Pachai Varana Perumal Temple, Agaramel, Thiruvallur
|Architectural style:||Dravidian architecture|
Mudaliandan, also known as Daasarathi, was the son of Anantha Narayana Dikshitar and Nachiyaramma, who was a sister of the illustrious Sri Ramanuja. Mudaliandan was born in the year 1027 after his parents were blessed by Lord Rama in their dreams. He, along with Koorathazhwaan, was a prominent disciple of Swami Ramanuja and rendered yeoman services to his teacher. He was the head of all Sishyas of Ramanuja which earned him the name as Mudaliandan and is believed to have lived for 105 years till 1132. He was born in this site, and hence this temple is considered as the Avathara sthalam (birth place) of Mudaliyandan.
Legend / Local stories
When the elephant named Ashwathama was killed during Mahabharata battle, Yudhistra lied to his Guru that his son Ashwathama was killed. By hearing this news, Drona was distracted and shocked. Using this opportunity, he was beheaded by Dhrishtadyumna. To get rid of this sin, based on the advice of the saint Narada, Yudhistra performed a yagna in this site. Lord Krishna appeared in the form of a green elephant from yagna and blessed him. Hence, he is called as Haritha Varana Perumal in Sanskrit (Haritha mean Green and Varana mean Elephant) or Pachai Varna Perumal in Tamil (Pachai mean Green and Varana mean Elephant). Accepting the prayers of Yudhishthira, the Lord remained here.
Temple Opening Time
The Temple remains open from 07.00 AM to 11.30 AM and 04.30 PM to 08.30 PM.
Among the festivals conducted in this temple, the Brahmotsavam starting from Uthiram Nakshatram in the month of Panguni and Thirunakshatram (birth star) festival of Mudaliandan are celebrated with great pomp for ten days in Chithirai with Satrumurai on Punarpoosam. The Pavithrotsavam is also celebrated in this shrine in the month of Aippasi. The rituals in this temple are done according to the tenets of the Vaikhanasa Aagamam.
How to Reach:
The Temple is situated between Thirumazhisai and Poonamallee. The Temple is located at about 250 meters from Agaramel Bus Stop, 3 Kms from Thirumazhisai, 3 Kms from Poonamallee, 3.5 Kms from Poonamallee Bus Depot, 9 Kms from Mangadu, 13 Kms from Avadi Railway Station, 25 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station, 23 Kms from Egmore Railway Station, 24 Kms from Chennai Airport and 24 Kms from Chennai.
Pachai Varana Perumal Temple,
Agaramel, Nazareth Pettai,
Thiruvallur – 600069
Mobile: +91 96002 21378