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Uthiramerur Sundaravaradaraja Perumal

The temple town of Uthiramerur, situated between Chengalpattu and Kancheepuram, dates back to 750 AD when Nandi Varma Pallavan donated this town to 1,200 Vedic scholars who settled down here. This temple town is also called Uthiramerur Chaturvedi Mangalam. Uthiramerur is supposed to be the name of a goddess.

Uthiramerur was ruled by many dynasties like Pallavas, Cholas, Pandyas and Vijayanagar kings.

The kings contributed to the growth of the town and left an indelible imprint by building many temples each having a distinct identity of its own. The sculptures are identified with a particular period.

One of the famous temples here is Sundaravaradaraja Perumal Temple which has three tiers. There are three main sanctum sanctorums one on top of the other. In the lowest tier Lord Sundaravaradar can be found in standing posture with his consort; and utsava murthy is also called Sundaravaradar who is found with his consort Anandavalli.

In the second tier, Lord Vaikunta Varadar is found in sitting posture and in the third and topmost tier, he is in reclining posture and is called Ananthasayanamurthy.

Lord Anjaneya, with a gadhai in hand and left leg stretched as if ready to leap forward, poses effulgently in a separate enclosure opposite the temple.

The temple priest has an interesting interpretation for Anjaneya putting his left foot forward. He says, Hanuman is ready to leave for Lanka to rescue Sita from enemy land. Since his intention is to create havoc in that land, he has put his left foot forward, he surmises.

This temple is also called Nava Narayana temple.

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