Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Siruvapuri, Thiruvallur
|Architectural style:||Dravidian architecture|
Legend / Local stories
The lord is believed to have come to the help of Saint Suchvasar and rid him and his people of the ravages of the Asura Siravanasuran. Saint Valmiki is believed to have taught Lava and Kusa, sons of Rama, the skills of bow and arrow here in this area. Lord Vishnu of this Temple was worshipped by Rama’s twins Lava & Kucha. Also, Sage Valmiki had the darshan of Lord Mahavishnu.
This is an east facing Temple without a Rajagopuram. This temple, even though, appears to be ancient, is very small in size. Lord Vishnu appears in three forms in this temple. The main deity is Varadaraja Perumal / Ooraga Perumal who is in the standing posture and found along with his consorts Sri Devi and Bhoo Devi.
Lord is known as Theenda Thirumeni Perumal since the Bhattachariars, even today, cannot touch the moolavar. On every Karthikai Tamil month, Thaila Kappu (oil cover) is done to Perumal. The Urchavar, a Saligrama Vigraham, is called as Prana Harthi Haran. He is also called as Kannoli Perumal since eye related problems are solved by worshipping him. There is a small idol of Garuda in the shrine facing the presiding deity.
There is a shrine where Lakshmi and Narayana along with Vishwaksenar are found. Here, Vishnu (Narayana) is in the sitting posture and this shrine is called as Lakshmi Narayana shrine. There is another shrine in this temple where the idol is made up of Maragadham (granite) – Srinivasa Perumal shrine, where the Lord is found along with his consorts Sri Devi and Bhoo Devi.
All the metal idols (Utsava idols) are found in the shrine of Varadarajar. Near the shrine of Srinivasa Perumal, there is an attractive idol of Krishna along with Rukmini. Alwars are also found in the Srinivasa Perumal’s shrine. The corridor houses the shrines of Hanuman and Andal. Hanuman here is Swayambu. The goddess of the temple Perundevi is also found in a separate shrine in the temple corridor.
How to Reach:
The Temple is located at about 250 meters from Siruvapuri / Chinnambedu Bus Stop, 400 meters from Ayyanar Medu Bus Stop, 8 Kms from Thatchoor, 10 Kms from Periyapalayam, 16 Kms from Gummudipoondi, 13 Kms from Ponneri, 30 Kms from Pulicat, 42 Kms from Tiruvallur and 36 Kms from Chennai. The Temple is situated on the Chennai-Kolkata highway. Bus no. 133 runs from Madras Basin Bridge bus stand to the temple. In Chennai – Kolkata highway, once has to cross Thatchoor cross road, which is a famous point in that road. From there proceed around 3 Kms, where you can see a small green board to your left. Take that left road and travel 3 kms in the same road to reach the temple.
Buses depart at 6 am, 12 noon, 4 pm and 8 pm. Bus no. 533 runs from Chennai Koyambedu bus stand to the temple, departs at 6:15am, 7:20am, 10:00am, 11:05am, 1:50pm, 3:00pm, 5:50pm, 7:00pm. Bus no 547 running from Mint to Periyapalayam also reaches this temple, departs at 5am, 6:30am, 8:30am, 9:55am, 11:30am, 1pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 7pm. The Temple is located at about 10 Kms from Kavaraippettai Railway Station, 13 Kms from Ponneri Railway Station and 14 Kms from Gummidipoondi Railway Station. The Temple is located at about 50 Kms from Chennai International Airport.