Sri Varadharaja Perumal temple is located in the settlement area named Tirunelveli town in the district of Tirunelveli, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The principal deity of this temple is Veeraraghavar, Varadarajar, (Lord Vishnu) and his consorts are none.
The holy tree of this temple is none. The festival deity of this temple is Varadarajar. The holy water of this shrine is Theertham. The agamam or pooja of this shrine is known as Kameeyam. This temple is nearly 1000-2000 years old in this particular region. The historical name of this holy spot is none.
Important festivals at Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Tirunelveli
The festivals that are grandly celebrated are 10 day Chithirai festival in April-May, Aadi Utsav in July-August, annual abishek festival in Vaikasi (May-June), Onam, , Navarathri, Krishna Jayanthi, Oonjal in Aipasi (October-November), Fridays in Thai (January-February), Ramanavami and Karthikai Deepam in November-December are celebrated. At present all the devotees, pilgrims and tourists are wholeheartedly invited into the shrine for homams, worship, prayers and rituals.
Specialty of Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Tirunelveli
The temple’s specialty is that Lord Anjaneya standing infront of the presiding deity Lord Veera Raghava wholeheartedly graces in worshipping form. There are shrines in the corridor-prakara for Mahalakshmi, Sudarshanar, Bhoomadevi, Vishwaksenar, Alwars and Lord Krishna. The temple is open for all the devotees and pilgrims from 7.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Local legends related to Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Tirunelveli (Sthalapuranam)
According to the local legends, “A devotee of Lord Veeraraghava, came to the temple after performing the Tarpan for his ancestors in River Tambiraparani. He wanted to have the personal darshan of the Lord but the Lord did not come. The devotee began a fasting till he came to a fainting stage. Pleased with his determination, Lord appeared before him when the Uchikala Pooja (afternoon pooja) was on. The Lord is so graceful to His devotees. Lord Veeraraghava appears so handsomely enticing the devotees. Sri Anjaneya graces with his worshipping hands on the left front of the Lord.”
Sri Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Tirunelveli, Tirunelveli district, Tamil Nadu