Thiru Mukkoodal Appan Venkatesa Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram
|Deity:||Thiru Mukkoodal Appan Venkatesa Perumal|
|Architectural style:||Dravidian architecture|
|Address:||Appan Venkatesa Perumal Temple,Thiru Mukkoodal,
|Phone||+91 – 94437 78352|
Temple Opening Time
The Temple will be open from 8.30 am – 11 am and 4 pm – 6 pm. On Thiruvonam day every month, the temple will be open between 8 am – 1 pm and 3 pm – 7 pm. On Saturdays and Sundays the temple is open from 08.30 am till 1 pm and from 3 pm till 7 pm.
Legend / Local stories
Lord Venkatesa Perumal helping Kind Thondaiman in war:
According to the legend, the king Thondaiman once started to Thirupathi to have darshan of Lord Venkatesa Perumal. He then heard a divine voice telling him that it was not the time to visit Thirupathi as a king from a neighbouring country was nearing his kingdom to wage a war. The voice advised him to be with his son during war time to save the country and later to visit Thirupathi.
On hearing this Thondaiman prayed to Lord Venkatesa Perumal and the Lord blessed him to win the battle and gifted him with his Sanku (Conch) & Chakra (Wheel). Thondaiman successfully won the battle and on his way back both the weapons Sanku and Chakra vanished. Later, the Lord directed Sri Ramanujar to install Sanku & Chakra for him at this place. That’s how the deity here had got Sanku & Chakra here.
Then the king Thondaiman surrendered to Perumal at Thirupathi seeking ‘Moksha’. The Lord directed him to come to Thirumukkudal to grant Moksha to him. The king visited here to have darshan of the Lord. Till then, the Lord here was said to be in ‘Sayana Kolam’ (reclining posture like Ranganathar). When the king visited here the Lord is said to have changed his posture and gave him darshan in standing posture.
The king Thondaiman, out of his excitement and bliss, embraced the Lord saying ‘Appaney Venkatesa’ (அப்பனே வெங்கடேசா), means ‘Oh My Father Venkatesa!’ and from then the Lord here came to be known as ‘Appan Venkatesa Perumal’. The king Thondaiman is said to have built this temple initially for Lord Sri Venkatesa Perumal. The same king is said to have built the temple at Thirupathi (Thirumalai) as well as Thirumalai Vaiyaavoor, which is called Southern Thirupathi.
Lord Vishnu darshan to Brighu Rishi:
Lord Srinivasa provided darshan, facing north, to Brighu Maha Rishi who undertook penance here and hence he is seen in a standing posture facing Northern Direction.
Divya Desam Connection:
While this is not a Divya Desam, there are some interesting connections with Tirupathi and Oppiliappan Divya Desams. One finds Tirupathi Lord’s Conch and Chakra at this temple. Similar to Oppiliappan temple, Lord Srinivasa is said to have provided darshan to Markandeya Rishi (as Ranganatha in his Sayana Kolam) and to Bhoodevi as Kannan. Hence, Markandeya Rishi and Bhoo Devi are seen by the side of Appan Venkatesan.
Equivalent to Kasi:
Having bath at the confluence of the three rivers and undertaking Pitru Tharpanam on the river bank is said to provide Puniyam equivalent to having bath in Kasi.
Kanchi Varadar’s annual visit to Thiru Mukkoodal:
Kanchipuram Sri Varadaraja Perumal’s Parivettai is a very popular festival here. Five Perumals – Lord Varadarajaswamy of Kanchipuram, Lord Lakshmi Narasimha, Pazhaya Seevaram, Sri Appan Venkatesa Perumal, Thirumukkudal and two other Perumals of nearby temples meet together at Thirumukkudal temple courtyard and stay in different mandapas on Kaanum Pongal Day – Tamil month ‘Thai’ (16th January), which is said to be a delight to watch. On this evening, Lord Srinivasa of Thiru Mukkoodal welcomes Salavakkam Perumal and Pazhaya Seevaram Narasimha, Kanchi Varadar as well as other one nearby Perumal at this temple. Later in the evening, all these five deities go out on a street procession around Thiru Mukkoodal.
- Krishna Jayanthi
- Vaikunta Ekadesi
- Garuda Sevai
- Thiruvonam (Perumal’s star) is special every month
How to Reach:
Thiru Mukkoodal is a village located about 20 kms from Kanchipuram on the road going towards Chengalpattu. While going from Chengalpattu, one can reach Pazhaya Seevaram, 5 kms before Walajabad. From Pazhaya Seevaram one has to take left and cross the bridge on the river Palar to reach Thirumukkudal. There are frequent bus services available from Chennai to Chengalpattu, Kanchipuram and other places.
Chennai – Tambaram – Walajapet – Pazhaya Seevaram. One has to take a right at Pazhaya Seevaram and cross the Palar Bridge to reach Thiru Mukkoodal – 65kms.
Chennai – Singapperumal Koil – Palur (SH57) – SH58 – Pazhaya Seevaram. One has to take a right at Singapperumal Koil (45kms from Madras) on to the SH57. 12kms on this road, just after crossing the Chengalpet – Kanchipuram railway gate at Palur, one will join Chengalpet – Kanchipuram SH 58. 5kms on this road, one should take at left at Pazhaya Seevaram and cross the Palar Bridge to reach Thiru Mukkoodal – 65kms.
Chennai – Chengalpet – Kanchipuram Highway (NH45 – SH58). Take a left at Pazhaya Seevaram to reach Thiru Mukkoodal – 72kms.
It is better to take the third route. One can reach Thiru Mukkoodal in 20minutes from Chengalpet. Nearest Railway station is located at Pazhaya Seevaram and Palur, on the Chennai – Chengalpattu – Kanchipuram line. Nearest Airport is Meenambakkam Airport in Chennai.
Appan Venkatesa Perumal Temple
Mobile: +91 – 94437 78352