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Chennai Koyambedu - Sri Vaikundavasa Perumal Temple

Koyambedu Vaikundavasa Perumal Temple : Lava and Kucha worshipped the Perumal here. Generally Vaikundavasar will be seen in a sitting pose but here He is seen in a standing pose with his consorts Sridevi and Boodevi. The main deity is being decorated differently on every Saturday.
Koyambedu Perumal Temple
Koyambedu Vaikundavasa Perumal Temple
There is no Rajagopuram, but beautiful "Dasavathara" images are found at the main entrance. There are separate shrines for Kanakavalli Thayar and Andal. The Utsavar is known as Azhagiasingar. The holy tree of this temple is Vilwa and Neem, and holy water is Lava kusa theertham.
Twin temples of Koyambedu 2
The temple is famous for its beautiful images of Sita and Rama. While Rama is found wearing a dress made from tree bark and is without a crown as he was found when he spent 14 years in the forest, the image of Sita is like that of any ordinary woman with her hairdo in what is known as "Kodali Kondai" as she stayed in Valmiki's Ashram. The holy water source is called as the Kusa-Lava Theertham and the "sthala vriksham" is the pipal tree.
Kusalavapuri Chennai Temple
kusalava puram Chennai
There are 3 trees uniquely grown very close to each other. There is one Vilvam tree between 2 neem trees on its either sides. It is said that Vilvam signifies Lord Shiva and one of the Neem tree represents Sri Parvathi and another Neem tree signifies Her brother Lord Vishnu. It is believed that it is like the wedding posture of Lord Shiva where Lord Vishnu presides over their marriage by joining their hands together. A Vilvam and Neem tree inside a Vaishnavite temple is a very rare sight.
Chennai Koyambedu - Vaikundavasa Perumal Temple
சென்னை கோயம்பேடு - வைகுண்டவாசப் பெருமாள் திருக்கோவில்
Main Deity
Lord Vishnu
Deity Name
Sri Vaikundavasar and Sri Kanakavalli Thaayar
Around 1500 years old
Temple is related to Ramayana Period.
Viksharanya Kshetram - ஸ்ரீ வீக்ஷரண்ய ஷேத்ரதிரம்
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Twin temples of Koyambedu : Kurungaleeswarar Temple and Vaikunda Perumal Temple is called as Twin temples of Koyambedu .
Viksharanya Keshtra Koyambedu
Viksharanya Kshetram Koyambedu Chennai
This place in ancient days were as known as kusalava puram, Kusalavapuri, Kuchalavapuri, Kosai Nagar, Koyattipuram and Prayachithapuram.

How to Reach :  The temple is 2 Kms away from Chennai Koyambedu CMBT.
Temple is easily accessible by Bus, Autos and Metro Train.
There is another temple adjacent to it, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva called as Sri Kurungaleeswarar Temple, which is worshiped by Lava and Kusa.

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