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Varadharaja Perumal Temple
Varadaraja Perumal Gopuram.jpg
Varadharaja Perumal Temple
Location: Kanchipuram
State and Country: Tamil Nadu, India
Architecture: South Indian, Kovil

Varadharaja Perumal Temple or Hastagiri or Attiyuran is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located in the holy city of Kanchipuram, Tamilnadu, India.

The temple

Carving of cavalry on a pillar in the 100-pillar hall
Close-up of a warhorse

The temple was originally built by the Cholas in 1053 [1] and it was expanded during the reigns of the great Chola kings Kulottunga Chola I and Vikrama Chola. In the 14th century another wall and a gopura was built by the later Chola kings. It is an ancient temple and one of the 108 divyadesams the holy abodes of Vishnu. It is located in part of Kanchipuram called the Vishnu Kanchi that is a home for a lot of famous Vishnu temples, including this temple. One of the greatest Hindu scholars, Ramanuja is believed to have resided in this temple [2]. The temple is a huge one on a 23-acre (93,000 m2) complex and is famous for its holiness and ancient history. Another significant thing about the temple are beautiful carved lizards and platted with gold, over the sanctum[3].

References

  1. ^ "Abodes of Vishnu - Thirukkachchi". http://www.indiantemples.com/Tamilnadu/df043.html.  
  2. ^ "The Templenet Encyclopedia - Varadaraja Perumal Temple at Kanchipuram". http://www.indiantemples.com/Tamilnadu/varakanc.html.  
  3. ^ "Gateway to Kanchipuram district - Varadaraja Temple". http://www.kanchi.tn.nic.in/varadaraja.htm.  

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