In Kancheepuram, on 18th June 2018 evening, we started by 5 PM and came by auto to Varadharaja Perumal temple. It comes under 108 divya Desam temples. The place is known as Athigiri, as the elephant Iravadham lifted Perumal like a Mount. Thirukkachi Nambi who lived in this place was performing Aalavattam (Sacred fanning) to Lord Devarajaswamy(Varadharaja Peumal). It is told that this saint used to talk to Lord everyday. This is the place where Ramanujar, who used to bring holy water to Lord for Thirumanjanam, was spotted by Alavandar as a successor to him. It is from this place that Ramanujar was sent to Srirangam by Thirukkachi Nambi with the blessings of Lord Devarajaswamy everyday.
Brahma called Vishwa Karma, the celestial sculpture to erect a city at Kancheepuram where he wanted to perform Yaga. Vishwa Karma built a beautiful city which was appreciated by even the celestial beings and there Brahma started performing Yaga without his wife Saraswathi. (It was customary to do yaga jointly with one’s consort). Having heard about this yaga, Saraswathi got angry and wanted to destroy yaga salai by taking the form of a river, which was later called “Vegavathi”. Brahma was afraid and surrendered before Lord Narayana requesting the Lord to save him from this imminent danger. Lord Narayana lied down across the flowing river. As Saraswathi did not have strength to cross Lord Narayana, she entered the earth and disappeared. Later Saraswathi got compromised and Brahma performed ‘Aswametha Yaga’.
At the end of the Aswametha yaga, the brightest and most beautiful Lord Varadarajar appeared along with his consorts Sridevi and Boodevi in Punniakodi vimanam which came out of Yaga Agni (Holy Fire). Lord Varadaraja asked Brahma what he required. Brahma begged the Lord that the Lord Devarajaswamy should remain in the same from at this sacred place permanently and to give darshan to the pleasure of all living beings in the world and the Lord agreed. His consort is known as Perundevi.
Interestingly found only in the Varadaraja Perumal temple at Kanchipuram is the silver and gold lizards on the ceiling of a small chamber in this temple. With mystical diagrams of the sun and moon near it, this large lizard is supposed to wipe out all the accumulated “doshams” if we get to touch it. There is an endless list of “doshams” given in our panchangam. The sun, moon and the lizard (palli) are related to astrology and give remedies with relation to our horoscopes for a more peaceful living. Touching these lizards on the ceiling nullifies the negative effects that we might have accumulated in the course of our living, knowingly or unknowingly.