At a distance of 1 km from Mela Thiruvenkatanathapuram Temple and 9 km from Tirunelveli, Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple is an historical temple located on the banks of the Thamirabarani River in Keezha Tiruvenkatanathapuram or Keezha Tirupathi.
This temple is devoted to Lord Vishnu within the type of Varadaraja Perumal. It was constructed by King Verapandian within the 12th century AD. Because of the plentiful presence of Purple Soil across the temple, this place acquired the identify Sengani, the place Sen that means Purple and Kani that means Land in Tamil. The identify later modified to Sangani. The Kubera vassal, the primary entrance of the temple is constructed on the northern facet of the shrine. That is adopted by Maha mandapam, Artha mandapam and Garbhagriha.
The presiding deity Sri Varadaraja Perumal stands within the heart with Sridevi to the fitting and Bhudevi to the left within the sanctum sanctorum. He has ‘chakra and dhana rekha’ in his proper fingers and ‘sankhu and kadayutham’ in his lefts fingers. The lord was positioned on this location by Saint Brighu. There are additionally shrines for Garuda and Anjaneya on this temple. The primary tree also referred to as sthala vriksham of the temple is a bamboo tree.
In line with the historical past, as soon as within the 14th century a miracle occurred. A king who dominated Tirunelveli at the moment got here to the temple to get blessings from the God. However the priest was unavailable because of sickness. At the moment the God disguised himself because the priest and carried out the pooja, saving the priest from the king’s punishment. Therefore the God is commonly known as ‘Vaazha Veikum Perumal’ (the one who saves). Because the Dhana Rekha (prosperity line) runs on the fitting hand of Varadaraja Perumal, the assumption is that if a devotee locations a coin within the hand of the Lord, it should multiply. Therefore, the Lord is named Dhana Rekha Perumal. The temple was not too long ago renovated. The Kotha Parameswarar Temple also referred to as Then Kalahasthi or Nava Kailasam is situated 200 m from this temple.
The Purattasi Shravanam- Garuda Seva, Margazhi Utsavam and Thai Dolotsavam are the essential festivals celebrated on this temple.
Timings: 7 AM – 11 AM & 5 PM – 7.30 PM