Varadharaja Perumal temple is considered as one of the most famous and important shrines of Sri Vaishnavites that is also known as 'Hastigiri'. This temple is an ancient temple that is built by Cholas. This temple attracts thousands of devotes as it is has the status of Lord Vishnu which is about 108 divya desam's. This temple in Tamil Nadu is a magnificent showcase of the Indian design and craftsmanship. This temple is built-in the year 1053 dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This temple lies on the top of the Elephant hill or also known as the Hastigiri hills. This temple is also well-known as the Devaraja Swamy temple.
The main and unique feature of this temple is the hundred pillar hall that was constructed during the Vijayanagara period. This hall is made of a single stone known as the Nooru Kaal Mandapam. The main idol of lord Vishnu is placed exactly in the centre. Decorated with rich- expensive cloths and artificial costly jewelry this deity looks quite impressive. The most stunning feature of this temple is that there is a pair lizard sculpture on the passage that leads to the main sanctum. These two lizards are covered with gold and silver sheets.
The two colors of the lizards that are gold and silver represent sun and moon as they are kept close to the sculptures. This is a huge temple with rich sculpture. The idol of the Sir Varadharaja Perumal kept in this temple is quite big and is said that it is the second largest in size after the Tirupati temple and the shrine of Lord Venkateshwara. The design and the sculpture of the temple that are carved and painted on the walls are awesome. This temple is built up of many sub-shrines. People have a very strong belief in this temple and hence visit this temple through the year.
This temple is closed in the afternoon and again reopened in the evening. People once in their life time visit this temple without fail.
There are hotels and lodges available that ranges from luxury class to economic class. They offer top class amenities and hospitality to the visitors. The rooms are properly ventilated and well furnished.
Nearest airport is the Chennai which is at a distance of about just 80 kilometers away from Kanchipuram.
Nearest railway station is the Kanchipuram station there are trains that are connected to all the major railway station of India.
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There are state transport buses and luxury buses available from Kanchipuram to all the major cities of India.
Festival of the Varadharaja temple:
There are two main festivals that are celebrated with great enthusiasm; they are the Brahmotsavam and the Adhyayanotsavam.