Lord Shiva

In the Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva is the Destroyer and the most important one in the Holy Trinity, the other two being Brahma the Creator and Vishnu the Protector. Lord Shiva has always fascinated his followers by his unique appearance: he has not two but three eyes, has ash smeared all over his body, has snakes coiled up around his head and arms, wears tiger and elephant skin, leads a wild life in the cremation grounds far removed from social pretenses, and is known for his proverbial anger.

Lord Vishnu

He has four arms and is male: The four arms indicate his all-powerful and all-pervasive nature. His physical existence is represented by the two arms in the front, while the two arms at the back represent his presence in the spiritual world. The Upanishad Gopal Uttartapani describes the four arms. Title has been given since some of these facts may be shocking for someone, soothing for devotees and interesting for others. Some of these facts may be known to someone but unknown to other.

Lord Brahma

In Hinduism, Lord Brahma is the first god of the Trinity (Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh). He is the creator of the universe. But, he is not worshipped as Lord Vishnu and Shiva. There is only one temple dedicated to him, which is the Pushkar temple of Rajasthan. And many temples are dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva. There is no corner of India where there are no temples of Vishnu and Shiva.

Aadhi Varaha Perumal Kovil – Thiruvidanthai

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About the temple

The presiding diety of the temple is Laxmi Varaha perumal and the utsavar is known as Nitya Kalyana perumal. This is one of the 108 divyadesams of Sri Vaishnavas in Tondai naadu. The lord is found in a very unique posture of one leg on the ground, one above Adisheshan and his spouse and Agilavalli thayaar on the left thigh. The Lord is said to have married all the 360 daughters of Sage Kaalava each day throughout the year and so the name ‘Nithya (daily) Kalyana( marriage) perumal’. On the final day, the lord merged all of them into one called Agilavalli thayaar. Sthala Sayana perumal temple, another divyadesam at Thirukadalmallai is close by and both the temples can be covered at the same time.

How to reach

The temple is easily accessible from Chennai and is near Kovalam. It is about 40 kms from Chennai on the East Coast Road that connects Chennai to Mahabalipuram. Lots of buses ply from various parts of the city to Mahabalipuram/Mamallapuram. Another option would be to catch a bus to kovalam and then travel from there by an auto. The temple is at a walkable distance from the bus stop on ECR road.

Nearest Railhead and airport: Chennai


Aadhi Varaha Perumal
Komalavalli thayaar
Sri Ranganathar
Ranganayaki thaayar

Specialty of the temple

It is believed that if unmarried boys and girls come to the temple and offer prayers to the lord, they would find their life partners soon. The devotee has to offer garland to the lord and do pradakshina wearing the same garland. Then the garland has to be kept in the puja room. Doing so, would grant the wish of the devotee to find a suitable spouse at the earliest.

Pushkarni and Vimanam

The temple ponds are known as Kalyana theertham and Varaha theertham.

The Vimanam is known as Kalyana Vimanam.

Temple timings and contact details

The temple is open from 6 am in the morning to 12 noon and again from 3 pm to 8 pm in the afternoons. Weekends see the maximum rush to the temple and so the travel has to be planned accordingly.

The contact person name is Sriram Bhattar (27472522-STD code is 04114)


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