The temple is near Varadharaja Perumal Temple in Vishnu Kanchi. It is one of the 108 Divya desam. The Lord here is called 'Yathothkari' or 'Sonna Vannnam Seidha Perumal' (the Lord who had acted on what he had said).

The temple

The temple has two prakarams and has five tired rajagopuram. There are different sannidhis. Pilla Logachariyar sannidhi is also present. The Lord here is in reclining posture from right to left.


Lord Brahma was doing Yagam at this place when River Vegavati (Saraswati) flowed heavily to destroy the Yagna. This was planned by Asuras. But Lord Vishnu laid down here as a dam and saved the Yagna.

It is said that Poigai Alvar had born in this Temple tank.

Another legend is that, Thirumalisai Alvar turned an old lady devotee to a beautiful young lady in order to serve the lord for more years. The king married the young lady and made her queen. When he found the secret, he asked Alvar to transform him as a young man. But alvar refused to do. Then, the king banished alvar and his disciple kanikannan. When alvar left the place, even the Lord went after him. The land became drought. The king realised his mistake and asked alvar to return to his country. When Lord came back, he changed his position of reclining posture. The Lord here is called 'Sonna Vannam Seitha Perumal' because when alvar waved goodbye to Lord after the banishment, the Lord also went after the devotee following his words.

ri Yathothkari Mahatyam

The Lord here, obeys the orders of his devotees. Such an intimate relatinship can be maintained by a true devotee with the Lord.The utsavar is made of other metals with Gold as the major share.The pallaq used for the festival is also made of Pure Gold.The Lord resides in opposite reclining posture.


Puliyodharai (Tamarind Rice), Dhadhyonam (Curd Rice), Pongal, Chakkarai Pongal, Vada, Adhirasam, Murukku are offered to Lord as Prasadam.

Darshan, Sevas and Festivals

Vaikunta Ekadesi and Poigaialvar's birthday on Aippasi will be celebrated in pomp and glory.


Thirumangai Alvar , Thirumalisai Alvar, Poigai Alvar, Peyalvar , Nammalvar have composed beautiful Paasurams. It is one of the compositions in Naalayira Divya Prabandha.

Easy Paasuram to Learn(Tamil)

Paasuram - I

"Nanrirundhu Yokan Eedhi"

"Nannuvaar Kal Sindhai Ul"

"Senrirunthu Theevinnaikal"

"Theerththatheva Evane"

"Kunriruntha Maadan Eedu"

"Paadakaththu Moorakaththum"

"Ninrirunthu Veqkanai"

"Kidantha Thennaneermaiye? "

Paasuram - II

"Nindra En Thai Oorakaththi"

"Iruntha En Thai Paadakaththu"

"Andru Veqkanai Kidantha"

"Thennilaatha Munnelaam"

"Andru Naan Piranthilen"

"En Piran Thapinmaranthil En"

"Nindrathum Mirunthathum"

"Kidanthathummen Nenchulle!"

Travel and Stay

There are many lodges at Kanchipuram and also bus facility available to this temple.

List of Other Temples to Visit

Shiva Temples
* Ekambaranatha Temple
* Kamakshi Amman Temple
* Kailasanathar Temple
* Kanchi maţhaVishnu Temples
* Ashtabujakaram
* Varadharaja Perumal Temple
* Tiruththanka
* Tiruvelukkai
* Tiru oorakam
* Tiru neeragam
* Tiru kaaragam
* Tirukaarvaanam
* Tiru paramechura vinnagaram
* Tiru pavala vannam
* Tiru paadagam
* Tiru nilaaththingal thundam
* Tirupputkuzhi


* [http://indian-heritage.org/temple/ About Tiruvekkaa] ]

External links

* [http://www.indiantemples.com/Tamilnadu/df051.html About Tiruvekkaa Temple]

* [http://www.divyadesamonline.com/hindu/temples/kanchipuram/tiruvekka-temple.asp DivyaDesam]

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