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Vaikunta Perumal Temple in Kanchipuram – Second Tier Opens only on Ekadasi – Third Tier Opens only on Vaikunta Ekadasi

Vaikunta Perumal Temple is located near the world famous Kailashnatha Temple in Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu. The shrine is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple has three tiers. The second tier is open only twice in a month during the Ekadasi tithi (11th day during the fortnight) and the third tier is only open on the Vaikunta Ekadasi (December – January – the Ekadasi during the waxing phase of moon in Tamil Margazhi month.)

The temple is one among the 108 Divya Deshams and is also known as Thiru Parameswara Vinnagaram. Lord Vishnu is worshipped here as Vaikunthanathan or Sri Paramapadanathan and Mother Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped as Vaikunthavalli.

Believed to be the first of the Divya Desam temples in Kanchipuram.

Vishnu in Standing – Sitting and Reclining Posture
The first tier of the shrine is open on all days. The sanctum sanctorum here houses a standing murti of Lord Vishnu

The second tier, which is open only on Ekadasi, houses the murti of Vishnu in sitting posture.

The third tier, which is open only on Vaikunta Ekadasi, houses the murti of Vishnu in reclining posture.

Architecture
The shrine is a typical example of Dravidian temples found in Tamil Nadu. The temple was built by the King Pallava in 690 CE and renovated during the Vijayanagar period.

The covered passages inside the outer walls of this temple are supported by lion pillars. The sculptures within the temple depict the history of the temple. The walls have breathtaking sculptures associated with Vishnu.

The seventh century script used in the walls and pillars of the temple helped archeologists  to learn about the Pallava dynasty.

Legend of the Temple
Legend has it that Srihari Vishnu appeared here to bless the sons of a famous king. The sons – Pallavan and Vallavan – had performed Ashwamedha Yajna. It is believed that Pallavan and Vallavan were the incarnations of the doorkeepers of Vaikunta – Jaya and Vijaya.

Vaikunta Perumal Temple Timing
Morning – 6:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Evening – 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM