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GAJENDRA VARADARAJA PERUMAL TEMPLE

Tiruppattur, Vellore, Tamilnadu, India

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God

The main deity of this temple is Gajendra Perumal and also known as Varadajara Perumal. Here Lord is incarnation of Lord Vishnu and faces in East direction.

Goddess

Goddess Lakshmi as Perundevi Thayar or Poornavalli Thaayar (also Purushothama Nayagi) is consort of Lord Vishnu.

Best Season To Visit

The best season to visit this temple is Winter season. The best months to visit are September to February.

Weather

Highest - April to June (38°C during day and 26°C during night)Average - May (33.7 °C during the day and 21 °C during night)Lowest - October to February (26 °C during day and 17 °C during night)Monsoon season - June to September

Dress Code

  • For men the dress code is dhoti or pyjamas with upper cloth.
  • For women the preferred dress code is saree or half-saree with blouse or chudidhar with pyjama and upper cloth.
  • These rules are applicable for foreigners also. Shorts, mini-skirts, middies, sleeveless tops, low-waist jeans and short-length T-shirts are not allowed.
  • Pilgrims/visitors will not be allowed inside the temple if dress code is not followed.

Do's & Dont's

  • Do bathe and wear clean clothes before you enter the Temple.
  • Do respect ancient customs and co-piligrims while at Temple.
  • Smo​king & Photography is strictly prohibited inside the Temple Premises.

transport connections

Name Distance Contact Number
Tirupattur Bus Stand
900 MTRS 1800 419 4287
Tirupattur Railway Station
2 KM 139
Vellore Airport
83 KM 91-416-291201

Architecture

Gajendra (Elephant) is believed to have attained salvation here at Gajendra Varadajara Perumal Tirupattur by the grace of the lord Sages Brigu and Markandey are believed to have had the divine vision of the lord here. So, the perumal inside the temple also called as Kurai Theerkum Gajendra Varadhan. The temple has a 3 tiered Gopuram and faces towards East. The temple has a Dhwaja Stambham and built in Dravidian style of architecture. The temple is believed to have been built by the Medieval Cholas of the late 4th century A.D. by the Raja Raja Cholan (which has been mentioned in the wall scripting). There are several inscriptions inside the temple that date back a 1000 years. During the rule of Kulotunga I (1100 A.D.) a portion of fields of Athalanallur was separated and granted as a tax free Devadana land. During that period, Athalanallur was referred to as a hamlet of Cheran Maha Devi and the Gajendra Varadar temple was referred to as ‘Moymam Pooumbolil’ Azhvaar temple, Thayar Mandapam was renovate by Krishna devaraya mannan.

Religious Significance

The lord is said to have retrieved the Vedas stolen from Brahma by Asuras, and taken to the depths of the ocean, and given it back to him here. Lord Vishnu also relieved Lord Shiva of the curse he incurred for cutting off one of the heads of Brahma. Lord Vishnu a disciple of Sage Agastya ignored his Guru’s presence prompting the Sage to curse him to turn into an elephant. One day when the elephant went to the river to bring water for Abhisheka, he found the lotus flower and plucked it only to be caught in the grasp of the crocodile. Crying for help, he called out for Aathi Moolam. The Lord came on his Garuda Vahana and provided Moksham to both the animals by hurling his chakra at the Crocodile. A rock inside the temple tank referred to as the Elephant Rock, reference to the Gajendra Moksham episode having taken place in the foot of the Pothigai hills and the presence of Sage Agastya inside the moolavar sannidhi are believed to be indications of this temple’s association with the legendary event. This temple was built in between 4th Century to 13th Century the deepa sthambham was constructed of the late 8th century by Chola kings and the temple renovation carried over by Vaishali manan and Sambuvarayars mannan and finally it also renovated by Vijayanagar dynasty kings. The temple was renovated in 2016. The temple was Built by Raja Raja Cholan.

History

This temple is believed to have been in existence from the Sangam Era. It was made into a stone construction by Nandivarma Pallava (730-790 C.E.). It was again renovated in 1277 C.E. by Jatavarma Veera Pandian and again by Thirumalai Nayak in 1693 C.E. Temple renovation carried over by vaishali manan and Sambuvarayars mannan and finally it also renovated by Vijayanagar dynasty kings.

Local Beliefs & Local Customs

It is believed that watching perumal and walking through the sorka vasal, will get moksha after death

Temple Timings

Day Timings
All Days 07:30 AM - 10:00 AM 05:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Saturday 07:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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Airports

Airport Name Distance
Shamshabad 40 KM
Lorem Ipsum 12 KM

Railway Stations

Railway Station Name Distance
Secunderabad 10 KM
Nampally 12 KM
Begumpet 6 KM
Lingampally 20 KM

Bus Stations

Bus Station Name Distance
MGBS 35 KM
CBS 28 KM
kukatpally 20 KM
Lingampally 30 KM
Uppal 35 KM

Private Transports

Transport Name Distance Contact Number
Private Transport 8 KM 9546858757
Private Transport1 8 KM 9546858757
Private Transport1 8 KM 9546858757
Private Transport1 8 KM 9546858757
Private Transport1 8 KM 9546858757

Local Transports

Transport Name Distance Contact Number
Local Transport 5 KM 9546858757
Local Transport1 5 KM 9546858757
Local Transport1 5 KM 9546858757
Local Transport1 5 KM 9546858757
Local Transport1 5 KM 9546858757

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