Started early to get the darshan of Athi Varadar. Kanchipuram was largely crowded and it was nicely arranged for all the people to get the darshan of Shri Athi Varadar. It took almost 3 hrs of time to get the darshan. Deity was nicely decorated and atmosphere in the temple was giving wonderful Vibes. Now next darshan will happened after 40 years i.e in year 2059.
History of Athi Varadha
Athi Varadharaja is one among the 4 Brahma Kararchita Varadaja moorthies , carved out of Athi Tree by Vishwakarma in Kritha Yuga. This moorthi was the main deity (Moola Moorthi) in the Grabhagraha, i.e inside PunyaKooti Vimana, until early 16th century. Due to Muslim Invasions, to preserve the valuable moorthies , the Athi Varada was immersed inside Pushkaranai(Anatha Saravora) inside the temple premises secretively, such that only one family knew the exact place.
For nearly 40 long years, the temple had no moorthies in the grabhagraha and no pooja was being performed in the temple. The two brothers in Dhatacharya lineage,who were the Dharamakartha of the temple at that time and under whose authority the hiding of moorthy took place, passed away. Their two sons, after more than 40 years, tried vigorously to bring the moorthies back to the temple, to start the pooja again. With the help of a Madwa , the Utsava moorthies were brought back from Udayar Palayam forest and found their place inside the temple.
Unable to find the Athi Varadha, the authorities decided to place a Vigraha made of stone from the near by place called PazayaSeevaram (30 kms approx. from the temple). This moorthi is called DevarajaSwami and it is known to be Athri Rishi Kararchita moorthy. This moorthy resembled Athi Varadharaja and was present in a mountain called Padma Giri in Pazayaseevarm , where 3 rivers (Payasvini, Vegavathi and BahuNadhi) met forming a Triveni Sangama. This moorthy, called Devaraja, was brought to Kanchipuram and installed as moolamoorthi inside punyakoti vimana and the regular pooja started.
Around 1709 due to some reasons (which is unknown till the date) the Pushkarani was emptied and the Athi Varadharaja was seen lying inside. Then Authorities decided that this moorthi has to be taken out every 40 years for pooja for 48 days and again to be immersed in the kalyani for another 40 years and so on. This decision was based on the fact that, Kaliyuga pooja for Varadharaj is done by sesha devuru and Anatha sarovara has sesha devaru sannidhana , it is gods will that he immersed himself inside the Kalyani because of this very reason.
After having darshan I was super Hungry and had heavy healthy breakfast of south Indian delicacies. Idli, Vada, Dosa, Badam Milk.
There are thousands of temples in Kanchipuram alone. I was back in hotel to take some rest as all the temples are close in afternoon. Enjoyed my lunch and had power nap.
Started by 4 PM and headed towards famous Kamakshi Amman Temple. All temples are huges with lot of carvings on Gopuram. All temples are nearby and can be done by walking or hiring auto.
Also visited few famous temples :
Ulagalantha Perumal Temple
Sankara Mutt is the place which was established by Adi Shankaracharya.
Lot of information is already available on google on every temple. So I am not giving all details here.
Concluded my day with famous Parotha Kurma.