Kanchipuram Vaikuntanada Perumal Temple

Language : English | Temple | Audios

General Information

Timings :

The temple is open from 6 am to 6 pm.

The sanctum is open from 6 am to 12 pm and then 3 pm to 6 pm

Entry charges :

Entry is FREE

Dress Ethics :

There are no prescribed details. It’s a temple.  Use your judgment.

Photography is allowed inside, however main sanctum photography is not allowed.

Facilities

Drinking Water :

Please carry your own bottles. No facility inside.

Toilets :

No Toilets inside temple complex.

Footwear stand :

There is no footwear stand.  You can leave the footwear in your car or take the chance of leaving it outside near the entrance Gopuram.

Parking :

There is some car parking available around the temple complex. Not an organized one, just roadside parking.

Food

Regular hotels :

  • Hotel Saravana Bhavan  –   on Indira Gandhi Rd near MM hotel
  • Hotel Saravana Bhavan  – on the way to Vardaraja Perumal temple.
  • Sangeetha Restaurant   – Sree Sakthi Residency’s ground floor

 

Checklist

  • Best to carry an Umbrella /Cap / Hat:    The place is all open air.  This area being tropical weather, it tends to get very warm during the day and is very hot during the summers as there is practically no shade anywhere in the temple.
  • Carry your earphones/headphones
  • Power bank / Battery pack for your phone
  • Data network – you will have longer battery time if you are off the mobile data network. So when you are using the audio guide, you may want to get off the network.

The Basics

It is good to refresh our memory on these basics.  In South India, almost all of the key monuments will have references to gods, goddesses, and mythological tales.  Knowing these will help one appreciate the work by artists.

History

Built in the 7th Century by Pallava Kings.  This temple is one of the 108 Divya Desams.  To know more about Divya Desam and what it means to the locals, please listen to the audio guide.

The very unusual and unique aspect about this temple is the presence of presiding deity Lord Vishnu in 3 different poses.  The ground floor has Vishnu in a seated position, the first floor Vishnu is in reclining , and the second floor, he is in the standing pose.