Sri Ulagalanda Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram

Ulagalandha Perumal Temple is a temple devoted to Vishnu placed in Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu, India. Built inside the Dravidian fashion of architecture, the temple is glorified in the Divya Prabandha, the early medieval Tamil canon of the Azhwar saints from the 6th through ninth centuries CE. It’s miles one of the 108 Divyadesam dedicated to Vishnu, who is worshipped as Ulagalantha Perumal and his consort Lakshmi as Amudavalli. The temple is believed to were constructed by means of Pallavas, with later contributions from Medieval Cholas, Vijayanagar kings and Madurai Nayaks. The temple is discovered in big Kanchipuram, and situated near Kamakshi Amman Temple. The temple complex genuinely homes four Divya Desams in its one-of-a-kind precincts, specifically Thirukkarvaanam, Thirukaaragam, Thiruneeragam, and Thiruooragam, that final of which is present with in the sanctum sanctorum of the principle temple. Vamana, a dwarf and one of the ten avatars of Vishnu, appeared here to quell the satisfaction of Asura king Bali. Ulagalantha Perumal is thought to have seemed to king Mahabali and the Azhwars. Six day by day rituals and a dozen yearly festivals are held on the temple, of which the chariot festival, celebrated in the course of the Tamil month of Chittirai (March–April), is the maximum prominent. The temple is maintained and administered by way of the Hindu non secular and Endowment Board of the government of Tamil Nadu.

Bhagavata Purana describes that Vishnu descended because the Vamana avatar to repair the authority of Indra over the heavens, because it have been taken through Mahabali, a benevolent Asura King. Bali became the grandson of Prahlada. King Mahabali was generous, and engaged in extreme austerities and penance and received the reward of the sector. With the reward from his courtiers and others, he regarded himself because the all effective in the world. Vamana, in the guise of a short Brahmin wearing a timber umbrella, went to the king to request 3 paces of land. Mahabali consented, against the warning of his guru, Sukracharya. Vamana then revealed his identification and enlarged to tremendous proportions to stride over the three worlds. He stepped from heaven to earth with the first step, from earth to the netherworld with the second one. King Mahabali, not able to satisfy his promise, supplied his head for the third. Vamana then located his foot and gave the king immortality for his humility. In worshiping Mahabali and his ancestor Prahláda, he conceded sovereignty of Pátál. A., the netherworld. Some texts additionally record that Vamana did now not step into the netherworld, and as a substitute gave its rule to Bali. In large form, Vamana is known as Trivikrama. The legend is related to the Thrikkakara Temple in Kerala and also with this temple and Ulagalantha Perumal Temple, Tirukoyilur.

The temple has an area of about 60,000 rectangular toes (5,600 m2) and has a 3 tiered rajagopuram (essential towers) with seven kalasas. The temple houses 4 divya desams on its very own – they may be Thirukkarvaanam, Thirukaaragam, Thiruooragam and Thiruneeragam.It’s far believed that every one the shrines had been probable separate temples, but the circumstances which lead do those temples getting housed within the Ulagalantha Perumal temple isn’t recognised.Thirumangai Azhwar has sung praises of all the 4 temples in a unmarried verse. The temple tank, Naga Tirtha, is positioned outdoor the principle temple complicated. The temple is respected by means of the verses of Tirumangai Alvar and Thirumazhisai Aazhwar. Thaayar of the temple is Amudhavalli (Amirthavalli) and the competition deity of the temple is Loganathan. The picture of Ulagalantha Perumal is over 35 toes (eleven m) in peak depicted with his left leg at a proper perspective to the body and parallel to the floor. The right leg is visible located on the head of Mahabali with palms on his left hand stretched out relating to the two steps he took to measure the two worlds and the stretched finger on his proper hand indicating the query the published to Mahabali as to wherein he may want to location his third step. The roof of the sanctum, the vimana has an extended roof to accommodate the large photograph of the presiding deity.

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