The Temple stands tall in a 23 acre complex with marvellous Vishwakarma architectural skills. The Temple of Varadharaja Perumal is located in the Ancient City of Kanchipuram. It shrine was visited by the 12 Avars and is one of the 108 Divya Desams. Ascended Master Ramanuja is also said to have resided here.
The Temple is encircled with Three Layers of Walls. Alvar Prakaram, Madai Palli Prakaram and Thiru Malai Prakaram. The temple complex has 32 smaller Shrines with 19 Vimanas and 389 Pillared Halls, engraved with Yalis. The Main Tower Of This Temple measures to 130 feet and has 7 tiers, making it taller than the western tower, unlike any other ancient temple in India. The Temple also has a huge stone chain that still baffles modern enthusiasts.
In the 100 pillared hall, the distant Histories of Ramayana and Mahabharatha were carved in a unique way that reflect the Vijayanagara style and magnificence. The central shrine of Varadaraja is on a small Hillock which can be called the Hasthagiri, with 24 steps. Apart from the central deity, there’s a wooden figure of Varadaraja, preserved from the ancient period in a silver box, will be washed for every forty years. The Temple also has a grand significance with Golden Lizards carved on the ceiling, said to have been the redeemers of the former self, when touched.
-Viswanath Venkat Dasari