VARADARAJA PERUMAL, KANCHIPURAM (TN)

Sri Varadaraja Swamy is the presiding deity in this kshetram which is on a hillock called Hastigiri.
Once, Brahma performed a yagna in which he failed to invite Devi Saraswati. Thus angered, Devi took the form of a river (Vegavathi). ImageImageImage
Sri Narayana lied down across the flooded river to save the yagna. When the yagna was completed, Sri Varadaraja appeared from the yagna agni with his consorts, Sridevi and Bhoodevi.
As Prabhu emerged from fire, he acquired pinkish spots on his face. Image
Near the sanctum, there is a carving of 2 lizards- in gold and silver.
It is said that once Rishi Gautam cursed 2 of his disciples as the water brought by them for pooja had two lizards in it which were not noticed by them. They were cursed to become lizards. Image
They attained moksha after praying to Varadaraja. It is said that the taint of lizard falling on our bodies is removed by mere touching of the carvings.

The tank here is special. Under it is hidden the Aththi Varadar, wooden replica of Prabhu that is brought out every 40 years. ImageImage
Separate thread on Athi Varadar done earlier

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Shiva Lingam here is said to be swayambhu meaning it is self-manifested.
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Dedicated to Naag Devta Vasuki. The five-headed Naga Devta is visited by devotees, especially on Sundays when special Pooja is performed offering milk and turmeric to the deity.
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