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Sri Ashtabhuja perumal temple
 
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Moolavar: Adhi Kesava Perumal
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Alarmel Mangai, Padmasani
  Thala Virutcham: -
  Theertham: Gajendra Pushkarini
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: -
  City: Kanchipuram
  District: Kanchipuram
  State: Tamil Nadu
 
Singers:
     
  Saints Peyazhwar and Tirumangai Azhwar had sung the glory of Lord Perumal of this temple in their Mangalasasanam hymns.  
     
 Festival:
     
  The temple celebrates Margazhi Vaikunda Ekadasi in December-January; Purattasi Navrathri in September-October and Sri Rama Navami in Panguni-March-April.  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  The temple is one among the 108 Divyadesas of Perumal. This is the only Perumal Temple where Lord appears with 8 hands-bhujas. A separate Mangalasasanam is addressed to Mother by Azhwar only in this temple.  
     
Opening Time:
    
 The temple is open from 7.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. 
   
Address:
   
  Sri Adhikesava Perumal (Ashta Bhuja Perumal) Temple, Kancheepuram-631 501, Kancheepuram district.  
   
Phone:
   
  +91-44-2722 5242 
    
 General Information:
     
 

Lord Perumal blesses the devotees in a standing posture under the Chakrakuthi Vimana facing west.

 
     
 
Prayers
    
 

Those buying building sites and farm land and those facing problems in houses built already pray to Perumal for removal of any evil elements in the places.

 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  Devotees perform Tirumanjanam to Perumal and offer vastras. 
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
 

Lord Brahmma felt sad that He was not respected with idol worship on earth as to other Lords and organized a great yajna to realize His wish.  He left Mother Saraswathi.  Mother Saraswathi sent some powerful demons to stop the yajna.  Brahmma too prayed to Lord Vishnu to protect Him from the enemies.  Lord Vishnu appeared there with 8 hands-Ashtabhuja Perumal-drove away the demons and the Kaali following and helped Brahmma complete His yajna successfully.

This is the 44th Divya desa with the Mangalasasanam of Saints Peyazhwar and Tirumangai Azhwar.  This is the only Vishnu temple with a Mangalasasanam dedicated exclusively for Mother Alarmel Mangai.  According to scriptures, Lord Vishnu was in this place as Adi Kesava Perumal even before His fame as Ashtabhuja Perumal after Azhwars’ Mangalasasanams.

Perumal is holding discus, sword, flower and an arrow in His right 4 hands, conch, bow, armour and club in the left four hands.  The entrance and Sorgavasal in Perumal temples are generally in different directions.  Both are facing north in this temple, a special feature.

Perumal saved Mother Bhoomadevi from the demons at this place.  Hence, those buying Bhoomi – land either to build a house or for farming or facing difficulties in houses built already pray to Perumal to make their Bhoomi-sites a prosperous place.

 
     
  Temple History:
     
 

Yogi Mahasandan decided to renounce his life in this earthly world and to reach the lotus feet of Lord Vishnu.  He plunged into penance for the purpose. Mahasandhan had such powers equal to Indira the king of Devas.  Indira was shocked by the penance of Mahasandan and sent alluring beautiful women of his world to entice Mahasandhan to spoil his penance.  They could not move the yogi.  Finally, Indira came in the guise of male elephant and succeeded in his design.  The yogi enticed by the beauty of the elephant, took the form of an elephant himself and wandered in the forest till he reached Salagramam for a bath.

The yogi elephant was able to recollect his penance and the defeat he suffered then.  It began visiting the Divya Desas, worshipped Perumal and sought a remedy for the folly it committed.  Sage Mrikandu advised the elephant to go to Kanchi and worship Lord Varadaraja Perumal to realize its wish.  It so happened that the elephant came to Lord Ashtabhuja Perumal temple and began worshipping Him 14,000 flowers each day.  As it could not get sufficient flowers one day, it began plucking flowers from a nearby tank and was caught by a crocodile.  As Gajendra did in the past, this elephant cried ‘Aadhi Moolame’ for protection.  Lord, as He saved Gajendra in the past, appeared before the yogi elephant on His Garuda, cut the crocodile with His discus and granted salvation to the yogi elephant.

 
     
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