Athi Varadar is the original idol of Varadaraja Perumal Temple in Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu. As name suggests, the idol is made from wood of fig tree (Athi in Tamil).
Athi Varadar idol was worshipped by Ramanujacharya, Vedanta Desikan and many other prominent saints. Due to minor damage, the idol had to be replaced, as per Agamas. Then, a new idol was brought from a nearby place, Pazhaya Seevaram, and was kept in place of Athi Varadar. Since then, Athi Varadar has been kept in the temple pond, ‘Anatha Saras’. Once in 40 years for 48 days, the Vigraham that was worshipped by the greats like Ramanujacharya, is raised and displayed at the temple for common devotees.
Athi Varadar was raised last time in 1979 and in July 2019 it is raised again. The idol has been in display at Varadaraja Perumal Temple from 1 July to 17 August 2019 (48 days Darshanam). And the next time, Athi Varadar will be raised in 2059.
It is estimated that nearly 10 Million devotees will visit and have darshan of Athi Varadar in 2019.
Athi Varadar Darshanam Timings (1 July to 17 August 2019 only)
Darshanam Timings — Morning 5 am to Night 9:30 pm
Sri Athi Varadar Live Darshanam Details
1 July to 31 July 2019 – Sayana Kolam (Reclining Posture)
1 August to 17 August 2019 – Standing Posture
Varadharaja Perumal Temple
Varadharaja Perumal Temple or Hastagiri or Attiyuran is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located in the holy city of Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India. It is one of the Divya Desams, the 108 temples of Vishnu believed to have been visited by the 12 poet saints, or Alwars.
The temple is located in a suburb of Kanchipuram known as the Vishnu Kanchi that is a home for many famous Vishnu temples. One of the greatest Hindu scholars of Vaishnava VisishtAdvaita philosophy, Ramanujacharya is believed to have resided in this temple.
The temple along with Ekambareswarar Temple and Kamakshi Amman Temple in Kanchipuram is popularly known as Mumurtivasam (abode of trio), while Srirangam is referred to as: ‘Koil’ (meaning: “temple”) and Tirupati as:‘Malai’ (Meaning: “hill”). Among the Divya Desams, Kanchipuram Varadaraja Perumal temple is known as: ‘Perumal Koil’. This is one of the most sacred places for Vaishnavites. The fourth of the Divya Desams that completes this series is Melukote–which is known as Thirunarayanapuram. Vaishnavites believe that visiting all four places without a break will guarantee one a place in paramapadam.