Varadaraja Perumal Temple

Dedicated to Lord Vishnu the Vardaraj Perumal temple is located on M.G.Road. It is supposedly an ancient temple. Dating back to 600A.D the temple is built in Dravidian style. The Gopurams are brightly colored, and the pillars are sculpted. Believers claim that the temple was initially meant to home idols of Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, and Hanuman that were the findings from the sea bought by the fishermen. However, the temples main deity is Varadaraj Perumal – Lord Vishnu. The Cholas originally built the temple. During the Colonial period, the British general visited Garuda Seva festival and presented a valuable necklace termed as Clive Maharkandi.

Varadaraja Perumal Temple

The idol is adorned with the necklace during the special occasion every year. The temple is huge and spread across 23 acres. The temple has 130 feet tall and seven tiered entrance the Rajagopuram. A hundred pillared hall with sculpture depicting Ramayana and Mahabharata make the temple a masterpiece of Vijayanagar architecture. Apart from the main stone idol the temple has the wooden image of Varadarajaswamy well-kept in a silver box from which water is pumped out every forty years. The temple attracts devotees and tourists mainly for its famous colored umbrellas used during festive occasions. Another monumental place of worship, The Varadaraj Perumal temple is a must visit in Pondicherry tour.