Sri Vaikunta temple is one of the 108 divya desam temples situated in Kanchipuram. The story behind the temple and avatar of this perumal goes thus- The present area known as Vidharba desam in the olden days was ruled by a king called Veerochan. Because of some curse he was childless. Being a staunch devotee of Lord Shiva, he prayed and did yagam to Sri Kailasanathar ( of Kanchipuram). Lord Shiva blessed him with two boys Pallavan and Vallavan,who were actually serving Maha Vishnu as the two Dwaraka balagas ( gate keepers )
Though these children became the princes of the kingdom, being servants to Lord Vishnu in their earlier birth, were still devoted to Sri Narayana. For prosperity of the kingdom they did big yagams to Maha Vishnu. Pleased with their devotion, Maha Vishnu appeared here as Vaikunta Perumal here.
This sthalam also emphasise the unity between Vaishnavam and Saivam. Veerochana king worshipped Lord shiva for the child, but it was the Vishnu Bhakthas who were born to him as children.
The vimaanam ( tower) is called as Mukuntha vimaanam.The temple sanctum is in three levels. This is a speciality of the temple. In the first level perumal is seen in a sitting position as Paramapadha Nathan, in the second level he is in lying position ( sayana kolam) with Sri Devi and Bhoo Devi, in the third level in a standing posture.
The temple dates back to 1300 years and is beautifully constructed by Parameshwara Varman (Vaiyiramegan), son of Raja Simha Pallavan. Stand stones were used and the sculptures we see in the pillars in the praharam (corridors) are breath taking. This temple is now being maintained by the Archeology Survey of India.
The Moolavar of this sthalam is Sri Paramabadha Nathan also called as Vaikunthanathan. Moolavar is in sitting position facing West . Prathyaksham for Pallava king.
Thayar of this sthalam is Vaikunthavalli thayar.
Vaikunthavalli Thayar sannidhi
Mangalasasanams The temple is revered by the verses of Tirumangai azhwar
Temple Timings The temple is open from 7:30 AM till 12:00 noon and from 4:30 pm till 7:30 pm
How to reach?
Kanchipuram is around 75 kms from Chennai off the Chennai- Vellore/ Bangalore highway via SriPerumbudur. Kanchipuram is well connected by several bus services from Chennai. There is a railway station in Kanchipuram with a few train services from Chennai in the mornings.