Sri Adhikesava Perumal Temple

Adhikesava Perumal Temple Kanchipuram, TamilnaduThe shrine of the Sri Adhikesava Perumal Temple houses the idol of Lord Adhikesava Perumal in a standing posture. The temple is also known as ' Ashtabujankaram' temple because the lord has eight hands loaded with powerful aayudhas(weapons). The weapons in the right hands are Chakra, knife, Pushpa and Arrow whereas the left hands are armed with Shanka, Bow, Gada and Khadga.The famous temple is located in Kanchipuram which is dotted with numerous temple dedicated to several Hindu deities. Other shrines inside the complex of the temple are Bhuvarahar, Hanuman, Chakra, Sarabeshwar, Alwars and Andal.

The legend goes that once when Lord Brahma was performing a yagna a snake came there to disturb him. Seeing this, the Lord Adhikesava Perumal killed the snake. He used his weapons to save the yagna. The Shiva guards the temple as Sarabeshwarar. Sri Adhikesava Perumal also saved the elephant(Gajendra) who was attacked by a crocodile while collecting Lotus Flowers for the worship of lord Vishnu. The prayer of the elephant was answered by the lord.

Come to the temple to take blessings, to see its architectural beauty and to receive the sacred food prasadam such as Puliyodharai(tamarind rice), Dhadhyonam(Curd rice), Vada, Adhirasam and Murukku. Two most celebrated festivals at the temple are Brahmotsavam which is celebrated on Chittari and Gajendra Moksham on Aadi.

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