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Sri Varadaraja Perumal temple
Moolavar: Varadaraja Perumal
  Urchavar: Varadar
  Amman / Thayar: Sridevi, Bhudevi
  Thala Virutcham: -
  Theertham: Perumal kulam (pond)
  Agamam / Pooja : Paancaraathram
  Old year: 500 years old
  Historical Name: -
  City: Kannangudi
  District: Cuddalore
  State: Tamil Nadu
  The idol of Perumal was consecrated on Hastam star day of a Vaikaasi month. On that day special pooja with thirumanjanam will be performed to the Lord. On all Fridays and on the Hastam star day of every month special thirumanjanam will be performed.  
 Temple's Speciality:
  At the ardhamandapam in front of the Swami sanctum is the ‘Monkey-Aanjaneyar’. He is without a crown like an ordinary monkey in the service of Lord Rama.  
Opening Time:
  The temple is open from morning 7.00 till 9.00 and from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm.  
  Arulmigu Varadaraja Perumal Tirukkoil, via Keerappaalayam, Kannangudi – 608 602, Ennanagaram PO, Chidambaram Taluq, Cuddalore District.  
  +91 99444 62171, 93603 87690 
 General Information:
  This is a small temple without gopuram.  Behind the temple is the Perumal Theertha kulam.  
  Since Swami’s star is Hastham, this temple is the sacred remedial place for those who are born in this star.  In order to ease out the problems created by the planets Guru, Sani, Raagu and Ketu, and also for the ill effects caused by the planetary movements, the Hastham-born people offer worship here.  Devotees light lamps and pray to get married, beget issues and the family to become wealthy. 
Thanks giving:
  The devotees perform thirumanjanam to the Lord and adorn Him with Tulsi garland. Sweet-rice is also offered. 
 Greatness Of Temple:

The ‘Monkey-Aanjaneyar’:  Under the single-floored vimaanam, Varadaraja Perumal with conch and wheel (chanku and chakram) appears in the standing posture.  At the ardhamandapam in front of the Swami sanctum is the ‘Monkey-Aanjaneyar’.  He is without a crown like an ordinary monkey in the service of Lord Rama.  He holds the rosary beads (japamaalai) between his joined palms. Opposite to Swami is Garudaalwar in a mandapam.  Here are portrayed the Dasavathara pictures of Lord Vishnu.  The consolidated ‘Naalaayira Divya Prabandam’ is also written on the wall.

Sanctum is the Paradise:  The Lord is specially called ‘ Varam tharum Varadarajar’ – ‘Boon granting Varadarajar’ as He grants the boons asked.   The tradition is that by worshipping this deity, one can enjoy Paradise while living and receive ‘moksa’ after life.  Hence, there is no ‘Swarga Vaasal’ – ‘Paradise Door’ here.  On the Vaikunta Ekadasi day, the sanctum’s doors are opened as ‘Swarga Vaasal’.  The Lord goes out through this door.  At that instant, we can worship together the utsava icon leaving the ‘Swarga Vaasal’ and the Prime Deity Varadarajar. 

Prayer for wedlock:  Guru Bhagawan’s grace in the horoscope alone will motivate marriage and beget children. This is called ‘Guru paarvai’ – Guru View.  To receive this, devotees conduct ‘archana’ to the Lord, and worship by lighting lamps.  Prayers are also conducted to acquire wealth and for the welfare of life and family.

  Temple History:

A Vishnu-devotee had an ache in the mind that there was no Vishnu temple in this place.  He prayed to the Lord that a temple be built here. Once the Lord appeared to him in his dream and pointed at the nearby pond, and also made him know that there lay his image. Accordingly the bhakta went to the pond and found out the statue.  He consecrated the statue here and erected a temple. The Lord was also named ‘Varadaraja Perumal’.

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