Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple

Phone : 91-413-2224340

The Varadaraja Temple in Pondicherry is a well-known Vaishnavite temple. In the temple Lord Narasimha – an incarnation or avatar of Lord Vishnu – is placed behind Venkatachalapathy, the principal deity. The architecture of Varadaraja Temple is quite similar to the Vedhapureeshwarar Temple. Lord Vishnu as Varadaraja Perumal and Goddess Lakshmi as Thayar are worshiped in this temple.

It is believed that the idol currently placed in the temple was found buried in earth. The 5ft tall idol depicts Lord Vishnu standing tall. It is extremely beautiful and his smile ever so enchanting. Legend has it that the temple was originally built for Lord Ram – another avatar of Lord Vishnu – and his wife Sita, his brother Lakshman and Lord Hanuman whose statues were being brought via sea. This is corroborated by the findings of these idols in neighbouring Vaithikuppam – a fishing hamlet – back in 1902.

When the Vedhapureeswarar temple was destroyed by the French troops on 8-9-1748, a devotee Anandaranga Pillai took pains to gather all the idols from the debris and hid them in the Varadaraja Perumal and Kalatheeswarar temples, according to a note in his diary. During the Muslim invasion, many idols were again kept in this temple for safekeeping. The antiquity of the temple can be ascertained by these reports.

The temple is situated beside Vedhapureeshwarar Temple and is managed and administered by the same trust. It is believed to be one of the oldest temples in the town and is 800 years old.

A large number of devotees of Lord Vishnu visit the temple to receive the blessings of God. The architecture reflects the influence of the Dravidian style. It has a ‘gopuram’ that is decorated with bright colours and has a number of beautifully carved pillars.

One of the specialities of this temple is that infants are given their first morsel of rice known as ‘annaprasanam’ in front of the deity so that the child may grow with the blessings of the diety.

Saturdays are considered auspicious. The temple wears a festive look during Deepavali, Pongal and Tamil New year days apart from other festivals.

Timings

6:30am – 12:00pm and 4:30pm – 9:30pm

Festivals

Jan – Feb (Thai): Thaipoosam Festival

Feb – Mar (Masi): Kodandaramar Festival

Mar – Apr (Panguni): Thayar (Festival of the mother)

Apr – May (Chithirai): Ramar Festival (25 days)

May – Jun (Vaikasi): Brahmotsavam (10 days)

Jul – Aug (Aadi): Aadipooram & Gajendra Moksha Festival (10 days)

Aug – Sep (Avani): Pavithra Festival (5 days)

Sep – Oct (Puratassi): Navarathiri (9 days)

Nov – Dec (Karthigai): Karthigai Deepam Festival

Dec – Jan (Margazhi): Vaikunda Ekadasi



MG Road
Puducherry