is said that all gods are treated as one.
Kanchipuram Thiru Parameswara Vinnagaram Pooja Timings:
Viswaroopa – 6:30 AM
Kaala Shanthi Pooja – 7:00 AM
Uchchi Kaala Pooja – 9:00 AM
Sayaratchi Pooja – 5:30 PM
Raakkaala Pooja – 7:00 PM
Aravanai Pooja – 8:30 PM
How to Reach Vaikunta Perumal Temple:
Kanchipuram is around 75 km from Chennai off the Chennai – Vellore/ Bangalore highway via Sri Perumbudur. Kanchipuram is well connected by several bus services from Chennai. There is a railway station in Kanchipuram with a few train services from Chennai in the mornings. The temple is at a walkable distance from the Kanchipuram bus stand and Thiru Ooragam temple.
Sri Vaikunda Perumal Temple Address:
Tamil Nadu – 602 114.