Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram

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The Varadharaja Perumal Temple is also famously known as the Hastagiri Temple or Attiyuran. The temple was built in reverence to Lord Vishnu and is one of the 108 temples that the Alwars, or the twelve saints, traveled to. The temple, like the other Vishnu temples, is located in the Vishnu Kanchi part of Kanchipuram. Legend has it that the learned Hindu scholar Ramanuja stayed in this temple for some part of his life.

The locals refer to this temple along with the Ekambareshvara Temple and the Kamakshi Amman temple as “Mumurtivasam” or the house of three. This temple is also referred to as Perumal Koil and is considered a must visit for the devotees of Lord Vishnu.

The temple is very famous among locals as well as foreign tourists because of the annual festival that is held each year over here. In the festival one can spot huge umbrellas that are regularly used to mark the start of festivities. Another major festival or ‘Bhramotsavam’ is held during the months of May and June.  

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