Vaikuntha Perumal Temple Chennai

Vaikuntha Perumal temple history

Vaikuntha Perumal Temple
is situated at Kanchipuram in Tamilnadu.Recently built after the Kailasanatha temple at the end of the eight century.  The Vaikuntha Perumal temple is few hundred metres west of the railway station is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.  It’s lofty carved vimana crowns three shrines containing images of Vishnu, stacked one on top of the other.  The temple was built in the seventh century by the Pallava King named Nandivarman Pallavalmalla.  About five centuries later, temple’s pillared entrance hall was added by Vijayanagaram rulers and is very different in style, with far more ornate sculpting.

This temple is famous for its religious importance and unique architectural grandeur.  The Vaishnavas mentions it as a very sacred place.  Vaikuntha Perumal temple is one of the hundred and eight Divya desams.  The builder of this temple Nandivarman whose original name was Parameshwara so the temple was originally known as ‘Parameshwara Vishnugriham’ after the name of this king.
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Thanjavur Temple in Thanjavur Chennai

Thanjavur Temple in chennai constructed by Raja CholanThanjavur Temple in chennai

Thanjavur Temple History

Thanjavur temple is located in the city of Thanjavur, South India, Tamilnadu.Tanjavur temple was constructed by Raja Raja Cholan in the years 1003-1010 A.D and type of construction is ancient.
Thanjavur temple area is 29.24 sq.kms. You can visit here throughout the year but most best time is winter. Languages spoken here is Tamil, English and Marathi.  The Poompuhar handicrafts is the famous shopping place here and the Tamil University, set up recently is situated here and is devoted to the growth Tamil literature and language.

Thanjavur district which is known as the Rice Bowl of Tamilnadu is also known for it’s exquisite handicrafts, bronzed and South Indian musical instruments.

Tourist Destinations in Thanjavur

Sri Brihadeeswara built in the 10th century AD by the great Chola king, Raja Raja 1 is an outstanding example of the Chola architecture.

The palace near the temple is a vast building of masonry built partly by the Nayaks and Marathas around 1550 AD.

Art Gallery

Art gallery in the palace there are a number of granite and bronze statues of the Chola period.  The timings to visit here is: 9.00 am to 1 pm. Wednesday is holiday.

Hall of Music

Hall of Music in the palace is an acoustically perfect ancient music hall.

Schwartz Church

Schwartz church in the palace garden is built by Rajah Serfoji in token of his affection for the Rev. C.V.Schwartz of the Dhanish mission in 1779 AD.

Sivaganga Tank

Sivaganga is situated near the palace.  This tank is known for its sweet water.

Tamil University

Tamil university is located 7kms away.  Established in 1981, is engaged in research and advanced studies in Tamil.

Hire a cab in Thanjavur and visit all the above locations. Thanjavur is well connected by road and train from most cities of Tamilnadu, which includes of course Chennai.  Trichy has an airport with flights from Chennai and Colombo, and is also an important rail head. Darasuram is five kms from Thanjavur, The city of Kumbakonam is 40 kms  and Gangaikondacholapuram is 71 kms from Thanjavur.

Srirangam Vishnu Temple at Tiruchirappalli, Tamilnadu

Srirangam Temple Tiruchuripalli chennai

Srirangam temple the holy place for Vaishnavates

Srirangam Vishnu Temple pilgrimage shrines of Vishnu

Srirangam Vishnu Temple Chennai Tiruchirapalli

Srirangam temple is located in the city of Tiruchirappalli on a small island between branches of the rivers Kaveri and Coleroon, stands the massive temple of Srirangam.  The largest templex complex in India and the most revered of the 108 pilgrimage shrines of Vishnu.It is surrounded by seven concentric walls and twenty one towers called gopurams.  Srirangam enshrines a statue of Vishnu reclining on a huge  serpent.  Hindu legend tells that Sage Vibhisan a transported this idol known as Sri Ranganatha from India to Sri Lanka.

History of Srirangam Vishnu Temple Tamilnadu

The history of the Srirangam temple is thousand years old.  To know it, one has to look backward the entire history of Tamilnadu where an advancement in civilization was seen.  The inscriptions of this places gives information about the tribal people’s life style who were living here quite long before and Aryans entered the Asian subcontinent India.  Chola’s domination was seen, when trade relationship of Tamilnadu was good with many South Asian countries especially with China. To stop entering mauryas, Chola’s were the barriers. In the period of 3 BC.

Srirangam is a holy place,  especially for Vaishnavates, because their God Vishnu is in the name of “Renganathar” in a sleeping posture  in south Indian language known as Anantha sayanam.  This view could not be seen any where else.  Srirangam has got popular place even in the world itself because of Renganathar temple.  The one more reason is the Geographic location of this island between River Cauvery and Kolidam.  There is a flower market in this place known as “Sathara Veedhi” from where flowers and garlands are exported to various Foreign

A mango garden is also here.  The name of this garden is “Thatha Chariyar Gardens”.  Tons of mangoes are exported from here every year.
There are three government aided schools, Six primary schools and totally five matriculation schools providing an excellent education.  This place is also famous fro residential apartments.  There are more than 500 apartments in this place.  There are frequent bus services to Srirangam.  Inns and numerous taverns are here to accommodate large number of tourists.  There are three art galleries, people forget themselves in the beauty of antiques and crafts.

Festivals in chennai
The Aadi Bharammotsavam is celebrated in the month of Pangunni and the great Adhyayanotsavam is performed in the month of Margazhi.
The Utsavmurthy is taken out for procession from its inner sanctum on the 120th day of the year.  The echoes of the recitation of the Parabandham hymns can be heard within the thousand pillars.

How to reach:

By Air :  The airport is seven kilometers from the city.  Tiruchirapalli is well connected to Chennai,  Madurai,
Bangalore and Colombo in Sri Lanka.
By Rail : Tiruchirappalli is connected to Chennai, Thajavur, Chidambaram and Madurai and Tiruchirappalli is an important junction of the Southern Railways.
By Road : Tiruchirappalli is well connected by road to Chennai, Madurai, Pondicherry and Thanjavur.

Kapaleeswarar Temple Mylapore Chennai

Mylai Kapaleashwarar Thirukoil Ancient Kapaleeswarar

The Kapaleeswarar temple is situated in  Mylapore.  Mylapore is suburban of Chennai. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, who is worshipped  here as Kapaleeswarar and the goddess as Katpahavalli.  This temple is about one thousand years old but some scholars believe that the age of the present building, on the basis of the architecture and the images on this temple traces to a period of about three hundred years ago.  Kapaleeswarar temple is very famous and attracts a large number of devotees mainly during festival days.

How to reach :

One can tour to this temple either by ‘call taxis’ or auto rickshaw or the deluxe cabs.  Auto rickshaw is the cheapest mode of transport so if you are hiring auto rickshaw, you need to negotiate the fare carefully.  The call taxis offers very prompt service and they will pick up from your doorstep even though the charge is high.  You can also travel by deluxe cabs.  If you like you can drive the deluxe cabs yourself.

History : The Kapaleeswarar temple is an symbol of Dravidian style and architecture.  The thirty seven meter tall gopuram is the notable feature of this structure.  This gopuram is peculiar to Dravidian architecture.  At the entrance of the temple you can view a sculpture, which has a interesting story behind it.  It is believed that a dead girl came back alive by listening to a song sung by a saint known as Gnanasambandar.

According to hindu belief, the goddess Parvati is believed to be the wife of Lord Shiva.  At this temple you can view goddess Parvati been depicted as peacock and she is worshipping the lidol of Lord Shiva.  During the Aruvathumoovar festival, you can see the bronze carvings of the sixty three Shaivate saints, which are carried in procession.  This festivals are held in the month of April to May.  There is a old tree in the courtyard of the temple known as Punnai tree, which is believed to be one of the oldest trees of Chennai city. There is small shrine under this tree which is dedicatged to Goddess Parvati.

Kapaleeswarar temple is also a tourist attraction for it’s ancient, beautiful sculptures and architecture.