Varadaraja Perumal Temple
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Roughly 1200 years old, this Vishnu temple is a Pallava creation. A passage around the central shrine has lion pillars and a wealth of...
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The enormous Varadaraja Perumal Temple in the southeast of the city is dedicated to Vishnu and was built by the Cholas in the 11th century. The main central compound is off-limits to non-Hindus, but the artistic highlight is the ‘100-pillared’ marriage hall, added in the 16th century just inside the western entrance. Its pillars (actually 96) are superbly carved with countless animals and monsters; at its corners hang four stone chains each carved from a single rock.
Every 40 years the waters of the temple tank are drained, revealing a huge wooden statue of Vishnu that is worshipped for 48 days. Next viewing: 2019. Meantime, very popular processions carrying temple idols through the streets happen several times a year.