One of the 108 Temples & Celestial Abodes of Vishnu revered by the Tamil hymns of the Alwars of the 1st millennium CE

Location: Kanchipuram (Tondai Naadu)
Vishnu: Pavalavannan
Taayaar: Pavalavalli
Theertham:Chakra Theertham
Paasuram :Tirumangaialwar
Vimaanam:Pravaala Vimanam
Travel Base:Chennai, Kanchipuram
Description This Divya Desam is located in the temple town of Kanchipuram, in Periya Kanchipuram near the railway station. Located closeby is the Pachaivannar temple, facing this temple. It is conventional to consider these two temples together as an integrated Divya Desam, although Pachai Vannar has not been sung by the Alwars.

Deities: The Moolavar here is Pavalavannan, in a standing posture facing west; Vishnu here is also referred to as Pravala Varneeswarar. Taayaar here is Pavalavalli. Pachaivannar is enshrined in a seated posture (on Adi Seshan) as Paramapada Naathan.

Legend has it that Bhrigu Maharishi and Parvati  worshipped Vishnu here. Tirumangai Alwar's Paasuram refering to Vishnu as Pavalavanna and Kachhi Oora in his Tiruneduntaandakam has been the basis for classifying this temple as a Divya Desam.

The legend associated with Tiruvegkaa and Bhrahma's ritual sacrifice is also associated with this shrine.

The temple under worship now, is a modern one (19th century) constructed in place of the ancient temple. This temple covers a two acre area, and it has a hall decked with mirrors all around. Two worship services are carried out here. This west facing temple has imposing walls surrounding a single prakaram and a 5 tiered rajagopuram. There are shrines to Aandaal, the Alwars and the Acharyas in the prakaram.

As in the Varadarajaswamy temple and the Tiru Oorakam temple, the Bhramotsavam is celebrated in the month of Vaikasi. Vaikuntha Ekadasi in Margazhi and Pavitrotsavam in the month of Pankuni are the other festivals celebrated here.

The Divya Desams revered by the Alwars in Vishnu Kanchi are Attigiri (the vast Varadaraja Perumal temple), Ashtabuyakaram, Tiruttankaa, Tiruvelukkai and Tiruvegkaa, while those in Shiva  Kanchi are Tiru Oorakam (Ulagalanda Perumaal Koyil) , Tiru Neeragam, Tiruppaatakam, Nilaattingal Tundam, Tirukkaaragam, Tirukkaarvaanam, Tirukkalvanur, Tiruppavalavannam and Parameswara Vinnagaram. The vast Ekambreswarar temple(Prithvi Stalam)  revered by the Tevaram hymns, is located in Periya (Shiva) Kanchi, as are the Kamakshiamman and the Kumara Kottam temples.

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