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Ashtabujakaram is located in Tamil Nadu
Location in Tamil Nadu
Coordinates: 12°49′N 79°43′E / 12.817°N 79.717°E / 12.817; 79.717Coordinates: 12°49′N 79°43′E / 12.817°N 79.717°E / 12.817; 79.717
Country: India
State: Tamil Nadu
District: Kanchipuram
Location: Kanchipuram
Temple Details
Primary Deity: Adi Kesava Perumal
Architecture and culture
Architectural styles: Dravidian architecture

The Ashtabujakaram is one of the "Divya Desams", the 108 temples of Vishnu revered by the 12 poet saints, or Alwars[1] located in Kanchipuram and is one of the 108 Divya Desam dedicated to Lord Vishnu

The Temple[edit]

The temple is a small temple with a tank in front and has three gopurams. The temple's main deity is said to be Lord Astabhuja Perumal. There is a separate shrine for thayar(consort) in the form of Alarmel mangai thayar. It also has shrines dedicated to Hanuman, Alwars, Andal, Chakra and Sarabeswara.


After all the demons were killed by Lord Vishnu, who were sent by Saraswathi to destroy the yagna(penance) done by Brahma, she finally sent a ferocious Sarpam(snake). Lord Vishnu took the form of Ashtabhuja Perumal holding 8 different weapons to kill the snake. The snake is found on the Vaayu end of the yaaga sala as "Sarabeswaran" in this temple.

Another legend associates this temple to Gajendra moksham given by Lord Vishnu to the elephant king Gajendra relieving him of his curse.


  1. ^ 108 Vaishnavite Divya Desams: Divya desams in Pandya Nadu. M. S. Ramesh, Tirumalai-Tirupati Devasthanam.

Nearest Hindu Temple[edit]

  • Arulmigu Thirumagaraleeswar Temple, Magaral