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Temples - Sri Vaikunda Perumal Temple

Vaikunda Vaikunda

Sri Vaikunda Perumal, temple is famous for its architecture. The Lord is in the sitting posture. The Goddess is known as Sri Vaikundavalli Tayar.

It is said that a Pallava king performed an exquisitely sweet-scented sandal bath to Sri Kailasanatha on the occasion of Maha Sivarathri day and the holy bath water ran as a stream. Ancient sacred books say that devoted worshippers of Siva on the occasion of Maha Sivarathri would be blessed with sons who will be devotees of Lord Vishnu. The Pallava king was blessed with a son Parameswaravarman who was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu and built this Vaikuntha Perumal temple, in the 7th century A.D.

It has great sculptures and inscription which speak of its history and the history of the city itself. Its inner walls are decorated with lion shaped pillars. Like the Kailasanathar temple, this temple gains local importance on the holy night of the Vaishnavites - Vaikunda Ekadasi. Except on that day, this temple is easily accessible to tourists.This temple is under the care of the Department of Archeology, Government of India.

Vaikunda Vaikunda

It is located at the end of a small alley, away from the main tourist business. This being a Vaishnavite temple, is closed after noon, to be opened in the evening. Hence, the most appropriate time to visit this is during the morning hours.