436. Our visit to Chennai – III

Our visit to temples in Kancheepuram continued on 18th June 2018 evening. From Varadharaja Perumal temple we went to  Vilakoli Perumal temple. This also comes under 108 divya desa perumal temples.  Once Lord Brahma, the God of the creation was sad that,  he had no temple in earth and conducted a yagna which was dedicated to Lord Shiva.  But for this yagna, he failed to invite his own consort Goddess  Saraswathi. Due to this, Sri Saraswathi got angry and cursed Lord Brahma  that there should not be any light to conduct the yagna.  To get help, Lord Brahma approached Lord Vishnu  for light. Lord Perumal appeared before Brahma in the form of the jyoti(light) and helped Brahma. Thus, Lord Perumal came to be known as Vilakkoli Perumal. In addition to this, Lord Perumal helped to compromise between Brahma and Saraswathi.  Lord Perumal granted his darshan to Mother Saraswathi  in this place.

This place is also known as Thoopul as it was dense with Dharba grass. Also, this is the birth place of the Vaishnava Acharya Sri Vedanta Maha Desika , hence he is praised as Thoopul Vedanta Desika.  Desika was a god gifted child to his mother who was the great devotee of the Lord Vishnu. There is a separate shrine for Sri Desika in the temple.  Lord Lakshmi Hayagriva idol worshipped by Sri Desika,  is still in the temple.

Next, we went to Sonna Vannam Seidha Perumal(one of the 108 divya desa perumal temples)  temple.  When Thirumizhisai Alwar was living in Kanchipuram, an old lady used to clean his house daily and do some small favours for him. He was very happy by her favours, and  Alwar changed her from old lady to a beautiful woman. Wondering at her beauty, the king married the woman and she became the queen. On hearing this secret, the king was eager to meet Thirumizhisai Alwar.

Kani Kannan was a great follower of the Thirumazhisai Alwar.  So, the king called up Kani Kannan and told him that Thirumizhiasi Alwar should come and sing a song praising him. Kani Kannan immediately replied that, all the poems sung by Thirumizhisai Alwar belonged to the Lord Srivaikundanatha and it is impossible to come to the palace.  Due to this, king got angry and ordered Kani Kannan to get out of Kanchi.  Then,  Kani kannan went to Thirumizhisai Alwar and explained all the happenings in the palace.

Then , he decided to get out of the Kanchi. While they were going, he sang a song on the Yadhothakari Perumal saying that,  as Kani Kannan was leaving Kanchipuram, he was also going along with him and Alwar asked the Lord to get up from his Aadhisheshan(the holy snake) , which is the bed for him, to  roll it and quit from Kanchi.  At that time,the Lord also got from the Kanchi following  Alwar and Kani Kannan. On hearing this, the king and all the people of the kanchi begged Kani Kannan to return back to the Kanchipuram.  After this, Kani Kannan returned back to the Kanchipuram along with the Thirumizhisai Alwar. Alwar sang a song saying that Kani Kannan had returned back to Kanchi and he wanted Perumal to go and sleep in his Aadhiseshan back in the temple.  On hearing this, Shriman Narayana comes back to Thiruvekka temple and gives his sayana seva.  As the Lord obeyed the words, he came to be known as “Sonna Vannam seitha perumal”.

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