Varadaraja Perumal temple, a major attraction in Vishnu Kanchi, is situated on a small hill known as Hastigiri. The Vijayanagar kings constructed the temple, whose grand Gopuras are architectural marvels. This is a vast temple of great beauty and religious significance. Vishnu is worshipped as Varadaraja. This temple is one of the 108 sacred Sree Vaishnavite shrines. The glory of this shrine has been sung by the Alwar Saints.. The Hindu Religious leader Ramanuja is said to have resided in this temple. The Pallavas, Cholas and the Vijayanagar Kings have beutified this temple complex.
Varadarajar temple is a massive and impressive edifice. The Hundred-Pillar-hall erected during the Vijayanagar period in this temple is noted for its exquisite sculptures.This is an extremely large temple with abundant sculptures. This temple is made up of several sub-shrines. This is also called the Devaraja Swamy temple.
Lord Varadaraja is in standing posture facing towards the west with his gracious look. The figure is huge in size with four hands holding the insignias of Sankha, Chakra, etc., and richly decorated with costly jewels.The main Deity of Sri Varadaraja Perumal in this temple is very large, and is believed to be second in size to none other than the Deity of Sri Venkateswara of Tirumala-Tirupathi in Andhra Pradesh.
This temple is true to the intricate scultpture-laden architectural style of the Chola and Vijayanagar dynasties. The astonishing ‘Nooru Kaal Mandapam’ or 100 Pillar Hall has been sculpted out of a single rock and the ornamental rings in the four corners, carved out of a single stone in a chain stand testimony to the fine workmanship. Significant among other things in this temple are the sculptures of two lizards carved on the ceiling of the corridor enclosing the Sanctum. The lizards, one covered with a sheet of Gold and the other with a sheet of Silver.The sculptures of the Sun and the Moon can be found beside those of the lizards.The sculptures and paintings in this temple are absolutely amazing. Other noteworthy sculptures are the beautiful figures of Rathi and Manmatha also beautiful.
In the sanctum, the imposing image of the Lord is in a standing posture, one has to climb 24 steps to reach the sanctum. The Dwajasthambam, made of stone, is 100 feet high. There are five Prakaras around the sanctum.
Darshan Timings : 7.00am-12.oopm & 3.30pm-8.oopm