Kalyana Varadharaja Perumal Temple is an ancient temple that exists in Paruthiyur which is located at 31 Agraharam Street, Paruthiyur Via Sengalipuram, in Thiruvarur District . When one enters the small village of Avanam Paruthiyur, on the banks of Kudamurutti river, a tributary of the Kaveri,we can see the Kalyana Varadharaja Perumal Temple .
Paruthiyur Adhi Varadaraja Perumal:
The main idol Adhi Varadharaja Perumal in the Paruthiyur Temple is bestowing his grace with ‘Prayoga-Chakra”. This chakra is believed to have been sent to protect King Ambarisha, a Vishnu devotee, from the curse of Durvasa, the famous sage. In Duruvasas he rage created a demon to kill Ambarisha, out of a strand of his hair. King Ambarisha prayed to his favorite God Vishnu. Lord Narayana’s Sudarshana intervened and destroyed the demon and protected King Ambarisha.
Hindu mythology is full of references regarding the relationship and synergy between the Chakram and Lord Vishnu. Sudarshana Chakra or the divine disc of Maha Vishnu is one of the Lord’s prominent weapons in annihilating evil forces. Usually Vishnu’s Sudarshana Chakra in most temples is held on the side but in the Paruthiyur Temple it is in a rare Prayoga state ~ as if it is in use. It is believed that it is this Chakra that was used by the Lord against Durvasa. Hence there are also no houses built on the south side of the street across the Temple. The benefits of Prayers and Homas to Sudarshana are innumerable. It is stated in the Ahirbudhnya Samhita that when the devotees are suffering from the afflictions caused by incurable diseases, sorcery, or enemies, Lord Sudarshana dispels his fierce form and comes to their protection.
Paruthiyur Mahalakshmi Thayar:
Paruthiyur Mahalakshmi thayar the consort of Kalyana Vardharaja Perumal, is an exact replica of Triplicane Parthasarathy Temple Vedavalli Thayar. Worshipping this Parithiyur Mahalakshmi is said to be to obtain health, wealth and prosperity. Mahalakshmi thaayaar is very special to bhakthas seeking boons instantly. An aura of divine happiness, mental and spiritual satisfaction, and prosperity always exists around her.
Kalyana Varadaraja Perumal:
Since the Lord Adhi Varadharaja Perumal was very powerful with the Chakra weapon and was very fierce another Vishnu, Sri Kalyana Varadharajar was also erected in the same Sannadhi. This Permual blesses bestows well-being to bhaktas. These Panchaloka Utsava idols of this Temple are very ancient 10th century Chola bronze.
Vaikunta Ekadesi is a very popular festival for Varadharaja Perumal. Aadi Velli, Navarathi & Deepavali are auspicious festive days for Paruthiyur Mahalakshmi, Purattasi Saturdays are celebrated for Paruthiyur Anjaneya and Rama Navami is a grand 10 day Utsavam in this temple.
Panagam, Buttermilk and Sundal are the popular prasadhams made and distributed during the festive seasons for the devotees.
This Paruthiyur perumal temple was built in the early 1800s by a great Vishnu Bhakta by the name Sri Krishna Sastri Ayyaval (1773- 1860) patron of SerfojiMaharaja ll. Ayyaval had spent most of his time in this temple with his parayanams of the Vishnu Puranas and the Ramayana, teaching of the scriptures and spreading bhakti and promoting Hindu Dharma.
Later, this temple became the life and soul of a Mahaan Brahmasri Paruthiyur Krishna Sastri (1845-1911). He was a great Rama Bhakta, a Ramayana exponent, Philanthropist and Kathakalakshepa and Pravachan Pioneer. He renovated and maintained Temples in Paruthiyur, constructed the temple thatakam kodadhandarama Threertham known as the Melakulam, installed Mahalakshmi and Kodandarama sannadhis and made this temple famous and auspicious.