Pandava Thoothar Perumal Temple

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Pandava Thoothar Perumal Temple
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Pandava Thoothar Perumal Temple is located in Tamil Nadu
Pandava Thoothar Perumal Temple
Pandava Thoothar Perumal Temple
Location in Tamil Nadu
Coordinates: 12°29′N 79°26′E / 12.49°N 79.43°E / 12.49; 79.43Coordinates: 12°29′N 79°26′E / 12.49°N 79.43°E / 12.49; 79.43
Name
Other names: Thirupadagam
Proper name: Pandava Thoothar Perumal Temple
Location
Country: India
State: Tamil Nadu
District: Kanchipuram
Location: Kanchipuram
Temple Details
Primary Deity: Pandava Thoothar (Krishna)
Architecture and culture
Architectural styles: Dravidian architecture
History
Date built: 8th Century AD

The Pandavathootha Perumal Temple is an 8th-century Hindu Vaishnavite temple dedicated to Vishnu, located in the heart of Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India. It is one of the Divya Desams, the 108 temples of Vishnu revered by the 12 poet saints, or Alwars.[1]

Legend[edit]

The name leads back to Mahabharata times when the Pandavas worshipped Vishnu here.

Darshan, Sevas and Festivals[edit]

The temple follows the traditions of the Thenkalai sect of Vaishnavite tradition and follows vaikanasa aagama.

Composers[edit]

Among the 12 alwars (the great saints in Vaishnavite tradition), three of them, namely Peyalvar, Thirumazhisai Aazhwar and Thirumangai alvar, have sung on the different forms of God in this temple. Many acharyas have also written songs on the various forms of God in this Temple.[2]

Inscriptions[edit]

The temple has a set of inscriptions associated with Cholas. A record of the Chola king, Rajakesari Varaman alais Kulothunga Chola I, dated in his fifth year. Records that a merchant provided the temple with a flower garden and purchased from the village of Ovirukkai some lands for the benefit of the gardeners. The cost of the 2,000 kulis(tax-free) was 11 kalanjus equal in finesse of Madhuranthaka madai and the assembly could not levy in consequences vellikasu, nirallai, silvari, sorumattu etc. The south wall of the temple has inscriptions of Kulothunga Chola I, dated in his 39th year. Records gift of two kalanjus and two manjadi by a merchant to the pujari(temple priest) who were to supply two malis of curd daily.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 108 Vaishnavite Divya Desams: Divya desams in Pandya Nadu. M. S. Ramesh, Tirumalai-Tirupati Devasthanam.
  2. ^ Concise classified dictionary of Hinduism P.38.Kodayanallur Vanamamalai Soundara Rajan
  3. ^ South Indian shrines: illustrated P.95.P. V. Jagadisa Ayyar